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.
Introductory session (usually 1-1.5 hours)
Before you start working together, 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. At regular intervals, session format and focus are 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 assignment
Sessions are split into half-hour learning segments, each of which can cover a different topic or learning need.
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.
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 involve 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.
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 and can be explored in your first meeting. Together with homework, however, once a week is usually enough.
Depending upon current commitments, ALNS can offer 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 can support 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 enables us to video conference (and, therefore, watch one another explain things or write). We set this all up in our first session, then start learning. To learn about Zoom, perhaps, watch a demonstration, click here.
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 or PayPal. PayPal transactions incur a $5 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.
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 economical, the preferred location for one-on-one sessions 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 number of students, devices and learning materials. Small groups can require break-out areas, especially if students need to team up or need extra space.
Fran provides learning materials and activities to help you practise and develop your skills. We can also work with your resources, especially if you’re studying or learning for your workplace.
Learners need to bring a folder, note paper, pens, pencils, eraser.
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 always negotiable. They will revolve your schedule and targets; you may even be asked to create your own activity. Doing these things helps Fran check how you’re going and plan future sessions.
To enquire about the above or organise your literacy & numeracy classes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0413 525 114.