Selective School Tutoring

One-on-one in-home and online tutoring for the Selective School Exam.
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Selective School Tutoring that your child will love

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Selective School Tutoring

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We do everything for you. Book your first lesson in 3 minutes and we’ll have the perfect tutor lined up for you within 48 hours.

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Love your tutor (or it’s free)

Your first lesson has our 100% happiness guarantee; so if you aren’t convinced the tutor we select is the one for you it’s free.

Selective School Test Tutoring

Get complete flexibility

Lessons in your home when they suit you or online anytime – 7 days a week, 7am to 8pm. No contracts or minimum commitments.

Selective School Test Preparation

Regular progress updates

We keep you in the loop at all times. We’ll send you feedback after each lesson and a detailed progress report every 10.

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Access to the best tutors in the country

Our tutors are the kinds of tutors we would want working with our own kids. All screened, reference-checked and holding WWCCs.

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Undivided one on one attention

Individualised learning that is tailored to your child. No boring software or workbooks – each lesson is customised for them.

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Since 2005 we’ve helped thousands of students get in to Selective Schools

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Our Selective School Preparation program gives your child everything they need to succeed in the selective school exam.

A one-on-one preparation program that will give your child the best opportunity for their future.

The selective school test is really hard – which is why a comprehensive selective school program is absolutely crucial to succeed.

With a success rate of only 30%, even the most naturally gifted students need to take the time to prepare – and with many students starting to work with a tutor from as young as third grade this is only getting more and more competitive.

The Alchemy preparation program is designed to familiarise each student with the exam content, show them strategies to confront the most challenging questions and ultimately walk in to the exam with confidence that they know what they are about to face.

Because what we do is one-on-one, every program is unique. After the initial assessment, your tutor will know exactly what your child needs to focus on and build the program around these core skills – something you won’t find in a classroom environment.

We work with students of all ages – for those aiming to take the test in year 6 for year 7 entry and even those looking for later entry up to year 10. Lessons can take place at your home or online – and we work around your schedule to find a tutor that matches your busy week.

Experience the Alchemy difference for yourself by getting started with an accredited Alchemy Tutor today.

Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills

Perhaps the most challenging part of the selective school test is the thinking skills section. It combines components of reading, comprehension, maths and general ability to make a very difficult collection of questions for even the brightest of students. Our tutors will give your child the tools to succeed in the Thinking Skills section.

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical Reasoning

6 years of primary school maths comes to a peak in the mathematical reasoning section of the selective school paper. It is challenging and fast; offering very little time for each question. With the help of an Alchemy Selective School Tutor your child will walk into the mathematical reasoning paper with confidence.

Reading

Reading

In the reading section of the exam, students are required to read a number of different text types and answer corresponding comprehension questions. This sounds simple – but it becomes challenging when they give a variety fo very similar answers and students need to choose the best match. Your tutor will give your child the skills to make the right decision in the test.

Testing strategies

Testing Strategies

In addition to the specific content of the exam, your child’s tutor will help them get ready for the exam by teaching them various exam strategies that will give them an unrivaled advantage in the test. The test is a race against time, so being able to shave off any time makes a world of difference. Knowing how to arrive at an answer quickly will help them immensely.

Our program will give each student the the skills and knowledge they need to walk in to the selective school exam with confidence.

Our program is all about familiarisation – familiarising the student with the question types and format of the exam. By identifying trends of questions and knowing what to expect, your child will know how to respond to the questions and when they don’t, they will know how to choose the next best answer.

Please note that our selective school preparation program is designed for high performing students. If your child struggles at school, we would suggest you get in touch to organise an English or Maths tutor first. Foundational skills are not the focus of the selective school preparation program – it is all about the test and each lesson will centre on the test.

In the first session your tutor will assess your child’s current abilities and identify their strengths and weaknesses. From there, they will design the program around their unique needs ensuring adequate time is given to each core skill.

All components of the test will be covered; reading, writing, mathematics and general ability. Homework will be assigned (if appropriate) and progress will be tracked every 10 weeks.

We use all our own materials that we have developed over more than a decade of supporting students.

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All our Selective School Tutors go through our unique accreditation process


Our tutors are chosen not just for academic excellence but for being role models and mentors that have the ability to inspire the young people they work with.

Every tutor is hand selected, interviewed one-on-one and double reference checked before joining our team.

All tutors that work with selective school students have passed our selective school accreditation which ensures they understand the expectations and requirements of the exam. In many cases, they are former selective school students themselves so can offer additional first hand wisdom and support for the students they work with.

We channel more than a decade of experience into equipping our tutors to be the best in Australia, giving them all the support and resources they need to bring out the gold in every student they work with.

All Alchemy tutors hold Working with children checks that we manually verify ahead of their first session. Meet some of them here.

Lessons when and where they suit you

In-Home Selective School Tutoring

Lessons in your home

No need to fight after school traffic or battle to find a sparking spot.

We offer the best Selective School Tutoring right in your home at a time that works for you.

We offer one-on-one tutoring 7 days a week, before or after school and on weekends. Your tutor will come at the most convenient time for your child.

We make things as easy as possible for you by pairing you with an accredited local tutor that knows your area just as well as you do!

Online Selective School Tutoring

Lessons online

Your child can connect with their tutor online in our custom built online classroom.

