Looking for a Sunshine Coast tutor? Here’s how to find your child’s academic ally

Is your child struggling to keep up with the pace of their class? Or perhaps they’re a bright spark, eager to push boundaries and deepen their understanding? Whatever their learning needs, tutoring can be a valuable tool to ignite their journey towards academic success. But not all tutoring is created equal. We chat with Rochelle Callard from NumberWorks’nWords Sippy Downs to find out what parents should look for in a tutor.


What is the purpose of tutoring?

Tutoring shouldn’t just recap what students are learning in the classroom, especially if they’re already falling behind. A good tutoring program should be aligned with the National Curriculum so it complements what the student is doing and builds on their existing knowledge. Breaking down complex concepts into manageable steps and ensuring mastery at each level is crucial for building confidence and fostering a love for learning.


What qualities should parents look for in a Sunshine Coast tutor?


Experienced and qualified tutors.

Look for individuals who understand your child’s age group and learning style. Their credentials and experience working with students similar to your child’s needs (catch-up, extension) are essential.

Tailored programs.

A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works in education. Personalised learning plans that address your child’s strengths and weaknesses are crucial for maximising their potential.

Effective learning methods.

Consider your child’s learning style. Does the program incorporate strategies for visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners?

Clear communication.

Regular progress reports and updates on your child’s journey are essential for maintaining a collaborative approach between you, the tutor, and your child.

Proven track record.

Look for programs with a history of success in helping children achieve their academic goals.

A personalised program.

Our personalised approach at NumberWorks’nWords can make a huge difference in a child’s progress. The program is designed to be engaging and structured, so students progress far more than with many other methods.

Goal setting with parents.

A tutor should work collaboratively with you to set achievable and motivating goals, ensuring everyone involved is on the same page.

Positive and supportive environment.

NumberWorks’nWords understands the importance of fostering a fun and engaging space for learning. They create an environment that rebuilds enthusiasm for learning, especially for kids who might be struggling or disengaged in the classroom.

In-person connection.

Face-to-face interaction makes a difference. Quality time and connection to the tutor are critical to tutoring success. A good tutoring program should allow personalised interaction and build strong bonds between students and tutors.

Building confidence.

Tutoring must break down complex concepts into manageable steps, ensuring each child experiences success and starts enjoying learning again. This mastery approach fosters a growth mindset, encouraging them to embrace challenges and persevere through difficulties.


Is it worth the investment?

Investing in the right tutoring program can be a game-changer for your child’s academic journey. By considering their unique needs and learning styles, you can empower them to reach their full potential.

Beyond the academic benefits, tutoring can also offer valuable social and emotional benefits. A positive and supportive environment can help children build self-confidence, develop strong study habits, and foster a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom.

Remember, every child learns differently. Finding a program that aligns with your child’s learning style and needs is critical to maximising their success.

With the proper support, your child can unlock their potential and thrive in their academic journey.


Your child may benefit from tutoring at NumberWorks’nWords Sippy Downs if they:

  • Need to develop skills
  • Struggle with completing their homework and needs help
  • Say they are OK, but your instincts are telling you something’s not quite right
  • Want to get into or stay in the top group at school
  • Need a confidence boost before moving to a new school or sitting exams
  • Love learning and just can’t get enough
  • Can be disruptive during lessons or plays the class clown to cover up non-achievement
  • Has clear strengths but wants to work on their weaknesses
  • Need support to find their love for learning


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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