Meet the Team: Austin
Name: Austin Lei
High school: North Sydney Boys’ High School
HSC subjects: English Advanced, Mathematics Ext 1 & Ext 2, Chemistry, Economics
Currently studying: Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) at UNSW (2nd year)
Role at EIM: I primarily teach Ext 1 Mathematics throughout the term, and take the Chemistry and Economics holiday program.
Advice: The HSC is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t lose confidence when you do poorly, and don’t get too confident when you do well. Stay level-headed and focused throughout the long year.
Any high school regrets?
I think one of my biggest high school regrets is not trying more things. Like trying different sports, different instruments, different hobbies. I think it’s easy to be consumed in the need to study, study, study but you as a person is shaped by what you enjoy and what your interests are. High school is the best time to experiment and try different things, because you have a lot more time without the pressure of having various responsibilities you might have as you get older.
There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Those who drink sparkling water and those who don’t.
If you had to live without one of your senses, which would you give up?
I’d go without taste because apparently my TASTE in humour is bad.
What is one talent you wish you had?
I wish I could beatbox like a pro. I can sort of beatbox right now, but the person in front of me ends up thinking that it started to rain.
What makes EIM different?
Personally, I’ve only ever been to EIM for tutoring, so I have no real grounds to compare EIM against, but I suppose from the stories I’ve heard there a some things that we definitely do differently to other tutoring centres:
Pace. I’ve heard a lot of stories about pacing issues (whether too fast or too slow) at other tutoring centres and realistically, this is natural. The typical learning system can never be a one size fits all model. So we’ve revamped the learning system so that students learn all the content at their own pace at the comfort of their own home via access to our online learning system. So really, while the class does move along at a certain pace, all the content is available for student’s to watch at their disposal.
Environment. I’ve also heard stories about various tutoring centres that feel more like prisons than tutoring centres, and naturally that’s an atmosphere built up by the staff. To be fair, if an atmosphere like that produces results, it produces results. But that’s not what we believe in; learning and education is about more than just knowing how to differentiate x squared, it’s about the entire experience. I mean, we even feed you memes. Check out our facebook page.
Class sizes. Lastly, I’ve heard a lot of stories about gigantic class sizes which really only serves to hinder the learning experience. At EIM, we keep our class sizes small to ensure that our students a) have a fantastic learning experience where their tutors get to know them on a more personal level as opposed to just another face in another class and b) truly understand the concepts they’re learning, because let’s be real, there aren’t many students who ask a whole lot of questions in a large class setting, for fear of being judged, and that’s exactly what we want to get rid of.
Behind the scenes at EIM, we have an incredible team of people who strive to help you do the best you can. This blog series helps you get to know all the people who contribute to the amazing learning experience for every student who walks through our doors. Stay tuned to meet the rest of the team!