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    English Tutoring - Why you need me

    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

    Really happy with the seminar numbers, thanks all those who RSVPd promptly.

    Bump - Finalising this term's students - please pm/txt if interested

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Thanks to all my new students - looking forward to T1! There are still spaces available for any interested
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    is it possible for you to post/ msg me ur credentials?

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Just pm'd you - let me know if you didn't get it

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi everyone -

    I have a couple of places left for T1 - very pleased to have just teed up with another two friendly, excellent students. Please text me on 0405836941 if interested or feel free to send through your work for feedback and initial review to dblo7401@uni.sydney.edu.au.

    Good luck for the challenges ahead,
    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Just a quick one - I have had a lot of requests lately for face-to-face tutoring. While I recognise this can be an effective way for some students to learn, I prefer to tutor online, using skype. This affords my students the comfort of their own space, flexibility and means we can work together at various times with feedback I have given.

    I tutor solely online - I hope this helps!

    Thanks
    Dave

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    English extension 2 tutoring, advice

    Hi guys,

    I am an experienced tutor and am currently full for T1 with English students. Although I have had a huge increase in Eng Adv and Extension students, I still have more spaces for my favourite subject Extension 2. I got a (top end of spectrum) 50/50 for my MW, showcase nominated and absolutely love the creative process of guidance when working closely with my students on their MWs.

    If you'd like more info, text me on 0405836941 or email dblo7401@uni.sydney.edu.au.

    Further info on my general tutoring and positive testimonials available here: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    What is this "system" and how would you beat it?

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi eyeseeyou - thanks for your question,

    I think there are two elements to the 'system' that is HSC English. The fairer part is the highly detailed and accessible rubric which shows you exactly what kind of analysis, aspects of your texts, techniques etc you need to gain each band. The trickier, and perhaps less transparent, element of the English system involves some of the unwritten rules regarding what isn't acceptable to write, major mistakes people commonly make, and the essential 'academic' way of preparing HSC essays so that you can effectively take a high band 6 essay into an exam that is amenable to any task.

    Imparting the latter to each person while remaining cognizant of their individual strengths and weaknesses is the crux of my tailored tutoring. I work hard to get my students writing analysis and theses at a university level, and make sure I steer them away from some of these perennial failings.

    I hope this helps - feel free to email me or pm if you'd like more info. Good luck with everything this year!

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by phaedrus900 View Post
    Hi eyeseeyou - thanks for your question,

    I think there are two elements to the 'system' that is HSC English. The fairer part is the highly detailed and accessible rubric which shows you exactly what kind of analysis, aspects of your texts, techniques etc you need to gain each band. The trickier, and perhaps less transparent, element of the English system involves some of the unwritten rules regarding what isn't acceptable to write, major mistakes people commonly make, and the essential 'academic' way of preparing HSC essays so that you can effectively take a high band 6 essay into an exam that is amenable to any task.

    Imparting the latter to each person while remaining cognizant of their individual strengths and weaknesses is the crux of my tailored tutoring. I work hard to get my students writing analysis and theses at a university level, and make sure I steer them away from some of these perennial failings.

    I hope this helps - feel free to email me or pm if you'd like more info. Good luck with everything this year!

    Cheers,
    Dave
    Thanks phaedrus900/Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    np

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi guys

    Just a quick piece of advice based on a question I have been asked a lot lately (seemingly more this year than usual) about whether and to what extent you should preprepare and rote learn your essay answers:

    The short answer is it really depends on the individual. I think both ends of the spectrum are a big danger - very few people are so brilliant they can write an off-the-cuff response in the extremely limited time frame of 40 mins and, equally, rote learning every word to a tee can sounds contrived and forced unless you get the perfect question you prepare for.

    The skill is to learn the backbone/essence of your piece, have a high reaching thesis that is amenable to a wide range of topics (i.e. not too specific, but not so vague it says nothing or merely repeats the syllabus verbatim), and know your building blocks (proof - techniques, quotes, effects) inside out to substantiate your newly crafted thesis which really hammers the question.

    The best way is to practice - you don't need to write out an essay for every module for the last ten years, but simply say out loud or better yet write an introduction for your thesis for a range of different past exam questions. If you can do this quickly, you'll know you're on track for a band 6 essay in the exam - nothing to stress about!

    It is a pretty tiresome and gruelling effort, but its worthwhile - a good band 6 in English will really set up your ATAR and help you with the extremely important skill of writing for the rest of your life.

