Michael S Very responsive
Tutoring near Strathfield, Sydney, NSW & Chippendale, Sydney, NSW


About

QUALIFIED TEACHER // USYD GRADUATE

ENGLISH AND WRITING SPECIALIST // FIVE YEARS + TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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TEXTS THAT I HAVE TAUGHT + HAVE RESOURCES FOR (HSC)

COMMON MODULE: TEXTS AND HUMAN EXPERIENCES
✓ Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
✓ Past the Shallows – Favel Parrett
✓ Rosemary Dobson Poetry – Rosemary Dobson
✓ The Crucible – Arthur Miller
✓ The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
✓ Billy Elliot – Daldry Stephen

// ENGLISH STANDARD //

MODULE A: LANGUAGE, IDENTITY AND CULTURE
✓ Henry Lawson Short Stories – Henry Lawson
✓ Maureen Ten poetry – Maureen Ten
✓ Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah – Alana Valentine
✓ The Castle – Rob Stich

MODULE B: CLOSE STUDY OF LITERATURE
✓ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
✓ Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry – Oodgeroo Noonuccal
✓ Namatjira – Scott Rankin
✓ The Truman Show – Peter Weir

MODULE C: THE CRAFT OF WRITING
✓ The Pedestrian – Ray Bradbury
✓ Home – Catherine Cole
✓ Dear Mrs Dunkley – Helen Garner
✓ How to Live Before You Die – Steve Jobs
✓ Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier – Paul Keating
✓ Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
✓ May Your Pen Grace the Page – Luka Lesson

// ENGLISH ADVANCED//

MODULE A: TEXTUAL CONVERSATIONS
✓ King Richard III – William Shakespeare / Looking for Richard – Al Pacino
✓ Ariel – Sylvia Plath / Birthday Letters – Red Hughes
✓ Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf / The Hours – Stephen Daldry

MODULE B: CRITICAL STUDY OF LITERATURE
✓ Emma – Jane Austen
✓ An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
✓ TS Eliot Selected Poems – TS Eliot
✓ A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

MODULE C: THE CRAFT OF WRITING
✓ Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’ – Le Nam
✓ The Crafty Feeling – Zadie Smith
✓ Spotty-handed Villainesses – Margaret Atwood
✓ A Home in Fiction – Geraldine Brooks
✓ Eulogy for Gough Whitlam – Noel Pearson
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OTHER PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT TEXTS

PLAYS:
✓ Macbeth - William Shakespeare
✓ Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
✓ Othello - William Shakespeare
✓ King Lear - William Shakespeare
✓ Richard III - William Shakespeare
✓ Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
✓ Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
✓ The Crucible - Arthur Miller
✓ Whose Life is it Anyway? - Brian Clark
✓ Namatjira - Scott Rankin
✓ Blood Wedding - Federico García Lorca

FILMS/DOCUMENTARIES:
✓ The King's Speech - Tom Hooper
✓ The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson
✓ Billy Elliot - Stephen Daldry
✓ The Truman Show - Peter Weir
✓ The Castle - Rob Sitch
✓ The Great Gatsby - Baz Luhrmann
✓ Othello - Geoffrey Sax
✓ Romeo and Juliet - Baz Luhrmann
✓ Ran - Akira Kurosawa
✓ Looking for Richard - Al Pacino
✓ Parasite - Bong Joon-ho
✓ Saving Private Ryan - Steven Spielberg
✓ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Ang Lee

NOVELS/SHORT STORIES:
✓ The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald
✓ The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do
✓ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
✓ Henry Lawson Short Stories - Henry Lawson
✓ 1984 - George Orwell
✓ Past the Shallows - Favel Parrett
✓ To Killing a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
✓ The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
✓ Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
✓ Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
✓ Lord of the Flies - William Golding
✓ The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
✓ Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
✓ The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe
✓ The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
✓ The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
✓ The Story of an Hour - Kate Chopin
✓ The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
✓ The Pedestrian - Ray Bradbury

