Science Tutoring for NCEA and Cambridge
Covering the bases
Our science tutors are all specialists in their fields, continuing to study science at university with great success. They’ve also been trained in methods designed specifically for NCEA and Cambridge science tutoring. These methods are supported by fantastic research, and include the following:
- Using quizzing effectively (to introduce topics and to review them)
- Asking deep explanatory questions
- Helping students to make connections between abstract ideas and concrete examples
- Helping students effectively manage their study time.
The Details: What Our Science Tutors Know
The New Zealand high school science curriculum is about learning the foundational skills needed to learn more about the natural world. These include skills in research, communication, experimentation and understanding natural systems. The curriculum aims to capitalise on every student’s natural curiosity, giving them a taste of how their worlds can be explored through science with a thorough introduction to scientific method, as well as the fascinating content each scientific discipline has to offer.
In Years 9, 10 and NCEA Level 1/IGSCE science, students participate in a general overview course. This overview covers the three major areas listed below, as well as geology, astronomy, human biology and electricity. Some schools offer a general overview at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 as well, but most students split off into the specific discipline that interests them the most, at NCEA levels 2 and 3 or at CIE AS, A2 and A levels: biology, chemistry, and/or physics.
For more information on our approach to these specific disciplines, click here:
Meet some of our Science tutors
- 5 years experience with teaching at St John Youth - Mentor for a 1st year law student through the Kensington Swan Mentoring Programme at UOA - 1 year weekly tutoring of a year 13 student through the MATES programme (2013) - Tutored through the Academic Council at my High School in Japanese and English - Peer support leader and buddy to students in Years 7-9
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I have been tutoring with Pencilcase for three years now and prior to that volunteered as a tutor at my school in the afternoons. I have worked with students from Year 7 to Year 13 with a range of learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Autism. I tutor English, History, Art, Media, Drama and Classical Studies, having done all these in my own High School years and received NZQA Scholarship in Design, Classics and English.
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During my Cambridge A-Level classes, I used to volunteer to prepare slides for every week's revision class in Biology to try going over the past topics in a different way than the teacher's. This was done to ensure everyone understood the lectures and I was known for my passion for teaching so I was the one who used to get chosen for the volunteering tutoring role. The students were my friends so they'd not hesitate asking questions over and over again while I used to answer them patiently. This way I got to tutor, the lecturer was assured we understood and the students actually understood as they were willing to pay more attention.
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