Year 8 to Year 9: Getting into the Swing of Things

We may have said it before, but students should well and truly have a handle on this whole high school thing by now. With two years on the belt, students should understand the expectations both as a student and academic wise. They say that Year 9 can sometimes be the worst of them all. Changes […]

Year 7 to Year 8: One Down, Five to Go

Put a tally on the board because one year of high school is done and dusted. I’m sure there was the required number of tears and tantrums. Nevertheless, the joy that is navigating the first year of high school for you as parents and your student is over (cue small dance party). Now comes the […]

From Year 6 to Year 7: Welcome to High School

Long live the days of one teacher, one classroom and the one class of peers. That was primary school. But now your students are moving up in the world. They’re getting ready to embrace a new school uniform, possibly a new campus and a new way of learning. But with that comes the transition from […]

My Child Hates School… What Now?

It’s normal for kids to grunt and moan when they dislike things. But when it comes to disliking school, it’s nothing to joke about. We all know some students are more studious or more willing to walk out the door than others, but it’s important to look out for the signs that maybe something more […]

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

I’m sure we can all admit we’ve felt small or nervous when seeking help. It’s the fear of seeming weak for not knowing how to approach a situation or being unaware of the answer. We don’t want to project a perception that we are needy by seeking clarification or admitting we don’t understand. But it’s […]

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

As a child, asking Mr Wolf the time was often a suspenseful yet exhilarating feeling knowing you had to run to the finish line. Yet, combine it with the tasks of student life, running to the finish line or asking how much time is left doesn’t have the same nostalgic feel. Instead, there’s the late-night […]

The 6 Virtues Only School Can Teach you

School. Students either love it or they hate it. Regardless of whether your student is slumping or skipping into school, there is no doubt that it’s teaching them. For 6 hours a day, 40 + weeks of the year, students can be found inside the classroom being educated and advancing on their learning journey. So, […]

The Need for New Study Habits for Senior School In QLD

With a new system on the horizon, students should begin implementing new study habits to help with the change sooner rather than later. Encouraging study and a new routine to approach the new assessments ahead will further their learning and confidence. As a foundation to study, the environment and surroundings impact upon the value of […]

The Pen vs Keyboard

As technology slowly creeps into every facet of our daily lives, with it goes the traditional and conventional ways of society. Texting and social media bring about a new era for communication, leaving handwritten letters and notepads out to dry. With predictive text and spell check, typing on a smartphone or computer brings about both […]

The Spellchecker

This blog is a very courageous undertaking on my behalf because, while you may dismiss my opinions as those of a raving nutcase, my attack on the ability to, or not to spell opens the door on my own vulnerability. As I wander around shopping centres, I am constantly bombarded with creative spelling innovations, so […]

How to Assist Students with Dyslexia

Learning, in general, can sometimes be difficult. But for some students, learning is always difficult. These students deal with dyslexia. It’s common, meaning there might be one in the classroom or even in your household. Either way, dyslexia is nothing to fear or be ashamed of; it’s just a simple bump in the road, that […]

Confidence is key

Acting confident and trusting your instincts is a key in life that won’t go astray. For students, it just might be the biggest key of all. Standing in front of classmates, confident and sure of their impending oral presentation will fool them all. Their palms may be sweaty, and their knees may be shaking, but […]

How to Write an Essay

Now I love an essay, but I’m sure some of you reading this have stronger opinions for the other camp. Essays are a vital task in many humanities subjects. We have to remember that not everyone is a writer, just like not everyone is a mathematician. So, to help those who are not and maybe […]

4 P’s to Look for in a Tutor

We all know that everyone learns differently. Some students thrive sitting in front of a whiteboard, while others struggle. The dynamics of school and the classroom can often bring obstacles for these students who do not succeed so easily in their academic endeavours. BUT…whether students strive or struggle, seeking further help will always benefit students. […]

Our 7 Step Guide to Goal Setting

As humans, there’s always more. Something we wish for, something we want and something we can strive for. These ‘somethings’ we wish, want and strive for can de deemed as goals. Among students, the goals may differ, but the end result still rings true for each; some form of success or achievement. To claim this […]

How to Refocus

As we all emerge from the confines of our houses, we begin to return to our normal lives. For students, returning to normal life now means meeting Term 3. In approaching the tail end of the year, it’s important for students to refocus and set goals for their learning. To help ease students out of […]

Simple Activities for Kids that are Secretly Educational

They say that every day you learn something new. Now the good news with that is it doesn’t always have to be in a classroom. It’s outside of the classroom that simple everyday activities can be implemented to further student’s learning. And even better, they won’t even know they’re doing it! One of the simplest […]

I failed – What do I do now?

