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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by phaedrus900 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Following from the discussion, above, please find a draft study timetable I set up as a (very) rough guide for how you might want to approach study these holidays. This is tailored to the way I learn obviously, so please disregard the following observations if you are different:

    1. Only 2-3 subjects per week: I find that I can't follow too many trains of thought deeply at once. This intensified at uni, so now I would only study 2 max. Here, I have opted for an approach of 2 focus subjects, and a lighter, more cursory/introductory approach to the third subject (economics - reading and overviews only).

    2. Detailed description of tasks: : As above, I don't just say '2 hours of maths' or 'probability', but aim to complete specific set tasks. (NB: always complete something, never finish half way - you want to be training your brain to achieve)
    2.1: Where tasks not detailed, prescribe yourself hours: Where the goal is necessarily vaguer, such as completing a skeleton draft for an AoS, I set hours. Otherwise, if I hit road blocks it's too easy to give up. If I set hours, even if I don't progress much, at least I know I have dedicated sufficient time. Then, when I come fresh the next day, things might fall into place quickly (as they often do, when you have laid appropriate ground work)/.

    3. Scheduled big events and school regulars : Anything that changes your daily free ability to execute tasks needs to be incorporated, realistically. Pretending you are going to get up after an 18th and clock your usual 8 hours or whatever is obviously unrealistic. Take breaks and make sure they are pencilled in. You need breaks anyway, and life will provide them with good events. If you know they are coming up, they are rewards to work towards. Likewise, with bottom of schedule, timely activities such as sports training etc which disrupt an otherwise free night need to be accounted for and worked around. Hopefully, unlike me, you don't lose your whole Saturday to cricket lol, but no doubt you have other commitments to account for.

    4. Distribution of work: One thing I got really good over time was distributing my work load efficiently to set up rewards for achievement. You might notice that there is a subtle increase in workload leading up to events like 'COAST' or days off where you will be taking a break and having a great time. When you start off a week or from a break, it is unrealistic that you will do as much as when you have the momentum of a few days of work behind you. By building up to your biggest days right before breaks/parties etc, you will achieve quite a bit more and enjoy your time off.

    5. Balance: As I said in (1), I try to balance more intensive subjects or high level tasks (e.g. trying to put together an essay much more exhausting than just rolling through maths exercises, even if it takes less actual hours). Subjects like economics, physics, chem etc are often more suited to consistent, relaxed effort. Whereas English, History etc might reward intense bursts of well-planned and resourced efforts to complete tasks, then a break.

    Balance obviously extends broader than your subjects, but to your actual life as well. That's something only you can figure out.

    Again, the most important part of planning for study is to make it suit YOU. Whatever your habits, preferences and upcoming events are, you can make something really effective for yourself if you put in appropriate, HONEST (as above), thought. Don't let anyone else tell you what or how to do your work; it's a genuine pleasure executing a really effective, tailored plan. So make that your priority.

    As always, happy to take questions or provide elaborations.

    Cheers,
    Dave
    Again, this is very helpful and detailed

    Thanks and BUMP
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by phaedrus900 View Post
    Hi guys,

    There is a lot of garbage out there about English, how its moderated and marked, what you need to do, what you need to read etc. The colleges are incredibly cynical and waste your time and money with formulaic 'syllabuses' and more stuff like school.

    They are, however, right about one thing: English is crucial if you want a good HSC. So many of my friends got 98+ for physics, maths and chemistry only to lose 1-5 ATAR points for a terrible English mark. The worst thing is, it's easily avoided. There is a reason that all the James Ruse kids smash English; its a system, you just need to know how it works.

    This is where I come in. As well as a natural aptitude for English which I have carried through university studies (maintaining a high average in both Philosophy and Law at Usyd) I quickly learnt how to beat the English system, what the pitfalls were, and how to guide myself through it without reading endless books and theories (you still have other subjects to study for). I actually ended up enjoying it! I have tutored over 50 students of all natural skill levels now to top Band results.

    Just for completeness, my marks were: Eng Adv 96, Eng Ext, 47/50, Eng Ext 2 50/50.

    I also offer specialist tutoring for Eng Ext 2 which is vital because there is a lot you need to do to ensure your MW is considered properly.

    If you are interested in beating the system, working smart not hard, and having practical, experience English tutoring, PM me or call on 0405836941.

    Thanks and good luck!
    Dave


    EDIT (15/4/2016) Please scroll to see below FAQs and further detail on free trials, marking etc


    1. I only tutor online. This is for various reasons, most particularly because of the style of tutoring I find most effective for students and enjoy. Which leads me to..
    2. Although I tailor my approach to each student's needs and abilities, I generally follow a certain model. This model is: Each week one paid session, with follow up editing/marking reviews.

    The typical form this takes will be that a student may work with me on an assessment - in the session we will discuss texts, model answers, pitfalls, particular anxieties and then set up a plan (very important for anxiety levels, and proper execution of everything discussed). Then the student will submit that work to me during the week for review/marking and editing.

