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Looking back on February with

From the CEO

It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you all back to another year of making academic goals a reality with A-Team Tuition! We’ve already kicked the year off with our recent Launch Party for the revised and updated ‘Creating A Students’ program, which was not only a wonderful night for all in attendance, but also a fantastic opportunity for us to look back on some of our most impressive success stories from the year just past. My personal sense of pride when acknowledging those students and tutors who worked so hard in 2013 was overwhelming, however I was but one proud face in a room full of some very proud parents and tutors! In this, A-Team’s 2nd year of running as an established business I’m feeling much like a proud parent myself, watching my baby grow into a thriving business, now boasting 41 exceptionally gifted tutors who have been catering to the needs of over 260 hard-working students since we opened our doors in 2012. I cannot wait to see what further growth and developments are in store for the company this year and it’s so exciting to be delivering our Secrets to Success to more and more students throughout Queensland. Our company mantra of Empowerment, Motivation and Success is certainly spreading like wildfire, and we are always so grateful when our

existing client base refers their own friends our way, such faith in us is the greatest compliment you can give! There is no more compelling endorsement for the effectiveness of our program than the inspiring transformation of our Student of the Year, Shania Dolan, whose story is below and is one I would strongly urge you all to read. Her journey over the last year is a much needed reminder to us all that with hard work and sacrifice anything is truly possible. Equally powerful are the extraordinary results achieved by our Tutor of the Year, Tori McGeary, who achieved A-Grades with 9 of her 10 students! In closing I’d like to thank all of our returning students for their commitment in 2013, welcome all our new students to the only tutoring program that can truly help them to maximise their full potential, and commend you all for taking an active step toward academic excellence! May 2014 be full of many more exceptional achievements! Hayden McEvoy

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.“ –Wayne Gretzky


The ‘Type A’ Tutor By Tracey Wallace

Here at A-Team we are firm believers in finding a balance between work and play. This means that with all the festivities that took place over Christmas we had to work extra hard to balance out all that fun we were having! My particular focus as Manager was on recruitment; our number one priority is always finding ways to ensure our tutors are differentiated as the highest quality, in order to maximise the results achieved by our students. This does not only mean hiring tutors who achieved exceptional year twelve results, it means finding tutors who understand and fit in with A-Teams culture, a culture of youthful energy, motivation to achieve highly and a desire to genuinely help others to share in that motivation. As such, we place tremendous importance on only hiring people who exhibit ‘Type A’ characteristics; tutors who are themselves highly motivated, intelligent, consistent and conscientious. The A-Team Type A Tutor; • Is passionate about genuinely helping their students develop and succeed in both the short and long-term. • • Appreciates the importance of fostering a close relationship with their students, and is willing to make sacrifices to ensure their success. • • Possesses strong communication skills and is able to relate well with students, parents and A-Team management. • • Understands the importance of consistency in having weekly sessions. • • Juggles their tutoring with their own personal commitments to ensure sessions are seldom missed. • • Understands the importance of integrating and applying the principles of the Creating A Students program thoroughly. By actively seeking out tutors who possess these qualities A-Team is able to continue offering tutoring of the highest quality, ensuring our staff remain a cut above the rest! We were sorry to have to farewell some of our best tutors at the end of last year with many pursuing further studies of their own. To those tutors who departed we wish them all the best on their next journey, and to those joining us this year, know what big shoes you have to fill! Fresh these tutors may be, but after a combination of thorough training over the Christmas break, staff BBQ’s where older tutors can mentor newer ones and weekly progress checks with yours truly, we already have another batch of super-tutors to unleash on unsuspecting students… May the results speak for themselves! 2


Meet A-Team’s Student of the Year, Shania Dolan! Shania Dolan is the latest addition to our ‘trophy cabinet’, that group of extraordinary students who have blown us away with their dogged determination and unwavering dedication to the A-Team Creating A Students program. There’s not much more to say than that, as frankly, her amazing results speak very loudly for themselves! When Shania first joined us at the start of 2013 she had been struggling for a long time to break out of the B-grade band, but instead was finding her difficulties, especially in Maths, were only worsening. With Year 12 beginning, Shania took action, enlisting the help of her tutor for the next 12 months, A-Team’s own Basem Mourad. Basem introduced Shania to the Creating A Students program, and together the dynamic duo embarked on the journey that would ultimately see Shania graduating year twelve as her school’s overall Dux and topping three of her subjects. As if this weren’t enough, she received a total of ten different achievement recognition awards at her school’s Presentation Ceremony, including an Academic Scholarship to the University of Queensland. Talk about an over-achiever! After presenting her with yet another award at the Launch Party last Sunday night we managed to weasel out some of her secrets to success… What made you initially decide to have tutoring with A-Team? My first impression of A-Team Tuition was ‘a new way to study,’ a tutoring system which was very well structured and catered for my particular struggles in Math B. What do you think was the main secret to your success this year? Practice, practice, practice! Between completing school work, school homework, tutor-assigned work, tutor-assigned homework, my neuro-book and my posters, I was completely immersed in mathematics. This constant study and revision under the supervision of my amazing tutor Basem was definitely the key to my success in Math this year. Furthermore, my other subjects were noticeably effected by my new study habits and thus greatly improved as well. How do you feel Basem helped you to maximise your potential, and what was your relationship with him like? It goes without saying that without Basem’s aid I wouldn’t have achieved the grades I did in Math B in my senior year and, thus, I wouldn’t have achieved the same amount of decoration on awards nights. His patience during my many, many, many blank moments and his encouragement throughout our sessions kept me focussed and performing to the best of my ability. He managed to be a superior mathematical being, a mentor who uses the word ‘brilliant’ way too much, and an all too competent tutor throughout our sessions and I’m incredibly grateful for all his help. Any special words of advice you can offer to our year twelves this year? Don’t get caught up in the myth that intelligence

is genetic or selective. You can achieve anything you set your mind to with practice, determination and no small amount of sacrifice, you just have to want it enough. What are your plans for this year/how has your high achievement opened doors for you in the future? Having an OP2 and a scholarship to the University of Queensland the world is pretty much your oyster. However, I’ve chosen a slightly unorthodox career path: I’ve decided to study in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient History and Archaeology. While the cut-off for this course is only an OP11, and thus I’m more than eligible for this program, my efforts to achieve Very High Achievements in Secondary School was never solely about ‘just’ making it into the Bachelor of Arts: I wanted to challenge myself, to test my limits, to be the best I could be and to keep my options open should I do a 180 and decide to study a degree with a much lower OP cut-off. I now have that option. Which subject did you struggle with most and what were your strategies to overcome this? I struggled with the notoriously disliked and psychologically damaging Maths B. In order to succeed in this subject, especially if you’re like me and not mathematically inclined, the first step is to face the fact that you just have to do the work; grin and bear it! From there on my strategy was simple: work hard. Practice and revise until you live maths, until you know the content inside out and have successfully completed every possible type of equation that could come up on the test, then apply that content to mind-bogglingly complex, Modelling and Problem Solving questions.

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