Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones.
~ Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist) ~
So, you're keen to study biology at university and perhaps make a career out of it? Brilliant. A bachelor degree in biology will open a lot of doors owing to the diverse range of sub-disciplines, including genetics, neurobiology, marine biology, forestry, forensics, evolutionary biology and immunology, to name but a few.
But, it's not just 'biology' you'll be studying as biology is a field that requires a sound general understanding of other science fields, such as chemistry, as well as mathematics.
Hmm — maybe biology is not so appealing anymore, or perhaps the thought of studying it in university suddenly became a bit scary or overwhelming?
This article will look at a few compelling reasons why you should pursue the study of biology, how to identify when you need help and where to find a biology tutor in Brisbane or an online biology tutor anywhere in Queensland or throughout Australia.
Why Should I Study Biology?
Biology is the study of living organisms and how they relate to each other and function in the natural world. From finding out why mushrooms are currently sprouting up all over Brisbane to what causes goosebumps and how deep sunlight can penetrate through clear water — studying biology opens up a whole world of fascination, experience and exploration.
Fun facts aside, there are several solid reasons why learning about biology can be beneficial.
Biology is your ticket to the world
As mentioned previously, studying biology opens a lot of doors when it comes to choosing a career path. The skills you will be learning — research, data analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking — will provide you with the experience you need for a range of careers and studying general biology will keep your options open.
Retain your childhood curiosity
Remember when you were little and you couldn't get enough learning — wanting to know why, why, why? Studying biology will help you answer many of those questions as well as dozens of others you haven't considered yet. The more you learn, the more you experience and the more you grow.
Experience the satisfaction of knowing you're doing something beneficial for society
When you think about the history of improvements to the quality of life, as well as recent advances to the same, you will see many of these are due to biology. Consider medical advances, agriculture or biotechnology — all grounded in biology. It can be incredibly empowering and personally satisfying to know that you're in a position to effect positive change.
Biology is not all fun and games. It requires work and study, but the rewards of real understanding are worth the work.
~ Professor David Zeigler ~
Even the most passionate and committed students come up against study roadblocks.
How Will I Know if I Need Biology Tutoring?
Whenever you're studying, whether you're in primary school, high school or currently in the middle of a bachelor degree at university, there are some key general signs that it's time to get help. It's common for many students, caught up in the whirlwind of school life and commitments for other subjects, to not recognise or even ignore these signs until it's too late. For tutors to be able to have an impact, students must seek help early, be honest with their tutor and view tutoring as beneficial rather than embarrassing.
Five signs to look for
- You're spending a lot more time 'working' on assignments — but never seem to finish anything.
- You skip more than the occasional lesson because you're not prepared.
- New concepts are confusing because you don't have the background knowledge (i.e. there are gaps).
- You don't enjoy the lesson, or any of your subjects for that matter.
- You study as much as you can but your marks are starting to go down.
Other signals that you may need some biology tutoring include anxiety and feelings of hopelessness or reduced participation in lesson discussion. Note that failure of subjects is not one of these signs because, by the time you've actually failed, you're out of time.
For different students, the signs vary and have high dependency on the background experience of each individual student, prior knowledge, previous teaching (and whether it was effective), attitude to studying, peer pressure and any personal issues that are currently being dealt with.
Of course, students may also want to engage tutors in order to develop their general study skills or time management or even to extend their learning in a subject.
So, where can you look to find a biology tutor in Brisbane?
Where Can I Find Tutoring Services in Brisbane?
Currently, given the uncertainty around the COVID pandemic, it is becoming less common for tutors and tutoring agencies to provide in-home private tutoring services and many have moved towards an online tutoring model.
However, for various reasons, online tutoring is not an option for all students — it may be a hardware issue, lack of reliable internet connection, a need to study in a different environment or for any other personal reasons. If you would prefer to find a private biology tutor in Brisbane who will come to you, or meet you in a public location, there are a few places you can look:
- University noticeboards — older students or graduates looking for part time work will often post flyers to advertise their tutoring services
- Primary school and high school newsletters — occasionally, tutors will advertise in a school newsletter and it's worth taking the time to scan these every so often to check
- Ask the teaching staff in the high school science faculty or your primary school classroom teacher — if they can't help you, they'll know someone who can
- Visit student services at university — they often have a register of student tutors you can browse through
- Community social media platforms, such as Gumtree, often have ads posted by tutors and tutoring agencies
Biology tutors, both in-person and online, can be found through an ever-growing number of online tutoring platforms. Many of these, such as Tutor Finder, Tutorly, University Tutor and LearnMate, require students to complete a profile before they are then matched with a 'suitable' tutor. Other tutoring platforms allow tutors to add their own details which can then be browsed by potential students — however, contact is still made through the agency.
Superprof is different in two ways:
- Tutors each have their own profile page and can be searched according to qualifications, method of delivery, price, specialisation, location and so on.
- Students contact the Superprof tutor directly.
With a growing number of biology tutors in Brisbane or throughout Queensland, and over 80,000 biology tutors around Australia, the ability to find the perfect private in-person tutor or online biology tutor has never been easier.
What Should I Look for in an Online Biology Tutor?
A good tutor is a good tutor, whether they're working online or face-to-face. There are, however, some of the common qualities that are even more important in tutors who offer online tuition.
- Communication skills
An excellent command of English and the ability to explain concepts in multiple ways is essential for an online tutor who is not able to physically demonstrate their thinking to cater for tactile or active learning styles. Good communication also means being a good listener.
Individual students learn at different paces and patience is even more essential when a computer screen is acting as a barrier to learning in the traditional 'hands-on' way.
- Flexibility and creativity
The ability to adapt your teaching style is always going to be essential but online it is even more relevant, and the creativity of a tutor is going to be called upon more regularly as they seek to find ways to demonstrate concepts without being in the same room as their students.
This goes without saying but knowledge of different online teaching and learning tools, and how to use them effectively, is an absolute must.
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