It feels like this year a lot has just clicked. I can see his confidence growing all the time. He is much more willing to just give things a go. I'm sure it is to do with the work you and Chevy are doing with him. Even better, not once ever has he complained or said he doesn't want to go to tutoring which is amazing in itself! I think he can also see the benefit from the extra effort he is putting in. I wish we had found you sooner!
Jamil is in Grade 1 and after acute epilepsy, his gross and fine motor skills were impaired. After seeing an occupational therapist for his physical development, I needed to find someone to help him with his school work. His teacher was finding it difficult to teach him as he could not process any information. After several tests, Jamil was diagnosed with having severe learning impairments, particularly with visual processing. After attending speech therapy for about 6 months, he was not having fun. He was extremely bored and school became scary for him. His smiles that he had about starting school in Prep, disappeared in Grade 1. His ability to connect with friends also deteriorated because he started to realise that he could not keep up with them in either sports or academic areas. He even commented "Why am I the oldest but dumbest in my class". I needed to help find someone that he could connect with, so that a trust could develop and he would not feel afraid to make mistakes.
The moment Jamil got out of the car, he began to cry anxiously, not wanting to go in. However, Kate was very gentle in her manner with him, and he began to settle down. I sat back while I watched him slowly self-soothe and begin to listen to Kate. From his positive reaction towards our first session with Kate from Back to Basics Tuition, he was willing to return.
We have continued to return and although I thought it would be at least a year to be able to get Jamil to understand and write the alphabet, it’s his second block (one block = ten hours of tuition) and he is writing words, which is amazing me more and more. This has been noticeable to my extended family, who think that a miracle has happened with Jamil writing letters and even words. They thought it would not happen so quickly. Jamil then had another learning test conducted by the speech therapist at school, and comparing the test conducted in January to the test in June, there has been an enormous shift in improvement. So much so that normally any improvements for people with severe learning impairments are very minimal for such a short period of time. For Jamil, Kate is a Godsend, and he is getting his confidence back for sure.
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I am so very proud of his hard work and determination, and I am so happy to have found Kate to provide early intervention with a genuine desire to see Jamil succeed.
Joshua needed help as he was progressively falling behind at school. He was in tears each night trying to do homework.
The one-on-one facility and using modern technology to help him engage in his work but still working WITH a tutor.
He has exceeded in Math and Reading. He is a lot happier.
Play computer games, ride my bike or scooter at the park.
Seeing my friends.
Megan’s grades when starting in Year 8 2011 was only equal to that of a grade 4 student. She lacked confidence and knowledge.
Word of mouth advised that Kate was very strict and focused. This is what Megan needed to keep her focused.
Megan has achieved amazing results in all subjects, and is a much more confident person with her learning. She is always doing homework and keeping focused.
Kate has always been flexible with Megan’s sports, organising tutoring around her training which changed days regularly. Kate and her team have encouraged Megan so much, I am truly thankful for finding Kate and recommend Kate to anyone that says their child is having problems.
I needed help in spelling, reading and maths.
That I get help when doing tuition if I don't understand it.
What are you most proud of with your learning?
That I can understand subjects I wasn't sure about.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
A helicopter pilot.
Joshua Riches; happy, kind and persistent. Joshua is a student who has been putting in consistent effort to improve his learning over a long period of time. When I first met Josh, he was a small bundle of tears; literally. He was so anxious about coming to tutoring he felt unable to cope. He was unable to read, and felt terrible about his school work. This is a FAR sight from the happy young man we have working with us now. Joshua makes us proud. He never gives up, he never complains and the amount of work he has covered is remarkable. And not only is Josh a wonderful student, he is also a special person in my daughter's life (you'll see later).
We can talk through any questions about how Back to Basics Tuition can help you or your child improve their learning
Why did you start coming to Back to Basics Tuition?
Because I didn’t understand what to do and my teachers were not very helpful. I wanted better grades.
Gaining an understanding of the topic and knowing what the teachers are talking about in class.
What are you most proud of with your learning?
Getting A’s and B’s for my subjects.
Teacher for primary school, or an event planner
Year 9- 2012
Play sports, hang out with my friends.What is something that you are good at (not to do with school)?Sport, mainly basketball.
What is the best thing about school for you?
Make my own movies with my mum's phone and some are funny movies and some are really scary, like PG movies.
I am good at building a lego tower.
Playing and eating.
Doing my maths and colouring in.
Because my mum said it will help me learn more.
It is fun.
That I am writing words by myself(I am extremely proud of this too Jamil!)
I am proud to introduce to you Jamil Avio, a champion of beating the odds! Week by week I am blown away by Jamil’s learning. He puts in such an awesome effort, never gives up, and is showing everybody that he can do better than they all expected! He is teamed up with an amazing mother (and family) who puts every effort into supporting her beautiful boy with his learning, while allowing it to remain fun.