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Ashley Van Leeuwestyn

Proprietor of the Student Tutor Network

Subjects: My areas of expertise lie within the sciences, particularly human sciences such as Biology, Physiology and Anatomy, as well as a real love of Chemistry in particular, Biochemistry.

My name is Ashley Van Leeuwestyn and I'm 25 years old. I formed the Student Tutor Network in early 2013 to not only assist other students in connecting tutors with clients but also as a new adventure into business, in which I had never ventured into before. I currently a possess a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Newcastle. In 2015, I was lucky enough to accept an offer into the Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and will be graduating in 2020. My passion lies within the sciences and education. While becoming a conventional teacher wasn't something I was interested in, I went in the direction of private one-on-one forms of education and found a real passion for it.


Kate McMahon 

Subjects: K – 6 literacy, 7 – 12:   Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science), Geography, Legal Studies, English (Advanced) & Studies of

 Religion. University: Science (Biology & Natural Sciences), Geography, Law, Education

Hi! I’m Kate – I’m currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching), having previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Biological Science).  My education has always been very multi-disciplined, combing my Science studies with units in Law and Humanities.

Studying a diverse range of subjects at high school and university has allowed me to develop a variety of teaching and learning skills which I believe can assist students of all levels in reaching their educational goals.




Adam Watts 

Subjects: Business Studies, Physics, Information Processes and Technology and General Mathematics.


Hi, my name is Adam. After completing my Higher School Certificate at Lisarow High School in 2013 with distinctions in the majority of my subjects, I now undertake a double degree of Commerce and Science, majoring in Finance and Physics at Macquarie University. Helping students to achieve their desired educational goals is something I enjoy with great sentiment. 

I am always intrinsically motivated to assist, and aspire to do so whenever possible; Learning invaluable information on a variety of different subjects and areas on the way. Tutoring is something in which I can effectively employ my adapting and growing skill-set into practice which I believe can assist not just myself, but students of all academic levels in discovering their potential and reaching their goals. 



Sharmaine Spencer 

Subjects: All English including HSC level extensions 1&2, Legal Studies, Modern History, Ancient History and Studies of Religion II.

Hi! I'm Sharmaine Spencer and I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) majoring in HSIE at MQU. I studied at Brisbane Waters Secondary College for my HSC in 2012 and walked away Dux of the school and with an ATAR of 91.7. I started my Uni studies at the University of Sydney but have now found a growing love for education and have decided to relocate to Macquarie University to complete my passion. 

I tutored a few students last year privately who all excelled in their HSC year, who all received Band 6's and great ATAR's, but to me that isn't the most important thing. Enjoying school and enjoying the things you're learning is so much more of an amazing and rewarding experience when it comes to education. I think as a student tutor I'll be able to help you achieve these goals whether it be just understanding your studies or excelling in them. One day I hope to do this as a career, to teach and nurture young people to their educational aspirations, so I'd love to be able to work with you and make you feel as crazy excited about learning as I am! :-) 



Ciarin Christie

Subjects: K-12 English (Advanced and Standard), Extension English, Drama, Visual Arts, Studies of Religion (1 Unit)

My name is Ciarin Christie; I am 20 years old and currently studying my third year of a Bachelor of Communication, Majoring in Media Production at the University of Newcastle. I completed my HSC in 2013, graduated from MacKillop Catholic College in Warnervale and achieved an ATAR of 83.5. In my years at MacKillop, I maintained a very strong work ethic, which allowed me to stay at the top of my classes right until I graduated. I particularly excelled in areas such as English and Drama, and I came first in the Broken Bay Diocese in my Entertainment Industry class. My subjects at school ranged from the academic to the creative arts, allowing me to experience and appreciate vastly different ways of learning. My love for tutoring and academics has awarded me with various career opportunities, many of them involving teaching. For two years I worked as a teachers aide at a local primary school and my high academic achievements during my second year of University allowed me to be sought out and employed by the Department of Education and the University of Newcastle as a student mentor to children ranging from primary school to high school age. These experiences have helped me develop my skills as a tutor, as it has made me aware that each child has their own learning needs and in turn has made me strive to meet the needs and goals of all the children I teach.


 


Cassidy Gallagher 

Subjects: Mathematics, Extension 1 Mathematics, Extension 2 Mathematics, Biology, PDHPE  

Hi! My name is Cassidy and I have just completed my HSC at Gosford High School in 2013. I am really interested in both Maths and Biology, so I have just begun a double degree of Engineering (Mechanical) with Science majoring in Biology at Macquarie University. With Biology, I am hoping to go into the study of diseases and immunobiology, whilst also completing my engineering units with the hope of one day being a Biomedical Engineer. Throughout year 12 I worked incredibly hard to achieve an ATAR of 95.30, however I do know what it was like to struggle through a subject I had absolutely no confidence in, and the frustration it caused, as I have never been an English person. Because of this I am willing to help others overcome their own struggles with the areas I can provide help and advice in, so everyone can achieve the educational goals they pursue! 


