Programmes

Mathematical mentoring: One-on-one tutoring, typically two hours a week after school in either one or two sessions. The usual approach will be to start by working through the school-set homework. A student who has completed the set homework will feel more confident and engaged in class. Time permitting, with the homework completed, technique and knowledge gaps will be addressed (e.g. negative numbers, fractions, algebraic manipulation) and, for year 11 and 12 students, past VCE exam questions will be tackled. A small amount of homework may be set by the tutor. Students must formally enrol for the mentoring program. The program will run according to the school calendar and, after an initial trial session to ensure compatibility with the tutor, students will be obliged to commit to a full term. Mentoring places will be limited and students and parents should be aware that cancelation without notice will result in the place being lost.

Supervised workgroups: Groups of up to five students to meet once or twice a week for supervised problem-solving sessions. Particularly in the run up to VCE exams these will involve past exam questions being tackled under exam conditions with the solutions then being reviewed and discussed. Sessions will typically run for at least 2 hours.

Weekend homework clinic: Free homework help on a first come first served basis. No need to enrol. Once we have a venue up and running volunteers will simply be on hand during set hours each school term weekend to help out anyone aged 8-18 with their school maths homework.

Mathematical reading circles: Informal maths and physics reading groups will meet at The Institute. Perhaps you want to learn/relearn quantum mechanics or general relativity? Is there a popular science book that you’d like to read and feel that the structure and support provided by regular meetings with other like-minded readers would be beneficial? Submit a reading circle suggestion and we’ll reach out to our extensive network of “mathphiles” to drum up interest. In some cases notes from these “circles” would be maintained at the Institute’s maths and physics virtual library, constituting a high quality resource useful to learners far beyond the physical reach of The Institute.