We have released the timetable for our 2023 classes, and you might notice some changes. We are opening up a new Chemistry class due to overwhelming enquiries from last year and have decided to migrate our Year 7-11 maths into a 1-on-1 format as that will provide more specific help over time. We are setting up an external platform to manage maths tutoring and our excellent tutors.
Please see the below timetable for your relevant subject. Our time format is the same as last year as it seems to have a good balance.
We have a new toy! Certainly this microscope which can attach to your smart-phone and take pictures (60x magnified) of what you see is 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.
A microscope attachment for a phone allows you to take high-quality images and videos of microscopic specimens without the need for expensive equipment or a separate camera. This makes it a convenient option for scientists, students, or hobbyists who need to document their observations.
Moreover, our microscope attachment for phone cameras is small and lightweight, making it easy to take with you on the go. This makes it an ideal option for fieldwork, research in remote locations, or for educational purposes. The microscope attachment can be used to observe a wide variety of specimens, including biological samples, mineral samples, and electronic components.
Lastly, we will be having some fun with this microscope in some upcoming posts and trying to get you to guess what we are looking at. Check our Facebook page for examples!
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 ‘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.
If you have a question, ask in the comments below 🙂
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.
Update due to Covid: Keen Beans cards are now in digital format and are checked off each time you attend tutoring classes.