General Info

ALNS provides friendly, supportive and practical literacy & numeracy classes for adult learners.  This page seeks to address most questions about Fran’s approach to mentoring.

 

Session format

Introductory session (usually 1-1.5 hours)

Before sessions start, you meet with Fran to discuss your situation.  She will ask you about your objectives; what you can do; and why and what you want to learn.  This helps her develop a customised program for you.

At your first meeting, you’ll also discuss how you’d like to learn and any concerns (or constraints) you have.  Fran then conducts a mini-class to give you a feel for her approach.  By the end of the hour, you should have a good idea about what you can achieve as a learner.  Session format and focus is regularly reviewed and confirmed with you.  

 

Learning sessions (1-2 hours)

Fran prefers face-to-face sessions because of what can come up.  Working together in the same space helps us explore topics and practise.  Non-verbal cues are important in helping teachers address learning needs.  The format of your literacy & numeracy classes is guided by and agreed with you. 

Sessions usually include the following sections (as a minimum):

  • touch base before the session starts (observations, general questions)
  • review the past week’s learning (including homework)
  • focused learning, as agreed with you
  • temperature check & homework

Sessions are split into half-hour learning segments, each of which can cover a different topic or learning need.

 

 

Session size

Fran runs literacy & numeracy classes for small groups or individually.  Small groups can include up to 5 people of similar skill levels and tend to be organised by the students.

 

 

Session duration

Irrespective of why you’re learning, 1.5 to 2 hour sessions are recommended.  The minimum booking is for 1 hour which tends to pass very quickly!  Learning L&N unfolds like a maze; one “simple” question can lead to all sorts of things!  There are many connections in language and numeracy, which is why it can be so interesting.

The four session sections (above) usually require a minimum of 90 minutes.  By the end of that time, students usually feel they’ve done enough.  We agree session length at/after our first meeting and keep them as short as possible.  Fran frequently asks for your feedback and modifies classes as required.   

 

 

Session times

ALNS’ literacy & numeracy classes tend to be held once a week.  This gives the learner time to practise and explore things independently.  More regular sessions are possible.  This can be explored in your first meeting.  Together with homework and independent learning, however, once a week is usually enough. 

Depending upon current commitments, ALNS offers L&N sessions on a weekday, week night and/or weekend.  This is also negotiated at your first meeting or when you contact.  

All sessions are by appointment only.

 

 

Distance / Online Sessions

ALNS also supports learners who live outside of the Sydney metropolitan area.  If you have access to a computer, tablet, iPad or phone, you should be able to work at a distance.  Ideally, you will have access to at least two devices – e.g. phone and computer.  This will enable us to see each other’s writing, share documents and develop your L&N skills. 

To work at a distance, you may be asked to set up a free Zoom account.  This lets us work by video conference (and watch one another explain things or write).  We set this up together in our first session, then begin learning.  To learn more about Zoom – perhaps, watch a demonstration – click here

 

 

Fees

Not all of ALNS’ services involve the same sort of work.  The fee varies depending on the brief.  Private (non-employer-sponsored) sessions tend to be paid for in cash at the end of each session.  They can also be prepaid via funds transfer, Square or PayPal.  Square and PayPal transactions incur a surcharge to cover their fees. 

Invoices and receipts are available.  We work out these things at our first meeting.  Same day cancellations require full fee payment.

Reimbursement for travel expenses may apply, depending upon the location.  

ALNS offers a sliding fee scale for people who want to learn together.  Feel free to organise your own study group.  

 

 

Location

Depending on your location and why you’re learning, Fran can come to you or you can come to her.  ALNS is also happy to conduct L&N sessions in workplaces.  To keep session fees reasonable, the preferred location is Haberfield.

Irrespective of location, the venue needs to be quiet, undisturbed, well-ventilated and well-lit.  We require a table that comfortably seats Fran, the student(s), devices and learning materials at a covid-safe distance.  Small groups can require break-out areas, especially if students need to team up or need extra space.  All of these aspects can be explored when you get in contact.  

 

 

Learning materials

Fran provides learning materials and activities to help you practise and develop your skills.  We also work with other resources, especially if you’re studying or learning for work. 

Learners need to bring a folder, note paper, pens, pencils and eraser.  Your phone, tablet or iPad can be handy for accessing apps and researching online.

Fran believes in setting homework.  It helps to reinforce what’s being learned.  Activities are based upon what you do in session; are never high-pressure; and are negotiable.  They will revolve your schedule and targets; you may even be asked to create your own activity.  Doing these things helps us assess how you’re going and plan future sessions.     

 

To enquire about the above or organise your literacy & numeracy classes, contact learning@alns.com.au or 0413 525 114.