Any combination of writing, spelling, reading comprehension and letter formation can be taught. 

Primary and Intermediate Literacy

Literacy lessons for Primary (Years 3-6) and Intermediate (Years 7-8) students are closely aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum and National Standards.

Students write across a range of genres including personal recounts, character and place descriptions, narratives, speeches, instructions, reports, explanations and arguments. This is done to ensure that students have a good grounding across curriculum in preparation for high school studies.

Time is spent developing students’ understanding of structure, grammar, punctuation and writing features which apply to each genre.

Models of writing are used to allow students to understand what they are aiming for when it comes to meeting the expectations of their goals. Once a piece of writing has been completed, it is published by Mindfull Tutoring and emailed home along with feedback and goals for the next piece of writing.

Secondary English

Years 9 and 10

Junior high school students spend their time developing their creative writing, formal writing and essay writing skills.

Students practise how to write essays about both the novel and the film they are studying in class. Tutors personally make themselves familiar with the novel or film your child is studying. This is in order to support your child to prepare for end of year exams.

Considerable time is also spent on growing students’ understanding of unfamiliar texts, as this comprises of a large portion of assessments at this level.  All lessons are based around the objectives set out in the New Zealand Curriculum and the exemplars.

Students coming from Innovative Learning Environment Schools can either follow a traditional State School model or teaching can be aligned with what is happening at their school.


Senior high school students’ learning mirrors what is happening for them in class.  This means they work on the same standards in tutoring that they are working on at school.  

We assist them in refining their essay writing techniques, help develop their understanding of unfamiliar texts and practise writing skills which are being internally assessed.  Tutors familiarise themselves with your child’s studied texts, allowing them further opportunities to discuss areas such the ideas, themes, relationships, motifs, plots, characters and major events.