MEET OUR TUTORS
The tutors at Rockdale Coaching College have created their own schedule for the year, using the Board of Studies rubric as a guideline. As each school follows their own teaching plan, students may find the RCC classes either ahead of school or revising the topic for the student. Either way, each syllabus requirement will be covered by year’s end.
We believe in reinforcement learning – what is taught that lesson will be practiced in class and will be practiced for homework also. If students have problems with school work, they are to bring them into class early and their tutor will help them.
Our teaching style is relaxed and personable. We aim to make connections with our students and encourage free-flowing communication. Students are welcomed to come in anytime the centre is open to study in our open learning space. Students are free to contact their tutors via SMS and email.
B. MATHS & FINANCE HONS.
Robert founded Rockdale Coaching College to pursue his passion for helping students not only through their academic years, but also in their overall journey of preparing for life beyond school.
Robert stepped into the world of tutoring in 1991. After doing well in his HSC and excelling in the area of mathematics, Robert became an in-demand tutor in his local community as it became apparent that he could successfully tap into a student’s needs and bring out the best in them.
Finding his newfound career rewarding and enjoyable, Robert founded Rockdale Coaching College so he could reach out and help even more students in maths and other subjects, across both primary and high school.
A true support and guide for his students, Robert takes the time to learn each student’s personality, disposition, strengths and areas requiring improvement so he can work in a style best suited to the individual pupil. This helps them to not only achieve their academic goals but also puts them in good stead as he mentors and guides them in preparation for their life after high school.
Rob’s favourite subject at school? No one believes me the first time I tell them, but it was Science. I really enjoyed the experiments, and the curiosity to discover the unknown.
ROB’S TOP TIP FOR STUDENTS!
In life, it’s all about learning and making what you learn relevant to what you would like to achieve. It’s not a competition. Rankings are just an indication of progress, intrinsic satisfaction is where the high marks are really achieved.
B. COMMERCE & B. ARTS (COMMS & MEDIA) HONS
A tutor since 2002, Jennyfer is driven by the positive impact tutoring can have on a student and the genuine difference it can have on a young person’s life.
Jennyfer works with each of her students, helping them to reach their academic goals, enhance their skills and grow their confidence so they feel empowered and ready to explore, learn and achieve more both at school and beyond.
Her favourite moment when tutoring is seeing the “lightbulb” moment: when everything clicks for a student, giving them the determination and clarity they have been seeking to that point when it comes to their English studies.
Jen’s favourite subject at school? English! As it allowed me to see more of everything in the world – the talent, the storytelling, and the meaning behind all that we see, read, hear, and interact with.
JEN’S TOP TIP FOR STUDENTS!
My top tip for students is to just make that ‘first attempt’. Once you get over the first attempt, it’ll be easier to make those improvements and get over the mental hurdle. If you haven’t done a first draft or attempted to tackle a question, you’ve got no work to learn or grow from.
PHD CHEMISTRY & B.TEACHING & B.SCIENCE
Doaa has been teaching physics and chemistry for over 20 years. Having always loved teaching, she started at a young age, tutoring her brother and cousin, before officially entering the world of tutoring to pursue her passion.
One of Doaa’s many favourite parts of tutoring is helping students clear up misconceptions and clarify topics that seem to be hard. It is the moment of clarity, understanding and the resulting confidence on the face of her students that motivates Doaa.
Doaa’s favourite subject at school? Physics because of two main reasons. The first is that the teacher who introduced physics to me was in love with physics himself so the way he explained it made full sense to me.
The other reason is that physics can explain all the daily events and phenomena that we experience from the simplest visible things such as why objects fall the way they do, to the most complex invisible things such as atomic and nuclear particles and their interactions, as well as the galaxies beyond our perception.
DOAA’S TOP TIP FOR STUDENTS!
My top tip is never leave something for later, understand the topic now otherwise you won’t be able to manage more topics, which would probably rely on the one you missed. Also, make a timetable for your tasks and follow it. And as a general tip: when you study, clear your mind from any issues other than what you are doing.
B. SECONDARY EDUCATION & B. ARTS
Stefanie started tutoring casually during her high school years, and fuelled by both her love of teaching and passion to share her perspective and understanding of the student experience and school expectations, she became a professional tutor in 2018.
Stefanie loves many facets of tutoring, but the element she is most driven by is the knowledge that she can help a student improve and become more confident. This could be with regards to content knowledge, overall ability to manage the study load from school, time management and more.
She prides herself on providing a safe space in her tutoring classes, giving students the confidence that they can learn and make mistakes without judgement, helping them to become more self-assured, comfortable and willing to learn and excel.
Stefanie’s favourite subject at school? My favourite subject in school would probably be tied between English and History. Both subjects allowed me to think, analyse, and deconstruct. They challenged me in the best way possible and ensured that I was always thinking and working towards improving my vocabulary, subject-oriented skills, and expanding my knowledge when possible.
STEF’S TOP TIP FOR STUDENTS!
Struggling with content? Don’t be afraid to ask for help, no matter how small the issue may seem. Experiencing exam anxiety? Confide in somebody – a friend, family member, or even a tutor; they will all understand.
Upon the commencement of Celeste’s tertiary studies with a Bachelor of Speech, Hearing & Language Science & Bachelor of Human Science, she also started her career as a tutor.
With a genuine love of teaching and mathemathics, Celeste wanted to share her knowledge and invest in others’ education. Her persistence and commitment to her students means she provides as much support as is needed to help students overcome what they initially perceived as challenging, achieve their goals and grow from strength to strength.
Celeste is passionate about making math and learning an enjoyable experience and aims to consistently create an interesting and interactive learning environment. She is driven to find the best learning method for each individual so she can draw the best out of every student.
Celeste’s favourite subject at school? I’d have to say both mathematics and visual arts as they were both challenging in different ways. Mathematics was a challenge in which you had to solve for answers that were black and white. As well as being a building block subject where you are always able to continue to learn from what you previously learnt. Whereas, visual art is creative and challenging in a different way, allowing me to use both the creative and analytical parts of my brain.
CELESTE’S TOP TIP FOR STUDENTS!
My top tip for students is to always remember that results happen over time with hard work, consistency and patience. So whenever trying something new or challenging it is always best to give it a go, as you will either succeed or learn from the process.