FAQs



Tutoring Lessons



Most of our tutoring sessions are held at our own classrooms, where we have all resources available. Our classrooms are designed for private and semi-private tutoring lessons, and help to inspire and motivate students. Each tutoring session will take place in its own separate classroom.


For location details please see our Contacts page.

Yes, all lessons are taught in English and all our tutors speak English fluently.


We currently do not offer tutoring in other languages.

We follow the curriculum of the student's school in addition to focusing on specific skill sets the student needs more practice in.


For students who are not enrolled in a school yet, we will will follow the curriculum most relevant for the student (for example, US Common Core Standards, British Primary Maths Key Stage 1 or 2, IB/AP or others)

This depends on the age and curriculum of the student.


For younger students we use a combination of hands-on activities, worksheets, interactive notebooks as well as games, flashcards and other resources.


For Middle School and High School students we use a combination of the student's own textbook as well as additional supplementary worksheets or exercises which we provide.


For IB students we have access to official IB databases which allows us to retrieve a variety of IB material to help students accordingly.

Our tutoring sessions are engaging, interactive and productive. We place a strong emphasis on simplifying the information to ensure students thoroughly comprehend the material, while fully adapting the lessons to each individual student's needs.

No, for Elementary/Primary students our lessons will include a variety of activities to ensure the younger students remain engaged and interested throughout the session.


We will include a number of hands-on and interactive activities in addition to worksheets to introduce them to topics and work on their skill sets. We also work with a rewarding system to ensure students are proud of their accomplishments and keep challenging themselves.

Yes, we always provide additional homework material so students can continue practicing outside of their tutoring lessons.


However, we always liaise with parents to see whether this should be obligatory for their child. Some parents would like their children to continue practicing beyond their tutoring sessions while others prefer their children to focus on the homework they have been assigned at school.

Every month we send out a progress report to all parents with details on how the student is progressing.


Nevertheless, parents can contact us at any time to obtain more information or discuss specific concerns.

Tutors



We work with a small group of tutors who are qualified Math and/or Science tutors with a degree in either Engineering or Math Education. All our tutors speak English fluently, and most of our tutors have studied abroad.


What our tutors definitely have in common is that they are all enthusiastic individuals with a passion for teaching a subject they love.

Tutors teaching at A for Effort will have the same teaching style. A for Effort hires tutors based on their qualifications, experience, personality and teaching style to ensure they are the right fit for the organization. Tutors are trained at A for Effort to get them familiar with the approach and teaching style we expect from them.


Through continuous monitoring and evaluation we can ensure that the expected quality and style of teaching is adhered to at all times by all tutors. We will always work with a small group of tutors to ensure this is attainable.

Yes, students will be assigned the same tutor each lesson. If a student follows both Math and Science tutoring they might be assigned a separate tutor for each subject, depending on the qualifications of the tutor.

A request can be made for a specific tutor, and we will do our best to assign the requested tutor accordingly. Nevertheless, this will depend on the tutor's availability.

We schedule tutors according to their expertise and qualifications. We have tutors who only teach Math lessons, some who only teach Science lessons and others who are qualified for both Math and Science lessons.

Yes. We find it very important that students are enthusiastic about their lessons and their tutors. While we seldom have a mismatch, we will certainly try to accomodate any student who would like to switch to a different tutor.

Scheduling



Please contact us at info@aforeffort.org or at +62 819 1100 1203 to schedule a lesson.

Yes, you can schedule a trial lesson first. Please contact us at info@aforeffort.org or at +62 819 1100 1203 to schedule a trial session.

Each standard tutoring session is 60 minutes long, however we do have the option to extend lessons to 90 or 120 minutes.

This depends on the student's tutoring needs. Generally we recommend 2 tutoring sessions per week in order to get through all topics the student has covered at school.


Nevertheless, we have seen many students progress with 1 tutoring session per week.

Yes, we reserve a specific day and time for each student.

Yes, students will be assigned the same tutor each lesson. If a student follows both Math and Science tutoring they might be assigned a separate tutor for each subject, depending on the qualifications of the tutor.

