Study Sphere’s New Grading System

A new grading system for all tutoring students

Hi parents and students!

I hope everyone had an engaging and successful first term for 2017.

Not long ago, a parent approached me after a lesson telling me that her son never tells her anything about the tutoring he receives. It’s probably not the biggest surprise – anyone with teenagers knows they’re not always the most communicative lot!

It’s important that parents aren’t kept out of the loop. Tutoring is an investment of time, effort and money. To maximise return on investment, everyone needs to be clear about what’s working, what isn’t, and how things can improve. The parent-tutor relationship is a partnership that helps us achieve this, and that partnership breaks down without communication.

With this in mind, I’m excited to announce that Study Sphere recently introduced a new end-of-term grading system. It’s a way to make sure we’re doing our part in keeping you up-to-date with your child’s progress.

What does the new grading system involve?
The document will track all the behaviours students display during a tutoring session that correlate with improved performance in the classroom. This includes completion of homework allocated by tutors, quality of completed homework, level of engagement during lessons, time management, how well they apply the advice tutors are giving them, and whether they ask for help when they need it.

Grades will range from A-D and tutors may also provide more detailed comments if applicable. Of course, if there is a more urgent issue, your tutor will be in touch immediately.

When will we receive these reports?
Tutors will hand reports to parents during the final lesson of each school term. If you will not be available on that day, we can either email it to you or leave it with your child.

What if I don’t want to wait until the end of the term to get an update?
Tutors are always happy to talk to you about your child’s progress. All you have to do is ask. The grading sheet is not intended to replace week-to-week communication, rather, it’s our way of providing a quick ‘big picture’ assessment of how we think things have gone for the term.

I hope that introducing this system will make parents feel more connected to the academic development of their child. If you have any questions, or would like to chat to someone about how Study Sphere can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hi parents and students!

I hope everyone had an engaging and successful first term for 2017.

Not long ago, a parent approached me after a lesson telling me that her son never tells her anything about the tutoring he receives. It’s probably not the biggest surprise – anyone with teenagers knows they’re not always the most communicative lot!

It’s important that parents aren’t kept out of the loop. Tutoring is an investment of time, effort and money. To maximise return on investment, everyone needs to be clear about what’s working, what isn’t, and how things can improve. The parent-tutor relationship is a partnership that helps us achieve this, and that partnership breaks down without communication.

With this in mind, I’m excited to announce that Study Sphere recently introduced a new end-of-term grading system. It’s a way to make sure we’re doing our part in keeping you up-to-date with your child’s progress.

What does the new grading system involve?
The document will track all the behaviours students display during a tutoring session that correlate with improved performance in the classroom. This includes completion of homework allocated by tutors, quality of completed homework, level of engagement during lessons, time management, how well they apply the advice tutors are giving them, and whether they ask for help when they need it.

Grades will range from A-D and tutors may also provide more detailed comments if applicable. Of course, if there is a more urgent issue, your tutor will be in touch immediately.

When will we receive these reports?
Tutors will hand reports to parents during the final lesson of each school term. If you will not be available on that day, we can either email it to you or leave it with your child.

What if I don’t want to wait until the end of the term to get an update?
Tutors are always happy to talk to you about your child’s progress. All you have to do is ask. The grading sheet is not intended to replace week-to-week communication, rather, it’s our way of providing a quick ‘big picture’ assessment of how we think things have gone for the term.

I hope that introducing this system will make parents feel more connected to the academic development of their child. If you have any questions, or would like to chat to someone about how Study Sphere can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.