FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Frequently Asked Questions assist parents in understanding how Edworks Personalised Programs can benefit their child.

  • Q1. Does Edworks offer services other than Scholarship and Selective Entrance Exam preparation?
  • A1. Absolutely! In fact, apart from Edworks’ Practice Exams & Skills Assessment service, many of our scholarship preparation students stay on with us after sitting for their exams to further refine their skills through our progressive programs. Indeed, over 50 per cent of Edworks’ in-house students attend in this way, to gain The Edworks Advantage. That is, the awareness, skills and strategies to achieve success both academically and in every day life. At Edworks, we call this 'working smart’, or, less time and effort for better results. Edworks’ students are offered enlightenment and an 'understanding of the learning process’ to equip them for their school careers and beyond.

    Many schools are centred on quantitative rather than qualitative measures of success: There is more concern that students 'get the answer right’ than display constructive thinking that reflects 'the processes’ used to arrive at solutions. Edworks’ teaching philosophy is sharply focused on the qualitative aspects of learning so that students are able to apply an 'understanding of the learning process’ to solve problems. This enables them to enlist skills for creative, critical and lateral thinking and to move beyond their innate abilities to reach their potential. Edworks’ tutoring services range from a pre-school program to the final school year across a spectrum of educational and psychological areas. In all circumstances, Edworks seeks to stimulate and enlighten a student’s thinking, rather than offer humdrum, repetitious activities.

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  • Q2. Why can't we join for just a few tutorial sessions?
  • A2. Commitment! A student’s commitment to join Edworks Active Learning means Edworks, in turn, is committed to ensuring the student gains the best possible benefits within the minimum time frame. Imparting the keys for 'working smart’ is only the beginning. The Edworks Advantage focuses on students’ development and refinement of the skills for 'working smart’, to empower and equip them for success in their immediate school futures and beyond, into adulthood. The minimum membership period ensures a student has the opportunity to acquire a significant skills repertoire. This offers them an important edge to set them apart from their peers and thus, greater choices in their future careers.

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  • Q3. What lead time would a student need at Edworks to prepare for Scholarship or Entrance Exams?
  • A3. It is important to be aware that only about the top three per cent of all students sitting for such exams are successful! Naturally given a year to prepare, most Edworks’ students are well equipped for such exams. Some, however, achieve scholarships and selective entrance exams placements after only being at Edworks for the minimum membership period or 13 sessions. Principally, it depends on the student. Significantly, we often have families returning to Edworks, perhaps with younger siblings of previously successful students who have gained scholarships through Edworks’ progressive programs. Such experienced families are potently aware of the highly competitive nature of school scholarship and selective entrance exam positions. They are therefore keen to start their second or third child at Edworks in a timely manner, usually for at least two terms to a year. Whether they come for scholarship prep or other programs, Edworks’ students are continually learning, developing and refining their skills, and then enjoying the rewards at school. Some of our students stay with us for years, or may take a break and return later, to add more skills to their personal repertoires.

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  • Q4. Our two children need tuition in specific, but differing areas. Can you help?
  • A4. Each child who comes to Edworks has different needs. This fundamental reality means that students can only gain optimum results through personal programs that are designed specifically for each one. So, yes, we would target your children’s personal areas of need and tailor individual programs for each. Both children can therefore attend at the same session time. This is a key aspect of Edworks’ operations. Importantly, the inherent value of Edworks’ Personal Programs is the stimulation and motivation offered through the dynamics of its environment. Here, each child also benefits within a social context where student role models offer inspirational examples of the successes achievable through Edworks’ programs. Please see What are Personal Programs? for more information.

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  • Q5. How does Edworks tuition differ from other educational organisations?
  • A5. Where some organisations may offer rote learning, automatic feedback responses and standard computerised program learning to its students regardless of their individual needs, Edworks seeks to engage its students on a different level. Edworks’ innovative skill building techniques are offered to all students through its Personal Programs and are designed to cater for each student’s individual needs. Here, students learn how to think, how to set goals and to use their initiative. This instills confidence, motivates them to discard any fear of failure and to become risk takers in order to succeed. Edworks’ programs foster a desire for greater learning and skill development. Students become equipped to make informed decisions and discerning choices and to become independent and skilled problem solvers and time managers.

    In other words, Edworks offers its students 'thinking smart’ skills and strategies to set them apart from their peers and to enhance their potential to do well at school. Importantly, these are the same skills and strategies that tomorrow’s employers will be seeking of the job seekers of the future. Such a future will be more competitive, more dynamic and more demanding of its employees than ever before.

    Since its 1990 inception, the philosophy of Edworks Active Learning has embraced the raising of the awareness of the individual student, allowing them to step outside and beyond the sphere of their innate ability to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. Such teaching philosophy is supported by international studies and research findings. When it comes to educational theory and classroom learning strategies it cannot be said that Edworks’ simply offers 'more of the same’. Please visit our Gift Shop for some great educational tools.

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  • Q6. Do you offer home tutoring services?
  • A6. No, our tutors do not come to the home and there are important reasons for this. When children attend Edworks’ centres, they are able to leave any negative labels that may have unwittingly been attached to them at school through unguarded comments or poor marks, or in the home, perhaps through sibling rivalry. At Edworks, in a positive, non-threatening and relaxed environment, students can start afresh. They quickly develop self-esteem and confidence as Edworks’ qualified team acknowledge and commend their strengths before tackling areas of individual interest.

