I have been tutoring since 1997 and provide one-to-one and small group tutoring. I am working as a part-time teaching associate at university. I was awarded a Ph. D. degree by the University of Adelaide in 2002 and had worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at CSIRO and the University of Melbourne for more than six years. The advantage of my being a tutor is that I have extensive practical experience in the subjects I tutor.
Subjects: Biochemistry – Secondary, Tertiary Biology – Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Chemistry – Secondary, Tertiary ESL – Primary, Secondary, Tertiary GAMSAT – Tertiary Mandarin – Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced Maths – Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Microbiology – Secondary, Tertiary Physics – Secondary, Tertiary Special Needs – Primary, Secondary Statistics – Secondary, Tertiary UMAT – Tertiary
Work Experiences: I work as a part-time teaching associate at The University of Melbourne at present and I am a member of Australian Education Union (AEU) and Independent Education Union (IEU). I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for more than 6 years at CSIRO and the University of Melbourne respectively. Having been working as a research scientist in the area of molecular biology more than 25 years, I gained experiences not only in biology, but in chemistry, physics and maths as well. With my extensive experience in scientific research, I can explain abstract concepts and theories by using tangible examples, help students to understand the logic developments and intrinsic connections of concepts and theories, which ultimately help students to understand subjects thoroughly. I have worked as a private tutor since 1997 and provided one-to-one tutoring and student-organised group tutoring. My Teaching Philosophies: When one prepares a high-stakes test, the major challenge is short of time. I believe that one-to-one tutoring and small group tutoring are the most effective ways to get ready for the test. Not only can test takers choose the topics they need to study and the pace with which they are comfortable, but I can tailor the materials to suit students’ background and needs. Learning also need intensive coaching just like learning to play tennis. Lots of skills and theories can be grasped quickly through practices under individual coaching. Experiences in High School Subjects: I am familiar with the present VCE study designs (2013 -2016), IB Diploma Programme curricula, SAT II subject tests for maths, physics, chemistry or biology. I tailor the key theories and skills stipulated by the study designs into tangible pieces and guide students to use these theories and skills in solving the past exam questions. I detail the school-assessed coursework (SAC) or internal assessments into tangible tasks, such as forming hypothesis, rationalising experimental designs, interpreting results and discussing errors and questions. After working with me for a period of time, most of students normally can get A+ in both SAC and the end of year exams. One of my VCE students was offered a place for pursuing Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I have tutored the student Chemistry (raw score 49), Biology (raw score 45), Physics (raw score 40), Mathematical Methods (raw score 40). The student’s final ATAR was 99.55. VCE Subjects (Units 1 to 4) taught: Foundation Mathematics (Units 1-2), General Mathematics (Units 1-2), Mathematical Methods (Units 1-4), Further Mathematics (Units 3-4), Specialist Mathematics (Units 3-4), Physics (Units 1-4), Chemistry (Units 1-4), Biology (Units 1-4). IB Diploma Grogramme Subjects taught: IB Maths SL & HL, IB Physics SL & HL, IB Chemistry SL & HL, IB Biology SL & HL. SAT tests taught: SAT I: The Reasoning test, SAT II Mathematics Level I & Level II, SAT II Physics, SAT II Chemistry, and SAT II Biology (E/M). Uni Subjects taught: Pre-Calculus, Statistics, General Physics, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology. Experiences in UMAT: I have followed the Undergraduate Medical Admission Test (UMAT) since 2008. My expertise in biological research gives me many advantages to develop effective strategies to solve UMAT questions, especially Section I and Section III, which test student’s ability in scientific reasoning. Students find my strategies very effective, especially in continuing the series, picking the meddle, completing the picture, logical reasoning. One of my UMAT students got an average percentile of 99% in UMAT. Experiences in GAMSAT section III. I have been following GAMSAT since 2007 and I am familiar with the topics and theories frequently tested in Section III. I have summarised theories and concepts needed for section III and complied and classified the questions tested in previous years. I help GAMSAT takers to link the science concepts and theories with the Section III questions and develop effective strategies and practise skills to solve these questions. GAMSAT participants have greatly improved their scores in Section III after working with me for a period of time. One client has been offered a place to pursue MBBS at the University of Sydney in 2012, one was offered a place at Deakin in 2013, and one received an offer from Deakin for a MBBS place in 2014. Experiences in tests for Scholarships and selective schools: I am familiar with the knowledge and skills tested in Edutest and ACER scholarship tests. Two of my EduTest/scholarships students have been selected to attend The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Many of them got superior levels in their mathematics, numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning sections. Experiences in other areas: I also have experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), Chinese (Mandarin), and helping students to prepare for standard exams, such as IELTS, GRE, SAT I, SAT II Biology, SAT II Maths, SAT II Chemistry, and SAT II Physics.
I normally tutor in the inner city suburbs of Melbourne and try my best to be as flexible as possible. Please do advise the time you prefer and I will try my best to find a suitable time slot for you. Thank you so much for your interest in my service. Meeting your needs is one of my highest priorities. If you need more information, please go to www.bhgtutoring.com.au BHG Tutoring (www.bhgtutoring.com.au) makes your dreams come true! Tailoring courses to meet students’ needs creates an enjoyable learning environment.