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
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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-University of Auckland Scholarship -University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship (Offered) -University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship -Rangitoto College Proxime Accessit -NCEA Level 1-3 with excellence -NCEA Level 2-3 Biology, Chemistry and Physics with excellence -NCEA Biology, Physics and Statistics Scholarship -1st in age group for 2013 North Shore Marathon -Top 100 for 2015 Auckland Half Marathon -Rangitoto College past concertmaster -Past player in New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra -Current 1st violin in Auckland Youth Orchestra
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I have done private and group tutoring since early years of the high school. In the Auckland Grammar School I've been teaching all the school subjects to the Maori Hustle in Owens Rd. At the same time period, I have been doing some teaching to the disabled students of our school, through the student mentoring program. In terms of private tutoring, I've been teaching students since I studied year 10 at the Auckland Grammar School, right up to a tutor.
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