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Spectrum Tuition - Book A Free Assessment Today! - Footscray/ Hoppers Crossing, Melbourne

Overall rating of 4.8 stars based on 28 reviews
These ratings are based on the results of a survey where students were asked to provide an honest assessment of their experience with this tutor.
Knowledge
98%
Extensive understanding of the subject
Communication
96%
Ability to communicate concepts clearly
Punctuality
97%
Always on time, notified student if unable to attend a lesson
Availability
97%
Available at a convenient time and location.
Attitude
97%
Enthusiastic, interested, patient, and courteous
Preparation
95%
Came prepared with lessons and activities
Improvement
97%
Helped student to improve in subject
Value for money
94%
Provided value for money lessons

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Student Stars Subject Lessons
Denis 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Selective 40
Our daughter started at Spectrum Tuition (Footscray campus) in the middle of year 7 right at the beginning of the 40 week program. Our aim was to help her prepare for the selective schools exam the following year. While our daughter’s school teachers found her performance to be at the expected level, we realised that she was lacking in motivation as she did not always feel challenged at school. The initial Spectrum assessment uncovered a range of concepts that were not fully understood therefore we decided to proceed with the Spectrum Tutoring not only help our daughter prepare for the exam, but also to help her further improve her school performance. What the tutoring classes have done for our daughter has been incredible and we are so grateful for all that Spectrum has done to make her feel she can achieve her goals in life. The transformation has been astounding and it is amazing what a difference regular tuition can have on a student. She has developed into a much more confident, independent and motivated student, which is more than what we ever hoped to achieve with tutoring. In fact, after completing the selective program, she has asked us to arrange to continue on with additional year specific Spectrum tutoring programs until Year 12 to keep up with the standard she has become accustomed to and she is truly excelling at school! Even though Spectrum is approximately a 1 hour drive away (one way) from our home, we felt the program was the right fit for our daughter because the material is very carefully structured and helped our daughter progress successfully through all the relevant topics in preparation for the exam. She was given practice exams only after she had learnt the concepts, which allowed her to apply the knowledge, see weekly improvements, and build up her confidence. The tutors were all very supportive and helped her overcome many of the difficulties that she had. Over the course of one year, our daughter learnt how to write engaging persuasive and narrative essays in 15 minutes, which she could not achieve before. She also learnt how to tackle some very challenging mathematics concepts and reasoning topics that she had never seen before, by learning and practising similar questions using the efficient strategies taught in class. The mock exam at the end and the exam packs produced by Spectrum solidified her understanding of the concepts and gave her a realistic view of what the actual exam would be like. This helped her develop the exam strategies and time management skills to help her feel confident on the actual day. We highly recommend Spectrum Tuition for any parent looking to help their child prepare for a selective exam. Spectrum helps students stick to a study schedule, learn the complex concepts in an enjoyable and accessible manner, and they make a real effort to update their materials to reflect the latest changes on the exam, which we really appreciated. Our daughter has developed an enthusiasm for learning that we had not seen before and I believe that due to this, she now has a stronger foundation to set her up for the rest of her high school education and beyond.

Dr C 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Scholarship preparation 15
In the scheme of things, we were very late in starting preparations for the scholarship exam. Thuy (the founder) slotted my daughter into the weekend classes, and made herself available for a regular midweek tuition to help catch her up in the areas that she'd missed. After a busy 3 months, Jamie was successful in gaining entry into Mac.Rob High. She couldn't have done it without the assistance of Spectrum Tuition. Also, the mock exam held at the end of the course was useful in highlighting the areas that needed focus prior to the real exam, and it was the use of past examples that was particularly beneficial: direct comparisons with mock exam and actual exam performances of past students were provided, showing that if one focussed on the 1 or 2 areas where results weren't optimal, it was possible to gain 'superior' results in the actual exam with targeted work. This gives students confidence, and keeps motivation high when a mock exam result may otherwise disappoint. Dr Carolyn Bosak, parent

L.Phan 4.5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5
Maths & English 1
This tutor was easy to understand and very thorough with what was being learnt in the session. The tutor gave valuable feedback that helped improve the mistakes my children made. I highly recommend this tutor to anyone who wants good value for their money as well as have their child vastly improve in Mathematics and English.

Nam L 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Scholarship 50
Spectrum really helped me, as it gave me the deep knowledge I needed to get my scholarship.