 


Ben Crompton 

Subjects: Yrs 7-10: English, Maths, Science, HSIE, Religion.  Yrs 11-12: General Mathematics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Modern History, Standard English, Studies of Religion I, Business Studies and Economics.

My name is Ben Crompton and I am a 19 year old student currently studying a Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Newcastle.

I have completed my Higher School Certificate in 2012 at MacKillop Catholic College, and by doing this I have gained experience in exam and study techniques at a range of high school levels. This has allowed to extensive knowledge is a wide variety of subjects, knowledge which I would like to pass on to others.  I have skills in answering both essay style and mathematical calculation questions enabling me do well my high school education and enter university.  I am passionate about education and I take great pride in teaching other what I know, enabling others to achieve the highest results they can to achieve their academic goals. 




Kevin Cherian

Subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

Hi, my name is Kevin Cherian. I graduated from Lisarow High School in 2013, completing my Higher School Certificate with distinction awards in Physics and Chemistry. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Science with Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Macquarie University. From what I have learnt in my education degree so far, I know how to adeptly support the students' learning in any of my subject fields.

I can give advice on your course content and suggest different approaches to tackle anything you may be struggling with. I am passionate about inspiring my students to do the best they possibly can and exceeding their initial goals. I believe education is a very important aspect of life and that by mastering study strategies and techniques, education can be very rewarding. 




Jessika Holgate

Subjects: K-12 English, Advanced English, K-10 Maths, PDHPE, Legal studies, Studies of religion and Dance.

Hi, my name is Jessika and I recently graduated from MacKillop College in 2014 with an ATAR of 95.25, four band six honour listings, as well as two callback nominations into the exemplary HSC Dance major works showcase. Having also won the Vice Chancellors Scholarship for Academic excellence, I am now studying Bachelor of Laws (honours) combined with a Bachelor of Business at the University of Newcastle.

I approach my studies with a can do attitude, something I believe of prime importance as I encourage my students to do the same, allowing them to maximise their potential. Having been a recent HSC student, not only am I able to assist students with my knowledge of the NSW K-12 syllabus, I am also well aware of it.

he many stresses encountered by students and am thus able to make the students experience at school as enjoyable and stress free as possible by giving them helpful advice on study techniques, how to organise their time effectively and by helping them break difficult workloads into manageable segments.

As a tutor, I take pride in seeing each individual student reach their personal goals and aspirations, something I look forward to helping you with!



Peter Langton

Subjects:  I am able to tutor year 7-12 and I specialize in Ancient History, Modern History, Studies of Religion, 7-10 Geography, Advanced English and Business Studies.  

Hi, my name is Peter, I am 19 years of age. I am a graduate of Central Coast Grammar School 2013.  I am currently studying at the University of Newcastle in a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Ancient History and minoring in Modern History and Religion Studies.  I went straight from doing the Higher School Certificate to University at the beginning of 2014 and I am doing subjects that I enjoy and passionate about.  To help other students was second nature to me throughout my schooling period and it is something that comes naturally to me, and I strive to make sure that I can help other students to achieve their own personal learning goals.

I try to set realistic and achievable goals in my life in order to ensure that I do my best and I would like to be a part of the process of students achieving their own academic goals.  My style of tutoring is unique in how I set out the process of helping a student to write up academic essays and try to impart some of my knowledge of essay writing and the skills involved to help them achieve their best. 

I look forward to meeting and working with you.  



Laura Robinson 

Subjects: All levels of English and History (Primary through to University) including HSC extension subjects. High School and University level Visual Arts [Theory]. High School Business Studies. University level Secondary Education coursework. All levels of Academic writing and academic Proof reading.

My name is Laura, I am a third year Bachelor of Arts/Secondary Education student at the University of New South Wales. In 2014 I transferred into teaching from a Bachelor of Art Theory/Arts in search of a career where I can see the differences my content and I are capable of making in peoples lives. 

My experiences in education so far, have shown me these differences by highlighting the importance of working hard and reaching individual potentials. I therefore aim to introduce new, and maximise already existing, talents, imaginations, skills and characters of student’s in order to support them in reaching their own individual potentials. Ultimately, my role as a teacher and tutor aims to support my students in the maximisation of their education to unearth, in their own minds, the importance of working hard, maintaining focus and recognising their own potentials and abilities to succeed.







Kurtis Carter

Subjects: Science, Japanese, History, English and Studies of Religion. University: Education, History, Politics, International Relations

Hi there! I'm Kurtis and I am 19 years old, and in 2014 I completed my HSC at MacKillop Catholic College. This year I commenced a Bachelor of Arts with a degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Macquarie University. My majors are: International Relations, Japanese Studies and Modern History. I have a strong passion for languages, particularly Japanese; and history, both ancient and modern. These passions I have are shown in my everyday life, since I am involved with many  organisations such as; the Japan Foundation, JAMS.tv, Japanese Club of Sydney, Japanese At Macquarie, AFS, and even still, the Japanese department at my old high school.

