Every day here at TutorBright, we have the incredible fortune of helping kids learn through our 1:1 tutoring and mentoring. And recently, it was particularly rewarding to drive across Melbourne to meet the winners of our 2017 end-of-year enrolment competition. A very BIG congratulations to our prize winners Eleni, Heather and Senka.
Meet Erin Kemp, one of our newest tutors at TutorBright. We got to chat with Erin at our Tutor-Mentor Training Workshop at the office in Richmond. Erin is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University.
1. What inspired or interested you about tutoring?
An experience I had inspired me to tutor. I used to teach and provide homework help to girls I looked after. Watching them improve and understand the topics they studied gave me a huge sense of pride. I really enjoyed this experience!
Homework plays an important role in a child’s education: it helps children develop good study habits, encourages learning, expands a child’s memory and gives them the opportunity to complete tasks on their own. But homework can be a battle for both children and parents; students may struggle with the mountain of tasks they're given and parents may not understand the content or have time to help their children because of their workload and other commitments.
Meet All-Star Tutor-Mentor Harshini Ganesh. Harshini was nominated by our team for her great work as an English and maths tutor. Harshini is currently studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at Monash University. Her hobbies include yoga, playing the violin, and watching the sunset at a beach near her house. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
At the end of January, a news report from the ABC highlighted the possibility of a Grade 1 phonics check throughout Victoria. The phonics check will be implemented by Matthew Guy's Coalition if it wins the November state elections. The phonics test aims to test a student's reading ability, help improve the teaching of reading and to identify children that need extra support.
There is no doubt that the last two years of high school can be incredibly stressful for VCE students. Not only is your child studying hard to get into the university of their dreams but also, juggling with the challenges that come with being a teenager. The final two years of high school can also be fatiguing for you as a parent. You may find yourself worrying more about your teen’s well-being and making sure that they’re preparing themselves for exams.
Study Advice for VCE Students!
Studying smarter rather than harder can help you learn faster and help you use your time more effectively. Let’s be honest; studying for SACS and exams can be time consuming, and is not the most exciting activity in your week.
First semester is already in full swing! You and your child may still be adjusting to the hustle and bustle of primary school or secondary school. Succeeding in semester one is not only important for your child’s self-esteem, but also preps them for the semesters to come.
It is time to ditch the bathers, beach towels and the pool for new textbooks and most importantly, an exciting new semester! Going back to school after a long holiday is both exciting and anxiety provoking. Sometimes the back-to-school transition can be quiet tough for parents and kids; we all must get back into school mode and adjust to the busy pace the school year brings.
Many of us remember having a tutor during our school days. They may have been a friend of the family, an older sibling's friend or perhaps someone sourced from the local paper or community notice-board. Whilst some of us were lucky enough to develop a great rapport with a tutor, chances are that such instances were few and far between. Unfortunately, kids often find themselves being tutored by someone they just don't get along with, and this can have serious implications for their learning.