SPEECHES:
✓ Apology Speech - Kevin Rudd
✓ Remarks to the People of Israel - Barack Obama
✓ Redfern Park Speech - Paul Keating
✓ Spotty-Handed Villainesses - Margaret Atwood
✓ A Home in Fiction - Geraldine Brooks
✓ Speech to the Israeli Knesset - Anwar Sadat
✓ An Australian History for us All - Noel Pearson
✓ How to Live Before you Die - Steve Jobs
✓ Funeral Service of the Unknown Soldier - Paul Keating

POETRY:
✓ Sylvia Plath Poetry - Sylvia Plath
✓ Ted Hughes Poetry - Ted Hughes
✓ Maureen Ten Poetry - Maureen Ten
✓ T. S. Eliot Poetry - T. S. Eliot
✓ Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry - Oodgeroo Noonuccal
✓ Rosemary Dobson Poetry - Rosemary Dobson
✓ Anne Hathaway - Carol Ann Duffy
✓ Antidote - Luka Lesson
✓ Caged Bird - Maya Angelou
✓ Do not go Gentle into that Good Night - Dylan Thomas
✓ Dreams - Langston Hughes
✓ Harlem - Langston Hughes
✓ If You Forget Me - Pablo Neruda
✓ Mother to Son - Langston Hughes
✓ Porphyria's Lover - Robert Browning
✓ Still I Rise - Maya Angelou
✓ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost
✓ The Road not Taken - Robert Frost
✓ War Photographer - Carol Ann Duffy
✓ The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe
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// MY MISSION STATEMENT //

How can I maximise my marks? I pride myself in providing an answer to this all-important question.

My answer: Motivation, Management and Mastery. I am here to motivate you, to manage your progress, and to ensure that you achieve mastery in all your subject areas.

Above all, I am here to help you - no matter where you are currently positioned in the marathon that is your high-school career. If you have had a bad start or have fallen behind, I am here to help you catch up to your peers. If you are already excelling and are miles ahead of your peers, I am here to help you extend your lead. But ultimately, I am here to help you cross the finish line as the best version of yourself, with the best race-time you are capable of!
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// MY SERVICES //

*LEARNER-CENTRED LESSONS*

I have pivoted my teaching philosophy away from traditional styles of learning, which - for centuries - have incorrectly perceived children/students as simply being empty vessels that need to be filled up with facts, equations, statistics, etc. Instead, I vehemently champion the unique learning profiles of all my students, and I understand the importance of delivering personalised and differentiated lessons that have been explicitly tailored to the individual needs, interests and preferences of every single one of my students. Additionally, I have abandoned traditional teacher-centred learning environments, wherein lessons are dominated by teacher-talk, and students are disadvantageously positioned as passive listeners, with no autonomy over their own learning. Instead, I have committed myself to constructing student-centred learning environments, in which students are emboldened to become active participants and co-constructors of their own learning; conditions which - as supported by educational literature - exponentially boosts the understanding and retention rates of newly-acquired knowledge.

*REPUTABLE RESOURCES*

First and foremost, all my students will receive exclusive resources created by yours truly. Resources made by myself are grounded in the principles of educational psychology (the science behind how we learn and how we retain knowledge), in order to ensure that optimal learning environments are cultivated for my students. These resources include - templates, scaffolds, step-by-step guides, etc. - all designed to facilitate my students' learning of content material (e.g. the themes of Romeo and Juliet), and also subject-specific skills (e.g. using the PETAL structure for essay writing). I am aware of the importance of repetition to the learning process, and how perfect practice makes progress. Consequently, over the past five years, I have accumulated a bottomless reservoir of practice questions and practice papers (for all subjects), which I actively integrate into my lessons to ensure that my students receive ample opportunities to practice their content knowledge and subject-specific skills. With practice, I seek to give my students experience - with experience I seek to give my students confidence - and with confidence I strive to set up my students for success! I am also cognizant of the importance of being guided by a more knowledgeable other during the learning process. Therefore, I have committed copious amounts of time to the collection of sample resources written by renowned academics, by past exemplar students and by myself. These sample responses are routinely given to my students to allow them to see what exactly is required for academic excellence, so that they, themselves, can then model their own responses against these tried-and-true criterias for success.

