Meet our Tutor

Have you had any nicknames as a teacher?

I have had a few nicknames over the years, but I have 2 favourites. The funniest is Miss Frizzle, because, like the cartoon character, I have bright red hair, eccentric dress sense and an enthusiastic love of science. I even have a pet lizard!
The second is my favourite: Hinestein! I apparently talk about Einstein a lot and my last name is Hines.

What has been your best moment as a teacher?

I don’t have one specific moment, more a series of them. I love it when students have been working hard to understand an idea, then they finally have that β€˜lightbulb’ moment. I also appreciate when the most unexpected students love your subject because it means they can see your enthusiasm and passion.

How have your students described you?

I have been described as firm, but fair. My classroom runs on mutual respect and a genuine love for both my job and scientific knowledge.

How do you help students achieve their goals?

I listen to their goal and why they wish to achieve it. It does not matter what that goal is, whether they simply wish to pass or achieve 100%, I will do my best to help. I ensure there is a mix of written work, colourful notes, auditory explanations and hands on activities.

Anything else to add?

I try to have an infectious passion for teaching science. I have a genuine care and respect for each and everyone of my students. I also try to build rapport and get to know my students, so they feel comfortable with asking for help.

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New Microscope

We have a new toy!
This is a microscope which can attach to your smart-phone and take pictures (60x magnified) of what you see- perfect for integrating science experiments with current technology.
This is available free for all of our students to use and could be helpful for those independent research investigations.
We will be having some fun with this in some upcoming posts and trying to get you to guess what we are looking at.
Check our Facebook page for examples!

Keen Beans Reminder!

Planning on coming to a few of our Boot Camp sessions? Grab a Keen Beans card! Pay for 9 hours of tutoring, and we will give you the 10th hour for free! Just like a coffee card, we will stamp it each time you come to tutoring. Great value if you do multiple science subjects.

Year 12 Bootcamp 2017

Are you preparing for your Year 12 HSC exams? Would you like some supported revision time or a different explanation of the content? Then we have you covered!

We are running a boot camp style revision course for Year 12 Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course will run for 4 weeks, each week focused on a different topic in the course. We will be covering the main concepts of each topic, combined with the most commonly assessed dot points. This will be integrated with invaluable exam techniques and tips to maximise your marks and help you achieve your best.

Send us a message in order to secure your place in one of the upcoming sessions.

Biology:

Monday 25th September – Maintaining a Balance
Monday 2nd October – Blueprint of Life
Monday 9th October – The Search for Better Health
Monday 16th October – Option Topic

Chemistry:

Wednesday 27th September – Production of Materials
Wednesday 4th October – The Acidic Environment
Wednesday 11th October – Chemical Monitoring and Management
Wednesday 18th October – Option Topic

Physics:

Thursday 28th September – Space
Thursday 5th October – Motors and Generators
Thursday 12th October – From Ideas to Implementation
Thursday 19th October – Option Topic