The reason why I wanted to become a tutor was because I love teaching students! This can also be seen as to why I am doing  Education at University. Thus I believe I am a good tutor since I am caring, thoughtful and kind, and have a strong passion in what I am teaching. Furthermore, I am great working with children, having already tutored children in Primary schooling as well as helping those in the years under me in High School. Also, since I recently completed the HSC and am studying on how to become a teacher, I have a strong knowledge of the syllabuses from K-12 in a variety of curriculum areas.




Dylan Crawford

Subjects: All levels of English, Drama, Maths and Modern History 

Hi, I’m Dylan Crawford and I am highly enthusiastic about education. I finished my HSC in 2014 at Erina High School and am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Humanities) (Honours) at The University of Newcastle. I am doing a double major in Drama and English as they are my strongest fields of knowledge as well as ones that I enjoy immensely. I am currently furthering my skills in Drama with the Mad Cow Theatre Company.

Additionally I also have skills in Modern History and Maths from my time in the HSC and interest in the subjects themselves.

Throughout my time in high school I participated in several extra activities through the school such as the Model United Nations Assembly in 2014, the Tournament of the Minds in various years and the Max Potential leadership program in 2013.

I am an enthusiastic and approachable person that has an interest in not only helping people to further their skills in their education but also to get them interested in it as well.


Jaclyn Wheate

Subjects: K-6 English, Maths and History. Yrs 7-10 English, Maths, Religion and History. Yrs 11-12 English, Ancient and Modern History, and Studies of Religion I. 

Hi! My name is Jaclyn Wheate and I am a 19 year old university student currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities)(Honours) at the University of Newcastle. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and I would love to encourage all students to achieve their best in their education and enjoy their learning experiences. 
I can assist students with essays, studying techniques, their assignments, understanding the overall content of their subjects and any other extra assistance students may require. My passion, dedication and motivation for education will be evident as I assist students to achieve their best results.


Teagan Pond

Subjects: Primary, Mathematics, Biology, Senior Science, English, Geography

My name is Teagan Pond and I am currently studying to obtain a professional career in Primary school teaching. I recently completed my Higher School Certificate in 2014 through Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College the Entrance Campus. The subjects I completed and enjoyed were Biology, Senior Science, Mathematics, English Standard and Geography. Through completing my HSC I am currently in my first year at the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus completing an honours degree known as the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood/Primary. My personality is generally thought of as positive and friendly, I also have the ability to try and help everyone that I possibly can, making tutoring something that is exciting for me to undertake.  Through my studies of becoming a teacher as well as my experiences through school I would be able to offer various techniques of learning to students of all ages. These experiences include essay writing and the knowledge of different patterns of study for different subjects and people. I would love to share my experiences and knowledge with other students who may be need a little more help in order to give them the chance to obtain the best possible results they have within them.



Tabitha Slough

Subjects: K-year 6 literacy and numeracy, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Geography, Community and Family Studies, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion, University

 Undergraduates: Bachelor of Arts and Social Science.


 Hi, my name is Tabitha and I have completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Newcastle.  In previous work positions, I have been a notetaker for students with disabilities at TAFE and I have worked with primary school students, volunteering my time at Gosford Public School.  The HSC subjects I tutor feature content that I studied at University so I am well equipped in the humanities and Social Science subjects.  I also completed these subjects at High School.  I have a genuine love of education and learning.  I like to merge education with my interest in welfare and community services, leaning me towards a passion for students with challenging behaviours.  I like to accommodate for all students, being flexible and knowledgeable in their subjects of interest.


         




Rebecca Coleman


Subjects: K-10, Mathematics, Advanced English, Geography

Hi! My name’s Rebecca and I am 18 years old. I have just recently completed my HSC in 2015 at Wadalba Community School whilst studying Mathematics, Advanced English, Ancient and Modern History, and Geography. Through consistent effort and hard work I was able to maintain my rank as 1st in my class in 4 of my 5 subjects, and also coming 3rd in English.

I am looking forward to pursuing my studies further at University in the next couple of years, and hopefully obtaining a Mathematics Teaching Degree from it.

I really enjoy working with children and have a passion for learning which I hope to pass on through teaching.


Keara Murchie

Subjects: All subjects (K-6).  Mathematics, English and Science (7-10). Chemistry, General Mathematics and Standard English (11-12), Debating.

