How can Smarties Private Tutoring help my child's math skills?

Smarties Private Tutoring can provide support for students finding challenges with all maths concepts including Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability and problem-solving skills.
Using the Orton-Gillingham Academic Maths Approach, each session will include one-on-one teacher-student instruction using a multi-sensory interactive approach for teaching Mathematics. Each hands-on activity will help students consolidate their foundational mathematical skills and form new connections to more advanced concepts.
Children develop their mathematical language as they move from their interaction with concrete objects to a more semi-abstract level, recognising pictures to represent numbers the objects and finally to understanding abstract numbers themselves. Connecting concrete items, then pictures and drawings to abstract numbers are the foundational skills of Mathematics.


The Orton-Gillingham Academic Approach was designed for students with dyscalculia, where the student’s ability to learn number-related concepts, perform calculations and develop mathematical problems solving skills was challenging. However, it is a hands-on multisensory approach suitable for any child lagging a mathematical key concept.


Students learn foundational number sense skills, such as counting, sequencing and place value in a sequential order. Manipulating physical objects helps make maths concepts less abstract and more meaningful. Drawing Maths problems with images helps visual learners to experience success with multi-step problems.


Students connect their Maths skills to everyday practicalities to make sense of concepts and see the relationships between numbers. Quick reviews and visual cues help students overcome obstacles to make sense of Maths.


Using memory aids such as timestables charts and calculators provide ongoing success as students overcome their associated Maths anxiety.

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At Smarties Private Tutoring, we are passionate about helping primary school aged students with literacy and mathematical learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Programs are based on a one-on-one teacher-student instructional model designed to have a direct, explicit and structured approach.

Sessions are imaginative, engaging and sequential and use a range of multisensory strategies and resources.
Whilst the Orton-Gillingham Approach was originally designed for students with dyslexia, the approach can successfully be suited to any students with literacy or mathematical difficulties.