Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much do you charge and what do I get for that?

Put simply, you are buying time with the StatsGuru®.
Our rates and services page provides full details

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Can you come to our house or the library to teach me or my child?

The short answer is no. We see most of our students in back-to-back sessions in an effort to maximise the number of students we can help and minimise the costs we have to charge for.
If getting to us is a problem, we can also provide sessions online (e.g. via Skype), so even if it is a case that your car breaks down just before a session, you don’t have to miss out.

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When are you available to help?

We’re typically available between 8.30am and 10pm Monday to Friday, although our sessions between 4pm and 10pm are usually reserved for secondary students. Our services are in high demand and so it is advisable to contact us as soon as you can.
If you want to know what session times are available in the next few days, take a look at our booking page.

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When should I get in touch about tutoring for VCE?

We generally start working with VCE students in November of the preceding year (e.g. November last year for students starting Year 11 this year). Given the demand for places, it is a good idea to get in touch as early as possible to avoid missing out.

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Do you have a waiting list for next year/semester/term?

YES! Demand for our services, especially for secondary students, is typically very high. Whilst we would love to be able to help everyone, there are only so many hours in the day. As such, when there are no places available, we can put you on our waiting list. When a spot opens up, we will then contact you.

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What do I need to bring to a session?

Please bring with you what you would ordinarily take to your institution’s classes (e.g. textbooks/lecture handouts, summary books/notes, pens, paper, calculator, laptop/iPad).
Whilst we do have a number of the common textbooks used for high school and university courses, we may not have yours (or the same edition).
Also, make sure to bring with you what you want to work on.

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What happens at our first session?

For secondary students, our first session is more like an interview, for us both. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other’s styles and determine if we will be able to work well together. During this first session, we ask that a parent or guardian is also present so that they also understand how things work. As such, our first session is free.
For tertiary students, our first session will start with a brief discussion about what you are studying/researching and a clarification of exactly what you are looking for us to help you with. Following this brief chat, we will immediately begin assisting you with your material and/or providing advice. We highly recommend tertiary students to email any supporting documents to us at least 48 hours prior to the session.

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Can you help me with an assignment?

Yes — but only as a guide. We value academic integrity and will not knowingly assist plagiarism (i.e. the passing off of someone else’s work/ideas as your own).

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Do you give students worksheets to complete or can they work on their own problems?

In most cases, students have more than enough homework to do and plenty of questions in their textbooks they can work on. As such, we try not to add to their workload by providing "extra" homework. We certainly can provide additional examples/problems on a topic, if a student requests them.

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How does a session usually work?

In most cases, the sessions starts with the question, "What are we working on today?". We encourage students to take ownership of the direction of their session as they know where they are having difficulties. Once the initial topic for the session is established, we explore the student’s understanding and difficulties, providing advice and additional theory to help the student attain mastery. If a student feels they have "nothing" to work on, we assist them in getting ahead on their next topic or refining their summary book notes.

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What happens if I can’t make my scheduled session time

Firstly, let us know as early as possible, preferably at least 48 hours prior. Where we can, we will try to find an another mutually suitable time. If you are suddenly unable to make your appointment (e.g. on the day) we will still try to find another suitable time, however, a cancellation fee may apply.
If it is just a transportation issue, remember we also provide online sessions (e.g. via Skype), so you don’t have to miss out.

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Why aren’t you teaching in a school or university?

Put simply, I want to spend most of my time working with students and helping them to understand, perhaps love, mathematics/statistics and I wouldn’t get that opportunity at a school or university. Most school teachers will tell you that they spend about half their time doing things other than teaching. Very few university academics in Australia are lucky enough to even spend half their time teaching, instead most of their time is focused on research.

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Do you have any resources/summary notes to help me?

We already have a number of summary book ready "cheat sheets" and we are always writing more. These resources are available directly at any session.

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Why don’t you write your own textbook?

The short answer is that I am already writing a comprehensive textbook. Writing, however, takes me away from teaching, so it is something I only work on when I’m not teaching or helping students. As such, it is coming along very slowly.

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All prices quoted on this website are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) and include GST