Frequently asked questions
What ages do you teach?
We have students aged 5 – 16 years. Within this range, the full spectrum of capability is covered.
What abilities do you cater for?
NumberWorks'nWords isn’t just for students who aren’t performing well in maths and English; we also work with high achievers. Whatever level your child is at, our individualised approach to learning needs will bring out true potential.
Can you help with Times Tables?
As parents, you understand the need for your children to master the times tables. It is important the tables are learnt at an early age. Tables are the key for understanding all other mathematical concepts. NumberWorks'nWords ensures our maths students have tables practice scheduled into their lessons.
NumberWorks'nWords can now help you at home. Introduce your children to Steve Storm and the Tables of Doom. This is an engaging, stimulating game to learn tables. It is a way of ensuring your children are getting the best educational outcomes with the most enthusiasm and least hassle.
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Is NumberWorks'nWords good for gifted kids?
Our tutoring is just as effective for extension as it is for catching up. If your brighter-than-average child is bored at regular school, NumberWorks'nWords can provide more challenging work.
What does it cost?
Fees are $55 per lesson in New Zealand.
Is there Ngai Tahu Funding available?
Yes! Ngai Tahu will pay $450 towards one term of tuition per year.
What are the lesson times?
We try to be flexible and accommodating, because your child might have other after-school activities that can't be shifted. Monday to Friday, our centres open after school and run a series of one-hour tutoring sessions. Teaching usually starts at 3.30, but may vary from centre to centre. Let us know the days and times that work best for you.
What happens if my child is sick and can't make it?
Let us know as soon as possible. We’ll cancel your child’s tutoring session for that day and schedule a make-up session during the term.
Does tutoring work?
In our 30-year experience, yes it does. Our learning systems have been carefully developed to produce results - both in skill and confidence levels. You’ll receive regular progress reports and your child will earn certificates as he/she progresses through the levels. You’ll also know it’s working when your child’s regular teacher notices a difference.
How long do we need to come for?
The length of time each student attends NumberWorks'nWords depends on the goals they set for themselves and the level of achievement they want to attain. Some stay for a couple of terms, and others choose to stay longer, setting new goals and striving for further challenges.
Is it all done on computers?
Every student has an individualised learning programme that’s tailored to his/her particular needs. The computer provides the exercises and marks the answers right or “try again”. Each tutoring session includes one-on-one teaching with the tutor. Any new concept is explained and taught and your child will cement learning with practice using computer-based exercises. The computer is a valuable resource for teaching and practising, just as books, pen and paper and calculators are too.
Is there homework?
Yes there’s homework, although it’s not time consuming. Homework sheets match the topic your child is working on and help new facts and skills to move from short-term memory to long-term memory. For best results, we recommend you encourage your child to complete homework sheets.
Can children do their school homework at tutoring?
Your child is welcome to bring homework to the tutoring session. While there won’t be time to complete it all, the tutor can discuss the homework task with your child and ensure that he/she is clear on what to do. Seniors sometimes do their homework at NumberWorks'nWords, especially if it’s related to an area that they’re struggling with.
What if my child doesn't want to go?
This is highly unlikely, because your child will get to try out NumberWorks'nWords at the assessment appointment. In our experience, it's usually love at first sight. And while your child is road-testing a tutoring programme, you can take a look around the centre.
Will my child's regular school be concerned?
We're very careful to protect the relationship between child and school. We do this by asking for input from teachers, so that we can address specific challenges and problems. We're also careful to use the same learning strategies that the school uses, so that we don't undermine what's happening during school hours. Our centres are all operated by teachers who used to work in the school system, so relating to other teachers is easy.
Is there any Government funding?
Work and Income have an Extraordinary Care Fund to help support children who show promise in a particular area or experiencing difficulties that are significantly impacting on their development.
The details on how it works, who is eligible and how to apply can be seen on the NZ Government Work and Income website.
Are you able to help with tutoring in other subjects?
Under Crimson Education's portfolio of services, tutoring in a range of subjects is available. Here is the link to find out more about what they offer www.crimsoneducation.org/home
How do I go about getting a consultation at Crimson?
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