My name is Keara and I am 19 years old, currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Teaching (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.  Throughout my degree, I haveparticipated in a number of courses which have taught me how to adapt the syllabus content for different types of learners and teach engaging lessons for all ages. I am very patient and willing to take all the time it needs to make sure that students understand the topics I am helping them with. I am also very good at proofreading writing for grammar, flow and spelling if needed. I completed my HSC in 2013 at Gosford High School, where I excelled in all of my subjects, achieving an ATAR of 81.15 in the subjects of Standard English, General Mathematics, Drama, Chemistry and Design & Technology. I consider myself a very well rounded person, although writing and chemistry are two of my favourite subjects. In 2016, I will also be available as a Student Mentor for the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus.




Jack Scullin-Brown

SubjectsPrimary, all 7-10 (plus commerce & music), General maths, Mathematics (up to Ext 2 level), English (Adv), Chemistry, Biology, Studies of Religion 1

My name is Jack Scullin-Brown. I finished year 12 in 2015 achieving an ATAR in the high 90s. I studied advanced english, 4 units of math, chemistry, biology and 1 unit studies of religion. I then enrolled at UTS starting both medicinal chemistry and medical science before settling on a degree in analytics.  I have tutored many students at all levels of confidence and ability and feel I can offer a keen insight into how to deal with the academic and career- related stresses involved with high school.



Satria Dyer-Darmawan


Subjects: Primary, all 7-10 subjects, English (advanced), Society & Culture, Ancient History, Geography, Journalism & Market Research

I am undertaking a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, and will be going into my second year of Uni. As well as being a Uni student, I enjoy all forms of sport, and music and believe that maintaining a healthy level of quality studying and recreational time is essential to achieving high marks.

I can teach all core subjects from K-10. For senior students in years 11-12, I would be best suited to teach humanitarian subjects such as: Ancient History, Modern History, Society and Culture, Geography and English (advanced and standard). I understand the pressure schooling can have on young children and teenagers, and as a result I have developed various study plans and skills that allow students to maintain a healthy stress level while achieving high marks.




James Rose-Barnett

Subjects: All primary level subjects. Secondary level (7-10), science, mathematics, geography, history and PDHPE. HSC level mathematics (general) and science (all). University level, first year chemistry and first year biology.

Hi, I'm James! I'm 25 years old, and currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Science with Honours, majoring in Biology. I am kind, hard working and have an affinity for being able to get to know people rather quickly. I have experience in tutoring, and have previously worked in a before and after school care, where I aided children academically, socially and emotionally to achieve goals that as team we set.

I believe in getting to know each student as an individual before academic work can be introduced. This ensures that students are comfortable with me, inviting them to feel confident in our relationship. This allows me to find the key to enhancing their academic success, be it social, academic or emotional, and seek out techniques that will best aid the students to achieve their goals.

I enjoy science and mathematics, and as a result, many of my teaching techniques have a "real life" approach, that many students find very helpful to visualise over theoretical concepts. I also try to keep concepts learnt close to the syllabus, so when the student leaves my tutelage, it flows with the learning taking place in their classroom.






Elise Boland


SubjectsPrimary, all 7-10, Advanced English, Mathematics, Music, Society & Culture, Chemistry, CAFS


Hi my name is Elise. I’m currently in my third year studying a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design at the University of Technology, Sydney and completed my HSC at Erina High School in 2013. I have been teaching music and piano since 2011 and have worked at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, tutored high school mathematics and worked as a teacher’s aide in the public school system where I often worked with small groups of students or one-on-one to improve literacy and numeracy skills.Through my diverse studying and work experience, I have found that every student has an individual way of learning and have developed a variety of skills that will enable me to assist students in reaching their goals. I aim to cater to each individual and strive to make learning fun and engaging by creating a positive environment that will support achievement and ensure growth.







Tegan Rankine


Subjects: Primary literacy, Standard English, Advanced English, Extension 1 English, Extension 2 English, Ancient History, Visual Arts (mainly theory) 


My Name is Tegan, and I studied at Terrigal High school, completing my higher school certificate in 2014. I am now studying a bachelor of humanities/education at Newcastle University. I have taught kindergarten and love working with students of all ages however I am specifically studying to teach secondary students. Due to my course I am learning diverse teaching strategies and hope I can encourage learning for all age groups, ethnicities and academic levels through incorporating a wide variety of techniques to help student development. I have a strong passion for teaching and strong beliefs surrounding the education system however believe the focus should always be on the students individual development and personal achievement, I hope to provide the means of assisting the goal of students achieving their own personal best.








Leon Frank-Rath


Subjects: K-12 English (incl. Advanced, Extension 1, and Extension 2), Modern History, Extension History, Legal Studies, and Studies of Religion.


