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FAQ

What are some signs that my child needs tutoring?

Parents have different reasons for seeking tutoring: some parents seek tutoring to advance their children’s performance; others seek assistance when they notice a decline in the school marks; the student lacks confidence or expresses nervousness before a test or while doing homework. We need to emphasise that a gradual decline or a loss of interest in schoolwork need attention. A gradual decline is a serious matter that can go unnoticed until it becomes a significant problem. A loss of interest is a sign for either a child being gifted (the material is easy for them) or having learning gaps (the material is too challenging for them.

At Global Education Academy our goal is to create independent, engaged and confident problem-solvers. We also inspire students to learn and achieve. We have different programs: extension tutoring is designed for in-depth knowledge and understanding to provide an academic advantage to students in accelerated programs, remedial tutoring is designed to assist students to achieve expected competencies in core academic skills. There is also tutoring for maintenance purposes, which is designed to facilitate, enhance and solidify the concepts learned.

Why is tutoring beneficial for my child?

To be blunt, not every tutoring is beneficial. You need to be very careful when choosing a tutor for your child.

With the right tutoring, built around scientific approach and methodology delivered by qualified and highly trained teachers, students develop confidence, engage with learning and become problem solvers. Every child has a potential that they deserve to reach. This is where GEA can help you unlocking their potential. Another point is being surrounded with like-minded students. This is what our community of devoted parents and students provide.

Are group tutorials beneficial?

Yes. Group tutorial is exceptionally beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Provides students with targeted small group instruction
  • Provides students with a high degree of individualised assistance to clarify and develop greater understanding
  • Provides students with a supported learning environment in which collaborative group work, working in pairs and as individuals fosters effective learning behaviours and attitudes, as well as provides the students with exemplary role models
  • Creates greater opportunities for students to reach their full potential through the goal-setting approaches and through engaging in healthy competitive learning tasks that build their awareness of the levels of skills they need to attain
  • Allows students to develop confidence and self esteem
  • Enables students to experience the joys of learning by engaging meaningfully in their targeted courses. The levels of individual attention they receive motivates and bond them.

    What is the size of the average group?

    To enable our students to benefit the most, our groups have an average of 5 students. Sometimes we split groups that have fewer than that number of students if we notice that the students are performing at different levels.

    How long before I start noticing improvement in my child's marks or learning?

    All great achievement require time. Based on the history of our students’ journeys we have observed a few milestones.

    After a couple of weeks – You will witness a change in attitude towards learning. Your child will want to learn and attend GEA.

    After 1 term – You will see small, but noticeable improvement in all areas. Not yet in their school report. For the improvement to be reflected in their school report, it needs at least two terms.

    After one year – Significant improvement in all areas. Most learning gaps are bridged. Problem solving skills are acquired. You will see eagerness and willingness to learn. And a confirmation that the investment you made in the GEA Journey was a good decision.

    How many tutoring sessions will my child need?

    At GEA our goal is to create independent thinkers who will be able to analyse information, engage in meaningful dialogue, and solve problems on their own. Depending on the level of the student, this may take anywhere from a term to a year.

    Will my child get homework?

    Yes. Usually, students get just enough homework to consolidate what we teach in class. We do not encourage overloading students with lots of homework. Parents are expected to encourage their children to do the homework and provide the right environment for that, but they are not expected to do the homework or spend hours on that.

    If parents opt for more homework, we can provide additional homework on request. The additional homework is to be discussed in the homework help free sessions, not in the normal class.

    Do you offer homework help?

    Yes. We offer complimentary Homework Help sessions to help students with their homework – this means less stress for the parents.

    Who is Global Education Academy for?

    For discerning parents devoted to advancing their child’s performance and potential, Global Education Academy is the exclusive Tutoring Academy empowering them with the ability to change the way their child is taught to understand, think and learn for life.

    Because of our high-quality teachers delivering an award-winning structured curriculum across core subjects and unique problem-solving UPSL™ Strategy through our Five-C Method™, students thrive by unlocking a world of confidence and possibilities.

    With exclusive access to our elite Learning Community, families experience high-value connections through shared perspectives and premium experiences while supporting our Global Learning Movement to lead the way in explicit learning and fund education for those less fortunate.

