Maths ♦ Physics ♦ Chemistry
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step
Alan's 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.
2021 Tutoring: Please contact me to determine if any places are available
Physics and Chemistry Experimental Workshops:
Hands-on one-on-one workshops on core physics and chemistry topics. These are conducted for Year 12 students during the January, April, July and September holidays. They are a combination of Theory, Experiment, Data Analysis and consolidation with Excel spreadsheet calculations and after-workshop worksheet(s). The aim is to get most of a topic (somewhere between half a term to a full term's work) firmly implanted and deeply understood. Places are limited.
Please contact me if you are interested. Places are limited.
Tutoring is at Alan's 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.
His 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 Alan does 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 the partnership is 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.
Sport, music, time with friends are all important in maintaining happiness at school.
Understanding these conflicts means that the notion of extra homework is managed with care so that it serves as fruitful encouragement rather than an odious task.
For maths, regular homework is an advantage.
Alan's goal is to help students to make the most of what's being taught in the classroom but also to develop self-motivation to succeed. Viewing concepts in advance, or from a different angle, can often give them a degree of confidence when they see new material at school.