Direct Instruction
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Direct Instruction New Zealand
1-on-1 tutoring

Who we are

We are a team of online Direct Instruction tutors with decades of practice and expertise, expanding our services to New Zealand. We understand your child’s needs and are fully equipped to deal with them. In the rapidly changing modern world, many families are turning to online instruction because it’s time-saving, flexible and effective. We are a team of special education tutors with background in clinical and educational psychology who are passionate about our motto – every child can learn, given the right tools.

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Looking for DI learning in New Zealand?

After you’ve completed an online form, our academic director will get in touch with you to schedule an assessment. We establish whether the child needs most help in decoding, comprehension, oral expression, writing or math. Following that, a learning plan is drafted and the family is set to meet their tutor. The learning sessions start to take place after that.

Here is what we will do

Our service starts with assessing the student’s skills at a time convenient for the family, and drafting a student’s learning plan. Our academic director and the parents are involved into this step.

After that, a student starts working with one of the tutors on our team.

Progress is ensured by consistent administration of the mastery tests provided by Direct Instruction programs. We provide regular progress reports for the families to measure student success.

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What kind of technology is involved?

Your child will need either a desktop, a laptop or a tablet to participate in classes. We may use Google meetings, zoom or Skype to connect with families. Besides, the families will need a working printer to print out the materials prior to classes. We typically send you materials a few days before to print them out and get prepared for the classes. You definitely need a good and stable internet connection to participate in classes.

Online tutoring works exactly like in-person sessions. The tutor will explain the lesson using the whiteboard, and together with a student they will proceed to complete the worksheets. After the class, the student will be assigned homework that will be shared with a tutor once completed. Hundreds of students are RWT have already benefitted from this mode of instruction. Their experience is our proof that online instruction works just great.

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Which students qualify for online instruction?

If you are a parent considering online instruction, then your child most probably qualifies. The golden rule of thumb of acceptance into our online Direct Instruction interventional program is an ability to maintain attention for some periods of time. We’ve had great success teaching students decoding, comprehension, oral communication, expressive and essay writing, and math online.

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DI Online Programs
Offered in New Zealand

Reading

Our younger students learn phonics and early reading skills. Lessons are based on sounds presentation and followed by students’ independent reading. Remedial reading and comprehension for struggling older readers.

Writing

Move from constructing a basic sentence to writing a full paragraph. Extend the skills to writing a multi-paragraph story. Learn about persuasive, narrative, descriptive and expository writing. Arguments and position papers.

Spelling

Become a proficient speller through learning about roots, prefixes, suffixes and base words. Use the skill of memorization and letter-sound correspondence while evolving into an expert speller.

Language

Learn the basic vocabulary, concepts and sentence forms used in a typical classroom through highly systematic and explicit programs. Lessons focus around word knowledge, common information, classification and problem solving.

Math

Understand, practise, reach mastery and accelerate. Using these principles, our students strengthen their math and logic skills. They become able to transfer the skills beyond the math curriculum and apply them into real life.

Why Choose us

We are a team of highly professional, experienced and compassionate tutors specializing in Direct Instruction Methods both online and in person.

A wide scope of services

Direct Instruction method

Our team is well-trained in this most systematic and best researched teaching methodology and ready to assist students’ learning in 1-on-1 environment

A wide scope of services

Online learning

As with the students learning at the centre, online learners enjoy a connected relationship with an invested tutor. Students have an option to supplement face-to-face learning with online classes.