Any device – no app download required. They’ll use video chat, a shared whiteboard and interactive features to make the experience as immersive as possible.

Online lessons can happen at any time, from anywhere. You’ll also get access to a far greater network of Alchemy tutors offering a broad range of experience and knowledge.

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Affordable one-on-one tutoring for Australian families

Online

Anywhere, Anytime

In Your Home

In-Person Lessons

✓ First lesson covered by our 100% happiness guarantee – if you aren’t happy after the first lesson it’s on us

✓ No contracts. prepayments or hidden fees – the price you see above is what you will pay

✓ The world’s easiest payment system – your payment information is stored securely and charged 24 hours after each lesson

✓ No charge for missed lessons – just give your online tutor at least 24 hours notice before a scheduled lesson

Why choose an Alchemy Selective School tutor for your child?

✓ Save time and money: No need to scroll through endless tutor profiles; we select the best tutor for your child based on their unique needs and organise everything for you

✓ Confidence: Expert tutors in selective school preparation that know the exam content

✓ Convenience: The ease of having a tutor come to your home when it works for you or online anytime

✓ Completely risk free: love the first lesson or it’s free, with no contracts, prepayments or minimums

✓ We communicate with you: monitor your child’s progress with weekly feedback emailed to you by your tutor and detailed progress reports every 10 lessons

✓ Budget friendly: easy weekly payments with no charge for missed lessons

✓ Above and beyond: We care about so much more than marks; your tutor has been chosen to be a role model and mentor for your child

✓ Proven history: over 15 years of experience and thousands of success stories


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Book today and get started with the perfect Selective School Tutor

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Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the best time to start tutoring?

There is no better time than now! Tutoring isn’t just for those that are struggling – it also provides advanced students an opportunity to feel challenged and refine their skills. Having someone partner with you to bring out the best in your child is completely invaluable – and we recommend it at every age and level.

Does my child need a tutor?

Tutoring is for more than just those who struggle. In fact, you will usually find the students at the top of the class are there BECAUSE they have a tutor. Your tutor will become a partner in your child’s education journey, bridging the gap between home and the classroom. We believe every single student has something to gain from the support of an Alchemy tutor – and we know you will see this too.

Are there contracts or do I pay in advance?

No – there are no contracts and we are entirely pay as you go. We use an automated payment system that simply charges your debit or credit card 24 hours after each lesson occurs.

Will my tutor provide content and resources?

Yes – your tutor will have full access to our resource centre which contains thousands of worksheets, practice tests and text books. They will tailor every lesson around your child’s needs and design a unique program for them. To avoid waste we encourage our tutors to use digital worksheets so may bring a tablet or laptop – if you’d prefer to have them printed your tutor can send them to you ahead of a lesson for you to print at home.

How long does each lesson go for?

We leave this up to you to discuss with your tutor – but most of our students do between 1-2 hours per week. Our data shows that students see the most progress when they do a 1.5 hour lesson each week. There is no need to agree to a fixed session length – your tutor simply logs the length of session after each lesson occurs (with your prior agreement of course!).

Will my child have an assessment?

Yes. In the first lesson your tutor will deliver an assessment on your child, seeing where their strengths and weaknesses lie. After the session, your tutor will discuss their findings with you and send them through to you by email. From there, they will then develop a 10-week strategy to see your child reach their goals.

Why choose Alchemy over other options?

There are so many reasons, but the one thing we are most proud of is what makes us who we are. Alchemy is the medieval science of turning metals in to gold. It is the act of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary – something our tutors do with our students every single day. The Alchemy difference is that we care about so much more than just marks. This resonates in everything we do – from the tutors we hire through to the lessons we plan. We want to see your child perform at their very best in all aspects of life – and not just in the classroom. It is this passion for so much more than just academic results that gives us the reputation we have – with thousands of verified 5-star reviews online.

How do you monitor progress?

We test students regularly to monitor improvements. The frequency of this will be up to your tutor, and you are welcome to discuss this with them in the first session to work out a testing cycle that is ideal for your child.

How often will lessons happen?

We recommend weekly sessions for every student. Consistency is so important in education, so irregular lessons may halt your child’s progress.

Is the first lesson a free trial lesson?

No – but it is covered by our first session 100% happiness guarantee. This means that if you are not 100% convinced the tutor we have lined up for you is the right tutor for your child, the session is on us and we can organise someone else that better suits your needs. If however you are happy to continue (and we are confident that you will be!) then we charge you for the first session when you submit payment details.

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One-on-one selective school tutoring

At Alchemy we give you complete freedom. Unlike coaching colleges, there are no contracts, prepayments or penalties for missed lessons.

We simply charge your debit or credit card 24 hours after each lesson occurs. No paperwork, joining fees or payment processing fees.

Whilst most students do one hour per week, we can work around what you need. Left things a bit late and only have a few months until the exam? We can organise a tutor who can do 2 or 3 lessons a week up until the exam. Just getting started on the journey in 3rd of 4th grade? Weekly lessons should be plenty.

Whilst we give you flexibility, we strongly encourage regular weekly lessons. Consistency is so important and missing just a few weeks can really get in the way of progress. Holiday lessons are optional, but in most cases your tutor will happily continue through to ensure we keep moving forward week after week.

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