MEET THE NEWCASTLE TEAM
All subjects K-10, General Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Extension 1 mathematics and Engineering Studies
Hi, my name is Matthew Potoczny. I’m 21 years old and I’m one of seven in my awesome family. I’ve lived in Newcastle all my life and finished my HSC back in 2012 at Lambton High School. I completed my HSC with an ATAR of 90.6 and received many academic excellence awards for my strong work ethic and commitment to learning throughout my years there. After high school in 2013 I began to tutor with STN and have been doing so ever since. In my spare time I spend immense amounts of time with my family either pranking/wrestling my 4 brothers or going on family picnics/outings to places around the Newcastle area. I’m an avid pet lover and pride myself with having one of the cutest cats you’ll ever see. I love to socialize and joke around and I can guarantee that tutoring with me will be super fun. I have ample experience tutoring and can always help a student reach their desired goals and more. There’s no question I can’t help with; set a goal or have a dream and let me help you make it there!
Primary School; High School: Advanced English, Drama, History (Modern and Ancient), Music, General Science, General Mathematics
My name is Cameron and I have deferred from university to dedicate myself to a life long passion for writing. For the past four and a half years I have been a volunteer tutor for High School students with English as a second language. My time there opened my eyes to the countless levels at which different students can embark on the pursuit of knowledge from, and the importance of being able to break down knowledge to the point that a student can effectively develop from. I also came to appreciate the benefit of giving a student a question rather than an answer, for being able to figure out an answer for themselves rather than repeat facts they have memorized will serve them well not only in every subject at school but most importantly throughout their development as people.
Primary and year 7-10 Mathematics, HSC General and Advanced Mathematics, Primary and 7-10 Science, HSC Biology, 7-10 English, HSC Information Processes & Technology, HSC Music 1.
University level: STAT 1070, HUBS 1403, HUBS 1404, CHEM 1010, CHEM 1020
My name is Matt. I am 21 years old and am currently in my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Newcastle. I completed my HSC at All Saints College, St Mary's Campus Maitland, and achieved an ATAR of 92.15. I then spent a year teaching guitar at the Hunter Valley School of Music. It was during this time that I realised how rewarding it is to be able to teach people concepts and skills that were previously too difficult for them. I know from experience the benefit of having someone explain things in a way that makes sense to me. Often one-on-one tutoring can give a much clearer understanding than is possible in a classroom setting. As I enjoy sport and social activities as well as studying, I have found it to be important to be organised and to study efficiently. I am happy to pass on techniques I have learnt to help other students achieve their best.
All primary school subjects, all 7-10 high school subjects, 11 & 12 Standard and Advanced English, Ancient History, Biology, Drama and Beginners Italian
Hi, I'm Zarife! After spending 2015 in the Bachelor of Psychology, in 2016 I'll be commencing study in the Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) at the University of Newcastle.
During my senior years in high school I had a couple of excellent teachers who helped me achieve great results throughout the HSC. My goal is to become become a teacher who inspires students through passion and knowledge. I love learning and this really helps in my attitude towards tutoring
As a tutor I aim to assist students in achieving results they can be proud of. It's very rewarding for me as a tutor to work towards creating a happy and productive learning environment where students can flourish.
Years 7-10: Maths, Science and English. Years 11-12: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, PDHPE and Community and Family Studies.
My name is Hetal Parsotam and I graduated from Kotara High School in 2015 and received an ATAR of 86.3. I am currently in my first year at University of Newcastle studying Medical Radiation Science- Diagnostic Radiography. As I've had a very fresh experience of completing the HSC I can provide first hand tips and advice on HSC success. By doing a diverse range of subjects for my HSC I believe I am equipped with a range of skills and a vast knowledge in a range of academic subjects. I enjoy working with children and have previously demonstrated this through a peer tutoring program I was involved in in 2013. As a student I appreciated creative methods of teaching and I incorporated these methods whilst studying and helping my peers and classmates understand academic concepts.