    Importantly, at Edworks’ centres, we are able to offer the stimulation and encouragement necessary to foster an eagerness to learn in a professional setting. Our ability to manage learning in this way not only avoids the distractions of the home environment; it ensures that students can enjoy Personal Programs that are tailored to their individual needs. A significant feature of the progressive programs offered at Edworks’ centres, is that our professionally qualified team members not only enjoy their work, but they, also, receive ongoing training through Edworks’ team training programs. Home tutors, by comparison, may only be seeking to subsidise their income with a little extra money. Thus, they may not regard the tutoring role with the same level of professionalism towards the individual student, or be focused on successful outcomes.

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  • Q7. How will 'Edworks Free Scholarship Preparation Exams & Skills Assessment’ assist my child?
  • A7. Edworks’ Free Scholarship Preparation Exams are designed to target the specific nature of assessment for Scholarship, Accelerated Program and School Entrance Exams and to promote student time management, creative, critical and lateral thinking, problem solving and effective communication. Students are encouraged to use Edworks’ Practice Exams & Skills Assessment to assess current skill levels, to use feedback as a tool to further develop and refine exam techniques and strategies and to assess areas of interest they may wish to pursue in-house, at Edworks’ centres

    In a student’s final phase of exam preparation, practice exam trials offer a chance to become familiar with the formalised exam structure under timed conditions. Importantly, this valuable experience allows students to appreciate the effectiveness of their Edworks-acquired skills and strategies under exam-like conditions.

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  • Q8. Why doesn't Edworks use computers during its tutoring sessions?
  • A8. As a policy, Edworks does not use computers. Computerised learning tends to promote 'answer driven' learning which simplifies learning to the point where students only see the answer, rather than the learning process, as the objective. Conversely, Edworks' personal programs, delivered by a tutor at the student's desk, promote divergent thinking (more than one possible answer), which fosters abstract thinking and creative problem solving.

    Further, computer-based programs tend to ignore the importance of concrete thinking, deductive reasoning and understanding concepts, and do little to promote the idea of independent learning.

    While a number of tutoring businesses focus on computer-oriented rote learning, Edworks’ experience suggests computers have lost their glamour with many parents who value and seek the constructive input and life-lessons that computer programs cannot offer. (Should this pose a problem for parents, we suggest that such a computer program can always be used at home as an adjunct, if parents so desire.) In Edworks' experience, however, such concerns are seldom voiced.

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  • Q9. Why are Edworks individual tuition programs better than home-based tutoring?
  • A9. Edworks is a professional educational organization of almost 20 years' standing. Developed and refined over this period, our specialised tuition programs awaken students to an understanding and appreciation of learning itself. Students begin to develop skills that take them beyond their natural ability, empowering them to take control of their own learning. This is fundamental to a student's long-term future: the skills learned at this stage can be carried throughout every phase of a career and beyond, through life.

    Monash University recognises Edworks' contribution to the education field. Edworks' comprehensive study guide, Reach For The Sky, is on the university's recommended reading list (despite the book's target reading audience of students from Grade 5 to Year 12). This useful companion to student learning reflects an investment in research and development that ensures Edworks is offering innovative, progressive concepts and not merely 'more of the same'.

    Edworks also offers a psychological perspective. This confers a consciousness towards the needs and development of the 'whole child'.

    Edworks provides a positive and friendly learning atmosphere and importantly, a fresh start, devoid of negative labels and free from the distractions that may naturally occur in the home. This is critical for students who may have lost confidence in their abilities! It offers an environment for positive attitudes and for focus on the development of new skills and strategies. Outcomes are often evident within a short period: renewed self-confidence and the desire and motivation for classroom participation and higher exam results. Incidentally, positive role models are provided by established students who enjoy the success they continue to gain from attending Edworks' sessions.

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  • Q10. Are teachers qualified?
  • A10. The Edworks team comprises a dedicated team of professional men and women committed to offering its students the very best in progressive education. Tutors are carefully selected and trained in the Edworks philosophy. All staff members are tertiary qualified, experienced, and importantly, are passionate about making a difference.

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  • Q11. Why don't you give homework?
  • A11. Rather than offering meaningless rote learning, Edworks' focus is on the qualitative aspects of skill development. Our aim is to encourage students to take ownership of the learning process and to integrate Edworks' skills into their daily lives. The many testimonials from parents reflect Edworks' philosophy of supporting students to take control and ownership of their learning, and focuses upon the qualitative aspects of Working Smart.

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  • Q12. Do you have any holiday tuition programs?
  • A12. Edworks doesn't offer holiday programs as we believe that true learning and mastery comes from the continuous refinement of skills. This cannot be achieved through one or two day workshops or holiday programs.

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  • Q13. How will I know Edworks is working?
  • A13. Edworks provides a written review at the end of each session. Tutors report to parents on the skills developed and the areas covered in the session. As reported in many testimonials, many parents and teachers are witness to students integrating Edworks' strategies into their daily school life.

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  • Q14. I want my child to do practice scholarship exams. Does Edworks offer this?
  • A14. Edworks has assisted thousands of students to prepare for scholarship exams. In addition to our Online Scholarship Practice Exams and Skills Assessment, Edworks' programs are structured in an exam format which enables students to familiarise themselves with the various forms and structures that occur in exams. Edworks' focus is not solely on familiarising students with exam formats, but more importantly, giving students the opportunity to develop and refine a specific range of skills. These skills are the key to making informed decisions when tackling scholarship and entrance exams.

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  • Q15. What if we go away on holidays and aren't able to attend sessions?
  • A15. Edworks offers make-up tutorial sessions when students are not able to attend a session for any reason. It's as easy as informing our office and a time will be made at your convenience.

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  • Q16. When can we start our Edworks Membership? Must we wait until term-end?
  • A16. Edworks' individual tuition programs, tailored specifically to your child's needs, mean that you can start at any time. You do not have to wait until the start of the term. Edworks encourages parents and students to be pro-active and to address areas needing focus, whether remedial or extension, when they are first identified.

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