‘What types of students do you work with?‘
TMC was designed for students who have fallen through the ‘cracks’. The intelligent but doubtful and/ or disengaged young people who may experience anxiety or lack the confidence or motivation to perform.
Whilst we have particular success with those in the ‘middle’, we work with and welcome a broad spectrum of students, including high achievers and those with additional learning challenges including students with autism and dyslexia.
Additionally, we offer a homeschooling option for at- risk students and work alongside the Curriculum Council and DOC to ensure we provide effective education that prioritises mental health.
‘What is an appropriate age to enrol a student?’
Whilst our program is designed for secondary students, we work with children as young as six as well as university students.
Years seven, nine, ten and eleven are pivotal times of development and transition, therefore we recommend considering enrolment at these points.
‘Is TMC more mentoring or tutoring?’
We pride ourselves on the emphasis we place on young people’s head spaces. We believe a healthy and stable mindset plays a large part in one’s performance and success, and therefore work to nurture self awareness and development primarily.
Our holistic approach allows us to incorporate academic learning and develop critical thinking skills through conversation and other proven learning techniques.
‘What subjects do you offer tutoring in?’
We pride ourselves on catering to a large amount of student’s needs, including all school subjects offered.
Our team is made up of intelligent and enthusiastic people who are scholastically capable and well equipped to share their knowledge in the areas they specialise in!
We invest in the latest academic resources to ensure our approach and advice is aligned with the latest curriculum, whilst always finding avenues to push our students and encourage critical thinking skills.
‘What is the secret to your success?’
Our ability to constantly adapt to student’s academic and psychological needs, from week to week and also from one person to another is effective.
Maintaining our core values: respect; reciprocation; authenticity; honesty and trust is also essential in walking our talk. If we are to expect young people to open up and share vulnerable parts of themselves with us, we must be willing to do the same in an appropriately respectful way. Story telling is very powerful in healing and establishing human connection as well as a sense of belonging.
Additionally, building a successful working rapport with the intention to improve a person’s confidence and performance requires consistency and reciprocation- It’s a 50/50 alliance that must be nurtured and maintained like any other type of relationship. Intentions and expectations should be outlined on both sides, with mutual goals (short and long term) always open for discussion and review.
Furthermore, the emphasis Behaviour Scientist’s place on a ‘bottom up’ approach – which involves empowering clients to direct their lives and feel heard and seen in our space and working alliance is paramount to our work.
Our strength based approach and willingness to engage in frequent reflexivity cannot be underestimated. TMC is a positive place where emphasis is placed on identifying and building on the skills and strengths people already inhabit.
Our openness to feedback, suggestions and willingness to learn from mishaps and lessons has played a big part in our growth. Engaging in reflexivity is critical to the effectiveness of Behavioural Science in practice. It is our professional responsibility to frequently look inwards; assess and challenge our assumptions, biases and triggers that could result in limiting judgements and cause harm to respectful relationships.
‘How do I get my child to communicate with me?’
- Listen without judgement.
- Listen to understand rather than react.
- Draw on personal experiences that relate directly to what your child is expressing/ experiencing and share them authentically.
- Reiterate your understanding and support.
- If something is concerning you, ask your child to educate you on the topic.
‘How do I manage my child’s social media habits?’
Remember that your role as a parent first and foremost is to guide, discipline and protect. This means setting the rules and boundaries about devise ownership and engagement.
We have found cutting down or cutting out social media completely to have profound effects on young people’s wellbeing and school work.