The Problems You're Facing

Problem 1
Problem 2
Problem 3

One school teacher has to manage dozens of students, each with their own needs, questions, and challenges. Inevitably, many don’t get the help or attention they need. This problem is exacerbated by the move to online classrooms in response to Covid-19

Not everybody learns in the same way or at the same pace. Schools do their best, but can’t offer enough of the personalised support and direction that enables a student to reach their full potential

Students in a classroom can become distracted, bored, or disengaged. Teachers do a fantastic job, but it’s difficult to ensure everybody is paying attention, especially when students have access to their phones and friends

The Difference Your Tutor Makes

Solution 2
Solution 3
Solution 1

We offer face-to-face and online tutoring which is entirely one-on-one, meaning your child has our undivided attention. Lessons move at their pace, and they can ask all the questions they need to

Different students have different strengths, challenges, and learning styles, and we adapt our lessons accordingly. By tailoring our approach to each bright mind, we can ensure that everybody gets the help that they need

Lessons conducted one-on-one are more engaging, and help students concentrate on the content instead of their phones!
We’ve found that online tutoring sessions are particularly productive as they further narrow focus on the task

Our Approach

Face-To-Face Tutoring

Our face-to-face tutoring service includes one-on-one lessons in your home. This is an excellent way for students to work closely with a tutor in a setting where they feel comfortable. It’s also a great way to build rapport, and allows students to ask any and all questions they may have about a subject or upcoming assessment. We’ve had tremendous success using this approach to help students overcome their limits.

“I have learned so much and my averages in English have improved dramatically”

“I felt really comfortable when asking questions and being tutored”

“The work we do brings my stress levels down when assessments and tests are coming”

Online Tutoring

Similarly, online tutoring is one-on-one, delivered while the student is home, and allows plenty of opportunity for asking questions. For some, it can be the more convenient, efficient and productive approach. Many students also feel less pressured working online than they do when a tutor is sitting next to them. Click below to learn more.

“My daughter is given the space and time to write the work and have it edited then and there”

“I never expected online tutoring to be so efficient. We get so much done!”

“Remote maths tutoring is great for us. My tutor writes out the equations on the screen and we go through the exercises together.”

The Problems You're Facing

Problem 1

One school teacher has to manage dozens of students, each with their own needs, questions, and challenges. Inevitably, many don’t get the help or attention they need. This problem is exacerbated by the move to online classrooms in response to Covid-19

Problem 2

Not everybody learns in the same way or at the same pace. Schools do their best, but can’t offer enough of the personalised support and direction that enables a student to reach their full potential

Problem 3

Students in a classroom can become distracted, bored, or disengaged. Teachers do a fantastic job, but it’s difficult to ensure everybody is paying attention, especially when students have access to their phones and friends

The Difference Your Tutor Makes

Solution 2

We offer face-to-face and online tutoring which is entirely one-on-one, meaning your child has our undivided attention. Lessons move at their pace, and they can ask all the questions they need to

Solution 3

Different students have different strengths, challenges, and learning styles, and we adapt our lessons accordingly. By tailoring our approach to each bright mind, we can ensure that everybody gets the help that they need

Solution 1

Lessons conducted one-on-one are more engaging, and help students concentrate on the content instead of their phones!
We’ve found that online tutoring sessions are particularly productive as they further narrow focus on the task

Our Approach

Face-To-Face Tutoring

Our face-to-face tutoring service includes one-on-one lessons in your home. This is an excellent way for students to work closely with a tutor in a setting where they feel comfortable. It’s also a great way to build rapport, and allows students to ask any and all questions they may have about a subject or upcoming assessment. We’ve had tremendous success using this approach to help students overcome their limits.

“I have learned so much and my averages in English have improved dramatically”

“I felt really comfortable when asking questions and being tutored”

“The work we do brings my stress levels down when assessments and tests are coming”

Online Tutoring

Similarly, online tutoring is one-on-one, delivered while the student is home, and allows plenty of opportunity for asking questions. For some, it can be the more convenient, efficient and productive approach. Many students also feel less pressured working online than they do when a tutor is sitting next to them. Click below to learn more.

“My daughter is given the space and time to write the work and have it edited then and there”

“I never expected online tutoring to be so efficient. We get so much done!”

