You've probably heard from your child, be they in primary school or high school, that there is not enough time during their learning to get free, one-on-one time with the teacher, be it in maths, English, science, or any other area of their education.

This means that they will have difficulty finding the benefit of their classes, and indeed have great difficulty seeing the benefits of education altogether.

Due to the intensity of a high school learning program in Australia, peer to peer learning can be difficult, with teaching often being conducted in a lecture style, to be consolidated with complimentary online study in the student's class time or free time.

This can leave students feeling like they are just one of a number of other children or older students.

Factor into this then the intense study load when in class in VCE/HSC/QCE etc in particular - it's better to teach in a group as the education is so standardised, but what about those students who need more help?

Students may find better academic confidence in taking subjects they actually enjoy in the final years of school, which is one of several great means of keeping motivation up.

This however does not take away from the stress of final exams. The primary reason for this is that, no matter how many education support services a school will offer to help combat stress, college or university entry is dependent upon your year 12 score.

The teacher can often cop the blame for students not achieving the scores that they want, which can cause a high level of stress on them as a professional, and also in their private life, on top of already very demanding learning programs. Students taking initiative due to the difficulty of having one on one time with the teacher during their maths or English class is to seek private, group, or peer to peer tutoring. 

To alleviate stress that an academic program can cause, and to boost confidence in their own learning abilities, students can approach their studies at their own pace, and learn skills to cope with such an intense time of their lives.

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The Importance of Success During VCE/HSC Units 3 and 4

Units 3 and 4 occur typically in year 12, and represent the final culmination of school-based learning.

When a student enters high school, there's a new rhythm to get adjusted to, as well as new subject blocking, not to mention newfound independence and responsibility in their own education.

Going from primary to secondary school can in itself cause a lot of anxiety for a pupil, and may feel more pressure from their teacher or in a peer to peer environment, meaning that they may need a few sessions with school counselling services to work themselves out.

Flash forward to year 11 and year 12, and whilst the learner will have had some time to acclimatise to good learning habits and ways to manage their time well, the constancy and intensity of grasping new material and submitting assessments can keep stress in place.

Because by the time students are in year 10, they will have a general idea about what they may want to study at university or do in a career, they will already have considered how they're going to group their subjects for the best academic benefit.

Since they will be reading more into the long term at this stage, and they're working out whether one subject or another might be better in terms of future prospects, not to mention they know what they're good at and how to harness this, the stakes feel unmistakably higher.

The benefit of private tuition, meaningful subject choice, and choosing an academic path that you actually enjoy are all well researched and documented.

Students who forge such a path, or at least plot steps towards achieving their goals, have access to more data on their own learning and are typically more reflexive about how they approach education.

Now what if a child seems to find that they're doing well at something at school, yet doesn't know how to put their finger on it and harness it?

Time to get in touch with a private tutor of course! Tuition of this nature, especially in early years, can provide a stable, one on one learning environment, without the distraction of peer noise that a classroom holds.

The benefits of these will be seen later on as students feel more comfortable with education generally.

And when it actually comes to a later year of high school, private tuition services help by helping them choose between university or a vocational program, dependent on their interests and skills.

Having Difficulty in Mathematics, Chemistry, English, or Just Getting Ready for an Exam? Get the Advantage with Private Tuition

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Be careful not to overload yourself in your study, both during the year and at exam time. (Source: Visual Hunt)

Performance on VCE/HSC exams is very important for some students and their families, given that it's the culmination of their educational journey.

Families who put pressure on a student to study advanced mathematics or chemistry, or any such subject which is very intense and actually has an exam in the middle of the year AND at the end of the year, can make it difficult for their child or children to learn happily.

Being able to demonstrate strong knowledge of these fields is paramount, given that all schools offer these subjects, so it is harder to actually stand out. There is thus a high level of prestige associated.

If this becomes too much for a pupil, learning with the help of a tutor to get their knowledge back on the right educational path would be a great advantage.

The core benefit of such services is that they provide tips on how to learn and stay motivated as well as coaching their client through the materials of their given course.

Helping the learner to find a way to make sense of their own educational purpose and enjoyment will craft a more holistic view of school altogether.

The instruction given in a private lesson will teach a student to work at their own pace since the programs offered, online or in person, are tailor-made to suit the student's needs.

