Tian Chi currently works at Lore Tuition's Springvale Campus. He tutors a wide range of science subjects for senior students.
It has been almost a year since I joined Lore Tuition Springvale as a tutor and I must say it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding journey so far. Much has changed at the Springvale campus over the past year: new students, new parents, new tutors and a new location. However, through these volatile times, the crux of Lore Tuition has persisted unchanged: a dedicated team of staff, the pride and anxiety of parents and, of course, the undying yet fragile enthusiasm of students in the face of the adversity that is Maths. Personally, the most motivating aspect of being a tutor at Lore Tuition is the emphasis on the individual student and this is the exact approach I take towards every class that I teach. Unbeknownst to the students and parents are the numerous discussions we have about how we can help individual students achieve their maximum potential in the short time frame we have with them every week. Importantly, we realise that every student as well as every parent is unique and have different sets of circumstances and therefore we try our best to accommodate for these important variables so we can give them the best possible advice to achieve their goals.
Outside of Lore Tuition, I’m currently studying at university to hopefully become a paramedic one day with Ambulance Victoria. This has been a childhood dream of mine, probably ever since the first time I heard that intense siren and saw those flashy blue lights on top of what can only be described as a beast of a truck. Over time, I discovered the satisfying feeling of helping people in need as well as a deep interest in the health sciences. I decided that if I did not pursue a career in health care I would probably regret it for the rest of my life. As with all journeys, however, there were challenges along the way and times when nothing seemed to motivate me at all, but that’s a story for another time. The important lesson that I’ve learnt and continue to learn is that youth is all about trying and persevering to discover and practise what you truly enjoy to do. From the many parents I’ve met at Lore Tuition, I’ve learnt that one of the thing that matters most to them is that their child tries and perseveres to the best of their ability so that they can find a goal that they truly have a passion and purpose to work toward. Whether that be fighting the injustices of the world as a lawyer or earning the big bucks as a CEO, the possibilities are endless and I truly feel honoured to be a part of that journey.
Rebecca is currently in her final year of the Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Creative and Professional Writing. She is Deputy Campus Manager at Altona Meadows, and she teaches Junior and Senior English at Lore Tuition.
Growing up I never had formal tutoring, but I did have a support system for my learning that allowed me to do well at school. I was lucky enough to have a Dad that would sit with me every night after school and was knowledgeable enough to help with the areas of my Maths and Science that I needed extra help with. If my Dad was at some point unable to help, my parents always gave me the option of getting a tutor to help me.
When I felt I was a little more confident in my own skills, I volunteered as a peer-tutor at my school to help younger students that may not have had the same access to tutoring as I did.
It was these early experiences that showed me how important and valuable it is to have someone who is exclusively there to make sure you understand all concepts of a topic. Tutoring is not about a student being stupid or unable to do the work. In a classroom setting, a school teacher doesn’t necessarily have the time to give individual attention to all their students.
This is where tutoring outside of school can help. It allows a student to ask for help with topics that they may not have quite gotten in class. Their learning can be individualised and structured to suit a student’s particular learning style. Tutoring is about building on knowledge learnt in the classroom and ensuring that a student is comfortable with that concept so they are then more confident in being able to use these in test conditions and later life.