Recommended Individual & Small Group Coaching and Services (for secondary & university students in Sydney)

ELES does not offer individual sessions. Dr Prue Salter works directly with schools and due to her workload and academic commitments is not available for individual coaching.

So instead Prue's recommendations for individual or small group coaching sessions are below. Wendy, Meredith and Jane are known personally to Prue, she has worked with all of them, communicates regularly with them and whole-heartedly recommends all of them, the others come with high qualifications and experience or recommendations. Areas covered by the specialists below are: Motivation/Counselling, Essay Writing, Study Skills, Learning or Speech Difficulties / Literacy / Dyslexia / Gifted / ADHD / Special Provisions.

ELES does not receive any payment or benefit from recommendations to these people - we just want to help parents connect with people who can help them! Scroll below to see the contacts and below that to see information about each specialist.



Sharon Draper
Psychologist @ Mosman
Mobile: 0452 575 598

In the North Shore area you can also try or

onPsych Services
NSW, ACT, QLD, WA & VIC schools are eligible to access onPsych Services. onPsych works on the school grounds and provides mental health care to students, families and teachers at no cost (Medicare or NDIS). Other services are also available. Please contact 1300659350 or for more information.

Note, it is important with counsellors that you are comfortable with them and connect with them. If it doesn't work with the first one you try don't give up, try another one.


If your student's essay writing skills are weak, Meredith will be able to help your student develop the skills they need. Meredith is based on the Northern Beaches, and you can choose whether to travel to her or have Meredith come to you (additional travel costs apply).
Meredith Goulding (Email:, Mobile: 0407 006 313).
Scroll down for background information and pricing.


If your student needs general organisational and study skills (ie 'what' to actually do or 'how' to do it), these 3 EXPERTS can help. You may just need a single session or you may decide to do a few as needed. Email is usually the best way to initiate contact but if you don't receive a reply within 48 hours you may like to text or call to check your email has not gone astray. If you have trouble contacting one of the people below email Prue at and she can find out if they are overseas or out of contact at that time.

* Wendy Lindeman is based in Cremorne and does coaching during the week and on weekends at her home in Cremorne. Wendy may also be available some school holidays. Wendy may be able to travel to you, but additional costs apply. Email:, Mobile: 0418 866 886 - please send a text explaining you are looking for study skills tutoring or leave a voice message. See below for background information and pricing.

* Jane Rouvray in based in Menai and generally travels to your home (travel costs apply) or you may meet in a library etc.  Jane is available both during weekends and weekdays., Mobile: 0402 863 683. See below for background information and pricing.

Prue only recommends the services of people she has first-hand knowledge of and is confident in their abilities, integrity and experience. Ali, Wendy and Jane will work with your student to determine what they could do to improve their results, uncover issues and tailor specific solutions to the problems your student is facing. They are all familiar with Prue's work and strategies and also bring their personal experiences in this area to the table. It is important to note that these people are not 20 years old university students doing subject tutoring for some extra pocket money. They are highly educated and experienced learning professionals with a wealth of knowledge. They need to be able to diagnose on the spot the issues your student is experiencing and develop suitable action plans. People who can do this are few and far between - we struggle to keep up with the demand for these sessions, but in 15 years I have only found these 3 people with the skills, knowledge and personality necessary to connect with students in a meaningful way. Their time is valuable. If you wish them to travel to you, you need to be prepared to pay travel costs for their time to travel to and from your home. Scroll down for background information and pricing.


If your student needs regular and on-going support SET TO STUDY has been established to help high school students reach their potential and achieve the best possible outcome. Each individual's wellbeing is at the forefront of the approach. Set To Study incorporates essential elements to help students achieve, whilst relieving the stresses of their high school years through supportive mentorship and tuition. They will evaluate students' motivation and create a personal study plan so they can discover their study habits and be set to study. Set to Study can also help you find specific subject tutors for your student.


AF/HD: Mark Brandtman. Mark operates an Educational Consultancy which works exclusively with adults and children with AD/HD. His Consultancy offers in servicing and support to schools as well as education to parents and school students the effective management of AD/HD. Mark also operates The Sydney Adult AD/HD. Clinic, the only clinic specializing in Adults with AD/HD within Australia (based in Chatswood).  

