Below are some case studies of students we have worked with. *Names have been changed to protect privacy.
Ted was TLF's very first client, and continues to be a client now. Currently in Year 6, Ted started with TLF in 2017, in the summer holidays before Term 1 of Year 3 began for him. Ted was unable to read. Decoding letters and numbers was difficult for Ted, and the motivation to learn was almost completely gone. With little academic success in the past, Ted had switched off from learning and didn't see the point in completing activities, reading books or learning letters.
Utilising a blend of pastoral care and academic learning suited to meet Ted at the stage he was experiencing, we slowly began to move Ted's skills in a positive direction. As Ted began to get the answers right, to recognise words and work with numbers, his confidence improved enough for us to begin challenging him with new content that would ask him to try harder.
Now Ted can read fluently and enjoys a good Captain Underpants story. He is fascinated by space and science - two subjects that he could not access with his skills going into tutoring. Ted continues to learn once a week with TLF, and is currently working on parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives and verbs and is examining the effect they have in written work.
Shiloh has always been a student who really, really wants to do well. She tries her hardest to complete tasks, to learn new concepts and to apply them. But sometimes, dyslexia stops her from achieving the same milestones as her peers.
For Shiloh, this is disheartening and discouraging. Before we could address anything to do with dyslexic learning or the skills that Shiloh had missed in her early years of schooling, we first had to teach Shiloh how to believe in herself and how to give herself a break. For us, Shiloh's greatest achievement is not in academics, even though she has made astronomical gains in that area. Shiloh's personal growth is incredible, and she continues to grow into a confident young lady who is in control of her learning journey and where she wants to go.
Bryce came to us in Year 8, during a transition of struggle in high school. He's the typical 'fly under the radar' learner who only captures the teacher's attention when assessment time comes around and he or she realises how much assistance Bryce actually needs.
When concepts are explained 1:1, Bryce is quick to grasp them. He can turn his ideas into a variety of written forms - a struggle for him prior to tutoring. Now in Year 11, Bryce is doing incredibly well in school and has remained in tutoring to boost both technical writing ability and self-confidence in learning. After all, if you don't use a skill, you quickly lose it.
Tiffany is a gifted learner and a fantastic writer. She does well at all of her subjects and is being extended in English and Legal Studies. With the new ATAR system coming into Queensland, Tiffany's cohort is the first to experience the new ranking system and what that will mean for entry into tertiary studies.
Understandably, this level of pressure is difficult to deal with as a 16/17 year old who may or may not know what they want to do after school. Tiffany works with us to make the most of her considerable potential and to keep her calm and focused on her ultimate outcome.
Rory joined TLF when he was in Year 6, prepared to take on high school the following year. A very sporty student who was well-accomplished in that area, Rory had overlooked a lot of the skills he was missing. Reading was a challenge and Rory's literacy level prevented him from accessing texts and reading the instructions to answer questions for class.
Rory is impeccably behaved and would never act out of turn. In some ways, this made him a harder client to crack because it was difficult to see where Rory's area of need was. We knew that literacy was an issue, but he could read with reasonable fluency. The instructions were not translating into 'I have to go and do this' for Rory. As we worked with Rory, we discovered that although he had the technical skills to read, he didn't have confidence that he was right about what he had read. In Mathematics, Rory had not learned timestables by rote and this impeded his ability to do multiplication and division problems in his set homework and classwork.
By working through each issue, Rory was far more confident and equipped to commence Year 7 and he hasn't looked back. Rory outgrew his need for us to work with him - which is exactly our aim. TLF fosters students to grow and learn, and to believe in themselves, so that they can be independent and confident learners who engage in the world around them.
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