Anxiously awaiting the grade from a test, assignment or essay can be stressful. But that stress can sometimes boil over when things don’t go the student’s way. Whether it’s a grade you weren’t expecting or one you thought might happen, failing a subject or exam is never the end of the road. I’m sure we […]

Understanding Learning Modalities Essential To Your Child’s Success

Human beings are exposed to greater amounts of information in our current society than at any other time in history. This information comes from many sources including visual media, written information, general broadcast media, personal devices such as iPods, and oral information shared in discussion, stories, lectures etc. The ways in which this information is […]

Your First Tuition Session

Anything new comes with daunting thoughts. It is okay for students to feel a little anxious before their first session with a tutor. They do not know what to expect and meeting someone new can sometimes be uncomfortable for students. But our tutors are there to help, not to make anyone anxious! The first session […]

How a Pet can Help Children’s Studies

Whether it be a cat, dog or fish, animals can bring an abundance of love into any home. Combine this with a young, learning child and the cognitive benefits of one small furry hug can too be abundant. We often hear of people discussing an individual’s IQ. IQ means ‘Intelligence Quotient.’ It’s a score devised […]

Your Student’s Screen Time: Should you be worried?

In today’s digital climate, smartphones, iPads, tablets and so on are attached to our students. Their attention is easily wavered by the flash of a screen or the ding of a notification. But keeping social is important for all students and today, the majority of it is done in the online world. Whilst keeping up […]

Your Student’s Screen Time: Should you be worried?

In today’s digital climate, smartphones, iPads, tablets and so on are attached to our students. Their attention is easily wavered by the flash of a screen or the ding of a notification. But keeping social is important for all students and today, the majority of it is done in the online world. Whilst keeping up […]

Exam Time

This term has been challenging, much like the beginning of 2020. We have seen fires, floods and fights over toilet paper.  But amid all the chaos, students haven’t stopped. From the classroom to the cloud, students have adapted to the curveballs thrown. Whilst it is hoped that the worst has been and gone, students must […]

What Reflecting on COVID can do for your education

Think back to January. It is a new year. The Olympics are on. Maybe you have entered your last year of school or it’s your first day. You’re going to school each day, 5 days a week. Imagine if someone had told you then that in a few weeks, you’ll all be at home. You’ll […]

If at first you don’t succeed….

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” However, the courage to continue after failure can be slim and sought after. Failing after a first attempt can often be encouraging; an indication of further improvement. But after the fourth, fourteenth or fortieth attempt, […]

Adjusting to our new ‘normal’

With restaurants and cafes now opening their doors, many of us are rejoicing. We can now visit family and friends… outside the house!!! (maintaining our 1.5m, of course). Whilst for some it’s a time to embrace what we have endured; others are feeling an increased sense of anxiety because let’s face it, something like this […]

Going the Extra-Mile

You either love it or you hate it. For some students, school is not a haven of learning nor a place they thrive in. However, for those motivated and gifted enough to exercise their academic abilities, school can be an encouraging source of inspiration to discover talents and express their intellectual tendencies. For those who […]

How to Prioritise

When handed a list of tasks, one must go through the list to define what takes precedence. Schooling and academic studies are no different. Each subject commonly has a timeline of the tasks needed to be completed and when they must be completed by. However, students can still lose sight of priorities as one’s social […]

How to Deal with the Oral Presentation Jitters

Public speaking can be daunting for everyone; some are just better at hiding the nerves. The fidgeting, knee wobbles and awkward adjustment in the tone of a voice are all normal reactions to public speaking. Class presentations, school assemblies or an impromptu conversation are all actions that instigate the jitters. To ease those jitters, try […]