A wide scope of services

Our team

We take pride in our team which consists of warm, compassionate and devoted educators specializing in reading, writing, math, French and special education

We Specialize in Special Education

A wide scope of services

Learning Disability

We teach students diagnosed with any kind of Learning Disabilities

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A wide scope of services

ADHD

We help remediate difficulties experienced by students with ADHD

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A wide scope of services

Autism

We help remediate difficulties experienced by students with autism

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Testimonials

Read Write Think is the place when you want to see results. Julia, explained us everything and was very patience with all my questions. Never pushed to purchase any program and provided solutions that works best for each of my kids. Patriticia is amazing teacher who helped my kid to move from zero reading to reading full books!!! He loves reading!! Thanks to you Patricia. She is very creative and found diffrent ways to addapt to my kid. Mariya was also great with my other 6 yrs old kid, she made sure he enjoying the classes and not bored. He was always exited to go to classes , do the work and receiving rewords.It is trully a great place for your kids for private and group clasess.Thank you amazing team and see you soon. 🙂
Yulia Shperber
Yulia Shperber
15:00 14 Jun 22
I highly recommend Read Write Think!My child has been taking classes there twice a week and I could see a big improvement in his essay writing after only a couple of months.The owners and the teachers there are super friendly, knowledgeable and highly professional! We are really happy and grateful that we have been a part of Read Write Think family for this school year!
Darya Rakitine
Darya Rakitine
01:21 06 Jun 22
We love this school. Very good, knowledgeable and patient teachers, nice classrooms, warm atmosphere. Would absolutely recommend to everybody who is behind after 2 school years of Covid.
Solomiya Tsap
Solomiya Tsap
17:50 03 May 22
My child was struggling to learn to read. Few month into the program helped to develop reading skill.
Marina
Marina
15:10 07 Apr 22
An amazing institution overall.Our tutor, Patricia has been fantastic and we are very happy with the level of tuition she has given, as well as her friendly manner and professional approach. We wouldn’t hestitate for a moment to recommend Patricia and ReadWriteThink after such a service.
Marie Quebral
Marie Quebral
18:09 03 Apr 22
We've been with the center since the beginning and won't survive without them ! The program designed based on kids needs and approved education curriculum. It is a perfect balance plus an amazing instructors attitude makes learning the fun process. My kids can't wait to go there every week ! Highly recommended.
Nika Som
Nika Som
16:30 01 Apr 22
Highly recommend this school! Love their individualized approach, professional teachers.
Emma Proxy
Emma Proxy
18:07 21 Sep 21
Amazing school with individualized lessons for kids. Our daughter does not enjoy learning otherwise, but absolutely adores her teacher Eva and loves going to the 1:1 lessons. We've achieved great results with RWT.Thank you Eva and Julia.
Maria Guerts
Maria Guerts
17:39 08 Sep 21
I am so happy we found this Learning Centre! When the pandemic started - my husband and I decided our daughter would be having one-on-one online tutoring this year and it was the best decision we've ever made! We have such an amazing teacher from this centre - Stephanie! My daughter loves her! My daughter progressed dramatically in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Math, Science! Before we came to this centre - my daughter didn't like reading at all and almost couldn't read. Now she easily reads books in English and says Reading is her favourite thing now! The quality of teaching is on the highest level! I love teacher's personal/individual approach to my child! They have such interactive, engaging, interesting classes! My daughter is so sad that Summer Break has begun and she will not see her teacher for the whole summer! She can not wait for September to come - to resume classes with her favourite teacher!
Maryna Lupandina
Maryna Lupandina
00:46 29 May 21
I was referred to Read Write Think by an ABA practitioner, who worked with my child. I was looking specifically for Reading tutor, and supplementation in Math and Language. My child finished finished Gr.5 not reading (at all). I see huge progress now, after just 5-6 month with Read Write Think, my child already started to read, which is really a big milestone for us.I can’t really speak high enough about this company, as what they do is truly outstanding! Our tutor Patricia is very gentle, patient and highly skilled. My child is not always cooperative, but she found a way to work with him almost from the day 1. Any feedback and suggestions, that I may have, are immediately taken and applied in the lessons. We have both, home and center-based sessions, and my child really enjoys participating in both!Highly recommend Read Write Think services!
