For senior secondary school students, or perhaps their parents, who are concerned they are not keeping up with their lessons, or are starting to find their overall learning experience to be a source of angst and conflict — private tuition might hold the key.
The personal tutoring industry has been on the rise for several years throughout Australia, with over a quarter of the students engaging the service of a private chemistry tutor — or a tutor to help with content for other subjects, like maths, physics, engineering or biology — at some point in their school career, or during their years at university.
How do you find private chemistry lessons, though?
The Superprof platform is there to help students of all ages, from high school to post-graduate university level, find a private tutor in all subjects imaginable — academic subjects including biology, maths, physics, engineering, English and chemistry, as well more recreational subjects such as music, fitness and art.
Whether you're a university student needing help to study for an upcoming chemistry exam, or a parent whose child needs help with their Year 9 chemistry lessons, there's a chemistry tutor for you on the Superprof platform.
Our blogs also contain a wealth of information, like an overview of awesome jobs in chemistry.
There is no one area of chemical engineering that specifically helped me in my career as an astronaut, it was more the general education in engineering. Also, it was a very difficult and rigourous course. So, it made me strong and resourceful.~ Leroy Chiao ~
What are the Benefits of Studying Chemistry?
When you're in the early years of high school, you might find your chemistry lessons ranking amongst the most boring of your subjects. Once you get through the basics, however, your lessons start becoming more interesting and you may begin to realise the importance of chemistry in a global sense.
Plus, if you do want a career in a science field, the trio of science subjects — physics, biology and chemistry — is an essential course of study for students. While most of us aren't aiming to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, there is little doubt that studying chemistry provides other study benefits and is useful in day-to-day life.
Here are a few other benefits of persevering with your chemistry class:
- Become a better cook — understand the chemical reactions that occur in the cooking process and find the best ways to make food extra appealing.
- Be a conscious consumer — learning about different chemicals in your lessons will help you understand the information on product labels, including clothing items and cleaning products. Chemistry students are more aware consumers and more alert to environmental issues and sustainable options when shopping.
- Broaden your career options — from education to manufacturing, there are multiple career paths you can follow with a bachelor degree in chemistry, and with the current climate crisis worsening, money is being funnelled into chemistry research in a range of fields.
- It's fun — while some of the content covered in your chemistry class each term will involve memorisation and analysis, there is also the fun aspect of lessons. Who doesn't like playing around with chemical reactions (in a safe learning environment), creating personalised cosmetics or investigating the content of your favourite junk food?
Instead of enacting another law that bans or regulates a chemical or a molecule that has a toxic or environmentally destructive effect, we need to think about how we invent a product that doesn’t have that effect.
~ John Warner, author of The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry ~
Why Should I Hire a Private Tutor?
If you're not convinced you, or your children, actually need a private chemistry tutor, here are a few reasons you may not have considered:
At school, your chemistry class teacher is responsible for all the students in your class. Your teacher will do the best she can to answer your questions and support your learning but teachers have to divide their time between all students — if you're lucky, you might average 2-3 minutes of her time per class. Conversely, when you have a private tutor, you are their sole focus. Tutors tailor lessons and content around your needs and give you undivided attention — meaning you'll cover more content in a shorter time frame.
Increase student confidence
Private tutors excel in tapping into the insecurities of their students and building confidence in their abilities. If you're a student who freezes during an exam, has difficulty with written English or who wants the ground to open up and swallow you during an oral presentation, tutoring with the right tutor can help you find your feet and go in to these situations in a more self-assured way.
Improve your grades
For most students, getting better grades is what tutoring is all about. Your chemistry tutor should find out what your goals are and put together a program of study to help you achieve these goals. Evidence shows that chemistry tutoring will help with student grades, however, bear in mind that tutors are not magicians and students have to put in the work to achieve the best results they can.
Tailored to your learning style
One of the best things about private tutoring is the ability of your tutor to create lessons that directly meet your needs and cater to your learning style. Your chemistry tutor is there to help you and only you, so whether you prefer kinaesthetic learning strategies or logical learning strategies, your chemistry tutor can provide the best learning experience for you.
Chemistry, unlike other science, sprang originally from delusions and superstitions, and was at its commencement exactly on a par with magic and astrology.
~ Thomas Thomson ~
Motivate, enthuse and inspire
Tutoring is not only for students who need help to catch up on missed lessons or because they find the content difficult and need extra practice.
Some students engage tutors because they love a particular subject and want to know more than their teachers cover during class time. A student may have a thirst for maths, or for science in general or maybe a passion for old English literature — whatever the interest, they can't get enough and studying the subject brings joy and more enthusiasm.
One music tutor described exactly this experience with their young cello student who, at 8 years of age, loved learning cello but loved science even more. Such is the extent of this enthusiasm for science, the child's parents ended up engaging a private tutor — an astrophysics PhD student — to work with the child for a few hours each week. They'd covered concepts in physics and were studying chemistry, focusing on the periodic table at the time of this story.