My name is Leon, I am 18 years old and currently beginning my first year of a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney. I completed my HSC at Green Point Christian College in 2015 with very satisfying results and a world of knowledge and experience across my various subjects. I have a true passion for the subjects I tutor and this passion is what drives me to pass on my knowledge to any student who wants to gain a better grasp on the material, improve his or her results, or extend their existing ability further. I believe that everybody has a unique style of learning and I will strive to create a relaxed and positive environment tailored to the individual; one that not only encourages learning, but also fosters development in critical thinking, effective communication of ideas, and holistic understanding, all of which are essential to success in school and beyond. Having been a leader in the Scouting and Peer Support movements, I have taught all kinds of people and am of the firm resolve that regardless of what difficulties you may have, everybody possesses to potential to reach and exceed their goals with the right support and the right approach to learning. I look forward to being an approachable tutor and mentor, and equipping you to not only survive but thrive in your studies.







Melinda Selby-Smith


Subjects: K-12 English (including Advanced English), Visual Arts and Science, Studies of Religion 1 & 2, Biology, Senior Science, as well as Primary Mathematics and Literacy.

 
Hi! My name is Melinda, I’m 19 years old. Tutoring and mentoring students is something I am very passionate about, in order to help them maximise their potential and opportunities. In 2014 I graduated Mackillop College with an excellent ATAR and a Band 6 honour listing. I am now currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Newcastle. Throughout my senior years at high school I worked very hard to achieve my academic goals. I now wish to channel my commitment and enthusiasm to helping other students with their studies. Having been a recent high school student I understand not only the syllabi, but also the struggle and determination it takes to excel. I am dedicated to ensuring that students experience a stress-free and enjoyable education. Due to my own studies, I have explored and developed many study techniques which I can tailor to suit individual student’s learning mechanisms, in order to maintain a positive approach to learning. I look forward to meeting and working with you!



Francis Doherty-Bigara


Subjects: All subjects years 5-12 and university level for most subjects in Commerce, Arts and Humanities.

 Hi, I am Francis. I take a personalised individual approach to my students’ needs. I have lectured at University level for 9 years and tutored individuals and groups with good results. I have a Bachelors of Management with Honours in Finance, Economics and Business Strategy and a Masters of Quality. I am currently studying a research PhD in Drama with a focus on Cultural Economics and International Theatre. With this experience on my side I go beyond classroom content, meet my students at their point of interest and help them to understand the material, problem solve, develop analytical skills and become confident, independent learners. Young or old, we all face similar learning challengers. I reside in Gosford with my beautiful wife and two gorgeous daughters aged 6 and 8. I look forward to helping you or your child to overcome and excel. I am happy to tutor anywhere on the Central Coast between Hawkesbury River and north Tuggerah Lake. See you soon …





Katherine Spratt


Subjects: All ages Mathematics (general for years 11 and 12), K-10 Science, Prelim and HSC Biology, K-10 PDHPE, Community and Family Studies 

Hi there! My name is Kath Spratt. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Dance and PDHPE at the Australian College of Physical Education. I completed my HSC in 2014 at Narara Valley High School studying Standard English, Biology, General Maths, Community and Family Studies, and Dance. Through my studies at College i am learning how to read syllabuses and how to best meet the outcomes specified as well through my teaching practicums I have learned to construct and adapt lessons to best suit students' needs, ways of learning, and interests. I thoroughly enjoyed my schooling and have a passion of education and assisting students to achieve the best that they can! I place a high importance on developing a relationship with students as I believe that by getting to know one's students a teacher can know best exactly what they need and work to deliver this as well as inspire confidence in themselves to achieve their best!



Erin Carter


Subjects: Primary Maths, English and Prep School testing- Year 7-12 Maths (General), Sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics). 

My name is Erin Carter. I graduated year 12 in 2006 and since then have worked and studied part time. I completed a Bachelor of Science in 2014 and am due to complete my Master of Teaching (Secondary) this year. I have majored in Biology, Chemistry and Agriculture and have a strong ability and understanding in mathematics.I have been tutoring primary, high school and university students regularly since I completed year 12, as well as gaining teaching experience within the classroom through university placements.As the daughter and sister of teachers I have grown up seeing the difference a passionate and dedicated teacher can make and I love seeing and being responsible for the “Ah-Ha” moment, when a concept just clicks for a student!




        

Jeremy Childs

Subjects: Year 7-12 Maths (Advanced Maths), Business, Sciences (7-10) and Physics. 

Hello! My name is Jeremy and I recently completed my HSC at Green Point Christian College in 2016. As a recent graduate, I have a firm understanding of the 7-10, Prelim, and HSC syllabuses. Starting in 2017, I will be doing an ‘Advanced Science (Honours)’ degree at UNSW. I have a real passion for Maths and Science, as well as skills in Business Studies, and strongly believe in the value of education, for both myself and others in these areas.  As a former ‘Cadet Sergeant’ in the Australian Air Force Cadets, I was able to grow in my understanding of the value and importance of education and youth development, with over a year and a half of teaching experience, and four full weeks of leadership and ‘Instructional Technique’ training. As a result, I was able to develop my own teaching abilities, by teaching Cadets from the ages of 13- 19, in both large, and small classes.   I hope to see you soon! 






