Private Tutoring Testimonials
"Our young people who have experienced trauma, find it particularly difficult to establish relationships and build trust. One of the beautiful things I have observed is the bond that grows between the child and the dog and of course with Sarah. The young people don't feel judged or intimidated by the dog and find it easier to talk and open up. This in turn helps them to build self confidence and enhance their relationships with others.
One of the most valuable out-comes our children and young people get from working with dogs and Sarah, is the 'space' that Sarah creates that enables them to learn. Working with the dogs helps them to find a calm state, a 'space' in their over-active brains for new information to be processed. Traumatised children and young people find it difficult to absorb and process new information. Interacting with the dogs, together with the mindfulness practices used by Sarah, allows our children and young people not only to engage with learning, but to experience success in learning and to discover that learning can be fun."
Guilla Digiglio (MACKILLOP FAMILY SERVICES)
"Sarah brings together her passions and vibrance for her work with young people coupled with an outstanding ability to train dogs a therapeutic aids. The clients Sarah has been working with have complex behavioural and socioemotional requirements. The unique idea of incorporating dog assisted therapy and children's educational needs has served our clients well through weekly tutroing in their homes."
"I decided I needed an English tutor for extra help during year 12. having a tutor allowed me to have a second perspective on what I was learning at school. I also decided I needed a tutor as one on one lessons would further my understanding on subjects as a teacher with 23 other students could not.
My lessons with Sarah were usually an hour long and we would do multiple tasks to assist with that i was learning in class. We created a 'vocab bank' to demonstrate a larger vocabulary and I would write down objectives and ways to begin sentences alternatively. We would look as essay writing by myself and other students and I learnt how to write higher quality essays. We would plan essays and continue to edit other essays I has previously written.
In our lessons we would also find background information on characters in the novels I was studying and use that insight to fully grasp an understanding on the texts. The notes taken during our lessons would be emailed to me so I could look over it during the week when I studied.
Through tutoring I was able to greatly improve my marks. Having a second person who has a vested interest in my education helped me to achieve higher. I learnt how to think about ideas for myself instead of just resighting what my class mates and teacher has said.
The lessons would act as a revision and due to that I found that revising was mush easier to do when you have structure in your planning. As the year went on I found an interest in what I was learning and I was more driven to achieve the highest mark possible.
I would highly recommend Sarah as a tutor for anyone who has a little self doubt. Sarah has the ability to bring out the best in you."
Brianna, VCE student
"While I've always known on one level the health benefits that can be experienced when people have access to pets, over the past 6 months i have witnessed the profound positive impact that pet therapy sessions can have on increasing a child's engagement with school. there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child who was preciously resistant to coning to school not only be enthusiastic about coming to be involved in the pet therapy sessions but actively involved and challenging themselves through competing the activities that are presented to them. Sarah has a beautiful way of relating to the students needs and interests and weaves this through their interactions with the dog and the learning tasks she plans for them. I've watched as the student has gained more and more confidence in themselves and their own ability through training Oscar to do tricks and then build on this confidence by engaging in increasing amounts with the regular school program. The flow on benefits for the rest of our students as well have been huge and everyone's feelings get a lift when Sarah and Oscar walk into the school grounds.
I can't speak highly enough of the program that Sarah provides and am now looking at ways in which more of our students can benefit from the program she provides. It is said that a picture paints a thousand words and to see the huge smile that lights up my students face each time Sarah and Oscar are here is worth every moment and dollar I spend in the program."
"The impact this kind of tutoring has had on my young people has been quite incredible. Sarah is well informed about children's educational practices and animal therapy, and the two mesh together to provide safe, secure learning environments for young people affected by trauma. The use of an animal aid to engage with and bring a burst of happiness into these children's lives has seen them change and grow over time. Before Sarah became their tutor, there was little evidence to suggest any would take a pencil in their hand and write letters, let alone concentrate on anything that looked like book work."