    Many students have asked me if I tutor in person, and whether I tutor differently to these models. Online is non-negotiable. While I am willing to help anyone, so will consider any reasonable request, I find that sporadic/intermittent and irregular sessions (usually in a panicked state before an assessment) are not conducive to good results, learning or anything genuine. Therefore:

    3. Given this and my already fairly replete calendar, I am currently only taking regular students.
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

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    Unfortunately, I will take leave from BOS for a period of time however will return sometime in the future

    All the best

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Thanks EyeSeeyou, and thank you for your constant support. Have a great summer

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    I don't know Dave's middle name but I think it's Legendary. This man saved my hsc.

    For all of 2016 I neglected English as it seemed rather ambiguous compared to my other subjects. It was 7 days until the HSC & I still had no decent/completed essays... But luckily I found Dave. He explained things extremely clearly to me and actually gave so much personalised feedback that it could've been an essay in it self haha! He's also very understanding & stayed up till the early mornings stressing out with me. Bless his soul omg :')

    My rank in school wasn't pretty good either and I was honestly expecting a band 4 in Advanced English. However, thanks to Dave I got a band 6!!!!!!! I beat the system & beat everyone else above me. This guy is def worth it!!
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Thanks D, loved working with you and so glad you got the result you deserved. Time to enjoy all the fruits of your hard work
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    This year I was incredibly lucky to have Dave as my tutor for Ext 2. Our lessons were conducted via weekly Skype calls (which worked super well for those used to face to face tutoring) and he was with me from the point of idea formulation to the final hand-in.

    With his patience and insight I can honestly say that his guidance and easygoingness went above that of my own class teacher's and I have no idea how the work would have turned out without him.

    Cheers for the year Dave and best of luck to your students this year!

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Thanks so much for the post/feedback - loved helping to craft your project and working through your challenging, valuable insights about society and where we are at. Really proud of the final product too - hope you enjoy your time off!

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hey I'm back

    BUMP
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi all,

    This - http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/...udents/8248500 - is a MUST listen for anyone currently stressed with the HSC, their ATAR and possible future. Hope it helps (and also these anecdotes are very in line with what I have observed, as I have said earlier in this and similar threads)

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hey all,

    It's been a while so I thought I might post. Also, a student last week asked me an excellent question which got me thinking a bit about a good way to help students develop their ability to argue well and construct more insightful, sharp theses. Although the question was specifically on Mod A, this is very much useful for all the Modules and Extension English, and thesis writing generally. Note though that for AoS, because the requirements are less onerous - that is, you are being compared with advanced - a simpler, straight up and down response to the question is best.

    Tutee: How do I discuss context and form for Mod A in a meaningful way? Am I able to define/rework the scope of the essay, or must I just take my cue entirely from the question?

    Answer: This is a great question, both specifically and in broader application. Specifically, it encapsulates the most challenging aspect - and therefore the biggest differentiator markswise - in Module A. More broadly, as above, it leads us directly to the secretof top level essay, argument craft.


    Starting with the specifics - Module A attempts to emulate a common university level English task - to compare several texts with a common theme, context and/or genre to produce some overarching literary insight. This mirrors the 'empirical' style of analysis in academia which attempts to use a significant sample size of evidence to draw conclusions of broader application. the Module highlights the fact that literary works are not created from a vacuum - they draw from and reflect the social, political, historical milieu from which they come. The difficulty with this Module is the incredible constraints of writing within the given time frame. To adequately compare this context, alongside the textual evidence you are required to offer, you need a lot more space than you are given. Therefore, even band 6 essays are rarely effective pieces of work; they merely do the best job possible of answering the syllabus and criteria within the time frame.

    So what, then, do you do to achieve the best Mod A within these constraints?

    1. Choose your textual evidence carefully - pare it down, and make it amenable/complementary with your juicy context quotes and points.

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hello all!

    I am very excited to announce that after a long time in the making and some serendipity - meeting a terrific, like-minded business partner - I will soon be launching the website for our new business. The focus, like this thread, is more holistic than just a simple transactional exchange of knowledge. We want to empower you with the understanding that you can actually master these ways of thinking and expression so that you can be in control of your message and put yourself out there. Being able to communicate, feeling confident in your ability to learn and express yourself, and being empowered in an education and, eventually, professional context is a wonderful thing. We truly believe that everyone deserves that opportunity, and we will soon be walking the walk! Watch this space
    Dave
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi all - bit of a bump - I continued tutoring last year, but demand was too high so I put website on backburner. It is currently under development, but if you require tutoring in the interim or marking and advice, please call on 0405836941 or email me at davidbloomfieldgrad@gmail.com.

    Kind Regards,
    David

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Still a couple of spots available - get in touch

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    This guy is really brilliant - he explains things clearly and simply, he connects really well with students and he genuinely cares. Time and again I am surprised by how he guides students to do their best - usually band 6. I couldn't recommend him enough - good luck Dave, hope you keep up the good work!

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    Thanks Laura, I really appreciate your kind words and sentiments.

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    bump, still taking students, for a short time.

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    Massive congratulations to all students on their results and getting through the odyssey of HSC today! Good luck tomorrow for ATARs and enjoy a well-earned break.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi, can you PM me with your credentials/pupil outcomes? Thanks.

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