Biology sometimes reveals its fundamental principles through what may seem at first to be arcane and bizarre.
~ Elizabeth Blackburn (molecular biologist) ~
Years 11 and 12 are tough. Students at this stage of their studies are in the final years of their compulsory schooling. They've been at it for up to thirteen years already. They're hormonal, trying to find themselves as young adults, involved in more complex relationships ... and they're tired! Study is often the last thing on their minds — even though these years are the most crucial when it comes to their futures.
These important years are often the time many students find themselves dropping their bundle — but it doesn't have to be this way. If you, or your child, have chosen HSC biology but are struggling to keep up in the Year 11 or Year 12 biology subjects, it may be time to consider tutoring help.
Finding a biology tutor in Sydney may seem like an impossible task, but with a bit of help from Superprof, you'll soon be back on track.
Why is Biology Important?
One of the most diverse and fascinating scientific fields, the study of biology gives us an understanding of the living world and how its many species, humans included, evolve, interact and function. Studies and research in many fields of biology have brought about advances and improvements in the quality of our everyday lives.
Whether or not students are thinking about moving into further university study and a career in science, biology has a hand in contributing skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of professional careers including engineering, teaching, psychology and medicine, chemistry, agriculture and sustainability.
More reasons for learning about biology
- Understanding ourselves
The core of biology is human biology and understanding how the human body functions is the key to understanding ourselves and what is going on in our own bodies that will affect our daily lives, performance and futures.
- Learning basic living concepts
An understanding of biology concepts can help us make sense of the extrinsic factors that affect our quality of life and human existence as a whole. Factors such as food sourcing and consumption, shelter and survival needs all contribute to the growth and functionality of human society.
- Improving the world as a whole
Biological understanding contributes to solutions to large-scale global issues, particularly environmental problems. The study of biology also paves the way for people to conduct scientific investigations and study the outcomes and conclusions.
Tutoring is not only for students who experience difficulties. An HSC online biology tutor can also provide great extension opportunities for students who are seeking advanced studies or are simply interested in understanding more about biological concepts.
Getting Help with your HSC Biology
The High School Certificate (HSC) is the prime source of stress amongst Year 12 students throughout Sydney and New South Wales (NSW). Year 12 students in other Australian states and capital cities, such as Melbourne (Victoria) and Adelaide (South Australia) also experience the same level of stress with their equivalent high school certificates and university entrance rankings.
While this may seem overwhelming, there is help available. If you know where to look, and start looking early, you will easily find an HSC biology tutor in Sydney who can assist your learning, answer your questions, improve your understanding and help make your biology lessons more enjoyable.
The most important decision to make, after you've decided it's time to engage a tutor, is the style of tutoring that will best suit your needs. The main options here are private tutoring or small group tutoring, with either online tutors or in-person tutors. This decision may be influenced by a number of factors, including your:
- location (and that of potential tutors)
- personal schedule, flexibility and availability
- access to reliable internet and appropriate hardware (microphone, webcam and so on)
- learning style
- success with other subjects
For example, if you live in regional New South Wales (NSW), or even on the outskirts of Sydney, travelling for tutoring lessons might be impossible, in which case online tutoring would be more appropriate. In regards to budget, if yours is limited, you may find a small group biology tutoring lesson package to be more economical.
Where to start your search for a biology tutor in Sydney or surrounding New South Wales (NSW)
Some of the most common places to start your search, apart from online, are community noticeboards (such as those as shopping centres and libraries), school noticeboards or newsletters, platforms like Gumtree, or by asking your biology teacher or the science coordinator at your school. Many freelance tutors, as well as student tutors (who are themselves completing studies in biology at university level, or senior secondary school), will advertise in these spaces.
If you would prefer to engage a tutor through an agency or online platform, or simply a tutor with more experience or who has a teaching qualification, searching online is a good option. Here are a few to get you started:
Art of Smart
Based in Hornsby, on the outskirts of Sydney, this tutoring agency offers private one-on-one tutoring lessons in your home or online, as well as small group or private lessons at their Hornsby campus. Catering for students from Year 7 through to Year 12, Art of Smart employs qualified tutors and teachers with experience in mathematics, English, humanities and a range of science subjects (including biology, chemistry and physics). Lessons start at $30 a session for group classes, or $65 an hour for private lessons.
This HSC-focused tutoring agency promotes their mission to 'simplify the path to HSC success'. They offer two distinct lines of learning — a 40-week online study program to supplement your learning and prepare you for assessments and your HSC exam, and private one-on-one tutoring lessons to fill gaps in your understanding. Their courses include all the major HSC subjects, such as mathematics (advanced and extension), chemistry, physics, English (advanced), economics and, of course, biology. Tutors are available both online and in-person at a range of Sydney locations.
Browsing the Superprof platform is sure to help you find the tutor you need. Each tutor has their own profile page, where you'll find their experience, qualifications, specialisations, hourly rate and methods of tuition all laid out in an easy-to-access format. Be sure to scan profiles for tutors who say they focus on HSC biology if that is what you require. The average hourly rate for a Superprof biology tutor in Sydney is $29. Most of the time, the first lesson is free.
Pros and Cons of Private In-Person Tutoring Versus an HSC Online Biology Tutor
If you've never have experience with a private tutor before, whether in a small group or one-on-one arrangement, it can be hard to know what to expect and which method will work best for your individual needs and learning style.
There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to both online tutoring and working with a tutor in person in Australia.
In-person pros and cons
In-person tutoring, where the tutor comes to your house or you go to their house (often while one of your parents waits outside in the car) is the traditional form of tutoring. More often than not, it was conducted either by university students or recent graduates (as a way of earning some pocket money) or by qualified teachers who were either working part time or had retired.
The biggest pro of engaging a tutor for in-person tutoring is the connection and rapport you can build up when you're both sitting together. This rapport is often key to building student confidence which leads to academic success. Being in-person is also perfect for the more tactile learning styles, that is, for students who learn by doing, as well as for students who don't necessarily have the skill with technology or reliable access to it.
Disadvantages of in-person tutoring include scheduling, as it can often be harder to schedule in-person visits than online ones (because of the need to factor in travel time) and cost. Regular tutoring does add up, and if you have to factor in the cost of travel time, either your travel or that of your tutor, a modest amount can, at the odd time, double.
Online pros and cons
In recent times, the online learning world has skyrocketed in both popularity and availability. While YouTube has always been a popular go-to for teenagers when they want to learn a new skill, tutoring and teaching online via web-based platforms such as Zoom have gone from being the exception to the rule.
Employing an HSC online biology tutor can have significant advantages — convenience being the biggest one. Receiving tutoring online means you can study in the comfort of your own home, you don't have to travel and you can work at a time that suits you. Online also means you can be in Sydney and your tutor can be in Perth.
As for the disadvantages, which include internet unreliability and the distraction of a zillion tabs calling your attention elsewhere, the pros are increasingly seen to outweigh the cons.
At the end of the day, however, the best method is the one that suits you and achieves your academic goals in biology.
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