What subjects do you teach ?
We help students primarily in the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Comprehension, English and Maths - from Primary to Secondary. We offer support for GCSE students in English & Maths and many students also attend for specific help with the Transfer Tests.
What ages do you teach ?
The majority of students we teach are between 6 and 16 years old. We also cater for older & adult students who need to re-sit exams of "brush up" on their knowledge & skills, for example, a workplace examination or to improve their reading or writing skills.
Do you tutor exam preparation for the Transfer Tests?
We do exam preparation for the Transfer Tests that grammar schools use. It is important that you contact us well before the exams to give your child the best chance of success.
How do I know if my child is having trouble with their school work and what can I do about it ?
As a parent you know your child best. You probably know from your own experience, from school tests and Parents evenings if your son or daughter is struggling with aspects of Maths of English. Our FREE assessment, completed at our friendly centre is designed to give you personalised professional feedback on how your child is coping with Maths or English.
How do I know that my child will improve ?
Your child will improve if they are supported at school, home and at Kip McGrath. Every child that attends tutoring each week and does all of their set homework will improve - both academically and in self confidence.
How long will it take to address my child's challenge?
Every child is different and every challenge is different. After the initial assessment, we will be able to provide an indication of how long tutoring may be required and your child's progress is monitored regularly by continuous assessment and we will also provide regular parental feedback. There is no obligation or contract to attend for any period of time. If, for whatever reason (e.g. change of financial circumstances), you decide you are no longer able to attend, all we ask is a weeks notice.
Can you tutor my child with a disability ?
There are many disabilities with varying levels of disorder. We always recommend that you seek professional advice on this question first, however we have taught students with disabilities such as ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Autism and others in the past. It is very important that we have an interview and assessment with you and your child before we can determine if we can effectively tutor them. Our main focus is to ensure that your child's disability will not interfere with their ability to learn in this environment. Please contact us to discuss your child's needs.
Will you come to my house to tutor ?
All tutoring is done within our Centre. This gives us the ability to provide the best facilities and teaching aids to meet the needs of your child and creates an optimal learning environment.
Do you tutor online ?
Online tutoring is currently being developed which will mimic the proven Kip McGrath method of tutoring delivered in the Centre. Due for release in late 2011, it will be a great option if your child finds it difficult to regularly attend our Centre.
How does the initial assessment work ?
Many parents are concerned about how their children are performing at school and whether their children are at the appropriate level for their age and class. We provide a free, no obligation assessment and discuss the results with you in detail to determine exactly how your child is performing.
How long is each lesson ?
Lessons are 80 minutes long and students normally attend for one lesson a week, after school at our centre Some older children do attend more often, according to their needs. Even young children attend for 80 minutes - their lessons are broken up into short activities, oral, written and computer based, all designed to keep them keen and interested.
Will my child get homework ?
Homework is an essential part of the Kip McGrath program, particularly for Reading students. We are aware of each student's school workload so set homework is generally limited to around half an hour each week. If you have difficulty getting your child to complete the homework, please contact us immediately.