SPECIAL EDUCATION TUTOR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT IS THE COST FOR TUTORING?

My rate is $40 an hour per student. I invoice clients at the end of  every month. I accept online banking transfers,  credit  card and personal and funding cheques as methods of payment.  

WHERE DOES THE TUTORING TAKE PLACE?

I provide a quiet, calm and structured learning environment in my home in Parksville. My dedicated classroom is private and features a large  work area, computers, and small library area.  Close to the beach, schools and local amenities, Treetops is ideally located for families in the Oceanside and Nanaimo areas.


I have students that come to me from as far away as Cedar and the Comox Valley. I also tutor online for students outside of the central island area, rural locations and internationally.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

I have been tutoring children and young adults who live with a variety  of special educational and behavioral needs for over 12 years. I started my training in the UK as a volunteer at a residential school for children with low functioning to moderate learning disabilities. I was hired within 6 weeks of volunteering there and have never looked back! I have worked in public and private schools, learning centers and in-home.

ARE YOU QUALIFIED?

I am highly qualified and experienced; with many years of training working with youth and adults who live with neurological or behavioural challenges. Among my many vocational certificates I hold diploma's in Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language and Educational Psychology. I am trained in First Aid and safety intervention, anti-aggression and bullying  practices. I am also a certified practicum mentor for the Child and Youth Care program at Vancouver Island University.  

I have an up-to-date Criminal Records Check and can provide excellent references from former and current clients.

My proven track record of taking on challenging students and adapting the curriculum in a way that gets the best work out of them speaks for itself. I have a passion for seeing children and young adults succeed and achieve their greatest potential

WHERE DOES THE ACADEMIC WORK COME FROM?

This is a student-dependent question. Treetops' academic and learning resources come from a variety of  sources. I have worked closely with distance education programs on the  Island, across Canada and in the UK - some of the work that students complete is provided by these learning programs. Other students require a tailor-made curriculum which I will create and implement; some parents also suggest a preferred curriculum that suits their child best. I work closely with families to find the best learning program for their child. 

HOW LONG DOES A TUTORING SESSION LAST?

The length of a tutoring lesson is dependent on the student’s needs and the parent or caregivers  preferences. I operate classes Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 7pm. I have  several students who work well with 2 one-hour sessions a week and other students who come to me 2-3 days a week for four or five hours at a  time. I usually suggest we begin with a one hour class and build from there.


I have worked with many students for several years, who book a class when they need support with a particular subject or unit of work.


I operate  “Homework Clubs” throughout the year and a variety of specialized classes throughout some of the public holidays. This includes a popular Summer program that takes place throughout the month of August and is a great opportunity for students to either get ahead of the upcoming school year or simply refresh those concepts and skills already learned in time for the Fall semester.

HOW IS A TUTORING SESSION STRUCTURED?

I am a firm believer in tailoring each session to the individual  student’s academic or behavioral needs. Each student will receive their own customized schedule, computer profile and work resources. I prefer to create a structured and routine focused learning environment as this often reduces anxiety and the "fear of the unexpected" that many of my  students often start out  with when they enter a new program. 

HOW DOES ONLINE TUTORING WORK?

Students must have access to a computer and high-speed internet.  During the session, the student and I will use Skype , Google Hangouts or another online tutoring program to hear and see each other, this may include an online whiteboard that we both can write on using a mouse or tablet. We can also upload any images or  worksheets into the whiteboard. Sometimes we'll watch videos or use online tools. It’s very interactive and surprisingly easy

DO YOU TUTOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OR STUDENTS OUTSIDE OF THE NANAIMO AREA?

Yes, I have students who live in rural areas in the towns surrounding Central Vancouver Island, as well as other parts of BC and Canada. I have the technology and software to tutor students via the internet and currently tutor several international students, both in person and online.

DO YOU FOLLOW THE SD68/69 CALENDAR?

For the most part, yes. Being a parent of school aged children I try to work closely with to the SD68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith)and SD69 (Parksville/Qualicum Beach) school calendar. Treetops is open for business on Pro D days, but is closed on public holidays and two weeks during the Christmas holidays. I run a summer program which has proven to be popular with both regular Treetops clients and families just looking for extra support during the summer vacation.

DO I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT?

An initial registration form is required to be filled out by parents and care givers. A standard tutoring agreement may be required after a 3 session trial period.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

I respectfully ask for 10 days notice for cancellation of a student’s tutoring services. 

HAVE YOU BEEN THROUGH GOVERNMENT CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS?

Yes, I have an up to date Criminal Records Check and can provide excellent  references  from parents, former colleagues, respected members  of the local community, professionals currently working in special education and former students from Treetops and other learning programs  that I have worked with over the years. 

DO YOU CHARGE FOR CANCELLED OR MISSED APPOINTMENTS?

Whilst I am realistically flexible about the cancellation of  appointments. There may be a charge of $20.00 for cancelled appointments at short notice.  Full rates will be applied for missed appointments without notification of cancellation.

DO YOU CHARGE GST?

The relevant taxes will be charged where applicable.