Tara 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English Maths 45
WONDERFUL TEACHERS, WELL-STRUCTURED PROGRAM, EXCELLENT WRITTEN MATERIALS My son and his cousin went along to SPECTRUM (the Footscray Maths/English Scholarship Preparation classes) on Saturdays for the best part of a year. I was surprised and pleased that both boys were offered scholarships at APS schools and the course provided a huge confidence boost. After reading research finding that a child's self-esteem follows their academic achievement (not the other way around, as I had presumed), I wanted something to improve my son's fairly average academic performance. He had just begun grade 5. I looked at four other possibilities: James An, Hendersons, Kumon and getting a private tutor. Spectrum was considerably further from our home than the other options, but there were two things that set Spectrum apart: (1) The material taught in sessions (and reviewed in the homework) is a good fit for the Victorian school curriculum as well as the ACER and EDUTest exams. (2) The written materials provided to students are very well designed and structured. And the materials have an in-built system of revision. There were a couple of things I hadn't expected: (1) Best practice teaching. The skill and enthusiasm of the teachers was absolutely first rate. (2) There are systems in place to communicate student progress to parents every week. (3) The academic confidence my son gained (in going from an average student to a very good student) had a very positive knock-on to every other aspect of his life. (4) My son learnt that academic success is attainable and comes through consistent (often enjoyable) work. I very highly recommend Spectrum. Big thanks to Thuy Pham and her team! Tara

Javier R 4.0 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4
English 1
Tessa Moon: 1.Knowledgeable on subjects 2.Enthusiastic About Teaching 3.Has strict rules on Homework 4.Fun to work with and be around

Maureen 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Scholarship Test Preparation 40
I cannot speak highly enough of the tuition my son has received at Spectrum. I enrolled my son into the Scholarship course to help secure a place in a Government High School SEAL (or accelerated) program. We were out of zone for the top secondary schools and had no desire to send our child to a private school. The competitiveness of entry into a SEAL program motivated me to seek tuition classes to prepare him for the upcoming exams and to be with like-minded students. He has always been a very good student academically but I was concerned how he would perform in a larger cohort with students from other schools. As the exam date neared, we also decided to get Thuy to provide some private tuition in English (as his Maths has always been good) and this was invaluable. My son finally "got it" - and knew how to structure a narrative and write a persuasive argument within a 15-20 minute time frame. Thuy had made it easy to understand and positively encouraged his progress over a number of sessions. His confidence was starting to shine through. We were thrilled. After my son sat each exam for entry into an accelerated program, there was a reserved confidence that he had done "okay". Directly after each exam, he would comment that the exam questions, although different in content, were the same as he had practiced at Spectrum. He just had to go through the strategies he had practiced in class. Being familiar with the style of questions meant he settled quickly into the exam and was able to work methodically through each question. I was relieved when my son exited the exams without tears, unlike several other children. We were deliriously ecstatic when our son was accepted into all three accelerated programs! Even today my son credits this to the tuition (Scholarship program) he received at Spectrum and the additional help he received from Thuy. After he finished the Scholarship program, we were very surprised when he asked whether he could continue general tuition classes at Spectrum because he enjoys the classes and the challenge they provide. I would have never dreamed that my son would give up his Saturdays to attend English and Maths classes but I think he has realised the benefits of quality education and resultant gains. Even his primary school teachers have made comment on his academic progress in the classroom. Our experience with Spectrum has been so positive, that my second son is currently in the Scholarship program and we are confident he is getting every opportunity to achieve pleasing results when he sits the exams for entry into a SEAL program in 2016. Looking forward, I am now interested in the my sons preparing for the selective entrance exams (Year 9 entry) so I suspect my boys will be at Spectrum for a few more years. Finally, it would be remiss of me not to provide brief comment on Thuy, the Founder of Spectrum. Thuy has been an absolute delight and endured all my calls and questions with good cheer. She is a very committed educator and will do her very best to ensure your child's potential is reached and dreams realised. Thank you Thuy for all your support and providing a program that gives students the opportunity to shine. And isn't that what education should be about? Forever grateful Maureen X

Will C 4.5 5 4 5 5 5 4 5 4
Maths and english (Scholarship 36
I have been attending Spectrum tuition for two years now. I origannly joined to help with my high school accelerated program entry tests but I decided to join the non scholarship maths and english classes as I was ahead of what my teachers were teaching. I enjoyed actually learning something so I continued. At spectrum tuition you learn something everyday and probably taught me more then my school in that one term. Spectrum tuition helped me get into 3 accelerated programs. Without Spectrum tuition I would not of gotten into any of these programs. It really helps with the tests for scholarships or accelerated programs and generally provides really good tuition for maths and english. I would reccommend this tutor to anyone wants tuition in maths and english or to get a scholarship/entry into an accelerated program.

