The tradition of rote learning (acquiring knowledge through memorising and recall) was still at the height of popularity as little as a decade ago.

Its legacy soon becomes evident in students who rely on ‘the fast answer’ to get them through the day. However, these approaches leave little room for independent thinking—for questioning issues, analysing them thoughtfully and critically and, where necessary, finding solutions. Typically, such students form a large part of our enrolments, and are the very ones whose attitudes towards learning are transformed, and who benefit greatly from our programmes.

•  A Free Skills Assessment which highlights areas of need and current performance levels.

•  A personal programme for each student, designed to meet individual need.

•  One-on-one tuition in a small group. Groups comprise no more than five students per tutor.

•  A new approach: learning ‘how to learn’, moving students beyond rote to develop awareness and new skills.

•  Tuition at all levels: maths and problem solving, comprehension, reading, essay writing and exam preparation.

•  Exam preparation for BSSEE students and general exam preparation.

•  An established framework for independent learning, encouraging students to take control of the process.

•  Development of self-belief, confidence and the skills for ‘working smart’. Students learn to think creatively, to deconstruct, evaluate and comprehend issues, to form opinions, problem-solve and to become discerning and effective communicators and essay writers. These are the skills for classroom, exam and future success!


Achieve Tutoring Barbados offers each student the opportunity of a Free Skills Assessment which not only gives families information about a child’s current school performance level, but can form the basis of the student’s personal tutoring programme, tailored to suit the areas of interest. Tutoring from Infants to Form 6 takes each student step-by-step through his or her programme. Popular subjects include:

Logic and ReasoningGabe at Table

A key objective of these programmes is to encourage the utilisation of active reading skills and the application of Achieve’s ‘4 Steps to Problem Solving’. Deductive and inductive reasoning skills also promote the development of independent learning, a prerequisite for success at tertiary level. The use of concrete and abstract thinking is encouraged in developing a balanced approach to logic and reasoning.

Advanced Comprehension

Students develop the ability to make informed decisions related to reading and to identify the most appropriate skills required for the reading task at hand. Rather than passively viewing required comprehension outcomes as simply ‘getting the answer right’, students are taught to focus on the qualitative aspects of the reading process. Here, they employ specific skills incorporating a relevant range of checks and balances.

Maths and Problem Solving

While basic maths processes are covered comprehensively, Achieve’s programmes address a major issue displayed by most new students: a lack of understanding of written questions. Students are introduced to Achieve’s ‘4 Steps to Problem Solving’. Here, they explore the application of these skills in a wide variety of problem-solving tasks. Again, the focus is upon the qualitative aspects of skill development, rather than answer-driven responses. This increases and sustains success potential at current and higher levels and is an important requirement for entrance exam achievement. Achieve’s Maths and Problem Solving also incorporates key elements of ‘Singapore Maths’.

Maths Reasoning

Students are presented with a complex and challenging range of reasoning tasks to encourage the utilisation of Achieve’s ‘4 Steps to Problem Solving’. Lateral thinking skills form an important component of this series of activities, promoting skills for exams and future workplace environments.

Creative Essay WritingPerformance Student 1

Our study guide, ‘Reach for the Sky – Discovering the power of Working Smart!’ authored by Achieve’s Director, psychologist, Greg Nicholson, offers primary and secondary students an in-depth appreciation of the skills required to develop their creative writing skills. It will prove a valuable personal resource for students from Class 3 upwards,and particularly Class 4, and secondary students studying for their National Certificate. A variety of other essay styles and types are also developed including Issue-based (Argumentative and Persuasive), Analytical (Text Analysis and Language Analysis) and Informative and Instructional.

Issue–Based Essay Writing

The more formalised structure of issue based essays is introduced at Class 3. Students are taught to analyse issues from a range of key perspectives. This encourages critical and analytical thinking and prepares the student for issue-based writing at secondary level. Having prioritised arguments, students learn to develop well-defined plans. Our study guide, ‘Reach for the Sky’, plays an important role in offering students a series of model essays as helpful guidelines for student review.

Clichés & Proverbs

These programmes play an important role in expanding a student’s appreciation of the power of the written word. Students are taught to discriminate between the literal and figurative meaning of words and then encouraged to creatively employ clichés and proverbs in their essays. Students gain an appreciation of a broader repertoire of language skills available to them. This empowers them to explore language independently and to enjoy building skills in this area. Well-developed skills in English give students an edge in exam settings and are valuable in the workplace.

Verbal Reasoning

This series of programmes is designed to further extend a student’s appreciation of language and demonstrates how deductive reasoning may be employed to solve complex analogies. It encourages right-brain thinking.

Independent Spelling Skills

Many spelling problems are caused through an over-generalisation of phonic rules as students transition to visual spelling skills. Consequently, Achieve introduces skills that encourage students to be more discriminating. This is acquired through the development of independent visual Spelling Skills. Students are taught to discern between words that ‘sound right’ and those that ‘look right’. They are then encouraged to apply the new skills to written work, creating a sound foundation for proficiency in future writing tasks.

Please call us on (246) 258-4002 or Contact Us to enrol your child

or to discuss your child’s areas of interest.

We’d be delighted to assist.


Achieve’s Free Skills Assessment, was developed by Achieve Executive Director, psychologist, Greg Nicholson. It offers all primary and secondary students the benefits of a comprehensive assessment of their current skill levels. It is obligation-free and offers families the advantage of knowing how their child is performing in the context of the key components which underpin academic success.


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