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Today's schooling doesn't allow room for individual learning, which means that students who don't suit the pace of the whole class can fall between the cracks. If students aren't achieving at the level they are capable of, their learning can stall, leading to boredom and frustration. Their confidence can suffer and they won't enjoy school as much as they should.

I can help. I offer personal tutoring in a range of subjects for NCEA and Cambridge International Exams, and can provide students with the skills and confidence they need to achieve their potential.

I'm based in Auckland and will come to your home at a time that suits you, for maximum convenience and maximum learning. Because the home is a familiar environment, it's where the student is the most comfortable – this is an important part of enjoying learning.

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23 January 2018 – Back To School

At least one of the schools my students attend starts today. Now would be a good time to get in touch if you're pondering tutoring this year.

21 January 2018 – Insertion Into Orbit

NZ founded company Rocket Lab has successfully launched (video) its Electron rocket Still Testing into orbit, and successfully inserted three satellites into an 83° orbit, taking 8 minutes 31 seconds before satellite release. This was only the Electron's second test flight, and the orbit attained is a little more difficult than an equatorial orbit because of the extra speed required.

The test had been scheduled for yesterday (20 Jan) but had to be postponed after two boats strayed into the exclusion area down range of the launch site. Update – the day was not a complete write-off; it generated a classic Rocket Lab quote.

A third test flight is planned, launching into a sun-synchronous orbit (see polar orbit) at an altitude between 300 km and 500 km. After that, Rocket Lab plans to launch up to 50 rockets each year, although they are licensed to launch up to 120 per year.

2 December 2017 – Into The Under World

For the last couple of years I've been helping do high resolution 3D laser scanning of Auckland's lava caves. To show off the scanning work, next Friday (8 December) sees the opening of an exhibition: Into The Under World. Apart from the opening night it's a free exhibition, held at Silo 6 in the Wynyard Quarter, and open from midday each day.

The images are spectacular and well worth seeing at full size, back-illuminated, but be warned the exhibition has a very short run, closing on 24 December.


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