ACES [Inc.] Clinics provide an original, innovative tutoring service. We are the first organisation to exclusively offer specialist tuition for students with learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia and dyscalculia) on a not-for-profit basis. Tutor colleagues share their knowledge and expertise enriching the learning environment for the benefit of all students.
Many educational remediation programs and software are mass-administered, generic and undifferentiated. For maximum effectiveness, students need to have individual, appropriate intervention which is rigorously administered and monitored by specialist tutors experienced in remediating learning difficulties.
ACES [Inc.] focuses on the individual student by working one-to-one, thus ensuring that the clinical work is relevant to each child’s unique learning needs, their developing competencies and their schoolwork.
ACES [Inc.] is committed to providing the highest quality professional service at an affordable cost. As a not-for-profit organisation, all income is channelled back into the organisation, ensuring students have access to current knowledge and resources. When funding is available, further subsidies can be offered to families in financial need. Commercial fees for a comparable service are around $180 per session (e.g. local speech pathologist providing specialist literacy tutoring).
ACES [Inc.] has a highly skilled and experienced team of professional tutors who are dedicated and passionate about assisting students to reach their academic potential. Senior supervisory staff have a minimum of a master’s degree and most are engaged in ongoing educational research.
Dr Eugénie Kestel, PhD MSc Dip Teach, is the Executive Director of ACES (Inc.). She has a PhD from Monash University and a Master of Science degree from UWA. Eugénie’s research area involves investigating effective interventions for students with learning disorders. Her PhD study compared the effectiveness of specialist mathematics tutoring delivered by personal video-conferencing and face-to-face delivery for students with learning difficulties. Eugénie continues to present papers at international and domestic scientific conferences. Eugénie also collaborates with colleagues to publish research papers for international scientific journals.
Read about some of Eugénie’s research
Eugénie has worked exclusively with students who learn differently for over 12 years in intervention settings, both in Australia and overseas. She is heavily involved in the training and mentoring of specialist teachers and tutors at ACES (Inc.) and externally including teaching pre-service teachers at university.
In collaboration with the senior specialist teachers, she designs and supervises all of the individual intervention tuition programs at ACES (Inc.).
Eugénie is the parent of a child with a learning disorder.
THE ACES POEM: I’ve been going to ACES for five long years, Maths and English have been whispered in my ears. I’ve been learning so much I’m turning into a book, If you’re having trouble too come in and take a look. The teachers are great, and the food is good, I would be a tutor if I could. Even though they’re making me very clever, I hope I can stay forever.
- By a current Year 6 student
We have seen the benefits over the last few years and have witnessed great improvement in our son's English and Maths. I would hate to think where he would be, if we had never had him at ACES. It is hard to believe that he has been coming to ACES for almost 4 years now. His tutor has the patience of a saint, and the great rapport between her our son has, I am sure, been a major factor helping in his engagement. All the tutors have worked really well with him and we would just like to take this moment to thank you for your outstanding service.
- Parents of a Yr 9 student moving overseas
My daughter has gained so much from her time with ACES. I saw her confidence grow throughout the past four years, and along with it her knowledge and understanding of mathematics concepts and their application. Her tutor built a strong relationship based on trust which enabled her to ask questions and explore the unknown. Thank you for being so supportive and understanding and for creating such a fantastic resource for the many students who you all inspire.
- Parent of graduating student, 2018
Thank you never seems enough when we receive such wonderful updates. His confidence just seems to be going from strength to strength. His results are testament to the hard work he has been doing and credit so much of this to the help he has received from and at ACES. I find his math results amazing given how he struggled three years ago.
- Parent of Yr 12 boy, May 2018