An Hour a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away

We have all heard it – ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.’ Now that is all well and good for our tummies. But what about our muscles and bones that get students through the school gates, or make them strong enough to cart around the textbooks on their backs? Physical exercise is essential […]

Your Online School Day – Helpful Tips to Ensure Productivity

Now that school is transitioning to online, there’s no reason to slack off. Just because the dining room table doesn’t have the classroom-like appeal, doesn’t mean schoolwork and study should be taken lightly. For students, the current online situation is an opportunity to be more productive. With extra time and fewer distractions, Students have the […]

Dear Current Year 12’s

Your situation was never predicted. From day one of your senior year to now, I think we can all admit that there have been a few changes; some of them drastic, some of them minor. No matter the degree of change, your senior year looks a little different to the ones you have watched before. […]

The Need for Constant Reinforcement

Homework and revision may often seem like a tiring element of learning. However, revising and reinforcing each night the lessons and knowledge of the day can often benefit students. While cramming for the exam or composing the essay in one hit eliminates time, there are few benefits for learning and processing of information.  Doing a […]

Does my Student need a Tutor?

As parents, knowing your child’s every move and thought is part of the job. But sometimes, little actions or moods may slip under the radar. Unfortunately for many parents, I’m sure, it’s frustrating that you can’t be in the classroom learning with them. But there is something you can do and look out for, across […]

Starting the Assignment

Task sheets are the key to any assignment. Yet with the due date bolded and multiple dot points of information sprawled all over the page, it’s easy to justify student’s concerns. When handed a new task sheet, students can be overwhelmed and lose track of what needs to be done. It can also be confusing […]

Is Uni the only Answer?

The pressures of high school and all that comes along with it can be stressful enough. But it doesn’t stop there. For senior students, the topic of futures and University are words thrown about the classroom on a common basis. For the students who are focused and have their eye on a certain University course, […]

The Benefits of Completing a Senior Science Subject

For students heading into senior years of schooling, the choice of 6 subjects is daunting. Two years, only focusing on 6 subjects 5 days a week is a scary notion. Consequently, subjects are normally picked according to what students wish to pursue after school. Science is a subject that students may dismiss as not relevant […]

The Importance of Grammar

An email to a colleague, a text message to a loved one or a simple comment on Facebook, are three examples of communication. Communication is at the centre of most things we do in life; how would you ever get your favourite meal at a restaurant if you couldn’t communicate with the staff?  The answer […]

The Importance of Parent/Tutor Communication

Like any relationship, good communication is key. This is no different when it comes to the relationship between parents and tutors. Ensuring that positive and ongoing communication is occurring will only benefit the child involved. As a bonus, it can also often lead to an improvement in academic performance! To communicate on a respected and […]

4 Methods to Make Revising Easier

The last thing most students want to do when getting home from a long day at school is more school. But the art of revising and homework can significantly benefit a student’s education. Whether it’s going over the English techniques of persuasion or finishing the maths worksheet from the day, the content learnt throughout the […]

Preparing for Term 2

10 weeks down! At this time, the holidays might not have the same thrill or excitement they usually do. Being unable to catch up with friends and go out to movies, changes the way students can now celebrate the current school holidays. Whilst term 2 and what that involves for your student is uncertain, the […]

The Importance of Parent/Tutor Communication

Like any relationship, good communication is key. This is no different when it comes to the relationship between parents and tutors. Ensuring that positive and ongoing communication is occurring will only benefit the child involved. As a bonus, it can also often lead to an improvement in academic performance! To communicate on a respected and […]

The Need for a Fun, Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

The ideas of classrooms have changed over time. Once they were small rooms inhabited by tiny wooden desks, but now they are often large interactive spaces for children to continue learning. But now it’s not just the layout of the space that’s important, it’s what goes on that plays a big part in your child’s […]

Why One-on-One?