    Cheers and good luck,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by phaedrus900 View Post
    Hi guys

    Just a quick piece of advice based on a question I have been asked a lot lately (seemingly more this year than usual) about whether and to what extent you should preprepare and rote learn your essay answers:

    The short answer is it really depends on the individual. I think both ends of the spectrum are a big danger - very few people are so brilliant they can write an off-the-cuff response in the extremely limited time frame of 40 mins and, equally, rote learning every word to a tee can sounds contrived and forced unless you get the perfect question you prepare for.

    The skill is to learn the backbone/essence of your piece, have a high reaching thesis that is amenable to a wide range of topics (i.e. not too specific, but not so vague it says nothing or merely repeats the syllabus verbatim), and know your building blocks (proof - techniques, quotes, effects) inside out to substantiate your newly crafted thesis which really hammers the question.

    The best way is to practice - you don't need to write out an essay for every module for the last ten years, but simply say out loud or better yet write an introduction for your thesis for a range of different past exam questions. If you can do this quickly, you'll know you're on track for a band 6 essay in the exam - nothing to stress about!

    It is a pretty tiresome and gruelling effort, but its worthwhile - a good band 6 in English will really set up your ATAR and help you with the extremely important skill of writing for the rest of your life.

    Cheers and good luck,
    Dave
    Hey Phaedrus900/Dave

    Thnx for the advice

    Do you think it's possible to get 95+ without reading all your texts?

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    no worries - its definitely possible, but I wouldn't recommend it. As per the above spiel, to know your texts well enough to effectively grasp their essence for your analysis, its advisable to have read them - otherwise your answers may seem wooden/contrived e.t.c. However, anything is possible, and I have seen hard working students who hate English and texts generally, but understand the HSC system and its requirements, effectively earn their way to a band 6 with brute force of work and rote learning.

    Personally I would rather try to find (maybe with the help of a tutor) some way to make your texts interesting or at least bearable, read them and write something decent that you actually believe.

    Hope this helps.
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by phaedrus900 View Post
    no worries - its definitely possible, but I wouldn't recommend it. As per the above spiel, to know your texts well enough to effectively grasp their essence for your analysis, its advisable to have read them - otherwise your answers may seem wooden/contrived e.t.c. However, anything is possible, and I have seen hard working students who hate English and texts generally, but understand the HSC system and its requirements, effectively earn their way to a band 6 with brute force of work and rote learning.

    Personally I would rather try to find (maybe with the help of a tutor) some way to make your texts interesting or at least bearable, read them and write something decent that you actually believe.

    Hope this helps.
    Dave
    thnx dave/phaedrus900
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi all,

    In the wake of so many questions and anxieties concerning HSC English forwarded to me this year, I've decided I will run (possibly in conjunction with a good friend and highly experienced English tutor) a free 1 hour interactive Q and A online. I think this might help quell some concerns, get everyone on the same page with some of the broader brushstrokes of good English strategy and generally be a good way to stay in touch with you guys!

    I will shortly post more details about time and location (either BoS website, or perhaps reddit) and where you can forward any questions you'd like answered on the night. Watch this space!

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi guys,
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    Thanks for the positive feedback. I have decided to run the Q and A session, in a new thread, this Wednesday, 16 March. My first priority will be to answer questions sent to me prior to the night, so please PM if you would like to ensure your question is answered. If relevant, I may also answer good questions PM'd to me on the night, as well as some perennial questions which I get as a tutor.

    I hope you find it worthwhile and helpful,
    Cheers,
    David

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    A grammatical error in your first sentence? How did you get away with that?

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Quote Originally Posted by obbor View Post
    A grammatical error in your first sentence? How did you get away with that?
    There are many experts in English who are quite hopeless in grammar since, for the HSC, grammar apparently no longer counts.

    I'm not suggesting @op is one.
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    All are welcome for this Q and A, even the grammatically challenged

    Update tomorrow with final details, including time and a couple of advance questions.

    Looking fwd to it guys - happy studying

    Dave

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi all,

    I have had a number of requests to postpone this session due to students currently completing their mid yearlies, so I will now be holding the Q and A on Wednesday, 23 March. Please keep the questions coming; if we don't get to them on Wednesday I will post as a separate attachment and answer subsequently.

    For those currently undertaking English Extension 2 or interested, I will, however, still be running the Extension 2 forum tonight. Please check the Extension 2 pages for more details, and to participate. Hope to see you there!

