Student confidence and parent concern are two of the biggest drivers in exploding numbers for tutoring services in Griffith.
When MIA educator Dani Frank opened up her tutoring school in July 2020 she aimed for a client base of 55 students.
Within a term she had smashed her goal and now has enough demand to take on three additional staff members.
"We said we wanted to target 55 students by the end of 2020 and we got to that within the first term," Mrs Frank said.
"We started with around 27 existing clients and then it doubled very quickly. We exceeded what we expected."
While based in Griffith, the centre has been assisting several students from Leeton shire.
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Student confidence has been the biggest impact from COVID said Mrs Frank, even for the self-sufficient, independent students who managed to keep afloat still missed that valuable encouragement and support.
"Even students I have that are so academic and can self-regulate and get through the work, like the assurance of the face to face setting which they missed last year," she said.
"If students don't have confidence they won't even try something, they will avoid it."
Additionally, Mrs Frank explained that many parents of primary aged children saw first hand during lockdown where their child's strengths and weaknesses lied and this prompted many of them to seek additional support after school went back.
"A lot of parents have said to me that last year was the first time they got real insight into what their kid could and couldn't do," Mrs Frank said.
"I've had a lot of parents of younger children come to me where their children were in kindergarten or year one and they felt they had missed foundation reading skills, which are some of the most important."
However, Griffith Tutoring Centre ideally needs an additional three educators to cater to the demand of enrollments in 2021 and Mrs Frank is on the look out for qualified teaching staff.
"We are looking for a Stage One literacy teacher, a primary Maths and English or generalist and also a high school Maths teacher," she said.
Tutoring in small groups with individualised plans means students are the drivers of what they need to study but they have the immediate support close by from staff.
"The first thing kids get from tutoring is confidence. They will feel better about school and their mistakes."
"Building confidence is really what we try to do here."
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