Growing Minds - Mathematics Tuition in New Plymouth
Growing Minds - Mathematics Tuition in New Plymouth
Growing Minds - Mathematics Tuition in New Plymouth

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mathematics Tuition is well recognised as an excellent supplement to the valued work of a classroom teacher. Maths Tuition can be of enormous benefit to students who may be struggling to reach achieved grades as well as for those who aspire to gain merit or excellences with NCEA achievement standards. Strong maths and statistics skills are important for learning across all subject areas and are essential for career development beyond secondary school. Some of tomorrow's most exciting careers will be based around mathematics and statistics and the ability to think precisely and reason logically. 

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We are passionate about maths and know our subject very well.

Our enthusiasm is contagious and we bring out the fun in learning Maths!

Each lesson is tailored to focus on your current study needs - no pre set computer programmes or plans.

One on one tuition or in small groups with affordable lesson fees 

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Steven Tubby is our Principal Tutor:

He is a New Zealand Qualified Teacher

He has a Diploma in Specialist Subjects - Mathematics and in Technology, and a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). He also holds a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering (Mechanical).

He has over 20 years experience in teaching at Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools in the New Zealand curriculum, and he has also taught at a tertiary level.

He has been a tutor of Mathematics for over 20 years, and founded Growing Minds Mathematicis Tuition as his own business in 2010.

Growing Minds Mathematics Tuition is a full member of the New Zealand Tutoring Association.

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We are available from 7am to 9.30pm Monday to Sunday including school holidays and the summer break.

Lessons are one hour in duration

We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


“Exam buster” group sessions are offered in Term 3 holiday break & study leave:

90 minute sessions - schedules available from September each year

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Yes, we are available for extra lessons in the holidays, including the summer break. 

Steven also runs “exam buster” sessions in the Term 3 break and during study leave. These are 90 minute sessions in small groups focussing on each NCEA Level 1 & 2 Achievement Standard assessed externally.   Ideal for exam preparation!

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We work from our home in dedicated classrooms, with a full set of curriculum resources and practical teaching tools including whiteboard, copier, OHP, teaching aids etc

Our address is 26 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth 4310.

Parents are welcome to sit in and observe lessons at any time.

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Our preferred payment method is by direct payment by bank transfer. We also accept cash or cheques made payable to Growing Minds Mathematics Tuition.

An early payment discount is available if lessons are booked for a full term (or equivalent) and paid within two weeks of invoice.


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Regular lessons are most beneficial to the student as this keeps pace with any gaps in learning that occur at school / study, and maintains ongoing progress.

A full term booking will secure a regular time / day session to provide continuity.   

However casual bookings can be made to meet your specific needs. 

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Written reports are provided three times per year (usually at the end of Terms 1, 2 & 3)

Regular feedback is also given as required if there are any concerns or outstanding progress to report.

Parents are welcome to sit in and observe lessons at any time and you are also welcome to contact us at any time if you have any concerns.

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If a student is absent from a scheduled lesson than that lesson must be paid for, unless the required notice is given to be eligible for a "catch up" lesson. Up to two "catch up" lessons may be provided within each term 

To be eligible for a “catch up” lesson the required notice is:

  • At least 48 hours in advance, if unable to attend due to a school / work / family related activity
  • At least 8 hours prior to the lesson, in the case of illness / bereavement

This notice then allows us the time to try and fill your spot from our waiting list.

Credit for booked lessons will only be provided in extenuating circumstances at the Tutor’s discretion.


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A 1B5 lined notebook – to take key notes from the learning given

Any resource books you are currently using

Secondary students need to bring their own calculator

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We usually recommend the purchase of specific books as a supplement to both the student’s level of learning and to meet the needs of the curriculum.

This additional resources can help speed up lessons and learning and gives the students extension / homework to do in their own time.

We can supply these books - costs vary from $7 to $25 each. 

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Our teaching style varies to meet each student’s learning style and current needs.

We usually start off by revising what we learnt in the previous lesson and review any homework completed.

We then review what the student is currently studying and work on any areas that need further understanding or development.

Then we can then work on extending the students' knowledge to complement current studies.

We finally recap the key points of learning in the lesson and often set homework tasks to further reinforce their learning and understanding of the areas covered.

Calculators are usually only used to confirm results, except when needed for specific work in trigonometry, quadratics or calculus etc

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