P. S.
P. S.
00:32 30 Mar 21
My 9-year-old daughter has participated in both camp programs run by Read. Write. Think. as well as a Learning Pod program to supplement her virtual elementary school curriculum. I can’t speak highly enough about how great the teachers are and what a comfortable and engaging learning environment they create for kids. Emma really enjoyed the program and looked forward to going to lessons every time. She enjoyed all subjects, including Math, English, French and Social Studies and learned so much. If you’re looking to enhance and support your kids’ school education, this is the place for you! Highly recommend!!
Alina Chernin
Alina Chernin
04:37 05 Mar 21
A great place for kids to learn- super friendly and helpful staff. My kids really enjoyed coming here and have made great progress in their learning!
Oana S
Oana S
11:19 02 Mar 21
My daughter is in Grade 2 and started tutoring with Read write and think in September 2019. By far the best tutoring. All the staff are helpful. Yulia, Angela and Stephanie are great. My daughter has learnt so much and her reading and writing skills have improved as well. Highly recommend them!
Erika Verame
Erika Verame
18:07 14 Feb 21
We were recommended Read Write Think learning Center by a friend of ours who has her kids in the center.We were looking for professional home schooling/tutoring help for our 14 year old son. When pandemic started and kids were sent home, he got very discouraged and demotivated with his school work. Realizing that the school situation would not be resolved for a long time, I went to seek help.Yuliana and I had a meeting and talked about our needs to establish the right support for our son. I am so grateful to have met her, she is so knowledgeable and experienced and compassionate. She heard my frustration and understood what we issues we are facing. She coached me on how to get started and we began our journey at Read Write Think Center.We have now been with the Center for two full terms. We are getting exactly the kind of unique and personal support my son needs.Finally, as I parent, I found comfort in fact that I am not alone in this, and there are outstanding and caring professionals like Yuliana, who care about my son and his progress as much as I do.We are super grateful for the hard work everyone does to keep us going and would recommend Yuliana and her team without a slight hesitation.
Olga Kizunov
Olga Kizunov
01:24 26 Jan 21
I was recommended to Read Write Think for my daughter, as they have the Mastery Reading program. We have been with Read Write Think for just a few months and I have seen a significant improvement on her reading. The staff are so kind and accommodating and my daughter looks forward to each session with her tutor. Thank you to Read Write Think for the continued support you give her.
Laura Dipede
Laura Dipede
01:28 21 Jan 21
Great experience for 3 years so far. My kids have excelled with their reading skills thanks to this academic centre!
Diana Gelfand
Diana Gelfand
19:23 05 Jan 21
All teachers are very accommodating and patient. Both my kids have really enjoyed their lessons and made great improvements.
Rachel Dombrowsky
Rachel Dombrowsky
00:37 24 Nov 20
My kids have been learning with Read Write Think for the past 2.5 years. The results are fantastic. Julia and her team are very professional, knowledgeable and kids love them!
Renata Aysina
Renata Aysina
18:34 04 Nov 20
If you are looking for a personalized approach from the owner and each one of the teachers, this is the place that provides it. In addition to high level instructions including effective methodologies, the students get materials adjusted to their own progress on a weekly basis. I was impressed with the level of the feedback to the parents that allows to achieve great results in a short period of time. Very flexible to accomodate schedule changes, very experienced and friendly teachers. One pace for a variety of learning subjects. Highly recommended!
Elena Sobol
Elena Sobol
22:44 30 Oct 20
Used their service for all my kids, very happy with it and recommend from personal experience
l f
l f
23:14 26 Oct 20
Both of my kids love the lessons they have in Read Write Think, there is a big support for regular school curriculum and beyond that. Big Thank you all staff!!!
Alla Oleynikova
Alla Oleynikova
19:14 20 Aug 20
Special thank you for making the English writing camp happen! A lot of important and valuable knowledge was delivered to the kids in a condensed format. The classes were engaging, the assignments interesting !Masha’s comments on the homework were very valuable and the feedback extremely constructive. Kids enjoyed your teaching style.I couldn't be happier with the easy decision to enroll in this camp! We enrolled two kids - 11 years old.
Irina Ginzburg
Irina Ginzburg
13:59 20 Jul 20
