Maths ♦ Physics ♦ Chemistry
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step
My approach to tutoring is based on the principle of instilling deep and lasting understanding rather than a "quick fix". Accordingly, in order to make a significant difference, weekly sessions are recommended for at least a school term.
2019 Tutoring A few new places remain available.
Reservations for 2019 and sessions during the Summer school holidays are now being accepted.
January Physics Workshop A hands-on one-on-one series of workshops in electricity and magnetism, including practical electronics, will be conducted for Year 12 students during January (prior to the commencement of their final year of school). Please contact me if you are interested
I tutor in my own homestead in Burbank (Brisbane South - Link to Google Maps). The change of scene can help students to focus better and achieve a better educational outcome.
My acreage home provides a pleasant and friendly "country" environment that inspires students to think "outside the box".
Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of the tutorial session in a comfortable reading/relaxing area. WiFi access is provided. There are also nearby bush walks, or a walk through our own paddocks and forest. Coffee or tea for Mum or Dad, and/or the student, is always available.
- Please note that I do not travel to students' homes for tutoring.
How do we start?
Effective tutoring involves establishing a student's knowledge base at the start of the journey.
Exploring specific concepts in the subjects of interest (with some testing of knowledge) usually identifies areas that need extra focus.
Generally we are well underway with a structured plan after the first session.
Students are often struggling to balance life involving many extracurricular activities with study, especially when study seems to be giving less reward.
I believe deeply that, sport, music, time with friends are all important in maintaining happiness at school.
Understanding these conflicts means that I manage the notion of extra homework with care so that it serves as fruitful encouragement rather than an odious task.
For maths, regular homework is an advantage.
My goal is to help students to make the most of what's being taught in the classroom. Viewing concepts in advance, or from a different angle, can often give them a degree of confidence when they see new material at school.