Bonnie Ryan

Subjects: all primary subjects, High school English, History, Geography, Religion, as well as year 11 and 12 Society and culture, PDHPE, Community and Family Studies, Studies of religipn both 1 and two units, Modern History and English.  

Hi, I'm Bonnie! I recently completed my HSC in 2016 at MacKillop Catholic College Warnervale and received an ATAR of 93.55. I also obtained three honour roll listings for Society and Culture, CAFS and PDHPE as well as placing in the state for Community and Family Studies. This year I will be continuing my education at The University of Newcastle.As I have recently completed year 12, I used a variety of techniques for each of my subjects to grasp a clear understanding of what was being taught in the classroom, but also how to best display this knowledge in exams and assessments. Therefore I know first-hand that everyone learns in a different way and I hope to help students find a style of learning, revision and exam preparation which best suits their individual needs and goals at all levels.I have a passion for leaning and I want to use my skillset and experience to share this with other students to help them reach their full potential and make their studies more enjoyable.


Abby Stringer


Subjects: Primary, 7-10 Algebra, 7-10 English, Religion. Uni: Psychology, Biology, Statistics 


Greetings! My name is Abby, and I recently graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in the US. I am about to start studying audiology at Macquarie University, and hope to graduate with a master’s degree in two years. In my spare time I enjoy long distance running, vegan cooking/baking, and reading young adult fiction. I have always enjoyed learning and have developed many effective study strategies that have helped me to not only learn the material, but to save time while doing so. I understand that everyone has a different learning style and may need concepts explained in several different ways before it finally “clicks.” I have a calm and positive approach to tutoring, and my goal is to help students gain confidence, get motivated to put in the effort, and ultimately watch themselves succeed! 



Lisa Dunbar-Solas

Subjects: Archaeology, Ancient History and English, Spanish, Primary School 

Lisa Dunbar Solas is an archaeologist and educator based in Gosford. She studied Archaeology at the Australian National University in Canberra and in 2015, was awarded her PhD. She is a specialist in Inka ceremony, ethnohistory and mythology and has completed fieldwork in Peru. Over the course of her student career, Lisa also successfully completed subjects in English, Anthropology and Spanish. While completing her degrees, Lisa gained experience as an educator, working with adults and children. She taught Latin American Archaeology in Canberra and more recently, has acted as a childcare assistant for after school programs as well as a private tutor for children between 5 and 12 years old. While acting in these roles, Lisa became passionate about helping students achieve their greatest potential and become confident in their ability to learn independently. She aims to make her sessions interactive and fun and accommodate for different learning styles. In her spare time, she enjoys bushwalking and has a keen interest in botany and photography.. She also devotes her time to creating art using a range of substances, including paint, wood, wool, clay and stone.



Bridget Dell

Subjects:  All subjects K-8, Standard English and Mathematics


My name is Bridget, I am in my final years of University, completing a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) as well as Secondary Mathematics. I have a background in Early childhood having completed my Diploma in Children’s’ Services and working in the industry for 5+ years.I have experienced various classroom environments, completed courses and attained certificates in Behavior Management, Additional needs support, Indigenous Education, Effective teaching strategies and Inclusive teaching strategies.I love working with children and young adults, helping them not only set but achieve goals as well as watching them succeed and reach their full potential.




Joshua Cook

Subjects: Primary (literacy), 7-10 HSIE, English (Advanced), Modern History, Biology, Statistics 


My name is Josh, I'm twenty-five years old, live on the Central Coast and am currently studying high school English teaching, with a minor in modern history, at Ourimbah. I also have a background in science, as I studied marine science before commencing this course. Even through school, I always had a passion for English, and when I wasn't playing sport, or watching sport, I could usually be found reading a book or watching a movie. This still applies today. I was fairly disengaged through a lot of my later years at school and my grades suffered for it, so I know what it is like to be struggling with the work and what it takes to get back on track, which I think is a great angle to come from, as I can relate. I take pride in what I do, no matter what that is, and am passionate about teaching and helping others with their studies, and think that while repetition is essential to understanding material, different people learn in different ways, and one of my traits that I am quite proud of, is that I can adapt to anything quite fast, therefore helping the student learn in a way that is suitable for them.