All levels of Mathematics, K-6 literacy. High School Science, particularly Chemistry and Biology, as well as first year Chemistry.
Alicia completed her ACT Year 12 Certificate in 2014 achieving amazing results and this year will be beginning a Bachelor of Medical Science and Dr. of Medicine (Prev. Bachelor of Medicine) at the University of Newcastle. Alicia has been tutoring in various capacities both privately and through a company for groups ranging from one-on-one to 3 students at a time, since 2012 and have a real passion for helping students to gain confidence and interest in their studies. Alicia is aware that all students can have a unique learning style and way of approaching complex issues. Through applying this awareness, combined with her knowledge, understanding and formal training (from working at Questacon) of inquiry based learning she tailors each of her sessions to meet student's needs. Gradually providing them with the skills and support that they require to be effective independent learners. One of Alicia's favourite moments while tutoring is watching the 'a-ha' moment where a concept or problem that was not understood now falls into place and is able to be conquered.
K-10 maths and science, HSC general maths, Information and technology, physics
Hi, my name is Jesse im 22 years old, I completed my HSC in 2013 at Dungog high school I am currently studying a Bachelors degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Newcastle. I have very strong interests in engineering and science and rather adept at problem solving, these give me the skills to be a great tutor as I have the knowledge and ability to find the best style to suit your needs. I also have previous experience in tutoring as I was part of a peer tutoring program tutoring maths to year 7 and 8 students in high school, also throughout my studies have both helped and been helped by fellow students which as taught me the best ways in which to help other students.
Primary Maths, Primary English, Primary Science, Year 7-10 Maths, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Science/HSIE, Year 7-12 PDHPE, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 History Extension
Hi, my name is Grace Roberts. I am 18 years old and am a first year uni student at University of Newcastle. I’m currently studying the Bachelor of Biomedical Science with the hope of pursuing a career in the medical field. I moved up from Sydney at the start of the year and have grown to call Newcastle my home. I finished my HSC in 2017 at the academically selective Hornsby Girls High School I received an ATAR of 93.6 and a Band 6 in PDHPE, an E4 in History Extension, and high Band 5s in my other 4 subjects. I was very involved in the school, on the Student Representative Council for several years, a Sports Captain and a Prefect. In my spare time away from uni I love to play sport. I just started AFL this year which I love. I also love photography, and days with just my camera and I are great stress relievers. The aspect of Sydney I miss most is my pet rabbit who would be my study buddy through year 11 and 12, sitting by my desk everyday whilst I crammed in those formulas and quotes. I’ve done a little bit of tutoring before and I love to have a bit of fun to make sure that work doesn’t feel like work, but whilst also learning! I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your full potential with your future studies!
All subjects K-10, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 General Mathematics, Year 11-12 Advanced Mathematics, Year 11-12 Extension Mathematics, Year 11-12 Chemistry, Year 11-12 Biology & Year 11-12 Modern History
Hi there, my name is Cynthia and I’m currently completing a Bachelor of Science (psychology major) and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Newcastle. In 2017, I received an ATAR of 93, with exceptional results in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and English, and a plethora of skills, including essay-writing, critical thinking and study strategies. I have a strong passion for the subjects I tutor and would love to pass on my knowledge to help others succeed in their academic pursuits. I know what it takes to get the grades, however I also believe that fostering a drive for life-long learning is equally important to achieve long term goals. I look forward to working with you!
