We started homeschooling this year, and although my Gr8 daughter had previously done well in school, I was unhappy with her languages (English and Afrikaans). I needed a second opinion on her level competency with both, preferably by doing an assessment which could be repeated at a later stage to gauge any improvement. I was also unsure about how to mark Karli’s written and oral assignments fairly.
We have used Marinus for two terms (6 months) now. He was able to assess Karli via Zoom, and give me clear feedback. He used various programs to work on her reading speed, comprehension and answering skills, and her vocabulary; as well as explaining and marking the relevant tasks presented in her school curriculum.
We found Marinus to be friendly and approachable. He was accommodating, yet managed to keep Karli to her deadlines. Having weekly tasks has helped Karli get over her insecurities around preparing and presenting pieces of work.
Marinus uses different platforms and programs to engage students, but helped Karli to set up and understand everything himself. He sourced free resources for everything he felt was necessary.
I feel that Marinus’s fees reflect the support and work that he puts in, as well as the many resources that he has made available to us. He is prepared for each lesson, gives feedback on previous tasks and presents the new one. He has encouraged good routines which incorporate more reading into each day, without creating extra work for me.
Although Marinus is the first tutor we have ever used, I fear he might have spoiled me.