*CONTINUED CONSULTATIONS*

I provide regular consultations to the parents and school teachers of each and every one of my students, free of charge. Via these consultations, I seek to open up an honest conversation with parents and school teachers about how we can all work together to support the learning needs of our children/students. This way, a united front between myself, parents and school teachers can be established; which ultimately will ensure that our children/students are educationally well-supported in all aspects of their lives, be that at home, at school, or during lessons with us. I am also aware that the learning needs of a student is never static. Therefore, I also seek to use these regular consultations to closely monitor the progress and trajectory of my students, so that in turn, I can more accurately diagnose their changed strengths, weaknesses and needs. These student evaluations will ultimately inform the way that I revise and refine the learning goals which I set for my students, as well as help me reconsider and improve my own teaching methods when moving into future lessons.
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// MY EXPERIENCE //

*OVERARCHING TEACHING PHILOSOPHY*

Teaching is not only my passion, but is my purpose.

I all selected to pursue education as my life-long career. As a result, I live and breathe to teach, and to provide my students with anything and everything that they require to achieve educational success.

To me, teaching is not a monetary transaction or a way for me to build student dependency. Instead, I view teaching as the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship, during which all parties involved play a significant role in helping each other to become either better students or better teachers.

Although I take pride in supporting my students to become experts in the content knowledge for their subject areas, I am married to a skills-focused approach to learning. I strive to develop subject-specific skills within my students; skills that are enduringly recyclable and applicable within their subject areas, skills that ultimately embolden them to become self-sufficient individual learners. This way, I can ensure that all my students are perpetually well-equipped and ready to tackle any challenge that comes their way, even in the absence of their teachers.

*PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED*

What separates me from the rest, is that I am a NESA accredited teacher that has been professionally-trained. Having spent numerous years in Australia’s preeminent university – the University of Sydney – I have been rigorously mentored by leading experts in the education profession, and trained by professors foremost in their respective subject areas.

As a result, I hold unrivalled expertise in my specialised teaching areas (English, History, Chinese), and possess an unmatched understanding of pedagogical practice. That is to say, I am able to draw upon my knowledge of the principles central to the teaching/learning process, such as – cultivating a student-centred environment that prioritises active learning, fostering intrinsic motivation, providing necessary scaffolding for intellectual leaps, giving timely and individualised feedback, using positive reinforcement, etc. – and to use these principles to complement the delivery of my extensive content knowledge (in English, History, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, etc.), to my students.

Ultimately, this means: not only do I know WHAT to teach you, I also know HOW to teach you.

*PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE*

In addition to mastering the theoretical underpinnings of the teaching/learning process, I am also equipped with extensive amounts of hands-on experience within the classroom. Having taught in both formal and informal settings, including – mock-teaching workshops with university peers, part-time tutoring pursuits, teaching-related internships, etc. – I have had the fortune of supporting over 500 students, and cannot wait to extend my support to many more in the future.

That said, my past and continued engagement with the teaching profession have allowed me to participate in a perpetual cycle of self-learning and self-improvement. During which, the consistent act of combining theoretical knowledge and practical experiences, have allowed me to continuously revise and refine my own approaches to teaching.

Achievements

  • Band 6 in English Extension I
  • Band 6 in English Advanced
  • Band 6 in Modern History
  • Band 5 in Mathematics
  • Band 5 in Biology

Education

Year 12 completed in 2015.
Mark achieved: 93.15.
Currently studying Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney.

