"I am a law student in my first year at the law school, and there are many moments when I am simply a mess."
~ Scott Turow (Lawyer and Author) ~
So, you've decided to study law? It's a fascinating subject, but can also be a tough gig. The last thing you want to do, though, is let it get the better of you.
The minute you start to feel overwhelmed or confused or like you're sinking in your lessons — this is the time when you should be accessing help from a law tutor.
Benefits of Law Tutoring
In Australia, tutoring is a billion-dollar industry — there are an estimated 4000 tutoring agencies throughout the country plus countless tutors who work independently on a freelance basis.
Tutors can be high school or university students, qualified teachers or professionals who work in the industry but tutor part-time.
There is a tutor for every subject, academic or recreational, you can think of — including legal studies or law tutoring — and tutors can help with every aspect or skill needed, from concept knowledge through to study skills and exam review techniques.
If you're working through your law degree at university, or have undertaken legal studies in Year 11 or Year 12 in Queensland, why should you be looking for a law tutor in Brisbane or other Queensland towns?
A Different Approach
Sometimes, just having a concept explained by another law teacher can be all you need. It may be that your tutor uses a different teaching style to your lecturer, or they may approach a topic from a different angle — and suddenly, those lessons make sense.
A good tutor will be able to tap into your learning style and tailor their teaching to meet your needs, more so than your university law teacher is able to do with a class of 40 students.
Being one of the most specialised subjects, to be able to offer quality tutoring in legal studies, tutors really need to either be currently studying a law degree themselves or be working in the field.
What this means for students is that their tutor will either have current knowledge regarding study requirements, exam techniques or research skills, or they will be abreast of the most recent developments in the legal arena.
The added benefit of engaging a law tutor who is working in the field is they will be able to help you understand the little details and the practical nuances you may not receive from your lecturers.
No legal professional is going to take the time to tutor students unless they themselves are passionate about what they do and want to help others succeed in the field they love.
Receiving help and private tutoring from someone who is enthusiastic about their topic can help even the most disheartened students become more motivated in their learning and more likely to succeed in their subjects and courses.
Who Offers Law Tuition in Brisbane?
The capital of the 'Sunshine State' (Queensland, Australia), Brisbane is one of the most popular study destinations for both local and international students.
Brisbane boasts not only an affordable and liveable environment but is also home to some of the best education providers in Australia, including the Griffith University Law School — ranked number one in Australia.
If you are studying law or legal studies in Brisbane, you'll discover there is no shortage of tutors and it should be easy to find a law tutor in Brisbane to help you overcome any difficulties you may be experiencing so you can achieve your goals.
Doing an internet search for 'law tutor Brisbane' will quickly bring up a number of options to consider, including:
- University Tutor — an online platform that matches students with prospective tutors for free. You can view the tutors' qualifications and areas of expertise before getting in contact with them. Many of the tutors offer both online or face-to-face tuition.
- Student VIP — an online matching platform that enables students to read all the information about prospective tutors, including subjects of specialisation, price, availability, qualifications and current occupation, before making a decision.
- Gumtree — many people don't realise, but Gumtree isn't just for selling products, you can also advertise services like tutoring there as well. Regularly checking Gumtree listings for law tutoring services could be useful if you're keen to enter into a private arrangement, rather than through a third party.
- Tutoring for Excellence — owned and operated by a qualified teacher and ex Principal, this platform offers a slightly more personal experience than some others. To begin teaching here, all tutors must pass a 3-stage review process, must be qualified either as teachers or in their field of study and are required to pass an assessment process. Tutors work with their students either online on in student homes.
- Superprof — a 'matching' platform with a difference in that you select and contact your tutor after having the opportunity to view their profile. You can search for Superprof tutors according to their specialisation, including criminal law, business law, constitutional law and so on. Most Superprof tutors offer both online and face-to-face lessons, with the first session usually being free as a trial for both student and teacher.
Other places to look for a law tutor in Brisbane is on your university noticeboard or enquiring at the student union office, or on other community noticeboards such as those in libraries. Word-of-mouth is often the best way to find and feel confident about prospective tutors — so be sure to ask other students or university teachers if they know of a quality tutor.
What to Look for in a Law Teacher or Law Tutor
Finding someone to help you with your studies can be costly, particularly if you need help long term. For this reason, hiring a tutor should not be a decision made without considerable thought and background research.
A few things to put on your 'find a law tutor in Brisbane' checklist should include:
- student testimonials — references and recommendations from past students are gold, particularly if they talk about the teaching approach and their achievements as a result of the tutoring
- experience — while it would be perfect to find a tutor who has experience in the legal field you want to enter (business law etc.), what you really want to look for is a tutor who has tutoring experience, ideally in your specific subject
- qualifications — some students like their tutors to have a qualification in education, however you may prefer your tutor to have university-level qualifications in law subjects, even if they don't have an education degree
- profile — most tutoring platforms provide an online profile of their tutors, however it's the information that is on that profile that is crucial — has the tutor taken the time to provide as much relevant information as possible in a clear and concise manner? If not, what does that tell you about their teaching commitment?
Don't be shy about asking potential tutors if you can see some references or view their qualifications — this is your future and your hard-earned cash on the line.
Tips and Hints for Studying Law
Studying at university is a whole new ballgame compared to high school Year 11 and Year 12 studies.
Until you have a bit more experience with university life and know what to expect when it comes to lectures, assignments and exams, you may feel like you're not making any progress.
If you're in your first year of university learning, or even if you're a year or two in and have reached a bit of a stumbling block, these tips from students who have been where you are now might help.
- Seek advice and ask questions: The only silly question is the one you don't ask! Your lecturers, tutors and fellow students are there to help you and to bounce ideas off.
- Pay attention during lessons: It is easy to get caught up in university social life and to daydream or get distracted by social media during lessons — but don't ... unless you're not really committed to pursuing a legal career.
- Take notes and review lessons: For many students, writing down information helps it assimilate into your brain. At the very least, using them to review lessons or key points is essential because you simply won't remember everything.
- Allow yourself some downtime: Balance between your studies and recreation is key ... and sleep — something you didn't understand on the day might become clear once you've slept on it.
Finally, take the initiative to source information about professional networking groups.
The first place you should look, if you live in Queensland, is the Queensland Law Society which is the peak body for providing advice and support to anyone in the legal profession — whether you're still completing your studies, or are a qualified lawyer ready to take the next step up the ladder.