Guidance Tutoring

In adolescence many students experience difficulties remaining motivated at school. This will be reflected in disappointing grades. Parents often respond to this problem by providing subject tutoring for their adolescent children in the belief that this will help turn around their results. This can be useful if skill deficits can be identified and remediated but often a range of issues underpin the problem.

There is also evidence to suggest that in general, subject tutoring may not provide any significant long term benefit as Watson (2008) concludes:

“The experience of other countries suggests that private tutoring programs should be closely monitored and evaluated for their cost-effectiveness as there is no conclusive evidence to date that they improve student learning outcomes over the longer term.”

Guidance tutoring focuses on dealing with the underlying issues of motivation, study skills deficits and patterns of behaviour that prevent optimal learning.

When students become aware of their self-talk, poor choices and behaviour patterns that undermine their learning, they can implement changes and monitor useful changes themselves. This promotes independence and the foundation for improved learning.

If you are interested in this service please contact Patrick to discuss your situation.


Watson, L. (2008) Private expectations and public schooling: the growth of private tutoring in Australia in Peer Refereed Conference Paper Presented to the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) National Conference, 30 November – 4 December 2008, Brisbane p. 12 available at

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