How It Works

Initial Assessment

Each student is tested using professional New Zealand Curriculum testing tools.

The information from these tests helps to identify any gaps in your child’s learning. We then tailor lessons to meet your child’s needs and take them to the next level.

Assessments cost $95 each and are required for Years 2-8 students.

Monitoring and Contact

We maintain regular contact with families. If appropriate, our tutors will contact your child’s classroom teacher to align the learning that students are experiencing at school with tutoring lessons.

At the end of Term 1 and 3, we provide a Progress Report to allow you to understand both the learning that has taken place in tutoring, future goals for your child and how you are best able to support your child’s learning at home.


Number of Students in Each Lesson

All Mathematics / Junior English

We pride ourselves in providing personalised tuition with low tutor to child ratios. There are two students per tutor as this allows each child to practise skills that they have been taught on an independent basis while the tutor helps the other student. Once a child has completed a task independently, the tutor checks that the student has embedded the learning to take it back into the classroom environment where they will be able to transfer the learning independently.

Senior English

We find that in Senior English a ratio of one tutor to three students is ideal. This gives the students the opportunity to share ideas about studied texts, increasing their critical thinking skills and enthusiasm for literacy.


A wide range of materials are used in mathematics to represent key concepts to the children in a visual manner. This aligns with the principles of the Numeracy Project which is the preferred method of teaching in New Zealand schools.

Lesson Times

Lessons are offered from 8:00am until 7:30pm, from Monday to Friday. Lessons run during state school term times and there are no classes over the holidays between terms.


Occasionally, there are reasons why students cannot attend their lessons such as sickness, school camps and family celebrations. If the student cannot attend the lesson the first absence for the term is charged at half price.


Paired lessons cost $59 for Years 1-8, $62 for Years 9-10, and $67 for Years 11-13. All lessons run for one hour.  There are two students to one tutor to ensure they are immediately available to help while avoiding the unnecessary anxiety of someone looking over their shoulder. Private lessons are available for all year levels from 2-13 at $92 per hour with one student to one tutor. All prices are inclusive of GST.

Lessons include:

  • Personalised learning advice
  • Initial assessment and ongoing monitoring of progress
  • Feedback and feedforward for your child
  • Two formal written progress reports
  • Access to Mindfull Tutoring’s individualised learning programmes

2020 Term Dates

Tutoring is aligned with the state school year.

Term 1

28th January – 9th April

Term 2

28th April – 3rd July

Term 3

20th July – 25th September

Term 4

12th October – 4th December for Seniors and 11th December for Juniors


Year 9 – 10 and any Yr 11-13 students not sitting external assessments, will finish on at the end of our ‘Senior academic year’.

Mindfull Tutoring is closed on all public holidays, there are no changes for these days.