If it moves, it's biology. If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it doesn't work, it's physics.
~ Anonymous ~
Home to Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, Canberra is seen as a city of opportunity when it comes to the study of, and research in, biology. With a huge proportion of students electing to study biology in Years 11 and 12, and then go on to studying biology in some form at university, it stands to reason that there is also going to be a demand for qualified biology tutors with the necessary experience to assist students at any level.
With over 30 high school and college institutions in Canberra, three major university options and a handful of TAFE institutions — all of which offer courses and lessons in a range of biology fields — there is no shortage of biology students, and also no shortage of biology graduates and teachers who are willing to offer tutoring services.
This article will first take a look at the type of biology subjects students are studying and then where students can find biology tutoring in Canberra if they find themselves struggling in biology class, looking for some extra help with time management or exam preparation, or wanting extension opportunities to get ahead.
What are the Different Fields of Study in Biology?
Biology is one of the three major science branches, along with chemistry and physics. However, you can hardly classify it as one single branch as there are close to 50 sub-disciplines (depending on which science expert or biologist you ask) that are both distinct in their own right, but also overlap in many ways.
Essentially, all biology subjects involve studying living organisms — whether they be plants, animals or cells — and how these organisms function, behave together and the results of the interaction. A few of the more common, and less common, sub-divisions include:
- agriculture — science and practice of livestock and crop production
- biochemistry — the biology of chemistry involves studying the structure and function of cells
- bioengineering — biological engineering is a broad engineering discipline
- biophysics — biological physics applies the theories and methods of physics to biology
- cryobiology — studying the effects of low temperatures on living organisms
- ethology — the study of animal behaviour
- genetics — the science of heredity
- marine biology — studying the relationships of ocean plants and animals
- medicine — the science of disease
- psychobiology — the study of psychology in relation to biological processes
- zoology — study of animals and animal life; can be further categorised and broken down into specific animal types, including ichthyology (fish), entomology (insects) and mammalogy (mammals) among others.
So, if you have a special interest in any specific living organism, or are passionate about nature and want to find out more about how to help improve our natural world, a career in one of the many sub-divisions of biology might be for you.
First, however, you need to ensure you receive a good grounding in the basics, including the other science subjects (chemistry and physics) as well as maths and a good grasp of English communication. This means working hard in high school, in your biology class and other subjects, particularly in Years 11 and 12.
For some students, this may involve searching for some biology tutoring in Canberra, where it's important you find the right tutor for you.
If you're not in Canberra, and you're studying VCE biology in Melbourne, preparing for your HSC biology in Sydney or considering taking extension biology lessons in Perth, you can still participate in biology tutoring Canberra online tutoring and lessons.
Wherever you are, in every Australian school, the biology curriculum content is going to be similar as each state is governed by the Australian curriculum.
What can you Expect to Cover in your Year 11 and 12 Biology Class?
The Australian Curriculum provides a framework for every education authority in each state to hang their curriculum on. The model is outcomes-based and, in science in particular, the focus is on the skills and inquiry outcomes, meaning the content can vary. This allows some colleges (Year 11 and Year 12 in Canberra) to tap into the expertise of their teaching staff to offer one or more of the sub-disciplines of biology, but still meet the outcomes set out by the Australian Curriculum.
One school that does this is Dickson College, which has the only Marine Biology and Oceanography course for Year 11 and Year 12 students in the Australian Capital Territory.
For students enrolling in biology in Years 11 and 12, there are four core units of work defined by the Australian Curriculum:
- Unit 1 — Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life
- Unit 2 — Cells and multicellular organisms
- Unit 3 — Heredity and continuity of life
- Unit 4 — Maintaining the internal environment
As mentioned above, it is the science skills, such as research, data analysis, investigative processes and so on, that are considered important rather than specific content. This allows each college course to individualise content according to experience, expertise and student need. Of course, some Years 11 and 12 courses follow the Australian Curriculum to the letter as well, so when choosing a college at the end of Year 10, it's a good idea to look around and ask questions.
What Type of Biology Tutoring is Available in Canberra?
Private tutoring, once the domain of a select few, is now the rule rather than the exception. In the past, students could access tutoring with a private maths tutor or a private tutor of English, but these days, tutors are available for every subject imaginable.
Canberra is no exception with a somewhat overwhelming range of tutoring options available for students at all levels — primary school and high school through to university.
There is an ever-increasing number of tutoring agencies and online platforms, offering to match students with their ideal tutors in Canberra. These companies are easily found online with a Google search and include Tutor Finder, University Tutor, LearnMate, High School Tutors and TutorsField.
You can also enrol with a local tutoring agency, like Kumon, and attend small group lessons, or pay a little extra for private tutoring.
If you would prefer a private tutor who can come to your home, or meet you elsewhere, each university in Canberra (the University of Canberra, the Australian National University and the Australian Catholic University) keeps a log of undergraduate and post-graduate students who are available for tutoring in a range of subjects, including biology. This can be a good option for a couple of reasons:
- tutoring lessons with tutors who are still studying themselves are often cheaper
- current or recently graduated students are more familiar with curriculum expectations, and often have tried and tested exam preparation and research technique tips they can pass on
- some students prefer a younger tutor as they feel tutors who are a similar age to them will be 'more in touch'.
Word of mouth is also a great way to find tutors. If a tutor is recommended by a friend, you know they'll suit your needs and be a good match.
If you're still stuck and not sure where to look for biology tutoring in Canberra, here's a list of possibilities to get you started:
Catering for high school and university students, Tutor Lim has tutors available for maths, engineering, commerce, science and technology. Lessons are conducted in-person at a location of your choice or, if preferred, online.
At Home Tutoring
The friendly tutors with At Home Tutoring will come to your house for private tutoring lessons. Their tuition services include economics, accounting, maths, chemistry, biology, physics and English.
Previously only offering private in-person tutoring in your home, Action Coaching has recently added an online tutoring option. They cater for all levels from primary students and high school subjects, through to university, in the subject areas of English, maths, physics, chemistry, biology and general science.
Our society tends to be mobile; people move interstate frequently for work or study opportunities. What if you have a great tutor in Canberra, but have discovered you are moving interstate? Where can you find another tutor in Adelaide; or someone to help you in Brisbane?
Online or Face-to-Face Tutoring with Superprof
Superprof's online platform allows students to select from thousands of tutors in any Australian state. Find a tutor who has the qualifications, experience and specialisation you need at a price that suits your budget. The tools for online tutoring are exceptional, allowing you to engage a biology tutor from anywhere in Australia and conduct your lessons online — not only a convenient way of learning but cheaper too. If you prefer face-to-face learning, you can search for a Superprof tutor in Canberra who offers this method of tuition.
Really, with the options available, there is nothing stopping you from jumping online to start searching for private biology tutoring in Canberra today.
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