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Ms Izabela Bratek

 Melbourne - Pakenham

Experienced teacher (17 yrs) in VCE Maths, Chemistry, Biology

Melbourne tutor in Biology, Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths, Maths Methods, Maths Specialist, VCE Specialist Maths (Unit 3/4), VCE Math Methods (Unit 1/2/3/4), VCE Chemistry (Unit 1/2/3/4), VCE Biology (Unit 3/4)

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Online, Pakenham, Berwick, Melbourne

(6 student reviews)

About Me

I am a friendly, down-to-earth person, with a quirky sense of humour and I enjoy helping people. Maths and science has always fascinated me - I like understanding things in depth. Rote learning and memorizing facts is not something I focus on in my teaching, it has it's place and it's important for the fundamentals - but we have Google for fact checking. Critical thinking, an essential life skill, is often not taught in school - it is something that I focus on during sessions.

I started VCE tutoring in 2005 (after finishing VCE in 2004), I was tutoring prior to this in Kumon and other educational institutes while attending high school. Working with other students, including my own classmates, quickly ignited my passion for teaching.

I have been described as a patient, supportive and enthusiastic teacher who cares and commits to every student I work with. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed by school. Covid has made it extremely tough to learn, so I cannot say I know what learning in this era feels like - all I know, is that I will devote 100% of my effort, to all the students that I work with.

My mission is to help students to feel more confident in their abilities and supported in their learning. I have seen many students bringing their "most dreaded subject", and have witnessed their transformation from overwhelmed, to more confident, calm(-er), and more in control of their studies!

It is amazing what positive support, experienced guidance and encouragement can do to improve results, and it's one of the reasons why I love doing what I do. I am up to date with the current VCAA study design, this ensures that we are focusing on relevant content.

My background and interests

I studied Biomedical Science, Chemical Engineering & Secondary Teaching. I have a experience in a number of different fields, which helps to support students in their learning. Every student is unique and they have their own goals and skills. My aim as a teacher is to support the student, so that they can do their absolute best. I have found it very rewarding to work with young minds and help them unlock their potential.

My interests include travelling, philosophy, psychology, reading, writing, teaching, business as well as personal development. I love learning and I am very curious about how things work and aim to integrate this into my teaching style. I have helped many students increase their confidence, leading to an improvement in their marks.

What are my strengths as a teacher?

My aim is to help the student to thoroughly understand the topic, and supply them with resources that prepare them for SACs and improves their confidence. Teaching is not about delivering information, it's a complex process and every student has their own way of learning. It's part of my job to understand a student's thinking process, to assess what they understand, and to bridge new content to what they already know.

What are tutoring sessions like?

Private sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the students. There are many options available, the most popular option is to progress through the entire curriculum of a subject. Sometimes students need to catch up, sometimes students want to prepare ahead, other times they just want to practice questions that are relevant to where they are at in school.

I encourage students to practice relevant problem questions that are important for SACs and exams. During sessions I focus closely on answering techniques, providing students with a logical step by step process to tackle questions.

Usually the students I work with genuinely want to improve their grades, but the subject frustrates them, because the tests or SACs that are given at school are different, often more difficult, to their textbook questions. Many struggle with application style questions, where they have to convert their knowledge of a topic and translate it into practical use.

They may have an understanding of the theory, but struggle connecting exactly how it needs to be used when answering a question! During lessons we practice applying the knowledge to unknown context - which is an important stage of active learning. This skill is usually something that high performing students have been able to master, and as a teacher I assist students to apply their knowledge to application style questions.

How are sessions organized?

- Question booklets are provided for each topic similar to SAC/exam style questions (prevents unpleasant surprises in SACs)

- Focus is on active learning, student complete a range of different questions, gradually building in difficulty.

- Targeting application style questions.

- Weekly progression through the curriculum (theory) and exercise questions.

- Help with homework questions.

- Preparation for tests and SACs.

- Preparing for end of year examinations.

What do I teach?

- VCE Math Methods (Unit 1/2 or Unit 3/4)

- VCE Specialist Maths (Unit 3/4)

- VCE Chemistry (Unit 1/2 or Unit 3/4)

- VCE Biology (Unit 3/4)

- Science (Year 7 - 10)

- Mathematics (Year 7 - 10)

Contact Me

My phone number is 0401-305-399.

I work from my home studio in Pakenham and online.

Please reach me via SMS (I don't pick up calls while I am working).

Just include your name, subject/s and available times for tutoring and I will contact you ASAP.

I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Experience

- 17 years of VCE tutoring (VCE chemistry, maths, biology)

- Teacher at secondary school

- Tutored at Monash University and Federation University

- Assisted multiple students with a transformation from D's to A's

- Helped students exceed their predicted scores.

- Taught numerous VCE high achieving students.

- Many of my past students have now graduated Medicine, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy!

- Taught students that have achieved perfect study scores (50/50) and exceptional ATAR scores.

- Taught individuals from various selective schools such as Melbourne High, Nossal High School, Mac Robertson, John Monash Science School and various of private schools around Melbourne.

- Written VCE study guides and hundreds of practice exam questions, notes and PowerPoint presentations.

- Taught numerous students online and helped to increase their confidence and grades.

- Lecturer of VCE comprehensive program for Methods, Chemistry and Biology.

- I can work with any student who is open and willing to learn.

Qualifications

- Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Monash University) 2005-2007

- Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Monash University) 2008 - 2013

- Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education (ACU) 2015 - 2016

- VIT registered teacher

- I have worked with VCE students on a consistent basis for 17 years!

Rates

$50 per hour lesson - online class via Skype

$50 per hour lesson (from my studio in Pakenham)

$40 for drop-in homework drop in sessions (from my studio in Pakenham)

$35 per 1 hr lesson per students (minimum 2 students)

I am a VIT registered teacher.

Gender

Female

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Joined Tutor Finder on 24-Jan-2007 (updated profile on 18-Jan-2022)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
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  • Tutor's Place in Pakenham
  • Home Visits within 20 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition

Maths

Further Maths (Secondary)
Maths (Secondary)
Maths Methods (Secondary)
Maths Specialist (Secondary)

Science

Biology (Secondary)
Chemistry (Secondary)

Other Subjects

VCE Specialist Maths (Unit 3/4), VCE Math Methods (Unit 1/2/3/4), VCE Chemistry (Unit 1/2/3/4), VCE Biology (Unit 3/4)

"I have been taught by Iza from academy plus for the entire year. No offense to other tutors out there.... but this tutor is one of the best you will find. She is friendly and good to talk to when vce is driving you nuts. Iza was always able to answer my questions and explain the stuff so well that i felt much more confident in my tests/exams. Although I can't boast about getting 100%.... I got a wider interest in my subject and started even liking maths."

Natasha w    
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