“Remote maths tutoring is great for us. My tutor writes out the equations on the screen and we go through the exercises together.”

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Does my child need a tutor?

Whether your child is falling behind or excelling, they will benefit from the assistance of a tutor. We’ve seen dramatic improvements in both cases.

Scroll to the top of this page to read our summary of the problems with the education students receive, and how we help to solve those problems.

Don't students benefit from learning in a group setting?

Absolutely! There’s no substitute for the education children receive at school. We don’t think tutoring should replace school, but we also don’t think that school is enough by itself. A student needs both to reach their full potential.   

Which approach do you recommend, face-to-face or online?

The short answer – whichever one works!

Face-to-face works great for some students because they struggle with screens, have learning difficulties, or feel a greater need to develop a rapport with the tutor. Also, some parents really don’t like the idea of more screen time for their children.

We can and do still develop rapport during an online lesson, but we tend to get down to business a bit quicker and are less likely to diverge. This is also one of the biggest advantages of moving online. We’ve discovered that for many students, more gets done in an online lesson. Online lessons are also great for students who prefer to think through their work before showing it to the tutor. Some students feel pressured if their tutor is in the room while they’re completing a piece of work, and their confidence and work quality improves in the online approach.    

What if my child doesn't want tutoring?

Yes, at times, there is resistance from the student. It might be because they’re shy, lack confidence, or don’t like the idea of more work after they’ve returned home from school.

Sometimes, the best solution is to just give tutoring a chance, even if the first session or two are only for half an hour. Getting your child used to the idea of being tutored, and letting them see that it can be fun and helpful, might be all they need to get on board. We’ve had several students who were hesitant about tutoring, and they’re now some of our most engaged.

It can also help to point out that working under the guidance of a tutor can save time on assessments and exam preparations. That gives them more time for other things!

Do online students perform as well as those who receive face-to-face tutoring?

Neither approach is perfect, and it’s important to figure out what works for a particular student. We have students who thrive when there’s someone in the room with them. At the same time, we’ve had students who struggled in their face-to-face lessons and then improved in leaps and bounds once they trialed online lessons because it dramatically improved their focus.

Do you provide workbooks for students to work through as you tutor them?

Study Sphere’s tagline is ‘Comprehensive Tutoring Tailored to Each Bright Mind’.

We strongly believe that the approach to tutoring needs to be personalised so that we’re leveraging each students unique strengths, and tackling the things that challenge them.

We don’t like the work books because we feel it defeats the purpose. Every person is different, so we don’t feel that you can give them the best possible help by handing them all the same tasks. We’ve never been an organisation that teaches out of an off-the-shelf exercise book, and we never will be.

Are there any key differences between online and face-to-face lessons that I should be wary of?

They are more similar than they are different. Both are one-on-one, meaning the student has their tutor’s undivided attention. Both also have lessons that are built around the student’s individuals strengths, challenges and needs. It’s just a matter of figuring out which style works for each person.

Should we be putting our child in front of screens even more than we already are?

We do agree that it’s not good to have too much time in front of a screen.

While Covid-19 continues to be an issue, we understand that a lot of your child’s learning may be completed online. To help minimise this issue, we recommend that you try to place limits on the amount of screen time your child has outside of lessons with their school and tutor. Some TV/streaming is fine, but other parts of the day can be spent reading, completing puzzles, playing board games, playing musical instruments, painting/drawing, cooking, journaling, exercising, or learning a new skill.

When students are able to go back to school, they will be spending fewer hours per day in front of a screen, so an hour with their tutor once or twice a week won’t be so bad.

Do I have to commit to an entire term or year?

We usually run one or two introductory lessons to start with so that we can get a sense of how well things are working for the student, the parent, and the tutor. Even if you then purchase an entire term worth of lessons, you can cancel at any time. Any unused lessons are then refunded to you in full.

What if we don't like our tutor?

Most of the time, any issues with a tutor can be resolved through a simple conversation with them. Alternatively, you can contact Talin Kashian, Study Sphere’s owner and founder, to discuss your concerns. If it’s decided that the match between the student and the tutor is not a good one, we’ll try to get you set up with a different tutor if one is available.

Have a different question?

If there’s anything you’d like to discuss or you have more questions, please get in touch with us here.