Gifted & Talented Student Mentor

Tailoring tuition for the needs and talents of individuals

Guiding and supporting VCE English students in their Outcomes

Enabling gifted students to achieve their real potential

Advancing the range of skills and results for students

Making the learning process enjoyable and stimulating 🙂 !!!

Where does tuition take place, when and at what cost?

Tuition is provided either at the home of the client or at a public library. Documents, directions, assistance and feedback are provided during the week to the student through e-mail.

The individual meeting sessions run for 60 minutes each at a cost of $100 per hour, and can occur at times to suit the student after school hours or on the weekend. Further, a great deal of work is completed between sessions at no extra cost both for the students by me and by the students themselves. The meetings are important and necessary, but it’s the work done in between that really counts. Time in the sessions is relatively short, but I aim to be generous, flexible and forthright.

During COVID lock-down periods Zoom meetings and Google docs have taken the place of face-to-face meetings, but the latter is always pursued when and where possible. If a student chooses to cancel an appointment without 48 hours prior written notice the full fee may be charged.

What Service is Provided to Students?

There are several areas in which I provide mentorship and tuition for students:
A. Year 5-6 students seeking independent school scholarships for Year 7+
B. Year 5-6 students seeking entry into SEAL programs for Year 7+
C. Year 7-9 students seeking entry into SEHS programs for Year 9+
D. Year 6-10 students seeking advanced results prior to VCE
E. VCE students seeking advanced results in English/ESL

What do students do?

The most immediate difference between GBD Education and other forms of study is that the sessions are an opportunity for students to discuss their thoughts, their ideas and their efforts in great depth with a professional consultant. In exploring accelerated studies through discussion, students are able to express the process and purpose they have pursued in completing tasks. Students learn: to examine their efforts and achievements; to identify their skills, their strengths, their weaknesses; to be confident and determined; and to pursue stronger methods and advanced results. Mentorship is thus not a program of extra lessons and exercises, but a vehicle for active listening in order to engage students to develop high-order thinking skills and abilities.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of New South Wales and the Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre, and a Masters of Education from the University of Melbourne. I’m a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and have over 10 years experience in mentoring and tutoring gifted and talented students and VCE students, and preceding that over 10 years classroom teaching experience in English and Humanities subjects.

What should you do next if you seek my services?

1. Write to me at Aim to organise a preliminary consultation at your home (or a public place) in which individual student abilities, aims and opportunities will be assessed.
2. Read my subsequent preliminary report and organise a follow-up meeting.
3. Ask if you have any queries to resolve, and communicate your position to me. I’ll listen!