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. Prue has personally know and worked with Wendy, Bron and Meredith for over 20 years, she communicates regularly with both of them and whole-heartedly recommends them. 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.
NOTE: These are all VERY busy people - please allows 48 hours before you contact Prue saying you haven't heard back from them yet!



Jacqueline Lim
Psychologist @ Cremorne / Crows Nest
Phone: (02) 8880 9015
Website: Jacquelin Lim Contact

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.

Headspace Youth Services: Chatswood clinic


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.
Download a TIPS SHEET from Meredith.


If your student needs general organisational and study skills (ie 'what' to actually do or 'how' to do it), these highly qualified and experienced 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. Email:, Mobile: 0418 866 886 - please send a text explaining you are looking for study skills tutoring or leave a voice message. Click here for background information and pricing.

* Dr Bron Harrison - UNAVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 2022 travels to your home in Sydney for the session (costs may vary depending on distance). Email:, Mobile: 0414 246 650 - email is preferred initial contact. Click here 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. They 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.

You can also find subject tutors at TUTOR TIME. TutorTime tutors inspire and encourage students to maximise their potential through carefully planned individualized programs tailored to your child's specific learning needs, enabling your child to reach their goals.


If you are a student about to start university, at university or a mature aged student planning on returning to study, Dr Bron Harrison can help you develop the skills you need to cope magnificently with your studies! She has worked with numerous university students and her contact details are as follows: Dr Bron Harrison- UNAVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 2022 Email: - scroll down for background information and pricing.


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.

Download a TIPS SHEET from Meredith.

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, 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)

Contact details:

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

Click here to download Wendy's information.

Coaching information:

Wendy has worked with teenagers for 34 years, as a teacher, Year Coordinator, Head of Department, Curriculum and Pastoral Care Director and Careers Advisor, Deputy Principal and Principal in Australia (Queenwood, SCECGS Redlands, Australian Performing Arts Grammar School) and internationally (Australian International School Singapore, Tanglin British International School and Australian International School Saigon). Wendy is conversant with both the Australian and IB curriculums.

She is the Head of School of APGS and has been a consultant to schools in Sydney for study, motivational and organizational 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 16 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:

• work/home study environment – for time-saving measures & creating focus
• time-management and organization (at home & school)
• motivation, self-discipline and focus on academic work
• active learning vs passive learning – effective use of time learning
• memory, how information is retained in long term memory, vs short term (brain physiology)
• how to plan and approaches to assignments & assessments
• managing homework, assignments, assessments and tests throughout the term
• study skills: both tests and examinations (revision techniques, effective "smart" learning etc)
• school/life balance
• effective learning at home – so students have more "free" time as a consequence of effective use of work time
• supporting students through a Semester or academic year.


Initial or one-off session:  $350 for  1 & ½ hour session    [includes initial phone interview (@an hour), follow-up templates, strategies and emails with the student & parent for the following month to assist with consolidating and applying the session into relevant work]

Packages are available for additional sessions at Wendy's (within 3 months).

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

1 additional x 1.5 hour session   - $320
2 additional x 1.5 hour sessions  - $600
3 additional x 1.5 hour sessions  - $880

Packages include:

- unlimited emails with the student
- unlimited phone calls with the parent
- summary reports of each session

Additional sessions for students in the same family receive a 10% discount.


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.




Contact details:

Email:    Mobile:    0414 246 650   Email is preferred initial contact.

Click here to download Bron's information.

Coaching information:

Dr Bron Harrison works with individuals who want to improve themselves, their habits and behaviours. Bron has worked as an academic at Macquarie University and University of Technology, as well as a career and organisational coach and facilitator since 2008. As a success coach, she works with students from high school all the way through to Masters students.

As an academic coach and tutor, Bron assists students to set themselves up to be successful in their studies, helps them develop strong study skills and habits, adopt the right mindset, and empowers them to become active skilful learners. Given there is no 'one size fits all', tailoring the approach for each student is essential. Bron's caring and empathic approach helps students confidently address challenges and obstacles with a vision of creating lifelong learners.

Students work with Bron to create measurable plans to meet their academic goals. Goals may address school/life balance, active learning and studying strategies, organisation, communication skills, how to access resources, and more.

Topics covered include:
• Setting up (the study environment, managing study/school notes, time management and planning)
• Practice and maintain study skills
• Reading and studying effectively
• Creating and organising useful study notes
• Active versus passive learning
• Assessment preparation and planning
• Self-management and prioritisation
• Mindset

Bron has a Bachelor of Commerce (management and industrial psychology), an MBA (UNSW), and a PhD (Macquarie University). Bron has published several academic journal articles and spoken internationally about her topic on recognising and rewarding high achieving individuals.


Initial or one-off session:  $300 for  1 hour & session at your location

Packages for in-person visits within 3 months and paid upfront:

additional 1 hour session   - $280
additional 2 x 1 hour sessions  - $540
additional 3 x 1 hour sessions  - $780

Zoom sessions available after initial in-person session:

1 hour $250
2 x 1 hour $470
3 x 1 hour $650

Prices include copies of relevant templates and strategies, email follow up with student and parent for following month to assist with consolidation and application to relevant work.