Primary Maths; Primary English; Primary Science; Year 7-10 English; Year 7-10 Science/HSIE; Year 11-12 Standard English; Year 11-12 Advanced English; Year 11-12 General Maths; Year 11-12 Biology; Year 11-12 Visual Arts; Year 11-12 Studies of Religion
Hi, I'm Chelsea Lloyd, a 22 year old high school graduate who achieved first in course in 3/5 of the courses completed in Year 12. I love a variety of subjects, and achieved high scores in my High School Certificate. I have previously tutored in and outside of school, receiving excellent feedback on how easy the work is to understand after I've assisted in explaining it. The child always has the potential and knowledge there, it just needs a little nudge and the right coaching to find it within. I have a natural ability to help students understand their assignments and homework in a more concise and clear way. I am always patient and kind, and I'm very passionate about finding the way that works best for each individual. Don't worry, I'm also persistent and wont give up on your child, I'll always strive to move forward with a plan in the face of a tough task. I'm happy to work with all ages and learning types, as I am able to adapt to any personality and willing to take on any extra necessities they may have. I greatly look forward to designing a teaching method that suits your child and giving them the support and guidance they need to excel.
Primary Maths;Primary English;Primary Science;Year 7-10 English;Year 7-10 Maths;Year 7-12 PDHPE;Year 11-12 Standard English;Year 11-12 Advanced English;Year 11-12 General Maths;Year 11-12 Advanced Maths;Year 11-12 Chemistry
My name is William Cranney and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/ Science at the university of Newcastle majoring in education and geography. I am currently in my first year of university and love every minute of it. I am looking forward to offering up my skills during tutoring to make a difference in a student’s education. My course will allow me to practice as a teacher upon completion however my goal is to study medicine. I come from Orange, NSW but went to boarding school in Sydney for most of my high school life. I moved to Newcastle this year and am enjoying it very much. I love all my sports, but my two main interests are rugby and cricket. I also love to travel and I recently had the opportunity to travel around Europe which was amazing. Snow skiing is another passion of mine and I am looking forward to a future trip to New Zealand or Japan to experience the slopes with some friends, though I am yet to plan anything. My favourite subjects in high school were maths, PDHPE and geography but I am happy to tutor students in any subject I believe I can assist them with.
Primary Maths;Year 7-10 Maths;Year 11-12 General Maths;Year 11-12 Advanced Maths;Year 11-12 Physics;University Maths
I’m Darcy, a 3rd Mechatronics Student at the University of Newcastle. I have a passion for robotics, mathematics and programming. I love grappling with mathematics and sharing the ‘Ah!’ moment as solutions fall out of a web of numbers and letters. Tutoring maths isn’t about being taught the right answers, it’s about learning to love it’s twists and turns, and enjoy the journey as much as the destination. My Year 12 Math teacher inspired and encouraged me into tutoring. That year I tutored a year 11 Student in Extension 1 and Advanced Mathematics. He went on to out do me in his own HSC with an ATAR in the high 90s. I completed my HSC with at Wingham High, with an ATAR of 80. I studied Advanced English, Extension 1 & 2 Maths, Physics, Software Design and Modern History.
Year 7-10 Maths, Year 7-10 Science, Year 11-12 Advanced Maths, Year 11-12 General Maths, Year 11-12 Physics, Year 11-12 Chemistry, Year 11-12 Engineering Studies
I am a process engineer at GHD consultants, focusing on water and wastewater treatment plants. During my daily work of design and engineering, I have to use a lot of math, computer programming, chemical engineering and economics.
I have completed PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2011. After that, I have taught at University of Newcastle, Callghan campus (2 years); Louisiana state university, Baton rouge, USA (3 years) and Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India (1.5). I have 7 years of research + teaching experience after PhD and have taught students from high school to post graduate in Chemical Engineering and Bio process technology.
I love to teach science and maths. My teaching methods are personalized to the students. I use my teaching/learning experience to come up with practical examples as teaching aids, to simplify leaning of difficult principles.
I do not rely on a single textbook or problem repository. I create fresh example problems to inculcate problem solving capacity in students. This ability not only helps them score higher in exams; it kindles their natural inquisitive abilities and helps them achieve goals in all aspects of life.
I am looking forward to your teaching assignment.
Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Maths, Year 7-10 HSIE, Year 7-10 Science, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Advanced Maths, Year 11-12 General Maths, Year 11-12 Physics, Year 11-12 Chemistry, Year 11-12 Biology, Year 11-12 Ancient History, Year 11-12 Modern History, Year 11-12 Studies of Religion, Year 11-12 Society and Culture, IT, Computer Programming (mainly Java and Python), and Digital Media - Up to undergraduate level
My name is Sam, and I am a millennial living in Newcastle. Although
I had a typical journey through primary and secondary school, my
tertiary education has involved a wide range of studies in both the
arts and the sciences. Through these experiences, I have developed a
rich knowledge in a variety of fields that complement each other,
including science, computer science, modern history, philosophy,
politics, and the social sciences. I believe all knowledge can be
gained only when the right questions are asked, or certain lines of
enquiry are open, which depend heavily upon each individual's
experiences and needs. I have acquired skills in education that I
prefer to apply in a more focused setting, where my ideals and skills
in this area can best be realised. In my free time, I like to work on
personal projects, and spend time with my fiancée. She is studying to
be a language teacher, and luckily enough, we get to share our strong
enthusiasm for learning, complementing each other's knowledge and
Primary, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Mathematics, Year 11-12 English Standard, Year 11-12 English Advanced, Year 11-12 Extension English, Year 11-12 General Mathematics & Year 11-12 Mathematics Advanced
Hi, my name is Kirinya and I am passionate about the value of education and providing every student with the resources and support they need to optimise their potential. I am currently on my way to enter a career in Mathematics education and I am beyond excited to start creating engaging lessons and inspiring in students a lifelong love of learning. Studying a Bachelor of Mathematics Teaching provides me with an abundance of quality information regarding effective teaching practices while supporting my understanding of curriculum and familiarity with the NSW syllabi. During high-school, I studied a range of high level courses including Advanced and Extension English, and Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics. My commitment to achieving in my areas of studies was reinforced by my HSC results when I secured Senior DUX of Scone Grammar School in 2016. I have gone on to achieve nine High Distinctions, one Distinction, and five credits during my first two years of study at Newcastle University. I am eager to start building students’ confidence in their own abilities and look forward to providing encouragement and support.
Primary School, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Maths, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Business Studies, Year 11-12 Studies of Religion, University Psychology, Epidemiology
I am currently a PhD Candidate at The University of Newcastle pursing a PhD in Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine. My Bachelor’s degree was in Psychology and my Master’s degree was in Clinical Psychology. For my PhD thesis, I am examining multiple health risk behaviours among vocational education students. I am from Ghana in the West of Africa.
Before commencing my PhD, I worked as a part time graduate teaching and research assistant at the department of Psychology in the University of Ghana and part time lecturer in a private university in Accra teaching undergraduate courses in psychology.
I have a pleasant personality, get along very well with others and interact easily with others. During my free time, I like to listen to music or the radio, read and visit friends. I have plans of learning how to play the keyboard soon.
I enjoy teaching as it provides me with the opportunity to meet different people who I can also learn from.
Primary Maths;Primary English;Primary Science;Primary School, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 HSIE, Drama
Hello, my name is Vaishnavi and I am currently a third year Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) student at the University of Newcastle. I completed my HSC at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College and my subjects included General Mathematics, Advance English, Drama, PDHPE, Chemistry and Biology. After completing my Social Science degree, I hope to undertake a year of Honours before I complete a Master’s in Public Health. I would love to be able to contribute to Global Policies and Practices and one day, work for the United Nations. Working at an OOSH has given me the opportunity to understand how important it is to engage with children and support them in achieving their goals. It gives me immense joy to see individuals reaching their potential and having the confidence to achieve things they once may have found a challenge. Being the President of the Indian Student’s Association at the University has taught me strong work ethic, time management skills and effective team work. My hobbies include reading, dancing, acting/ theatre, travelling and watching movies. I look forward to meeting you and being able to work alongside you so you may be able to reach for the stars!
