If you’ve got a child at school, you might have thought about tutoring but not really known where to start your search. Enter Cluey Learning! It’s an online tutoring service that happens in the comfort of your own home, from an experienced teachers or top ATAR achievers and aligned with the NSW School Syllabus. Bianka Ford tries out Cluey Learning with her 10-year-old son, Jimi.
No matter how bright or studious your child is, it’s easy for them to misunderstand a simple concept in the early years at school, say in Year 8 maths, which then compounds over the years until it’s an HSC-sized problem in Year 12. And while of course the school teacher can help, they have a whole class to contend with, and even a one-on-one tutor can be tricky to organise, not to mention finding the right personality to match your child’s learning style.
So what’s the solution? Well, enter Cluey Learning! Cluey is an online tutor portal that connects your child to a one-on-one real-life tutor.
How it works
- Tutors are a knowledgeable, experienced teachers or top ATAR achievers.
- They are all vetted, have WWC checks, and backed by highly qualified Faculty Leaders. There is an Education Advisory Board and all of these people are well versed in the Board of Education requirements for whatever state your child is learning in, or whatever exams they are sitting.
- The lessons are a combination of the learning programs (each aligned with the NSW School Syllabus) and the tutor’s own expertise.
- It’s online and it’s safe, with no reason to fear for your child’s safety being compromised.
Cluey Learning: The Road Test
Our family took Cluey for a trial run to see how the online tutoring actually works, and from the start I felt comfortable and supported. Michael gave me a call ahead of the first session to get background on my son so the best tutor could be matched to his tutorial. Cluey’s operators made sure we knew how to check our connection, webcam and mic were correctly working so that technical issues wouldn’t interfere with our session. Clever!
Our goal: For us, rather than a specific issue, we wanted to check that my son’s mid-year change in schools (which also meant changing teachers and curriculum) didn’t leave him with any gaps in his foundational knowledge.
How Does It Work?
We logged into the session 15 minutes early for a welcome screen and to discover a Whiteboard space, which is like the blank canvas (or digital piece of paper!) where the student works. I’m unnaturally excited, while my son has found a way to use to the tools to draw a Pokeball, naturally. Like most of our kids growing up with technology, he is very at ease with the process and working online. I mean hey, he might be learning, but he’s still getting screentime so it’s a win as far as he’s concerned!
The Cluey Learning Session
At the appointed time of 4:30 on the dot, our tutor Clarissa pops up on our screen, in exactly the way a Facetime call appears (each of you with a view of the other). She’s about the age of a University student, she’s polite, obviously very intelligent and has a great connection with kids. She starts with some questions to put us at ease then gets cracking with the lessons listed on an onscreen panel.
First we master to the tools, which are the Whiteboard space (with standards like pen tool, text tool etc) and an excellent upload tool to upload homework or a video of an issue that needs help.
We then work through some basic math problems so Clarissa can see where my son’s learning is up to. As a parent, it’s hard to bit my tongue when I see that he’s doing something incorrectly, but letting the trained expert on the other side of the screen do it her way, yielded better results!
As the online tutoring session comes to an end, the timer on the screen lets you know it’s time for reflection. We were able to see that we now had an excellent idea of my son’s situation, and what strengths and weaknesses to focus on in the next session to best support and improve his learning.
I would confidently recommend Cluey Learning to my friends. The online tutoring session with the Cluey tutor gave me the peace of mind that he was on track with his learning, but also showed me that some topics need to be explained in a different way for him to fully grasp the concepts, which Clarissa handled perfectly.
“I think it went pretty good, I like it. I like how she could just talk to me and make questions appear. I like how you can draw and use text features. I think it would help with school because it starts easy and then gets a little harder. Can I do it again?” – Jimi.
Special Offer: 30% off First two sessions
Interested to see how Cluey Learning would work for your child? As a special introductory offer, they’re offering North Shore Mums 30% off the first two sessions. Find out more.
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Disclaimer: Our reviewer was provided with a free session in return for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are her own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.