    Cheers,
    Dave
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the delay in putting the Advanced session through - I had an influx of student needs, and obviously current students come first. This break did, however, give me the idea to rethink the structure a bit. I have decided to do more of a slow-release Q and A to give students more time to private message with anxieties, queries and concerns. In turn I may amend, augment my answers. So I will now answer 1 question every couple of days, continuing on a necessity basis.

    As always if you wish to get in touch with me, either for private (individual or group) sessions, or simply to engage with the SR QandA process, you can pm me. Tutoring enquiries are better sent to dblo7401@uni.sydney.edu.au or my mob 0405836941.

    Please don't feel shy! I have really enjoyed connecting with students of all levels this year. HSC is a difficult time and it helps to have people to guide you.

    Thanks,
    Dave
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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi all

    - The Advanced Q and A forum is now underway - for all those who can't find it, here's the link

    English Advanced QandA slow release

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    Re: English Tutoring - Why you need me

    Hi guys -

    Quick pragmatic note. I have been inundated with tutoring requests and queries lately, which is always good BUT, please note:

    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.


    A few FAQs -

    Does this mean that there's no point asking a question about a particular assessment I am struggling with?

    No. As I have said here and in other posts, my main reason for tutoring is satisfaction at seeing students accomplish extraordinary gains in important skills, improve and (perhaps most importantly) feel confident in themselves and their abilities. Therefore, I will always try to help you if time permits. I am very happy to receive questions and will answer ASAP. As for feedback, if you have no other resort and are really stuck, I am also more than happy to try to find a solution for you.

    Do you offer a marking/feedback service

    As above, I prefer regular students. However, if there is just one essay you want to perfect, I may be willing to do this on a pro bono or paid basis (depending on how much attention and work it needs etc).

    Do you do group tutoring? Can you also tutor my friend/sister

    Yes and yes. I have taught small groups both in the classroom and on a private basis. Especially if you know this person well, it can be a fun atmosphere and work well. Same texts preferable but not essential; a lot of tutoring work is about form, structure, overcoming personal mental blocks and skill deficiencies etc. As with individual tutoring, simply get in touch with me and we will chat

    Also I am more than happy to tutor multiple members of same family or friends, as I am currently doing.

    Do you do free trials?

    No, I don't. I understand why you may wish for a free trial, it's not unreasonable. I will give my time freely and (I hope) generously where I feel its needed, but its still very precious to me, therefore I don't believe in free trials. For the record, I have a very high retention rate (hard to be exact over the years but easily in excess of 90 per cent). I really enjoy tutoring and I like people, so I find I generally get to know and understand my students' thinking styles.

    Conversely, I don't ever ask for more than a session in advance, so you are always welcome to pull out. I think its a bit unfair to ask you for a bigger commitment than that. HSC is super busy and stressful, so I try to be as flexible as I can with your time.


    I am unsure about tutoring. Should I get it? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

    This is highly personal. I am thrilled that there is now absolutely no stigma or concern attached to tutoring; whatever level you are at, I think getting tutoring is seen widely as a worthy, courageous and ambitious (in a good way) act.

    However, while I basically can't see how tutoring - especially with a good tutor who understands you - can be negative, it may not be essential. A good tutor should obviously do more with you in a session than you could do yourself or with other resources (your parents, friends teacher, etc). I think to make it worthwhile, there needs to be a sufficient level of trust and leadership. However, this itself goes both ways - I find that while my preparation, the effort I take to consider where my student is struggling and find practical solutions etc is very important, it is the students who think how best they can use me as a resource and prepare who really shine and make huge progress.

    I think if you are committed, fundamentally, (which is why I say I am not into 'on the fence' approaches), you will succeed in what you do and tutoring will enhance that greatly.

    At the end of the day though, as you will find with many things now, its simply up to you. At worst, as I have said, I think tutoring can be a distraction and a waste of money for uncommitted students. But for the best it can totally transform your marks, ability and confidence.

    My personal experience: In maths, my gregarious, funny and extremely talented maths tutor took me from just above average in my yr at 2U (I found maths tedious and couldn't see the point) to a high E4 in 3U. Much more important than that though, I really started to enjoy it, find confidence in it and relax - always nice in yr 12

    Anyway enough ramble for now :P,

    Thanks in advance to everyone for reading and being aware of these guidelines before getting in touch with me.

    Also keep an eye on the QandA - English Advanced QandA slow release - its going really well and I am enjoying the terrific feedback and intelligent questions - please keep them coming.

    stay happy, be calm
    Dave
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