    Who are the teachers at GEA?

    We empower our teachers to teach differently through a structured curriculum, the Five-C Method™ and the UPSL™ Strategy. Our teachers are highly experienced and motivated. One of the selection criteria for our tutors is a passion for teaching. All our teachers are passionate, experts, caring and confident. Visit ‘Our Team’ page to read their full profiles: Our Team

    I want the best for my child. How do I join GEA?

    To join us you need to fill in an enrolment form in one of our centres or online. Some parents prefer to have an assessment before joining. It is possible to enrol on the day of the assessment. Please follow the instructions on theTo join us students need to fill in an enrolment form. Parents also need to sign it and email or drop it in to us. Some parents prefer to have an assessment before joining. It is possible to enrol on the day of the assessment. Please follow the instructions on the enrolment page

    Does every student need an assessment?

    Not every student needs an assessment to join us. Sometimes we recommend an assessment based on what we hear from parents in their initial enquiry and discussion with our educational specialists. For joining the OC or the Selective/Scholarship course, a benchmark assessment is required. Unlike other centres, students do not need to achieve high marks in the benchmark, they need to show potential, we will do the rest.

    What should I expect from the assessment?

    There are two types of assessments at GEA:

    Diagnostic assessment:  include comprehensive components on Maths, English and Writing. Parents can choose to assess in one, two or the three subjects. The assessment lasts for 30-40 min for each subject (20 min for Writing) followed by 20-25 min feedback session. In the feedback session, parents receive comprehensive information and a verbal report on how their child performed in the subject assessed.

    Benchmark assessment: This assessment is recommended for student who wish to join the OC or the Selective/Scholarship courses. Students are assessed in Maths, Reading Comprehension and Thinking Skills for the OC. In addition, they are assessed in the Writing component for the Selective/Scholarship. Parents receive not only a comprehensive report on their child performance in the benchmark, but also an indication on their potential.

    For all assessments at GEA, parents also receive a plan for their child to achieve their full potential and goals.

    What is cognitive load theory?

    At Global Education Academy we apply the principles of Cognitive Load Theory, the leading educational theory in explicit learning. Our founder studied the theory at UNSW where the theory was developed. She found that applying Cognitive Load Theory principles makes learning easier for students, especially when they are taught complex or new material. Most of the cognitive load, that students experience while learning, is generated from sources that are not related to the core of the question. This can be avoided by the way we teach and the way the material is designed and written. We invite parents to watch our videos to find out more information on Cognitive Load Theory. This is why our materials are unique. They are the only instructional material designed in line with Cognitive Load Theory. For more information please click here

    How long do the classes last?

    Our sessions are structured in so that enough time is allowed for each core subject.

    From Level 2 (usually Year 2 or Year 1 advanced) onwards, the duration of each subject is 2 hours per week. Can be completed in four hours on Saturday or two separate days.

    Pre-K – the duration is one hour of combined maths and English.

    Year K- the duration is 90 minutes of combined maths and English.

    Year 1- the duration is two hours of combined maths and English.

    When are classes available?

    Our classes run on Monday to Thursday and Saturday. For one-on-one sessions please call to check availability.

    For up-to-date class times, please have a look at our  current timetable. 

    How do you assess students’ progress?

    Assessing students’ progress is ensured at two levels:

    Every Week 9 of each term, students sit an assessment called “For Learning Assessment”. This assessment provides an insight into students’ understanding and progress. Following the assessment students will be provided with full feedback. Parents will have access to the assessments and receive a report that is weighed by topic and skill.

    After each session, our teachers evaluate the students’ performance in that session using our unique crm. Parents can access the evaluation using the student portal.

    For OC and Selective/Scholarship students:

    Every five weeks students sit a mock test. The mock tests mimic the actual OC or Selective test. Students receive comprehensive feedback after each mock test. Parents will have access to the assessments and receive a report that is weighed by topic and skill.  

    Every session- students perform a quiz in each subject (Maths, Eng and Thinking Skills). Students receive comprehensive feedback for the quizzes while parents have access to the quizzes and the marks. Teachers also write comprehensive comments on students’ performance in each session.