Matthew Losurdo

Subjects: Primary subjects, Mathematics (Ext 1)


Hi my name is Matthew, I attended Green Point Christian College and graduated in 2011. I went on to study electrical engineering at UNSW. During high school I was interested in both engineering and teaching. Firstly I like maths, science and design which pushed me toward engineering yet at the same time I really I enjoy teaching and helped out at a youth group.While I was doing work experience I realised electrical engineering wasn’t for me and decided to study teaching. I still had to finish my work experience so I found another company who specialised in intelligent graphics displays. Overall I spent a year there, initially interning and then going on to do work as an electrical technician.At the start of 2017 I began studying a Master’s of Primary teaching and am enjoying it thoroughly.  Personally I have a gentle and patient nature, and I thought this would be best suited to primary teaching.I believe my degree in electrical engineering has given me a strong foundation in maths and science, and how to apply it. As a tutor I can offer students a deep knowledge of these subjects and their uses. Additionally my current studies in teaching can also help students learn effectively.My personal interests include: Drawing, music, languages such as French and German, most sports including soccer, running, swimming and surfing, and reading including authors such as Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Matthew Reilly and Terry Pratchett.



Jessica Robinson


Subjects: Primary literacy, English (including Advanced & Extension), PDHPE, Health subjects, Spanish, Legal Studies, IELTS, Society & Culture

 Hi there. My name is Jessica and I am incredibly passionate about enabling students of all ages to learn and grow to their full potential. As Albert Einstein once said, “…education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” I believe every person has the potential to learn to use his or her mind for greatness. School and university are pivotal steps in our lives, and with the right quality support and encouragement, everyone can succeed and follow their dreams. As a Masters student, I have been in the education system a long time, and understand the benefits of having the one on one attention, reassurance and inspiration you can only gain from tutoring. Graduating in the top of my year in high school, having completed a Bachelor of International Studies, a certificate in teaching English as a second language, and currently studying a Master of Occupational Therapy, I believe I have a lot to offer to students from a variety of education levels and disciplines.




James Turner


Subjects: Legal Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Advanced English, Mathematics, Studies of Religion

 

My name is James Turner. Until the age of 10, I lived in Windsor, currently I live on the Central Coast and have since 2007. I attended primary school at St John Fisher Tumbi Umbi and attended high school at St Peters Catholic College Tuggerah. I maintained high grades throughout the early years of high school. Once given the opportunity to choose electives, I turned my focus towards Commerce. In my senior years, I studied extensively in the areas of Law, Economics and Business Studies, these being my most proficient areas of study in high school education. In addition, I also completed my studies in Mathematics, Extension Maths, Advanced English and Studies of Religion. I graduated high school with band fives in all subjects. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at the University of Newcastle, however prior to this I studied two years of Economics and Commerce at both Macquarie and Newcastle Universities.




Erin Karp

Subjects: Primary (all subjects), 7-10: Maths, English, HSIE, 11-12: Studies of Religion, Legal Studies. English as a Second Language.

 Hi! My name is Erin Karp and I am 24 years old. I graduated from St Joseph’s Catholic College in 2010 and have since completed a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Criminology at Macquarie University. I also obtained my TESOL Certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and have just returned to Australia after teaching English in a South Korean elementary school for the past year.Whilst in Korea I found a passion for education and teaching. I loved seeing my students progress, succeed and actually enjoy learning and now hope to share this passion with students on the Central Coast while I further pursue my own education.I believe I am a personable, patient and friendly educator who aims to make the material relatable to not only the student’s learning style but also their personal interests. I am very much looking forward to seeing students of all levels realise their true potential.

Nick Fuentes

Subjects: Years 7-12 English, General Maths, Business/Commerce

Hi, my name is Nick Fuentes and I am one of the tutors for the Central Coast region. My life is and always has been a dance between between the physical and the mental. I see them as interlinked, which is why I decided to open an independent gym by the name of LookHappy Training in March 2017. I am one semester off completing my Bachelor of Arts (Writing Major) / Laws degree at Macquarie University, which is an exciting prospect given that i’ve been there for 6 years (i’m waiting for my hairs to start greying). I’ve always been interested in teaching, whether it was tennis coaching during my junior years, tutoring HSC students, or coaching clients daily in the gym (prior to opening LookHappy Training  I coached out of CrossFit Chatswood for nearly 6 years). I find it highly rewarding to take someone from A to B, where during the journey they uncover hidden layers in themselves they didn’t know existed. If I am not either coaching or training for the sport of CrossFit, I enjoy reading anything on psychology, philosophy or literature, as well as getting beaten by my fiancee in Mario Kart or strolling around the beach. 

Montana Rumore

Subjects: K-10: Maths, 11-12: Biology, Business and Legal studies

Hi! My name is Montana and I recently graduated from Lakes Grammar, where I was the school caption. Upon completing my HSC, I was awarded two honour roll listings for Legal Studies and Business Studies, whilst before sitting my final exams, I accepted an early offer into a double law degree at Macquarie University where I now study. Throughout my years of schooling, I have enjoyed helping others with concepts and speaking through problems, as I believe this is one of the best ways to learn. Through completing my HSC only last year and acquiring my entry into Law, I believe I have a sound knowledge on both the content and requirements of current students. Additionally, the organisational and studying tips I used throughout high school and into my Tertiary studies, will be beneficial not only in one subject, but hopefully the students entire schooling experience.