R. D 4.5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 3
Spectrum tuition 22
We used both the classroom and private tuition options for our daughter in Maths and English as part of Selective testing preparation. We could not fault the consistent high standard of delivery by all the tutors especially Thuy who was incredibly supportive. Spectrum use excellent resources which they continue to review and update and they take the time to explain the best approach to what are many new areas for the students through practical advice. We were particularly impressed with the opportunity to undertake a mock exam prior with a feedback session and the post test follow up. Plus you could purchase additional resources through their online store. My daughter enjoyed it so much she has chosen to continue with extension classes. We would strongly recommend Spectrum for anyone seeking any type of tuition they get results.

Ana G 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Scholarship English & Maths yr 70
Attending Spectrum helped me a lot. The classes were very organised and enjoyable in a way that helped me learn easily as well as having fun. The teachers were kind and easy going, but strict on the amount of work we had to do. Spectrum also helped me achieve my dream of getting a Scholarship and I would like to use this opportunity to thank all my teachers, especially Thuy who helped me go from someone who had never written a narrative before to a person who loves and enjoys writing.

Vanessa 4.5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5
Selective 40
It was very helpful attending these classes, as they went through everything in detail, so that even people like me who have had little prior knowledge could keep up. The tutor were friendly and approachable, and the exam was similar to the tuition papers. The maths one was a little different but I managed well. Thank you

Steven L 4.5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Selective English & Selective 40
The selective English and Maths classes were very helpful to me, it allowed me to prepare for the exam thoroughly and it enabled me to get clarification on anything that I needed help with. The mock exam at the end also helped a lot. It let me get over the pressure and feel a lot more confident during the exam. Overall, this helped me achieve success through the Selective Entry High Schools Entrance Examination.

Jaydon & 4.0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Maths Methods Chemistry Englis 52
The program is streamlined for the students needs and the results are there to be had if you work hard. Thank you for all of the help and support that you give my children their grades have increased and they are more confident in what they are learning at school. Kind Regards Maria Meilak Mother

Aishah C 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 28
Mercedes has helped me improve greatly in my English, and I see this in my school marks. She taught me different perspectives to write from, while supporting me in my own style.

Dulce A 4.5 5 4 5 4 4 5 5 5
Specialist Test Preparation 1
My son attends a government school - his school had the 5th best VCE median score rank last year among the government schools and he has consistently performed very well in his Math and English test in school. So, like most parents, we queried whether there was a benefit in getting him extra tutors but went ahead nonetheless and enrolled him in the selective exam preparation program of Spectrum Tuition. After the exam my son said, he would not have gotten heaps of the math questions had he not attended Spectrum Tuition as his school has not covered these topics. He also said, the essay question was hard and not a usual topic he would do in school. But, thanks to the preparation he did in his English classes in Spectrum Tuition, he was able to stay calm, think through the question and recons his English essay result will surprise me. He now agrees with me that all those extra worked helped him in getting entry into a selective school - and trust me its not easy to make a 13 year old agree! We'll definitely be enrolling in Spectrum Tuition again for English and Maths classes through to year 10.

Iain D 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Selective school exam 20
Started going to selective exam tuition for only 6months before the exam and had already missed half of the syllabus. Made up by having private tuition from Thuy. She was knowledgeable, patient and motivating in her sessions and had relevant tutoring materials following the structure of the exams. Had doubts of being successful given the late preparation but was overjoyed when offered a place at the selective school. A lot of the capability was built by Thuy definitely and without her guidance and tutoring, it would not have been possible. My brother attends the tuition centre as well.

Daniel R 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Maths 6
We are very happy with the entire service provided by Spectrum. The fact that our son was able to take in so much in a relatively short period of time, from subject matter, examination tips and study preparation. He was successful in his aim to gain entry into his choice of school and now has the best opportunity to achieve his goals in life. We believe it was his time with Spectrum Tuition which made the difference and we are very grateful for all they did for Daniel.