Primary Maths;Primary English;Primary Science;Year 7-10 English;Year 7-10 Science/HSIE;Year 11-12 Senior Science;Year 11-12 Visual Arts
Hello! My name is Chelsea & I'm a second-year Uni student studying a degree in Secondary Education. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and helping them strive to be their best. I have a great passion for teaching and learning, and as a student myself, I will be able to pass on my knowledge and skills in relation to effective studying strategies. Throughout my schooling experiences, I always admired my teachers who truly cared & took the time to help me out. I have worked in a number of schools around Newcastle as a teacher’s aide & have experience working alongside children who have learning difficulties. This is also one of my passions, inspiring me to choose Special Education as one of my majors. I hope to offer my utmost effort to any prospective students, helping them understand and do their best in any areas necessary.
Primary Maths;Primary English;Primary Science;Year 7-10 English;Year 7-10 Maths;Year 7-10 Science/HSIE;Year 7-12 PDHPE;Year 11-12 Standard English;Year 11-12 Advanced English;Year 11-12 Extension English;Year 11-12 General Maths;Year 11-12 Biology;Year 11-12 Visual Arts
My name is Ashleigh D’Arcy and I currently live on the Central Coast, NSW. In 2015 I graduated year 12 from Dungog high School, in the hunter valley. Whilst in my senior year I studied Biology, Art, Advanced Maths, Advanced English, English Extension 1 and English Extension 2. I also completed a TAFE qualification in peer Literacy and Tutoring, as I helped the Year 7 students transfer into High School smoothly. Once I completed my HSC I went on to study my Certificate IV in Professional Editing and writing, completing that in August 2017. Beginning of this year I moved out of home and to the coast to start studying Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle. I have always wanted to go into some form of teaching or tutoring as my main goal in life and my career is to help people and watch them grow. The happiness of an individual achieving what they never thought they could is the greatest thing to witness in my opinion, and I hope to develop a friendly atmosphere.
Year 7-10 HSIE, Year 7-10 Science, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 Ancient History
My name is Henry and I’M 22 years old. Originally from the Sutherland Shire, I am currently living at the University of Newcastle where I’m studying a bachelor of science, with a focus on geography and global politics. Before Newcastle I was a student at the University of Wollongong, where I studied commerce, international studies, and global relations.
I am an avid reader, with one of my favourite topics being ancient history; specifically that of Greek, Roman, and western European history. My passion for geography consists not only of the environmental components but also the human, coinciding with my interest in global relations and in particular U.S politics. I also love English and the broader sciences.
I love sharing and talking about these subjects, and can’t wait to continue to do so.
Year 7-10 English, HSIE, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Extension English, Standard English, Ancient History, Modern History, Studies of Religion, Society and Culture
Hi! My name is Eliza, and I’m from the Coffs Coast, currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle. My main passion and pursuit is humanities; my major is ancient history and my minor is modern history. I tend to read anything I can get my hands on, love to obtain new knowledge of all sorts (even the trivial things) and have great enthusiasm for academic research. I know that my final years of secondary study would not have been nearly as successful without the support and the push provided by my teachers, so I hope to impart a little bit of their wisdom to those who need my help, and maybe even to nurture a love of the humanities in my students; or at the very least give them the confidence to be able to face the HSC with a steady hand. I am happy to cater for all sorts of different learners at all sorts of levels, and it is my goal to ensure that those who may be intimidated by a certain subject or individual aspect of education (like studying) will gain the tools with which to best approach these problems so that they can achieve outcomes to be proud of.
Primary School, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 Maths, Year 7-10 HSIE, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 Extension English, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Studies of Religion, Year 11-12 Society and Culture, University English
I am a PhD (Education) student in my final year of study. I am researching how a secondary education experience may have enabled current success. I am passionate about contributing to and enhancing students' educational experiences to make a positive difference in them. My educational background, university work and teaching experiences as well as cultural competence have equipped me with the appropriate skills in teaching.