SPELD SA has recently developed facilities for on-line tutoring for students living
in remote areas. This is a new and exciting medium which students find motivating
Over the years, SPELD registered tutors have played a vital role in assisting children
and adults with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. A good teacher,
using specialized teaching methods, can make all the difference to a students
success and self-confidence. Tutors on the SPELD register have current SA teacher
registration and a minimum of two years classroom experience. In addition,
they have received specialist training through SPELD (SA) in the teaching of children and
adults with specific learning difficulties. On-line tutors undertake additional
Application for a Tutor
In order to access SPELD (SA) services we ask all clients to first become a
member. If you would like us to arrange a tutor for you, please complete and send
the Tutor Allocation and SPELD
membership forms with a cheque/money order for $50 (GST included). This includes
a $35.00 SPELD (SA) membership fee and a $15 referral fee. If your membership is
current, please deduct $35. Once received, we will arrange for a tutor to contact you by
email and arrange for a trial session. This process will take approximately 10 days.
The current cost for on-line tutoring is $40 per lesson (most students have 1 lesson
per week) and it is expected that students will sign on for a minimum of one term.
Tuition fees cover the cost of 60 minutes on-line lesson time 1 on 1 with a tutor and the
supervision of homework selected specifically for each student. Homework is emailed
to you and emailed back to the tutor prior to the next lesson. Fees need to be paid
by the term, prior to the commencement of lessons. Tutoring can be provided in all
areas of literacy for students of all abilities from 7 years of age. It is
anticipated that tutoring in mathematics will be available from Term 2, 2003.
Families accessing this service will need:
- Windows 98+computer system,
- 56K modem + internet connection,
- sound card,
- speakers and headset microphone
Setup of the system is generally easy and can be done by anyone. It will work on
most computers but success is dependent on a combination of factors such as modem speed,
bandwidth and distance from phone exchange. An obligation free trial can be arranged
to test if your system is suitable. You will need a microphone for the trial.
Younger students will need an adult supervisor to sit in on the first few lessons. The
actual program used for lessons involves a small download from the web which is included
in the lesson costs. In addition tutors may recommend a software program to address
the individual needs of students in particular subject areas. Most of the programs
we recommend cost less than $70 (GST inclusive).
Homework is designed to consolidate the work done during the tutorial session.
This usually involves 10 to 15 minutes practice, for example, in reading, phonics or
spelling five times a week. In most cases with on-line tutoring this will be a web
based work activity, a specific section of a recommended software program or a worksheet
to be completed on the computer and emailed back to the tutor. Tutoring does mean an
extra workload on top of the students normal school homework and negotiation may be
needed with your childs school to ensure that they are not overburdened.
To be successful, ongoing support by all involved with your childs education is
vitally important. Your childs tutor will liaise with the school should you
want this and are happy to provide an introduction. It is important, too, for
parents to be fully involved and supportive. The student needs all our patience,
understanding and support to gain the maximum advantage from individual tutoring.
There is no magic wand.
Reporting and feedback
Parents are encouraged to discuss their childs progress on a regular basis,
either after the lesson if time and circumstances permit or by phone or email.
Tutors provide a written report twice yearly.