Ying T 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Maths & English 60
Spectrum provides my child with challenges that she needs. It allows her to advance according to her capabilities, irrespective of her age. The tutors engage her in her learning and go their way to give her the workbooks that suit. They are always there to provide feedback and support. In addition, Thuy and staff in Spectrum are very friendly and attentive, they acknowledge and give positive encouragements to my child. Their consistent support and encouragements motivates my child in dedicating herself to achieve high standard. Beginning of this year, my child sat for two scholarship exams, and she did very well in fact. She was offered both scholarships. With that, I would like to thank Spectrum, for being one of my child's greatest contributors, to her achievements.

Anita L 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English and Maths 7
My daughter attended Spectrum tutoring classes 7 weeks prior to sitting for Selective school entry exam, she has enjoyed her experience, her English tutor has made it fun to learn. I also let her sit for the mock exam and the tutor went through the answers in class, she believes this has helped her gaining entry to the selective school. My son has also been trained for 27 weeks prior to sitting for scholarship test, he has learned a lot from tutoring, he said it has definitely made a difference, he has achieved his goal for obtaining scholarship from his school due to the intensive training. I am happy with this tutor and I would recommend this tutor to my friends.

William B 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English and Maths 25
The tutor noted my strengths and weaknesses and focused on improving them. She is dedicated to the job.

Damilola A 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English and Mathematics 20
If you are considering an additional study support, Spectrum Tuition is an amazing place to be. The Teachers are great, knowledgeable and very passionate about imparting sound knowledge. These have assisted me in building my confidence levels. Through the weekly homework, I get more engaged; challenged to learn and understand new concepts. Within a very short period of my starting at Spectrum tution, I feel more happy about my performance in school.

Amarpreet A 4.5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4
Maths & English 12
I enrolled my son Kairav into Spectrum Tuitions in Term4 2012 based on recommendation of our family friend. I was hesitent to make any opinion begin with & was wondering if it will be worthwhile the money & time spent, on top of the distance(20k) we had to travel to be there every Saturday. I am pleased that I made that decision when I look at the quality of the tutors Spectrum has & the level of workbooks adequately challenging Kairav's potential to the optimum level . ....so far so good....Keep it up guys!!

Maria S 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English & Maths 100
Spectrum is making a HUGE difference to my daughter, they have been terrific where we have seen amazing improvements in her approach to learning. She has so much more confidence and it is amazing the difference tutoring can make. It has been such a positive experience The tutors are friendly, passionate, enthusiastic with a wonderful gift for making your child feel like they're making real progress. The tutors are proud of every student, regardless of their level of knowledge. They make learning enjoyable. I recommend them to anyone.

Maria 4.5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 4
Maths 70
Spectrum has made a HUGE difference to my daughter, they have been terrific where we have seen amazing improvements in her approach to learning. She has so much more confidence and it is amazing the difference tutoring can make. It has been such a positive experience The tutors are friendly, passionate, enthusiastic with a wonderful gift for making your child feel like they're making real progress. The tutors are proud of every student, regardless of their level of knowledge. They makes learning enjoyable. I recommend them to anyone.

Samoil J 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 15
I learned a lot and I enjoyed the lessons.

Maria 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Maths 60
My daughters attend Maths and English in the group sessions every Saturday, grades 8 and 10. Tutors helped them gaining confidence and close some knowledge gaps. There are very reliable and accurate assessment procedures to identify specific individual needs and the parents can always organize individual feedback meetings with the tutors. There is an effort to keep the group numbers below ten and the fees are the best I found in the market.

Chris 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Mathematics 80
My son has been attending Spectrum Tuition for the last two years. The material covered is very carefully structured and the tutors he has had have been instrumental in his progress ( he is studying maths a year ahead of his high school year ) as they deliver the material in a logical manner that helps build his knowledge and confidence. It is also helpful that that my wife and I are able to see how he is going along by logging onto the website and checking his progress. We will also be enrolling my younger son in the maths subject they run. I also told my sister about Spectrum tuition and my nephew is also enrolled at Spectrum Tuition and they are thrilled with his progress as he was struggling with maths at school. A big thank-you to Thuy and to all the wonderful tutors who dedicate their time and effort in helping the children. Keep up the good work. Kind regards Chris

John & 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 1
Excellent! Miss. Giselle was very patient, knowledgeable, capable and efficient. We saw great improvement in my son's grades. You have found us someone with an excellent foundation in the properties of English. This is exactly what we wanted. We are very pleased. Thanks! We would highly recommend "Spectrum Tuition" .

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