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In this last month, the time has come again for students to receive their highly anticipated final school results, illustrating the incredible national need for tutoring. This result, which takes the form of an OP, TER, ENTER or UAI is the first of many confusions and complications when it comes to aggregating the results of Australian students each year. The sluggish rollout of the national curriculum has resulted in a further layer of confusion, when many schools must now teach across two curriculums rather than just the one, depending on the availability of curricula in the school. When it gets to final exam time it is no surprise therefore that students are finding it tough, particularly when applying (more and more) to interstate Universities, to interpret this final exam mark (and in the case of University administration, allocate positions - raw data can be found here). Perhaps a great deal of this confusion suffered however, can be attributed to an increasing number of preparation exams and state assigned tests (as is the case most prominently in Queensland with the QCS) external to school finals, designed to average the overall performance of the cohort. This strict testing regime is now starting younger and younger, with end of term finals as part of the year 8 curriculum becoming commonplace in schools. The question is rapidly becoming: is there no place for rigorous testing in younger years, or is it never too early to become prepared?
A number of technologies, particularly which aim to be compatible with a high volume of users, are marketing their services and products as “minimal learning curve” products. The same is true of online user experiences, where websites promise a two minute tour of the website, or a 30 second tutorial video. Our team at AVT are all about emerging user compatible technologies, using a number of software programs and online databases which self-generate reports and recognise typical user errors within half an hour of using the product. New mind-mapping technology that has been available on the global market for some time promises users almost an immediate understanding of the software and associated processes. It is true that being described as a near ‘zero learning curve’ product is a powerful and impressive claim, however it begs the question: is this developing the trend of user convenience, or is it removing our ability to design and create our own user experience?
In lieu of our most recent team mate's success at the Gold Coast marathon we have decided to share his complete making and eventual introduction to the world. So read on to see for yourself the foolproof method to building a "marathon-wearable" mascot head (success dependant on comfort requirements and pain threshold).
Jacob from Absolute Value Tuition spoke with Luke from 102.9 Hot Tomato on Wednesday regarding our upcoming participation in the 5.7km Challenge (Gold Coast Airport Marathon). Jacob spoke about the proceeds of the run going towards SPELD QLD and that a new team member to Absolute Value Tuition would be heading the event Tomorrow.
As an education provider dedicated to making a difference, we are always on the lookout for organisations with a similar mindset. This month at Absolute Value Tuition we are looking to donate to SPELD QLD (Specific Learning Disabilities Queensland), who deal primarily with conditions that inhibit learning and progress. The most commonly recognised specific learning disability is dyslexia, which affects approximately 10% of the Australian population to some degree, according to the Australian Dyslexia Association.
On the 20th April, Absolute Value Tuition stopped past the Careers Exhibition in Perth to have a chat to presenting tertiary institutions and check what was next in education for Western Australia.
The team at Absolute Value Tuition spoke with 2010 Beazley Medal winner Michael Taran from Perth earlier this month, on his perspectives regarding tuition and who it can be useful for. As recipient of the Beazley Medal, this makes Michael the highest academically achieving year 12 student in Western Australia for 2010. We would like to thank Michael for his time and wish him every success in the future.
One of the most important processes in planning out the school year is the inclusion of the school calendar in your planning. Not only for homework due dates, yet for planning longer term exam preparation in upper school, having the calendar in front of you can help tremendously.
So with tutoring sessions well underway around the Gold Coast, it is time for a "back to the school year" rewards package for both students and tutors. As a company who prides itself on the word-of-mouth recommendations our clients receive from other clients, we are rewarding that honesty and goodwill with a simple referral system.
When questioned about the necessity of budget allocations or educational reforms, the answer received from both an informed and an uninformed public is always rather clear-cut. Educational progress has become synonymous with both social progress and the quality of life into future generations. It is not hard to believe therefore, that supplementary education programs, such as private tuition after school hours, are becoming more highly sought after as the years progress.