Tutor Profile: James Ryan

James Ryan I graduated from Hale School in 2018 and am studying Law at the University of Western Australia. In high school, I studied Maths Methods and Specialist, Literature, French, Chemistry and Physics and graduated with a certificate of Distinction from WACE. The law is fascinating to me because of its focus on problem solving and critical analysis within cases. My tutoring approach is informed…

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2) (Catch up on Part 1 here) Perceptual Span & Word Recognition A perceptual span is the number of letters a student can perceive and process during a single eye stop (fixation). The perceptual span of beginning readers and of most people who struggle with reading is smaller than the span of efficient readers.  Efficient readers are able to…

Getting to know Eliza Smith

Eliza Smith I completed high school at St Hilda’s ASG last year where I studied ATAR Literature, Politics and Law, Modern History, Drama, and Math Methods and was acknowledged with a certificate of excellence for my Modern History exam. I was honoured to find that my essays from Literature, History and Politics were all included in the 2018 WACE good answers guide. This year I…

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1) What Is It? Reading efficiency is a critical component of reading proficiency. An efficient reading process is fluent and feels easy and comfortable. Efficient readers can read for extended periods of time with good comprehension because they expend little energy on the mechanics of reading. Mental resources are focused on making meaning from text. Why is it important?…

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace   I graduated from St Hilda’s Anglican School for girls in 2018 and am completing my first year at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts studying a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Trumpet), with a hope to have a career in performing. At school I studied Maths Applications, Literature, Psychology, Politics and Music and graduated with a Certificate of Distinction from WACE.   …