I highly recommend the Read Write Think summer camps. Our son enjoyed write week. He had a lot of fun and many topics have been covered during that week.Thank you Masha and Julia for this great experience.
Natalya Pogrebetsky
Natalya Pogrebetsky
03:08 19 Jul 20
Julia has been helping our son for over four years now and I can’t stress enough how wonderful she has been. Our son’s English and writing skills have significantly improved and matured. Julia is systematic, patient and intuitive and will adapt to your child’s skills and encourage your child at the same time. She is fabulous!
Rita Zelikman
Rita Zelikman
16:21 14 May 20
We have used Julia as our tutor for over four years now and all three of our children have benefited greatly. She is very knowledgeable in our educational system in Ontario and honest in regards to my children’s needs. I would recommend Julia!!
Carina Briskin
Carina Briskin
18:37 11 May 20
Julia is one of a kind. She has literally transformed my son's ability to study. She has helped him excel in literacy at which has been his struggling subject since he has started school. We don't know what we would do without her!
Sunny Ashurov
Sunny Ashurov
22:54 04 May 20
Very good tutors who help kids with special needs
Sabharish Sainath
Sabharish Sainath
16:39 10 Mar 20
Julia is a very special person who genuinely cares about her students. She has a very gentle and patient approach to her style that my son absolutely loves. He knows she cares about his progress and goes above and beyond to help him succeed. I highly recommend Julia and her one on one program!
Karen T
Karen T
14:05 01 Mar 19
This is the best you can do for you child!
Julia Kazakova
Julia Kazakova
03:37 22 Feb 19
I highly recommend the Read Write Think program to anyone whose kid needs a little extra boost or serious help with their reading and writing.Our son didn't know how to read or write when he started Grade 1 (although he attended SK) and was feeling stressed about it. After a little online search we were lucky enough to find Julia, the owner of the Read Write Think program, who came to our house and did a quick assessment of our son. Julia informed us that he would catch up to his classmates by the end of the the school year, which he did much earlier.Julia paired us up with Maddie - a wonderful, patient, experienced and fun teacher who my son loves a lot. Maddie came to our house once a week for an hour and did a great job keeping our son engaged and interested, which was not an easy feat at times :).The materials the program provides are also exceptional and at the same fun (some stories made me laugh out loud).Julia, Maddie and the whole Read Write Think program are amazing! And we will continue with their services next year as well.
Anna Sapozhnikov
Anna Sapozhnikov
20:37 30 Jul 18
As a parent, my kids' learning is very important to me. Even at their young age, I know how important it is to support their needs at school and enhance it at home. That's why I'm happy to have found Read Write Think because their reading, writing, and language & spelling programs have really helped not just my kids' grades, but more importantly, their attitude towards learning through mastery of these core skills.
Chloe Waters
Chloe Waters
17:21 04 Oct 17

Skills Assessment

Take advantage of our free Academic Skills Assessment that we offer for every student. The goal of the assessment is to help us determine your child’s current academic level. After that, we offer a placement into the right program to meet your child’s individual learning needs.

FAQ

I have an upcoming parent-teacher interview night. My child has been identified with some learning challenges and IPRC process is on its way. How could you help?

We can accompany you to the meeting and help you advocate for your child. Communication between all parties involved cannot be overestimated in helping your child succeed.

My child has a psycho-educational assessment and there is an IEP in place at his or her school. Should I bring it to the assessment?

Definitely. Any information you have about your child will help us put a proper learning plan in place. Additionally, it will help us save time in getting to know your child’s strengths and needs.

How do you determine my child’s placement into a specific program?

We will meet with your child for an academic assessment aligned with Ontario school expectations. Following that, we will assess which DI program and level is best suited to the student’s current level.

My child has a psycho-educational assessment and there is an IEP in place at his or her school. Should I bring it to the assessment?

Definitely. Any information you have about your child will help us put a proper learning plan in place. Additionally, it will help us save time in getting to know your child’s strengths and needs.

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Please feel free to follow the links below to learn more about Direct Instruction, Project Follow Through and Siegfried Engelmann.

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