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Today's schooling typically doesn't allow any 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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5 December 2019 – Auckland Grammar School 2019 Dux

A big congratulations to Alex Hornung, Auckland Grammar School 2019 Dux. Over the last five years Alex has worked incredibly hard to achieve fantastic results. I've found he's someone who is not satisfied with just knowing answers; he also wants to know why things work the way they do. His work ethic and desire to understand whatever he learns will serve him well as he heads to university. I wish him the very best.

26 November 2019 – More NCEA maths exam errors

Well, another exam season and sure enough, there were errors in the NCEA Level 2 Mathematics and Statistics exam. I've made an answers page looking at some of the questions, with worked solutions and comments on the questions.

15 November 2019 – Youngest ever electrical engineer

Laurent Simons looks like a pretty typical 9 year old boy from Amsterdam. But...

Laurent graduated from secondary school in the middle of last year aged 8 after completing six years of work in just a year and a half. He said at the time maths was his favourite subject "because it's so vast – there's statistics, geometry, algebra". He took a two month holiday then started at university. A year and a half later he's due to graduate next month (December 2019) as the youngest ever electrical engineer.

Universities around the world are reported to be offering Laurent scholarships for Masters and Doctorate degrees. He and his family have not announced where he will be studying, but it'll be a PhD in electrical engineering while also completing some medical studies.

He has considered becoming a heart surgeon, an astronaut, "going into computers", and is now interested in making artificial organs. (His choice of study thus makes a lot of sense.) Congratulations Laurent.

Update 13 December 2019: Laurent Simons' parents have pulled Laurent from Eindhoven University of Technology(TUE) before he graduated because TUE wanted Laurent to take more time, graduating in the middle of next year. More here.

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