The Education Centre provides quality “Clever Kids Tuition” and is open to enthusiastic learners of all ages. FOCUS had a chat with the director, Liz Stevens, to find out more …
What is your area of expertise?
We are a privately-owned tutoring centre that provides the expertise of trained teachers and tutors to assist students in the areas of Maths, English, Science, Physics, Languages and the Arts, plus much more.
We currently select teachers with expertise and passion for assisting students to achieve their own excellence. We aim to make a match between teacher and student, so that everyone benefits from the learning experience and the outcomes reached meet goals and achieve positive results.
When and why did you start your business?
May 1st, 2019 marks 15 years. Fifteen very fulfilling years working closely with the education community and endeavouring to provide a service that supports the learning needs of those who want to improve their knowledge, learn new skills or support their interests.
I understand how difficult it can be for students to work through the many twists and turns of school education. I also understand the pressure the workload places on teachers and their limitations of helping students individually.
What plans do you have for 2019 – 2020?
Like all small businesses, obviously our plan is to grow and expand. I would like to expand our services to offer more subjects for both the school communities and areas of general interest to the public.
We currently are registered for NDIS, and our plan is to develop courses to assist clients with skills to live independently, from reading and writing, cleaning, cooking and everyday tasks.
As the Coffs Coast expands and grows, so will we.
Some tutors have shared their expert advice about their subjects:
Our teacher, Kirby Drew, possesses a diverse range of skills she gained from her experiences in disability support work, youth work, mental health and education. She has an ability to connect and relate well to her students to build a rapport. She thinks outside the box with her teaching method and can adapt to cater to her students’ individual needs.
Kirby says of The Education Centre, “Here we adopt a person-centered approach, which caters for each individual student. This approach is about ensuring that all students, from their various learning backgrounds and those with disabilities or other learning difficulties, are at the centre of decisions which relate to their learning. It involves working together, listening, thinking together, being flexible, mentoring, coaching, sharing ideas, and seeking feedback.”
Drama teacher, Garth Tuckett, is all about the passion, he says:
“Of all the education disciplines taught in any institution, Drama is one of the most life developing subjects there is. From ancient Greek tragedy, through Shakespeare’s historical, tragical, and comedy plays, up to the most modern forms of theatre, Drama has survived because of its relevance to the times and values of different cultures throughout the ages.
Any student who is willing to participate fully in this discipline will learn emotional, physical, spatial, and interpersonal development, including improving communication skills. The individual will develop a deep sense of self awareness and discovery, as Drama develops the individual’s personality and confidence.
Through improvisation and theatre sports games, students will expand their imaginative capacities, as well as creative inspirations. The study of a role in playing a character in a scripted drama teaches the students how to work as a team member, reinforce memory skills, as well as being part of an ensemble which has a common goal via creating a credible reality in an unreal world on the stage in front of a live audience or camera.”
What about Art classes?
Vivien Rink is running our new Art class, “Out and About” for secondary students. This class gets students out of the classroom and into nature.
The focus of the class is dimension and perspective, where children learn to use geometric shapes as building blocks. Three locations (beach, botanical gardens and city square ) focus on different kinds of landscapes and their view.
Why is Science important?
Julie Cross says, “Science is everywhere. Think of a student riding to school on a bus – there are many examples of Science. Outside the window, trees turn sunlight into stored energy and create the oxygen we need to survive, while the bus driver concentrates on speed, time and distance travelled. Every aspect of a student’s life is filled with Science, from their own internal biology to the flat-screen TV at home.
“Perhaps even more important is how we use scientific thought, method and inquiry to come to our decisions. This is not necessarily a conscious action. The need to solve problems can arise from curiosity or necessity. The process of inquiry is how we find answers and substantiate those answers.”
Why is tutoring Mathematics so important?
Col Graham says many students of all ages lack confidence in their ability.
Tutoring allows a student to work at their own pace, with a dedicated teacher/mentor/counsellor. No pressure from peers, because they are slower or can’t grasp a concept quickly.
Mathematics is used in our everyday lives, from being able to tell the time to shopping to work. People in all walks of life will use Mathematics every day – people in retail, hospitality, sales persons, buskers, apprentices, tradesmen and women, professionals such as engineers, draftsmen, doctors and nurses. Children counting their pocket money or ensuring their wages are correct need Mathematics.
We don’t all need top level Mathematics, but primary students need the basics, high school students need to understand everyday Mathematics, senior students need to understand the level of Mathematics they want for the career they choose.
What young people DO need is to gain the self-confidence and understand what they do. Tutoring helps build that confidence.
How do we get in touch?
62 Bray Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Phone: (02) 6652 2222
Mobile: 0478 413 549
The Education Centre,
Suite 2/7-9, Market St, Woolgoolga NSW 2456
Phone/fax: (02) 6654 8397
Mobile: 0435 979 535