In a chaotic classroom filled with 25 plus students, it’s easy to see why teachers can’t devote all their attention to one student. Between dealing with a rebellious student and the distractions of an interactive learning environment, students fall through the cracks. These cracks start to show in their learning sometimes through a lack of […]

Educational Things to Watch

As we continue to follow the guidelines and precautions set for us by our leaders, we will be spending more time inside. With schools possibly going online, it means there’s still some free time for students at home. Whilst there are books and puzzles and fun activities to do, sometimes a good blanket and warm […]

10 Fun Science Experiments to do While Inside

Struggling to find activities to do while inside? Why not dig through the cupboards and find all those household items that can double as a fun experiment as well. Not only will it keep the kids entertained, but it will stimulate their brains and trick them into learning something more! The Volcano – I’m sure […]

How to Maintain Routine in Isolation

As the decision to close schools comes closer, questions around what it may entail, what school will look like or how things are going to operate come into play. Unfortunately, the current health crisis places a large grey cloud over the student’s everyday activities. Students may be displaced from education, their school community and the […]

How to Help your Student in Isolation

With the current health crisis putting plans on hold, it might be that your student’s education is too. And while the possibility of a few more weeks of school holidays might excite your student, you might be wondering what happens next? It could mean time away from school, but it doesn’t have to mean time […]


10 Things to do in Isolation

The thought of being at home with your students for an unpredicted amount of time might be stressful. With students at home with limited places to go and things to do, your creativity for fun things to do might be lacking with everything that’s going on. To help with the stress of finding a new […]

What School online means for your student

Not going to a classroom or putting on a uniform each morning could be a daunting thought for students right now. The bliss of knowing what must be done the next day or the mundane ritual of getting up, having breakfast and going to school is no longer associated with students’ ‘normal’. Instead, we look […]

The Negative Stigma Surrounding Tutoring

It’s no secret that school can sometimes be hard. For all students, some tasks or topics just go in one ear and out the other. For students who regard themselves as high achievers, the step to investigate or ask for assistance can be tricky. This is often where the stigma starts. The stigma is founded […]

Why Reading Is Important

For some, simply seeing everything come to life on the big screen is enough. But what they don’t know is that they are missing out on all the fun! Whether it is escaping into a world of pixies and gladiators or reliving the moments of someone’s famous life, reading allows individuals to transcend outside the […]

Specialist Learning Centre Provides Additional Benefits for Tutoring

A criticism often leveled at today’s young people is that they lack the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Of course this is a generalisation and there will be exceptions, but it is something that needs to be taken into consideration, especially by parents looking for the best method of providing out-of-school study […]

Student Engagement – Strategies for Involving Students in Their Learning

With new distractions and new ways of procrastinating, student engagement is often a challenge. When thinking of student engagement, it’s often easy to picture a classroom full of attentive, prepared students. Yet for some, engagement is a struggle. A student who is engaged can be described as having good behaviour and a positive attitude; someone […]

The Need for Persistence to Achieve Educational Goals

Everyone in life sets goals. They are a way to motivate us and they are also a judge of our improvement or success.  Whether it is to get an A on the test or to master that equation, students have academic goals that they wish to achieve. Yet sometimes, the effort and work are performed […]

Our Top 7 Tips on preparing for University.

Our Top 7 Tips on preparing for University. While the concept of life after high school might seem daunting, there are a few (7 in fact) simple and easy ways to get ahead. For those enrolled and looking forward to a new stage in the learning process, these tips may make all the difference in […]

A Few Cures to Procrastination

Most of us don’t like to admit it, but we are all victims of procrastination. It’s a highly contagious and harmful disease that claims the study of many students each year. Students can’t focus, so the disease takes over, turning students into unmotivated and distracted serious cases of the well-known illness. While there is no […]

How to Tackle O-Week at University

When it was them entering the school gates for their first day of Grade 1, you were the nervous ones. But now, as they approach the much bigger gates of universities and tertiary institutions, roles have reversed and now they’re the ones wanting to keep a hold of your hands.  Whether it’s a big historical […]

Top 10 Things to Get before Students go back to School

Whether you’ve been frolicking around a White Christmas or soaking up the sun here at home, the quick change from holidays to school can be stressful. Getting everything organised from timetables to lunchboxes can put you out of holiday mode. Schools often hand out nifty little book lists or checklists to make sure everything is […]

How to Prepare for High School

Going from the big kids in the school, to the teeny tiny Year 7 students of a brand-new school will always be daunting. Even for the parents, watching their students drown in a new uniform can instigate anxious feelings. From one teacher a year, to one teacher every 40 minutes, there is a lot to […]

The End of QCS – What does the new system mean for senior school in QLD?