Interests

  • Hiking
  • Rocking Climbing
  • Table Tennis
  • Calligraphy
  • Cooking
  • Jump Rope
  • Reading

Reviews

Michael is a very responsive and effective tutor!
His top teaching method is that he guides you and helps you plan out your essay or assignment in a very constructive manner. However, it still feels as if you are leading the way while he is being the back-support that gives you several pointers when you are stuck. Michael is a very thoughtful teacher who will always come prepared with what you need assistance for. For example, when I was studying different texts and poems he had quite a wide range of knowledge about them. Additionally, he has made personalised materials for me to use, which has helped me thoroughly in prepping for my exams. One particular area that he has helped me most is my essay writing skills.
- By AC on 14th January 2021

Being taught by Michael was a real help to me, especially since my narrative writing skills as well as my essay writing skills needed to be worked on. When we went through the text Macbeth he was able to help me through the main themes as well as analysis of key quotes in the text. He is really clear with his explanations, as well as being really helpful when it came to checking my hand-in narrative for school, giving insightful tips and feedback that really made a difference :)
- By Claire on 10th January 2021

Michael made sure that I wasn't confused in any part of the content he had taught me and continuously went over and over the content that was learnt so that I clearly understood what was learnt during each lesson.
He is a very approachable teacher and makes sure the student feels comfortable to be talking one on one, which allowed me to continually want to participate in every lesson.
After many lessons with Michael I definitely found it easier to write many draft essays without having to invest a whole lot of time which really reduced the stress for English HSC and also made me find it easier to shorten, edit any unnecessary information and make my essay look a whole lot better.
- By Jinhee Shin on 10th January 2021

Michael is a passionate tutor with a proficient understanding in the English subject, various texts, and personalised, intriguing yet efficient ways of teaching. Michael has especially guided me in uncovering ideas from a stimulus material, and transforming them into a well structured and comprehensive essay.
- By David on 10th January 2021

Michael is an experienced tutor who is passionate about teaching & ensuring success for his students. He provides terrific resources & knowledge on the new HSC English syllabus & texts, with a focus on ensuring the individual needs of his students are met with greater emphasis on areas of weakness in order to maximise marks. Michael was never hesitant to mark work & provide thorough, meaningful feedback that I could use to improve my essay writing. My results improved almost immediately, with consistently high marks throughout my final year. I would highly recommend Michael to any high school student looking to boost their English marks & essay writing skills.
- By Tom on 15th December 2020

Excellent tutor. Goes the extra mile for you and he’s nice to work with.
- By Mubtasim Masud on 12th December 2020

My granddaughter has achieved solid progress since she started to follow Michael's coaching (in just some one school term). Michael's coaching is more outcome-focused and the result of last year's school assessment was encouraging. He is very approachable and my granddaughter likes to discuss her questions with him in person or online and receives the answer/response in detail. His detailed methods are easy to understand and these results have been displayed in the past assessment (as mentioned above). As a to-be English teacher, Michael masters great knowledge to coach his students no matter their level.
- By Daniel on 11th January 2020

Michael is an amazing English tutor who is always well prepared and punctual. He is very talented and provides unique interpretations of texts, which immensely deepened my understanding of the new HSC English syllabus. Michael greatly assisted my HSC preparation from not only providing an array of resources but also tailoring these recourses to my needs. I would highly recommend Michael as a tutor.
- By Anna Nguyen on 6th January 2020

Michael has been a great tutor for my son, Ali. We hope he shall teach ali in 2020.
- By Abdul Hassani on 6th January 2020

Michael is a great tutor. He has a passion for english and strives to ensure his students do well. He is a perfectionist with his work. He also understands his students ability and teaches accordingly.
- By Eldho on 25th November 2019

Character references

Fantastic. Michael has helped my daughter greatly with her English studies and is highly recommended.
- By David McCloskey on 28th January 2020

Availability

Around Strathfield

Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Around Chippendale

Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Travel policy

I am willing to have face-to-face lesson at public libraries. I am also happy to do online tutoring.