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…

Tutor Profile: Priyal Patel

Priyal Patel Priyal graduated DUX of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in 2019 and was accepted into the highly competitive Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery program at Curtin University!  Priyal tutors English and Maths up to a Year 12 and ATAR Chemistry, Maths Methods and Human Biology.

Tutor Profile: James Ryan

James Ryan James graduated from Hale School and is currently studying Law at the University of Western Australia. In high school James studied Maths Methods and Specialist, Literature, French, Chemistry and Physics and graduated with a certificate of Distinction from WACE. James tutors English (Year3 – 12) and Maths (PP- Year 12) as well as Chemistry, Physics, Methods and Specialist.

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2) (Catch up on Part 1 here) Perceptual Span & Word Recognition A perceptual span is the number of letters a student can perceive and process during a single eye stop (fixation). The perceptual span of beginning readers and of most people who struggle with reading is smaller than the span of efficient readers.  Efficient readers are able to…

Getting to know Eliza Smith

Eliza Smith I completed high school at St Hilda’s ASG last year where I studied ATAR Literature, Politics and Law, Modern History, Drama, and Math Methods and was acknowledged with a certificate of excellence for my Modern History exam. I was honoured to find that my essays from Literature, History and Politics were all included in the 2018 WACE good answers guide. This year I…

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1) What Is It? Reading efficiency is a critical component of reading proficiency. An efficient reading process is fluent and feels easy and comfortable. Efficient readers can read for extended periods of time with good comprehension because they expend little energy on the mechanics of reading. Mental resources are focused on making meaning from text. Why is it important?…

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy Vision therapy combines the use of lenses, prisms and filters in a range of individually tailored activities aimed to improve visual efficiency and visual processing skills. At For Eyes Optometrist in Fremantle we have a new vision training system, called Vivid Vision Virtual Reality, which allows for vision therapy to be done in a virtual reality environment. This powerful system applies the latest…

Eye Tracking – Problems with Vision

Eye Tracking – Problems with Vision Children have a difficult time assessing their own vision. If something appears blurry, they assume everyone else sees it the same way and do not worry. Vision is particularly important to children because more than 80 percent of the information they receive about the world is received visually. Poor vision can make a child clumsy and uncoordinated, it can…

How Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell

How Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell Many teachers ask us why and how Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell. People wonder what makes Smart Words different from other programs that promote synthetic phonics as their focus. We see synthetic phonics as a part of a strong word study program.  We recognise that English is not a pure language and, if…

Tutor Profile: Nicole Collier

Nicole Collier I was born in Peru and did my schooling at international schools in Peru and Chile. I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and then a Graduate Diploma of Education at UWA. I started working at Smart Achievers in 2016 and love helping students achieve their goals. English, with a particular emphasis on writing,…