In past years, there has been a stigma attached to needing a tuition service, particularly for academic subjects — "I have a tutor so I must be dumb." This stigma was present in primary school, but more so in high school where appearances are everything and you shouldn't stand out from the crowd. That also included being smart and achieving well or showing enthusiasm for anything related to school work.
Luckily, that's a fast dying attitude. These days, students who need help are often heard proudly saying, "My tutor showed me how to do this." And, more and more tutors are being employed to extend students rather than help them catch up.
At the end of the day, it's all about a love of learning.
Find Chemistry Tutoring In Sydney
As with all tutoring subjects, there is a huge price range when it comes to chemistry tutoring. Depending on the level of the student, the qualifications of the tutor and other factors including whether the tutoring is carried out online or in person, tutors may charge an hourly rate of anywhere between $10 and $120. The average hourly rate, however, is around $50.
There is no shortage of tutors, both private and agency tutors, in Sydney and the surrounding region, and online tutoring platforms, including Superprof, have been gaining popularity since Covid first hit our shores.
One of the most sought after service areas is chemistry tutoring in preparation for the HSC and to maximise ATAR results. Two of the most results-driven tutoring agencies located in the Sydney area are Dux College (specialising in HSC tutoring for all main subjects) and Art of Smart (offering a holistic tutoring service tailored for all students but specifically for those with special needs).
In the current time, almost all tutoring agencies and freelance tutors have moved to online tuition, although many still offer face-to-face private and group lessons when they are able to do so.
When you're searching for a tutor or a tutoring agency or online platform, it's important to be clear about your goals. If you are in Years 11 and 12 and looking to have chemistry as one of your main HSC subjects, contributing to your ATAR, it is essential you communicate this to your tutor. Look for someone who has had direct experience with the HSC, for example, a university student who has sat the HSC within the last few years, or a high school teacher who has worked with HSC students in the science areas.
All Superprof tutors have a profile and should list their areas of expertise, so narrow your search by looking for 'HSC tuition', 'exam preparation', 'chemistry extension' or whatever other goals you have.
Chemistry Lessons with Tutors Outside of Sydney
Perhaps you are having no luck finding the right tutor for you in Sydney, or maybe you are reading this but live somewhere else in Australia, like Melbourne or Brisbane. Don't worry, we have you covered and remember, online tuition now means you and your tutor can be at opposite ends of Australia.
Chemistry Tutors in Melbourne
After Sydney, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia in terms of population and, like Sydney, Melbourne has an ever-growing number of tutoring agencies and private tutors on hand to help struggling (or striving) students.
Tutoring rates in Melbourne are similar to those in Sydney, with private tutors charging anywhere $10 to $100 an hour, with the average hourly rate slightly lower than in Sydney at $47 an hour.
Along with the usual run of tutoring franchises and online platforms, Melbourne has a number of privately owned tuition centres offering a range of options from online to one-on-one and small group settings. In Melbourne, students in Years 11 and 12 are gearing up for the VCE exam — essentially the same as the HSC in that it drives a student's ATAR score — so are most likely to be looking for tutors who specialise in VCE preparation.
One agency in Melbourne that has a good reputation when it comes to VCE exam preparation is Cloudspace Learning (CSL). All tutors at CSL are trained teachers or are in their final year of teacher education. This means that they not only have vast experience catering for different learning styles but they are also familiar with the VCE and ATAR processes.
For first-year university students studying chemistry, the University of Melbourne has 'The First-Year Chemistry Learning Centre', where at least one tutor is always on duty during opening hours to answer questions and help students navigate university level chemistry.
Find a VCE chemistry tutor with solid experience here.
Find a Private Chemistry Tutor in Brisbane
Brisbane and the Gold Coast are popular destinations for students to pursue ongoing university studies. Like Sydney and Melbourne, there are numerous tutoring options available should you find yourself stuck, or wanting more — and the average hourly rate is also similar at $45.
Alan Knight is a physics, chemistry and maths tutor with a very sound reputation, not only for having his finger on the pulse with the latest education trends, including changes to ATAR, but he also offers hands-on workshops in experimental physics and chemistry.
Browse the Superprof Platform
Again — what if you're reading this but you live in Western Australia, South Australia or regional NSW and simply can't get access to the tutoring service mentioned above?
This is where the Superprof platform comes in extra handy with well over 30,000 private chemistry tutors available to work with students online or, if possible, face-to-face. The average tuition is $17 an hour and you're almost guaranteed to find a tutor who specialises in HSC or VCE (or another state equivalent) preparation, primary school tuition or university level tutoring.
Check out the range of online chemistry courses offered by Superprof tutors.
Like all sciences, chemistry is marked by magic moments.
~ Yves Chauvin ~
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