Change is often met with a range of different emotions. With the new senior system coming into play this year, a change is set to be made; fortunately, or unfortunately depending on student’s relationship with change. It’s out with the old – QCS, and in with the new – internal and external assessments for our […]

How to get Back to School Ready

After a long holiday of relaxing, students often dread or “intentionally forget” that the date to return to school is approaching fast. Sleeping patterns have changed and brains have been switched off. However, it’s time to turn it all around and get your child well-rested and prepared for the school year ahead. Now that students […]

How to maintain motivation for Term 4

With only a few weeks to go before school is out, Term 4 tends to be the time for students when motivation is certainly not at its highest. School holidays are often at the forefront of every student’s mind, leaving schoolwork and commitments behind. However, there are still weeks of the term left, meaning there […]

The Importance of Term 4

While the shops may be parading their excessively early Christmas decorations and the end of the school year countdown may be on, it is important for both students and parents not to overlook Term 4. Despite Term 4 being one of the shortest terms in the school year (but feeling like the longest), it is […]

The Power of Repetition

In the modern day, we have all but thrown repetition, aka rote learning, out of our education system, favouring understanding.  However, could the two actually co-exist? How can anyone possibly fathom the deeper intricacies of a problem when they are still struggling with the basic mechanics?  There are certain building blocks in every level of […]

Common Errors in the English Language Create Barriers to Success

One of the major challenges for non-English speaking people who enter Australia is, obviously, their struggle with the language. This creates significant barriers in their social interaction with others, prospects for employment, access to social and business services, and their continuing education. Hundreds of thousands of people in this situation have taken up this challenge, […]

History Offers Opportunities to Rethink the Progress of Civilization

There is a famous saying that goes something like “those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.” A look back at the history of human habitation on this planet would tell us that in some areas we have made miraculous strides and in others, we have hardly progressed beyond […]

Tutor Skills Needed More Than Ever For University Study

When students work with a tutor to get a specific result, they may have been receiving this assistance for a number of years. For example, if their area of weakness was General Mathsnd this was identified in mid-primary school, they may have been working with a Maths tutor for two to three years prior to […]

Why Worry?

This blog comes as a warning. I have decided to launch into the topic of ‘time wasting,’ a subject that I might add, I am quite proficient at. Now, stop nodding your head and thinking that you know all about procrastination and that I can’t tell you anything that hasn’t been said before. I am […]

Lessons in Geography Show the Versatility of Personal Tutors

With parents desperate to give their children every educational opportunity, the use of personal tutors to supplement the work done by teachers in schools and universities continues to grow in popularity. Once the province of the well-to-do, ordinary families are now rearranging priorities to ensure the funds are available to engage personal tutors for their […]

Positive Habits Essential To Success

One of the wonderful things about achieving success in life is that it is not dependent upon being born into a wealthy family, or being dazzlingly beautiful, or even being exceptionally gifted. While having those three attributes in your life may make the road easier, it is just as often not the case. For example, […]

The Connotation of Phrases

On the 28th January, 1953 a nineteen year old Derek William Bentley was hanged in England for uttering five simple words.  Those words were Let him have it, Chris. It began when Bentley and his mate, Christopher Craig, attempted to rob a warehouse of confectionery manufacturers.  Living opposite, a girl who witnessed the break-in alerted […]

Maths Tuition Gives Every Child An Extra Advantage

Every responsible parent wants to give their child the opportunity to be the best that they can be, and to have multiple options when it finally comes to choosing a career. An essential part of this desire is the quality of the education the child receives, whether in the public or private system. With demand […]

Exposure To A Second Language Essential To Childhood Development

The Australian education system has been relatively slow in comparison to other countries in recognizing the whole-of-life benefits of learning a second language. While High School students have had access to second language education for many years, it is only in recent times that this has extended into primary school. Unfortunately, one of the main […]

Another Perspective Regarding Tutoring

As parents we all want our children to succeed, but we also know that the school curriculum these days is overcrowded, even in the best of schools. Many children are genuinely doing the best they can but feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tasks and subject matter they are presented with every day. Others […]

Questions to Ask at Parent-Teacher Meetings

When it comes to parent-teacher conferences there is a fine line between helpful and humiliating as awkward silences suffocate classrooms Australia-wide. Schools are the primary environment for child development both mentally and socially, hence, these conferences are vital to engage in your child’s growth. However, as an independent party uninvolved in the education system, it […]

Team Work in Assignments – Essential or Exasperating?

