“Never lose a holy curiosity,” said Einstein. With something as critical as a student's education, we are always asked about our operations, processes, and our subject-specialists. So we popped the hood on the engine that is YourTutor, during an on-stage Q&A session at the STARS Conference.
With the HSC Trials starting next month, now is the time to be getting serious about your study. While you definitely need a break to recharge your brain batteries, you can also use this time wisely to get ahead by getting your notes organised, honing in on your revision and brushing up on any areas you need extra support in.
When Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens took the YourTutor office by storm a couple of months ago, it left us variously intrigued, thrilled, and ultimately for many of us breaking out in a cold sweat about the possible fate of humanity in not-so-many years.
As an organization that has optimism for individuals and our species in our DNA, we went looking for an antidote to the cold sweats and may have found it in Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist.
It’s no secret that our network of incredible tutors love what they do.
Students see it every night, in every session and returned draft submission. The tutors' enthusiasm, encouraging tones and dedication to every unique student enquiry has often been described by students as 'above and beyond'.
But enjoying the job is not the only motivator, I have discovered. There are many reasons why academics, teachers, and professionals become online tutors. Here are some of the most prominent ‘whys’ from within our network.
Today's model of education delivery has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Educational change is not entered into lightly, and rightly so - as a society we need to ensure the best for students, for teachers, for social and economic well-being. Nevertheless, it's clear now that employers, students, and their families in Australia’s knowledge-based economy are getting impatient. So we brought together experts from two leading universities and two leading secondary schools, to help shine a light on the future of formal learning.
What makes a school community great? We talk to leaders about their learning culture and their own personal perspectives on Australian education today.
Who are you meeting this week? Let's go to Western Australia...
Armando Giglia is the Principal of
Butler College in WA, a longstanding YourTutor partner school thanks to the support of Edith Cowan University since 2011. We nabbed a minute of his time to find out what he thinks about modern schools, and the new challenges schools are facing.
We started this company because we know that a great education is the best foundation for a worthwhile career and a fulfilling life. That’s why YourTutor does the work it does every day, supporting women and men and boys and girls to achieve their best academically.
When the opportunity arose several years ago, we jumped at the chance to begin supporting a wonderful charity, the LBW Trust: Learning for a Better World – that funds life-changing educational opportunities in the developing world.
And yesterday, Jack and I were privileged and touched to hear the amazing life story of one woman, Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, who is transforming lives through education in the remote villages of Kenya.
Every time we talk about Sapiens here at YT HQ1, we come back to the debate: is it just depressing and dystopian, or could it be enlightening for education?
Despite some side effects from reading the book (like mild insomnia and an acute existential crisis), I’m in the latter camp - and determined to find a hopeful message in its condensed 400-odd pages.