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ASSESSMENT: Dr M Antoinette Redoblado Hodge, Clinical Neuropsychologist: has specialties including neuropsychological, educational, attention assessments and autism-specific assessments. Email:  

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ASSESSMENT: If you need to have your child assessed for learning difficulties, you can contact this group:

LEARNING SUPPORT: Learning Link's mission: To provide children and young people who have difficulties learning with the skills, services and family support that enable them to reach their full potential.

NOTE: Parents, if you have used a service you think other parents might also find useful please let us know so we can add them here, email Prue at


Jodie Thelning, Career Place, Best Life Psychology.
Morrisby Report, by Career Analysts for all Yr 10 students.

It is an excellent assessment tool which tests and compares 8 different abilities. The student’s interests are considered, students receive a 20 page personal report with 12 suggested occupations, which match the student’s abilities and interests. Testing is 3 ¼ hours long with a questionnaire and practice questions to be completed beforehand. Some schools run a parent/student information evening approx. 2 months after the testing, for the students to receive their report and listen to a psychologist explain how to interpret and use the information in the report. The accuracy of some personality information is uncanny. I have found some students are disappointed as they don’t understand that the report is a starting point in their decision making. ‘It doesn’t tell me what to do’. To find out more information, call Barry Darnell in Melbourne 03 97526350

Marisa Quatrio at Oakhill College in Castle Hill runs public testing sessions on Saturdays several times a year. Ph 02 9634 2830.

Emma Goodsir, a psychologist some schools use for the parent talk also runs testing sessions occasionally in Pennant Hills.


Meredith GouldingMeredith Goulding, PhD (Sydney University)

Meredith is a specialist in essay writing skills. She is a highly qualified teacher, with a BA from Sydney University in English and History, a 1st class Honours MA and a PhD in English Literature. She has as well, a Diploma in Education, upon which base she has built over 28 years of teaching, a passion for pedagogy that embraces different learning styles based on the 8 different intelligences. This has enabled her to elicit outstanding results from her students, who consistently achieve at their best possible level.

Meredith has worked with students at all levels from Yr 7 to HSC (including Standard, Advanced and Extension2 English).
After many years in a position where she taught both History and English, Meredith was selected for a specialist English role that asked in the job description for a teacher able to “inspire students” and one who had “a commitment to strategies which encourage students’ self reliance”. Meredith thoroughly enjoyed that position for a further 10 years.

Meredith’s big strength as a teacher is her ability to offer sessions that are focused and clear to understand, as well as delivered with humour and a real regard for the personality of each student. Meredith loves to teach and accordingly, her students over the years have loved learning with her. They leave confident and happy, able to put into practice the strategies and systems they have learned.

The ability to construct a good essay is something Meredith is very confident can be taught as a general skill to students who will need this skill across many parts of the secondary curriculum and beyond, into University years. (Meredith has had further experience at the latter level too.)

In addition to essay writing, Meredith likes to give, for HSC English students, a once-off session that thoroughly briefs them on how to maximise their marks in Paper 1, the important skills-based common paper. Both papers are obviously important but it is actually possible to prepare very cleverly for the particular way in which Paper 1 is constructed. Smart preparation cuts down hard slog- and there's plenty of that already in the HSC!

Meredith is a big fan of exercise and good nutrition to promote student efficiency, so expect a few asides on both these aspects along with your essay-writing and HSC skills.

Mobile: 0407 006 313


OPTION 1: You come to Meredith (at Allambie Heights, near Manly) 
Price: $150 for 1-1.5 hours

OPTION 2: Meredith comes to you
Price: $150 + travel costs (depends on location, email with your location to request a quote)

(Each specialist has different prices, please check before contacting them.)

STUDY SKILLS (based in Menai)

Jane RouvrayJane Rouvray, BA, Dip Ed  (Sydney University)

With over 30 years' experience in High School Education Jane brings a wealth of experience in educational and organisational theory and management. Jane has worked as a teacher, Year Adviser, Head Teacher and finally Deputy Principal at a wide variety of schools in NSW including comprehensive coeducational, single sex (both a boys and girls school) and a large Year 11 and 12 College.