When it comes to group assignments, the majority of students will have one of two opinions; that it’s a brutally unfair theft of work, or that it is the best idea in the world because now they can kick back and watch TV while the class valedictorian earns them an A+. The reality is that […]


Involving Students in Their Own Learning

In a classroom full of peers, a single misstep can be a devastating blow to a student’s confidence, a crowded room can mean their questions remain unresolved and a competitive environment can foster stress and anxiety regarding their academic ability. As a result, many students find themselves falling behind as victims of academic disengagement, affecting […]

What Type of Learner Are You?

The experience of trying to engage a child to sit still and focus on the task in front of them can often be likened to herding cats. The problem is what draws one in may bore another to the point where they simply lose all interest in a topic. A key aspect of this is […]

Positive Study Habits Best Learnt Early in Academic Life

A study of Australian university participation rates conducted in 2018 found that one in five students are more likely to drop out than complete university. A number of causal factors were identified such as changing to a different university or course, deferring with the intention to return in the future and others. Sadly, failing courses […]

Personal Tuition for the Overachiever

There are many students already at the top of their class who use personal tuition to achieve a level of education over and above their current grade. They may be aiming higher to get a scholarship or for the super-competitive, just to test themselves against their peers. As a professional sports person uses a trainer […]

Reading – The Ultimate Escape

Have you ever felt bogged down, perhaps in a rut or maybe even overwhelmed with what life has dished up to you at the moment? Sometimes, and often without reason, people can be overcome with a desire to just run away, escape and hide from the world. For a lucky few the possibility of real, […]

Personal Tutors Give High School Graduates a Flying Start at Uni

There are many challenges to be faced when undertaking university study for the first time. Of course, the obvious ones are all connected with the subject material, and the demands of studying and submitting assignments at a much higher level than required at the secondary education level. Some of the not-so-obvious challenges centre around a […]

Get a Head Start on the School Year with a Personal Tutor

We all know that the start of any new venture or experience is exciting but at the same time tinged with apprehension, as everything that lies before us is an unknown. When that start is a positive one, the rest of the experience tends to follow the same pattern; but if things go awry, it […]

Beating the summer slide

Summer holidays, a time when the kids lounge around the house all day, playing video games, watching TV, or generally being lazy. It’s great that they are having some downtime after a full on year of school, but too much brain-numbing activity can be damaging to their learning. A study by Oxford Learning claims that your child […]

The importance of continuing tuition when entering high school 

Your child has gotten through primary school and their academic prospects are looking up, so why continue tutoring? If you originally hired a tutor for your child because they were struggling, it may be tempting to stop these sessions when you see improvements in their grades. However, when it comes to tutoring, consistency is key. It’s not just […]

5 Ways To Make Maths Fun!

Everybody knows Maths sucks! It’s hard and boring and when in the real world will you need to know how to do long division? At least that’s how most kids think. But the reality is that maths is everywhere and it’s an extremely useful skill that helps us make sense of the world. Some kids may […]

4 Reasons to Get a Second Language Tutor

Learning a second language may seem like a daunting task for your child, but you will be surprised by how it can enrich their lives. It can be a fun and rewarding experience, building their character and widening their mind. When paired with the right tutor it won’t be as scary or difficult as you […]


How choosing the right tutor can help build self-confidence

Most parents don’t need to be convinced that tutoring is important. Any parent who has seen their child’s grades improve after dedicated tutoring sessions will attest to it. However, choosing the right tutor has an impact on children beyond their next test or due assignment. The qualities and confidence that can be imbued into students […]

How a tutor can help set realistic goals

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In schools there is a keen focus on setting academic goals, though there can also beencouragement towards setting interpersonal goals or goals related to emotional resilience. What is important, however, is to understand how nurturing effective goal-setting behaviour from a young age […]

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