We initially took our son to Learning Fundamentals because we were concerned about his reading. When he came off levelled ‘take home’ readers at school after grade two, he increasingly became reluctant to read at home, out loud or independently. We were also concerned about his spelling, and felt that this could be contributing to his additional reluctance to write. As he was our first child, we were uncertain about the level of expected progress. Then, his grade three NAPLAN results clearly confirmed his difficulties in both reading and spelling.
We found Learning Fundamentals through the Learning Difficulties Australia Tutor Referral service. We felt that because our son was already in middle primary, we needed to find intervention with tutors who were teachers and understood remedial literacy intervention. Our son started seeing Jacinta McMahon. After testing and identifying the gaps and weaknesses in his learning, Jacinta began weekly one-hour sessions with our son.
The evidence of our son’s progress was immediate. Jacinta provided planned and structured support that was clearly systematic and cumulative. She was filling in the gaps in my son’s learning, and he was progressing and gaining confidence. Jacinta also guided me to provide effective home support, which helped to consolidate his learning. After about three terms of tutoring, my son was reading and spelling at age level. And most importantly, due to the improvement in his reading and spelling, our son began to read independently and began to really enjoy reading. Our son also really enjoyed his sessions with Jacinta, he actually looked forward to them. They had developed a great rapport and Jacinta made learning fun, relevant and interesting for him.
When Jacinta advised that our son no longer required her tutoring, we were reluctant to end what had become such successful and positive learning experiences for him. Therefore, we decided to continue with the sessions, they went from providing remedial support to enrichment.
We are very grateful to Jacinta and Learning Fundamentals. We have no doubt that without their intervention, our son would have increasingly found reading and spelling more and more difficult and laborious each year. We feel very fortunate to have found a centre that offers such high quality tutoring, along with ongoing support and guidance for us, the parents, which was invaluable as we worked towards the best outcome for our son.
Marcus and Deidre Banes
Since our first meeting with Jacinta at Learning Fundamentals our experience has only been positive. All tutors we have interacted with at Learning Fundamentals have been caring, attentive and passionate about their role; helping our daughter.
Our eleven year old daughter has received weekly tutoring in Math and Literacy at Learning Fundamentals for the past three and a half years. Each lesson is fun and focuses on areas to support what Elizabeth has been learning in school. Jacinta provides Elizabeth with learning tools that suit her learning style including the most up-to-date learning assisted technology. Ever since Elizabeth started her tutoring lessons at Learning Fundamentals her confidence has bloomed and her school results have greatly improved.
The people at Learning Fundamentals have made fantastic progress with our daughter, exceeding our expectations in many ways. Over the years they have proven they genuinely care about our daughter and her academic progress, we cannot thank them enough.
We highly recommend Learning Fundamentals!
My son has been attending tuition with Jacinta McMahon for the last 4 years since he was in preps. During this time I cannot express how imperative Jacinta’s work with him, and her insight into his learning has been.
Without her support my son would not have met his learning goals or maintained a level of confidence and literacy commensurate with his age.
My son has Dyslexia and Dysgraphia which Jacinta recognised long before he was formally diagnosed. She has been nothing but kind, patient, supportive and welcoming of my son who affectionately calls her ‘Cinta.
Jacinta’s breadth of knowledge and understanding of Learning Disorders, proven teaching techniques and methodologies, along with a comprehensive understanding of the Australian Curriculum and technology has meant my son has been given quality tuition when the school system would have failed him.
Without Jacinta’s direction and guidance over the last 4 years I do not know how I would have tackled his learning needs or been able to provide him with the level of improvement and development that he now enjoys.
Jacinta and her team at Learning Fundamentals are a professional, empathetic and intelligent group of tutors and mentors for children and parents, without of which I would have been lost.
I cannot recommend her or her team highly enough and look forward to many more years working together with my son.
My wonderful son has language and cognitive processing delays. Despite support from his school he was struggling in Grade 1, so I thought we’d try a term at Learning Fundamentals to see if it would help.
18 months later and the weekly session is a big part of our plan for my boy. He really loves the time there – Jacinta makes learning enjoyable, which is a big ask for a boy with his learning difficulties. And I am astounded at how he has progressed academically since we started with Jacinta. I didn’t think we’d ever get him reading – now he enjoys sitting and reading alone, reading to us, and he’s just written a 5 page story.
As well as tutoring my boy, Jacinta has been an advocate and support for me, helping guide me in getting the best out of school and make decisions for his future.
Contacting Learning Fundamentals was probably the best decision I ever made about my son’s educational needs over the past 7 years. My 12 year old son will be starting at secondary school next year and has been seeing Jacinta since Grade 3, so it is an appropriate time for me to reflect on her role with us as she has been hugely important for me, as well as my child.
My son has ADHD and struggles to work independently in class and does need guidance from his class teacher to stay on task and complete work. He experiences difficulties with many aspects of his literacy and lacks confidence and enthusiasm for learning. However, he looks forward to his weekly tutoring session with Jacinta and is very engaged and focused on the work he does with her. Jacinta provides a stimulating, structured, creative, fun and flexible program that is suited to his specific learning needs through a range of teaching tools including computer technology and games.
Jacinta is a very passionate and committed educator who has vast experience in special education. She is patient, enthusiastic and empathic with my son and has developed a wonderful rapport with him over the years. He always gives her a hug each week and she makes him feel very special and listene