Over these years Jane has developed a suite of skills which focus on the motivational, organisational and emotional intelligence skills which facilitate achievement. These can be coupled with traditional subject coaching if required, however the "learning coach model " initially focuses on the whole student  and what is needed to set yourself up for success.

Sessions can be one off or long term and are tailored to the needs of the student.

Jane is based in Menai and works with families in most suburbs south of the harbour bridge. Suburbs that require longer travel times from Menai may incur additional charges.

Jane also has significant knowledge on careers and post school pathways.

(From Prue: "Having worked with Jane over a number of years I have always been impressed with her well-developed organisational skills and ability to help students improve their performance and make school less stressful and more rewarding. I particularly admire the way Jane can connect with students, the ability to do this is not something that can be learnt and is essential if you want students to take on board your ideas and strategies. I was thrilled when Jane became available to work individually with students in this capacity!")


Mobile: 0402 863 683


$200 for the initial 90 minute session in Sutherland /St George area with Jane travelling to your home. Each additional session within 3 months with the same family is charged at $150 for a 1.5 hour session.
$350+ (depending on travel time) for the initial 90 minute session for areas OUTSIDE of Sutherland/St George area (eg Eastern Suburbs, Campbelltown) that are no more than an hour's drive from Menai. For areas further away, fees will need to be negotiated based on travel times. Each additional session within 3 months with the same family is charged at $250 for a 1.5 hour session.

STUDY SKILLS, ACADEMIC COACHING (based in Cremorne, for sessions during the week, on the weekends, and some school holidays)

Wendy Lindeman, B.A., Dip.Ed., Grad Dip (Administration Leadership)

Wendy has worked with teenagers for 33 years, as a teacher, Year Coordinator, Head of Department, Curriculum and Pastoral Care Director, Careers Advisor, Deputy Principal and Principal in Australia (Queenwood and SCECGS Redlands) and internationally (Australian International School Singapore and Australian International School Saigon). Wendy is conversant with both the Australian and IB curriculums.

She is a consultant to schools in Sydney in the Australian curriculum, and study, motivational and organization skills with students.  She has an excellent ability to relate to students, she understands their “world” and guides with insight and realism, appreciating the need to achieve their best within the academic system within the demands of assignments, assessments, tests and examinations.

As a parent of a 13 year old daughter, Wendy also has great empathy with parents, sharing their desire for the children to achieve success in school yet, at the same time, balancing co-curricular, sporting, performing arts and social activities outside of school.

Wendy approaches her sessions as a coach and mentor, working with the students (and parents) from Year 6 to Year 12. She recognizes the different challenges all students have at times as they navigate their high school years, and knows that each child has different needs, different approaches to learning, different priorities and his or her unique personalities. She works with the student to develop strategies, techniques and processes that best suit the individual child.

Wendy can guide and support students across a breadth of areas, which are pivotal to achieving personal success at school, including:

- time-management and organisation
- motivation, self-discipline and focus
- approaches to assignments
- study skills: both tests and examinations
- school/life balance
- public speaking, communication and building confidence at school with regard to learning
- effective learning at home.

Email:    Mobile:    0418 866 886  Please send a text explaining you are looking for study skills tutoring or leave a voice message.


Weekday sessions are between 3.45pm and 9pm. Weekend timeslots will need to be negotiated based on your and Wendy's commitments.


Initial or one-off session:  $320 for  1 & ½ hour session    [includes summary report of the session sent to the parent]

Packages, for additional sessions (within 3 months) 

Packages need to be paid upfront, after the initial session.

1 additional x 1.5 hour session   - $300
2 additional x 1.5 hour sessions  - $580
3 additional x 1.5 hour sessions  - $850

Packages include:

- unlimited emails with the student
- unlimited phone calls with the parent

Additional sessions for students in the same family receive a 20% discount.

It may be possible for Wendy to come to the student’s home although, understandably, travel time will then need to be built into the cost.


Due to the high demand for Wendy's sessions, a cancellation fee of $100 is required for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the session. She understands that kids get sick and unexpected happenings can’t be avoided, so Wendy will endeavour to re-schedule at the earliest available time.