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 sudden decline in the school marks; the student lacks confidence or expresses anxiety before a test or during homework. We need to emphasize that a gradual decline or a loss of interest in school work needs attention. At Global Education Academy our goal is to create independent, self-sufficient and confident problem-solvers. We also inspire students to learn and achieve. For example, remedial tutoring is designed to assist students to achieve expected competencies in core academic skills. Extension tutoring is designed for in-depth knowledge and understanding in order to provide an academic advantage to students in accelerated programs. There is also tutoring for maintenance purposes, which is designed to facilitate, enhance and solidify the concepts viewed at school.
Why is tutoring beneficial for my child?
Tutoring facilitates learning for students by providing the time and attention that they need in order to master concepts. At GEA we tailor our sessions to fit each student’s needs while keeping in mind different capacities and abilities.
Are group tutorials beneficial?
Yes. Group tutorial is very beneficial for the following reasons:
- Provides students with targeted small group instruction that is not available at school
- Provides students with a high degree of individualised assistance to clarify and develop greater understanding of their learning
- 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 competitive learning tasks that build their awareness of the levels of skills they need to attain
- Allows students to develop their 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 them to experience success
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 amount 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?
At GEA we focus on motivating students by incorporating fun, passion for learning, and critical thinking into our teaching materials. The amount of time it takes for each student to develop the skills necessary varies according to their previous educational experience. Usually students begin to show improvement after a few sessions with our qualified tutors. We have many students who have shown improvement just after a couple of sessions.
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 to consolidate what we teach in class. We do not encourage overloading students with lots of homework.
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.
Why Global Education Academy (GEA)
Global Education Academy is Australia’s only research-based centre. We focus on teaching for understanding, and we NEVER give up on any child! We offer group sessions with small capped numbers (average of 5 students) as well as one-on-one tutoring sessions. We publish and utilise our own educational materials written by qualified teachers with many years of experience. These materials are designed to enhance the topics that the students are learning at school, and which encompass cutting edge research in psychology and academic learning strategies, such as context effects and Cognitive Load Theory. The principles that direct the centre are learning and teaching for understanding.
Who are the teachers at GEA?
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 about learning and the subject they teach. 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 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 when parents are not quite sure if their child needs tutoring in all subjects or in just one subject. Assessments are quite comprehensive.
What should I expect from the assessment?
The Year K – 8 assessments 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 15-25 min feedback session. In the feedback session, parents receive comprehensive information and a verbal report on how their child performed in the subject assessed. Parents also receive a plan for their child to achieve their target.
What is cognitive load theory?
At Global Education Academy we apply the principles of Cognitive Load Theory. Dr Majeda Awawdeh 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 question is 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 for Level 1 (equivalent to Year K) and Level 2 (equivalent to Year 1) last 90 minutes and they are comprised of Mathematics and English elements. All other sessions last 2 hours each each.
When are classes available?
We open Monday to Saturday for students and administration. For class times, please have a look at our current timetable
Research Based Learning
Global Education Academy is a research-based learning centre. It was established following Dr Majeda Awawdeh’s research into cognition and teaching methods. Dr Awawdeh started GEA for one purpose: teaching for understanding. Understanding leads students to be independent learners. We do not believe in repetition or memorising. Once students learn how to think, approach tasks, manage their cognitive load and time, know how to plan and set goals, they are set for success. This is what we do at GEA.
GEA courses are developed for students to progress in levels 1 to 10 where students are assigned to levels based on their ability, not necessarily their year level. Thus, GEA does not put a ceiling on a students’ potential. Your child can advance and accelerate.
GEA has developed structured learning programs that take the core concepts of the maths and English curricula and present them in a way that reduces cognitive load and facilitates learning. Our programs are delivered in a concise two-hour Maths and two-hour English session per week. Students learn all the outcomes of the Australian Maths and English curricula.