Sessions can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the start of the tutoring session. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the lesson are charged as a regular lesson.


To cancel a lesson please contact us at info@aforeffort.org or at +62 819 1100 1203 .

Where available sessions can be rescheduled to another time slot within the same week of the planned lesson, and if communicated at least 24 hours in advance. This will also depend on the availability of the assigned tutor within that week.


To reschedule a lesson please contact us at info@aforeffort.org or at +62 819 1100 1203 .

Yes, we remain open during school holidays and both regular and online lessons can be scheduled.

Yes, we can help students who are abroad with our Online Tutoring sessions or Practice Packets.


Please see the Online Tutoring & Practice Packets category for more relevant FAQs.

Yes, we do have the option to add additional lessons, for example to prepare students for an upcoming test or exam.

Online Tutoring & Practice Packets



Yes, we provide online tutoring sessions.

We use the Zoom platform to conduct online tutoring. Within Zoom we use the video conferencing, whiteboard and file sharing features.

Although they might not seem as personal, we do find them to be as effective as regular tutoring sessions. Feedback from both our students and tutors is that they find the approach to be very similar as our regular lessons.


The interactive whiteboard feature allows both tutors and students to write and share their ideas simultaneously, allowing students to engage in the lesson in a similar way as a regular session. In turn tutors can evaluate and review the student's material and provide immediate feedback. This in combination with the video conferencing and file sharing features makes our online lessons a great alternative to regular face-to-face lessons!

The student will need a computer, internet connection and the Zoom application (download at zoom.us).


Although not a prerequisite, we suggest the student to use a computer mouse or a drawing tablet to make writing on the interactive whiteboard easier. A simple drawing tablet like the Huion H420 can be bought online for about $25. Please contact us for more information on obtaining the right drawing tablet.

Yes, we can usually schedule online tutoring sessions outside of regular office hours to accommodate the student's schedule overseas.

No, the tutor will entirely guide the student during the online tutoring session.


Parents will only need to help connect younger students to their Zoom session, once connected the tutor will proceed with the lesson.

For students who are not in Jakarta, we can provide practice packets or online tutoring sessions.

Practice packets are tailored packets which students can complete by themselves at their own pace. We usually provide 1 packet per week, which will cover specific material relevant for the student. This could be to review material of the past year, or to start practicing topics of the next school year. For new topics we provide the relevant links and resources. Once the student completes a packet their tutor will review their work and send back detailed feedback.

Yes, we can send practice packets and hold a subsequent online tutoring session to review the student's completed work.

Tests



IB Math SL & HL Analysis & Approaches

IB Math SL & HL Application & Interpretations

IB SL & HL Biology

IB SL & HL Chemistry

IB SL & HL Physics

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics

Yes, we also provide tutoring for SAT preparation.

Our IB tutoring lessons place a strong emphasis on getting the students familiar with actual IB questions and material. As soon as the student has a good understanding of the foundation of the topic we move on to official IB material, starting with the basics and moving to more challenging problems.


Exposing students to IB material will allow them to get acquainted with the various types of questions they will face on their IB exams. Tutors will also help students understand the IB grading system to ensure they can score the most points per question.

We have various subscriptions to official IB databases which allows us to retrieve a variety of different types of resources.


These include IB practice packets, IB questions per topic, IB questions per difficulty level, mini IB exams, past IB exams and more. Depending on where the student stands in their course we will build their understanding using our various resources.

Contact



For general inquiries please send an email to info@aforeffort.org or contact us via phone at +62 819 1100 1203.

Material can be sent by email to tutors@aforeffort.org. If possible please include the tutor's name in the subject field.

Yes, all tutors can be reached at tutors@aforeffort.org. If possible please include the tutor's name in the subject field.

All phone communication goes through our general company phone number at +62 819 1100 1203. During office hours any information will immediately be communicated to your child's tutor.

Please send an email to info@aforeffort.org or contact us via phone at +62 819 1100 1203. We keep lesson reports of all students in our database and can always retrieve the details of any session held.