Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Dux College?

Our dedication to quality teaching focuses on instilling comprehension and genuine understanding in our students. We also cover exam technique in depth, including how to structure your answers for maximum marks. We provide:

  • Weekly classes where our teachers comprehensively cover all relevant theory and exam technique
  • Comprehensive approach to teaching which ensures students understand the underlying principles and don’t need to rely on memorisation
  • Focus on exam execution skills and structuring answers to receive full marks, regardless of question complexity
  • After-hour support from our tutors who are happy to provide homework assistance
  • Revision / exam preparation classes leading up to end of the term

What is included in the Term Course?

Our Term Course consists of attending a weekly 2 hour lesson. In each lesson, you’ll be given a booklet containing the course materials which detail exactly what you need to know for your assessments and exams (always within the scope of the syllabus).

Each week’s booklet also contains exam style homework. It’s important to practice on exam-style homework throughout the year as there’s a big difference in the way questions are asked in textbooks and in actual exams and in the HSC. Therefore, early and persistent exposure to exam-style questions provide the best long term preparation for the HSC.

All enrolled students also have unlimited access to our Workshop Tutorials. Attendance is optional but recommended if you missed a lesson, or need specific help with a school assessment, or if you want to catch up on a topic you’re weak at.

We provide module exams and / or quizzes at the end of each module to reinforce / consolidate knowledge regularly. We also provide a series of practice exams before each major assessment period (half yearlies, trial exams, external HSC exams etc) so students can continually sharpen their exam technique throughout the year.

What are your teachers like?

We are very selective in who we hire to teach our classes. We like to keep a mix between qualified teachers who teach at reputable schools and undergraduates with a 99+ ATAR and state ranks in the subject(s) they teach. All our tutors have extensive classroom teaching experience.

One thing all our teaching staff have in common is their passion to teach. They love what they do, and are always keen to help our students achieve their best.

What is exam technique and why is it important?

Knowing the content is just as important as knowing how to apply your knowledge to all types of exam questions – our teaching philosophy encompasses both in order to produce successful HSC students. In short, exam technique means our students learn the best approach to every type of exam situation / every type of exam question, or the shortcuts and tricks in every topic.

For example, there are always ‘a better way’ (or multiple ways) to every topic in maths. In sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) students learn how to craft answers according to the marking criteria. Students also gain a strong understanding of all the HSC keywords (identify, explain, discuss, assess, evaluate etc) so they can craft full-mark responses reliably. For English, students learn how to systematically break a complex task down into its component tasks to ensure they get as many marks as possible.

The top students (who get 95+ in their HSC mark) are masters at exam technique as well as the subject content. We help you get there.

How do I know if my child is improving?

At the end of each term, Dux College sends out a report to all parents with details on their child’s progress, including all their assessment marks for the practice exams we’ve set for them.

At the end of each term, we conduct a Term Test to test every topic covered in that term. This test will be in the same format as the real HSC exam, so this provides students with good practice. The exam mark and student rank will be provided in the report, along with individualised teacher comments on overall assessment performance.

What is your homework policy?

We treat our students like adults who are responsible for their own education. We set homework after each class which is part of our program, designed to reinforce concepts taught for that week. Students are expected to attempt the whole homework exercise each week, and seek assistance from our tutors on our forums.

However we understand that students have school assessments to study for, and these should take priority over tutoring homework.

Our students understand that the whole point of tutoring is to learn ahead, and with that said, our programs are designed to make school homework seem like revision. In our experience, our students tend to find school homework much easier than tutoring homework, and they prefer more challenging exercises.

For all our current policies, read our Privacy Policy.

How well do your previous students do?

In past years, 80% of our students achieved ATARs of over 90. The median ATAR for our Maths Extension 2 class has hovered around 99.30 in past years. Over 71% of our students score Band 6 / E4 in their subjects enrolled with us. View our testimonials to see what some of our past students have had to say about our tutoring services.

Where are you located?

We are conveniently located in Parramatta and Bondi Junction. Please see our locations page.

How do I enrol?

In order to become a student of Dux College, you will need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Make an account with us
  2. From inside your account, enrol in a subject we offer
  3. Pay your fees

To make an account, just click Enrol now from the main menu, and fill out the registration form. Once you manage to log into your new account, click “Enrol in courses” and select a course which is offered for your year. Once you confirm and submit, our staff will contact you regarding payment options and to finalise your enrolment. Once everything is confirmed and payment is received, our system will send you an email confirming your enrolment for your particular class, and you will be welcome to attend from then on. Access to our forums, homework, materials and various resources for that subject will also be automatically enabled from this point on, and is all accessible through your account.

Do I need to buy anything else?

No, you won’t need to buy anythiing else (books etc). All materials and coursework will be provided to you. As a student, you will also gain access to our collection of past papers and theory notes.

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