This takes time and effort on the part of the tutor, as to be able to effectively achieve this, especially if online, they need to teach what the student may be finding difficult to grasp when coming into contact within class.

The best tutoring services are adaptable and bear the knowledge that their students may not be having the best years, and may also be familiar with the different services and curriculums available across different schools, which they can address accordingly in their sessions.

A tutor will typically apply their own lessons in their tutoring or teaching that they have acquired in their own learning, which helps them adapt also.

Such services are able to be started at a primary school level in order to give your child or children the confidence to succeed at school.

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Tutoring to Prepare for the VCE/HSC/QCE/WACE English Exam

It varies state to state, but there will typically be a version of this in the final year's English curriculum - Standard English, English Literature, English Language.

Each has its own benefits and challenges, but the advantage for those who really love to study English is that you can even do all three if you want. It is however compulsory to do at least one in order to finish high school in Australian schools.

Just because it's mandatory, doesn't mean your score isn't taken seriously.

Especially relevant for those thinking about pursuing a career in teaching at a primary or secondary school level, becoming an English as a Foreign Language teacher, exploring journalism, writing, PR or marketing, employers will look at your English score, even once you're well and truly underway at university to see if you've got the right stuff.

 

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Particularly pertinent if it's neither your nor your child's first language, mastering the English language can be difficult, especially when it comes to grasping literary texts, media analysis, grammar, and vocabulary to say the least.

A group or private tutor can help really put a student back on track for this and can help them gain confidence in their knowledge of how to best ace an exam even if their skills aren't perfect day to day.

Checking out the Australian English Curriculum, which is then adapted state by state, is a great way to get in contact with your clients' desired outcomes and expected level, as well as what texts (Shakespeare, Keats, or contemporary Australian authors) and their associated assessments will be encountered.

Your role can effectively be to help your pupils get passionate about the English language and engage with them as a peer even, which can breed fascination and an inquisitive mind - particularly useful for crafting argumentative responses.

By having a good rapport with your learners, conversation is also more easily facilitated and can be one of the better ways of giving them confidence in their own ideas, thoughts, and opinions. 

You, as a tutor, may even want to share your own journey into the English language to inspire passion and success.

School Support Services for Subject Revisions

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Something that bothers students all across the country, all learners in Australian schools are graded against a coefficient and will have their final score adjusted based on their official school assessed coursework throughout the year, as well as based on the score level of their peer student cohort.

Don't be discouraged though - if you personally do well, there is no way you can't get a good score. This is why contact with a tutor is so crucial.

5 essential points justifying supplemental instruction during year 11 and year 12 include:

  • Get the one on one support you can't get from the teacher in the classroom because they have to attend to roughly 20 students in their teaching at any one time
  • Review content and receive customised instruction if themes and ideas are having trouble sinking in
  • Get provided with invaluable methods for framing your own learning on your own terms
  • Acquire and put into practice study skills that are broadly valuable to life as a whole
  • Help bring student focus to more of the content they encounter than they would find on their own

Tutoring for Students Who Excel

This might seem like a bit much, if you're exceptionally bright, you can get the extra push you need with private tuition, and can also avoid burn out this way.

Australian schools don't have the longest days in the world - only 9am-3.30pm usually. Compare this with China where it's 8.30am to 6.30pm, with very heavy academic content.

Nevertheless, this doesn't stop school-age learners complaining about spending too much time in the classroom, with no need to do homework once the day is over.

A tutor can help make homework more manageable for anyone, but for students who take that little bit more from their learning, a tutor can really help balance their workload.

This would typically go beyond just dealing with curriculum focussed content, and pushing into bigger questions about the world and ways that the student can apply their learning outside of school.

If the pupil is also aiming to have a particular career path or solve a particular global issue, the tutor can provide materials to help get them on this path already, especially if they have experience and qualifications in the area themselves. 

This can act as a more friendly kind of service also, wherein the higher intellectual stimulation that learners are missing in the classroom can be found and placed at the student's level.

Make sure though that you avoid burnout and don't take on more than you feel benefits you. 

If you absolutely must overload, ensure that you've enlisted the services of a tutor to act as an educational pathway manager during your sessions.

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