Biology tutoring - year 11

Preliminary Biology tutors in Sydney

We run Preliminary Biology classes each week. The class is 2 hours long and we cover a specific part of the syllabus each week. 

See our class timetable for exact times.

Homework is also provided each week to reinforce the content covered in class. All submitted homework is marked and returned to the student the following week with full comments on each question where they did not achieve full marks.  

  • Term 1: A Local Ecosystem and Patterns in Nature
  • Term 2: Patterns in Nature and Life on Earth
  • Term 3: Life on Earth and Evolution of Australian Biota
We cover the Preliminary Biology course in just under 3 terms in year 11. We strongly believe that a key factor to HSC success is early preparation. Our approach to preliminary science courses is to use this time to cover the preliminary syllabus with the intention of building a strong foundation for HSC topics.
An exact week to week schedule cannot be published because it changes slightly each year as we adjust the pace and delivery according to the feedback of students as well as the class ability. We do always finish the Preliminary course by around week 7 of term 3, leaving us with a few weeks time for a head start into year 12 HSC Biology content.
The Classes

We maintain an open class environment that encourages students to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Student interaction is an essential part of the learning process and we make sure all students feel included in the class environment, such that they aren't hesitant to ask questions when they encounter difficulty. 

Content is always taught from first-principles with a strong emphasis on understanding underlying mechanisms and concepts. Our teachers take a holistic approach in viewing the syllabus, and we draw links to the real world or greater implications and relevance to get students to appreciate the importance of what they are learning.

Course Materials

In each class, students will receive a course materials booklet which contains all the notes they need for that week's content. These notes are carefully designed with exam-preparation in mind, and sets out eaxctly what the students need to know in order to do well in exams.

Towards the end of term 3 of year 11, we give our students an early start into the year 12 content, focusing on developing skills and familiarity in the core areas of the year 12 course. Students are given plenty of practice exams and exam-style questions throughout the year, giving them much needed early exposure to the standard expected of them in the HSC.

Just like the HSC course, each week's booklet will have a homework section which contains questions covering all the dot-points covered in that week. The questions are presented in exact HSC exam format, complete with the amount of marks each question is worth. All homework is marked according to a marking criteria, so teachers can explain to students the exact break-down of the marks allocation and give accurate feedback for improvement. 

First-hand Investigations and Practical Skills

We do live demonstrations in class for important first-hand investigations dot-points so students don't miss out on practicing practical skills that will be assessed in practical exams. Demonstrations include viewing cell structure, stages of mitosis / meiosis and other microscopic things under a microscope, dissections, analysis of biological models, and other activities. Classes will also go through the practical skills required by the syllabus so students aren't caught off-guard by these types of exam questions.

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