About The Genius Family: How We Operate

We have spent nearly three decades developing and honing our approach to private tuition. We believe that every relationship begins with understanding exactly who the student is and what the challenges are. We don’t tell a student how they should be feeling or how they should be working; we listen. And once we fully understand, we put a plan into action.

Family Interview

Our process starts with a family consultation at our assessment centre in Fourways. We get to know the student – we find out about their study habits, routines, interests and goals. This includes both an in-depth qualitative and detailed quantitative review of the student’s scholastic career up to that point.

Mock Examinations

Following the initial interview, the student will write examinations at our assessment centre. We get to learn about the student’s stress levels, examination techniques, and performance under pressure.

Examination Diagnostics

These examinations are then carefully analysed to determine the specific subsections and question types to focus on. We also identify the types of mistakes the student tends to make.

Stakeholder Consultations

The Education Manager will consult with the student’s subject teachers, educational psychologists, therapists and other relevant educational caregivers to gain insight into the student’s academic situation.

Tool Selection

Subject Content Tuition, Exam-taking Techniques, Proactivity and Motivation Mentoring, Study Skills, Time Management, Interest-generating Extension Modules… the list goes on. At Genius, we have many tools in our toolbox. Choosing the right approach and combination of tools is critical.

Team Selection

Tutors, if tuition is deemed necessary, from our team are selected based on an optimal match in terms of learning style and personality. We aren’t an agency; we know all of our tutors personally, and as far as we are concerned, choosing the right mentor – someone your child will look up to and connect with – is crucial!

Feedback Session

The Education Manager will put together a meta-report of the student’s educational position based on the initial quantitative and qualitative assessment, the insight gained from the relevant educational stakeholders and a data analysis of scholastic results obtained in previous years.

We meet at your home to outline the findings, insights, and recommendations for enhancing your child’s educational experience and helping them reach their full potential.

Briefing and Preparation

Following the feedback session, we brief and prepare our team of tutors. We ensure that the whole team understands the nuances, challenges, outcomes to be achieved, the programme map, and the approach and plan for facilitating your child’s growth.

One-On-One Lessons In Your Home

Lessons happen one-on-one in your home or at your school. The tutors build a working relationship with the student and move through the outcomes effectively and constructively. We set and keep track of work to be done in between lessons.

Mock Examinations

On an ongoing basis, the student will write mock examinations at our assessment centre – we get to monitor their progress in the various subsections, and they get to practise what they are learning under exam conditions. Most importantly, the student will gain confidence from good results, and this will feed into their drive and commitment to the process.

Educational Management

The Education Manager is there to lead the process and ensure a great result; they are responsible for overseeing and supervising the tuition process, recommending and implementing course corrections along the way, staying in contact with the school and other stakeholders, as well as hosting regular feedback sessions and progress reviews in your home.