Julia Weber

SubjectsPrimary: all subjects, 7-10: all subjects, 11-12: Modern History, Chemistry, Physics, English (advanced), Mathematics and Studies of Religion
Julia Weber, 20, is in her second year at the University of Newcastle studying a Bachelor of Commerce & Business. She completed her schooling at Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney and Snowy Mountains Grammar School on full scholarship in year 11 & 12 where she was academic captain. She has a passion for helping young people, evidenced through her book ‘ILY: One Teen Girl’s Guide for a Bully-proof Adolescence’ published at age 14. Since publishing the book, she has devoted herself to improving the lives of young people, which has led her to join the Student Tutor Network in the hopes of helping students achieve their academic dreams. Julia finished her HSC in 2014, studying mathematics, English advanced, chemistry, physics and modern history. University has seen her develop skills in accounting, management and writing. Situated on the NSW Central Coast, Julia looks forward to supporting kids all over the coast with their pursuits, whether it be passing a difficult subject or striving for that A+. Her specialties are writing (all styles), maths and science.


Brooke Baker

SubjectsPrimary: all subjects, 7-10: HSIE, English, 11-12: Standard English to English Ext 1, Modern History, History Ext., Legal Studies, Studies of Religion, Business studies


Hi, my name is Brooke, and I'm a current student at Macquarie University studying a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and International Law. I completed my HSC in 2016 with an ATAR of 92.9 and marks in my individual subjects which I'm extremely proud of. Above all, I'm passionate about legal research/studies, history, and language. I really look forward to tutoring new students and helping them to excel in their subjects, develop study techniques unique to their individual needs, and enjoy their education experience. I understand the stress that school can put on students and know that I will be able to help students feel more confident tackling classwork and walking into exams by passing my knowledge and experience onto them.







Chelsea Jones

SubjectsPrimary: English and Maths, 7-10: Science, Maths, English, Art, 11-12: Physics, Mathematics to Mathematics Ext 2, English Advanced, Society and Culture, Art. 


Hi ! I’m Chelsea. I’m currently in my second year studying a Bachelor of Medical Science at The University of Sydney. I reside in Point Clare and previously went to Gosford High School. I think we’re always learning throughout our life but i’d love to teach others with the knowledge and experience i’ve gained so far. I’m generally a very positive and encouraging person, and i would love to extend that to the students i tutor, to entice them to be excited and passionate about their studies ! Studying is not so difficult when you’re really enjoying and motivated about what you’re learning. 





Sally Harris

Subjects : k-6: All subjects, 7 & 8: Mathematics and Science, 7- 12 English, English Advanced and Modern History.

Hi there, my name is Sally and I am currently studying Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) (Honours)/Bachelor of Humanities at the University of Newcastle, with a Major in English, Minor in Modern History and Elective in Fine Art. I generally see myself pursuing the area of Child Development and Education as a life goal; aiming to continue Teaching with a Bachelor of Psychology to eventually become a school counsellor.

I have a positive, enthusiastic and creative personality, which I feel that I bring to my tutoring and teaching approach. I believe that creating a fun and interesting learning environment is necessary to encourage and motivate my students’ learning and engagement.

I believe that a holistic and open-minded approach towards learning is essential. I feel that I bring a sense of fluency towards my tutoring approach which can be adapted across multiple learning styles, stages and subject areas; to bring out the hidden potential in every unique learner. 



Kayla Christensen

Subjects7-10: English, HSIE, Maths; 11-12: English (Standard to Extension 1), Studies of Religion, Legal studies and PDHPE


Hi I'm Kayla! I completed the HSC in 2016 and am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. I completed the HSC with an ATAR of 98.8 receiving College Dux , all round honour listings and 1st in the Diocese for Studies of Religion and Legal Studies, while also achieving 10th and 16th in the State respectively. My secondary schooling has given me an appreciation for the importance of education and I believe my extensive knowledge and understanding of the secondary syllabuses, and continuing discovery of effective methods of learning has enabled me to help my students excel in their studies. I have a genuine love for teaching as I enjoy seeing my students thrive and become more confident in their abilities, improving academically and achieving academic goals, while also gaining more confidence and less stress as they approach the end of their schooling!






Jonathan Sherrah

SubjectsPrimary: Maths and English; 7-10: Maths, English; 11-12: Maths (General & Advanced), Physics


Hello, my name is Jonny. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Information Technology (majoring in software technology) at Macquarie University after transferring from Mechanical Engineering. I completed my HSC in 2012 (Mathematics, Physics, PDHPE, Biology, Standard English). Throughout these studies I have picked up a lot of knowledge and skills that I look forward to passing on to young students through tutoring.
I have a strong belief in giving rather than taking whenever I can so I am always open to helping others, I have always enjoyed teaching others regardless of what it is I'm teaching them and if it weren't for my love of science and technology I would be studying to become a teacher of some kind.