Each student completes several assessment tasks, including but not limited to:
– English – comprehension which assesses both literal and inferential comprehension; a creative writing task focusing on a narrative – the writing sample gives a snap shot of the student’s spelling and vocabulary, sentence structure, text structure (paragraphing, introduction to characters and setting, a complication and a resolution), grammar and punctuation; and a benchmarked reading level ( a toolkit is used to ascertain the student’s reading for meaning, which gives an accurate reading and comprehension level.
Maths – numeracy – addition, subtraction, division and multiplication questions, working mathematically questions (problem solving), measurement, data and space and geometry questions. The maths assessment is about two pages in length and is a mini diagnostic assessment. From this assessment the-tutor can ascertain areas of strength and areas of weakness.
Once these assessments are completed they are analysed by the tutor and a program is formulated to meet the needs of each individual student.
The students are placed in small groups for tutoring, usually based on similar needs and levels. Within the class each student has their own program and targets. Students are given instant feedback on their work in class, both verbal and written, including, constructive criticism and pointers with where to next.