Alicia, Cormac’s mother

Cormac has surprisingly learned his tables – he said that Thomas and Laurence give him a 5 min test at the start of each lesson and somehow or other they have inspired him to actually learn them!! I’m so grateful – thank you and thanks to them!

Simone Knab, tutoring parent

A big thank you for Nicole in helping Emilie with English writing. We have a very happy daughter who is walking tall with confidence. Emilie scored close to a Band 10 after being in Australia for only a year and speaking predominantly French.

Nat and Jason, parents of Elise and Lachlan

I would like to thank you very much for what you have done with both Elise and Lachlan, especially Elise. Both Natalie and myself were at our wits end with where she was headed academically. You were correct in saying that parents can not teach their children! She is now a completely changed child when it comes to learning as you probably see on a…

Natalie, Julian’s mother

The way Julian was being taught spelling at school, where words that sound the same but have different spellings, are all bundled into the same spelling list, was not working for him. The only way for Julian to learn these lists was to memorise the spelling. He’d remember how to spell for the test, but very quickly forget it for the future. We attended tutorial…

Jo Ciccarelli, Mel Maria teacher

We have been using the Smart Words Spelling Program at Mel Maria for roughly 10 years. Our teachers were amazed at all the new spelling rules that they learnt whilst implementing the program.  The rules and generalizations that govern spelling are taught explicitly and revised constantly throughout the program. Our teachers love the fact that the program differentiates for them.  Each child is given a…

Tyler’s parent

Tyler commenced tutoring as he was failing the weekly spelling tests at school, usually scoring about 3 out of 25. Initial testing showed that he was well below the expected level. Even though he was in Year 4, he had gaps as far back as Year 1. Tyler brought in his weekly spelling lists from school, and we teach him explicitly on the phonics and rules related…