Tutor of the Month: October 2018

Tutor of the month

Philné R is our October 2018 Tutor of the Month!

Philné has been a BrightSparkz tutor since July 2017, and is one of our top Maths tutors! 
Philné matriculated from Rhenish Girls High school with 7 distinctions and an average of 92.4%. She is currently in her second year at Stellenbosch University, studying a Bachelor of Accounting, and has already received a prestigious article-training contract from Deloitte for when she completes her studies. Philné began tutoring Maths to her brother’s friends while she was in her Matric year, and has continued tutoring Grade 10 and 11 Mathematics and Physical Science to a group of Paul Roos and Rhenish students, with students obtaining an average increase of 10-15%. She has participated in Rhenish and Harmonie Residence Mathematics Olympiads, and received full academic colours while still in high school. Philné enjoys playing piano, running and doing yoga in her free time.

Philné has been tutoring for BrightSparkz since the beginning of 2017 and her learners have only had amazing things to say about her:

“He has provided only positive feedback and has realized that he would much rather want assistance with Financial Accounting with Philné (if possible of course)! “

“Lessons with Philné have been great. Cayla says she is the best tutor she has had to date.”

How to study most effectively based on your learning style

Get great results by using the best study methods for your learning style!

We are all so unique in so many ways, and the way we learn (take in, retain and use information) is no different! Knowing your learning style will help you to determine the best way to study to achieve the results you deserve. As part of our unique BrightSparkz approach, we encourage learners to complete a learning styles assessment as part of our tutoring process. If you want to find out what your learning style is, you can find out by booking our 2 hour Study Skills Crash Course

Types of learning styles and their study methods

Visual (Spatial) Learners

This type of learner is very comfortable in a spatial environment – they can easily understand the relationship between object placement and the environment (how objects fit into the environment). They enjoy colour, images, diagrams and maps.

Study methods for the visual learner

  • Mind maps
  • Summaries or outlines
  • Using colour and colour-coded notes
  • Bullet lists with stars
  • Graphs or charts
  • Using visual technology (online tutoring will work well for this learning style)

Auditory Learners

People who reinforce their learning through sound, enjoy music and often sing to themselves are auditory learners. They enjoy podcasts and recorded lectures.

Study methods for the auditory learner

  • Reading aloud to themselves
  • Teaching others verbally using their study notes
  • Study groups where the material is discussed
  • Reading their notes aloud and recording for study purposes
  • Making up rhymes or songs using their study material
  • Recording and listening to lectures

Verbal (Linguistic) Learners

Verbal learners tend to be articulate people who express themselves well and they enjoy words, both written and spoken.

Study methods for the verbal learner

  • Memorization (they have excellent memories)
  • Reading through notes and writing summaries
  • Using keywords (keyword cards)
  • Word games, rhymes
  • Brain dumping their thoughts onto paper
  • Acting out or role-playing concepts

Kinesthetic Learners

These learners are hands-on and learn best by doing activities using touch and movement. They are sensory learners.

Study methods for the kinesthetic learner

  • Drawing diagrams or pictures
  • Physically making a model of a concept
  • Using building blocks, or physically counting objects
  • Reciting whilst walking, running or being physically
  • Sitting on a medicine (Pilates) ball at their desk
  • Using interactive technology like our Mobile Maths & Science app

Logical (Mathematical) Learners

Logical learners are great problem solves who understand cause and effect easily. They often excel at mathematics and analyse and classify everything.

Study methods for the logical learner

  • Using numbers and statistics – numbers games
  • Classifying and organizing the information
  • Identifying reasons for the way things are
  • Solving mathematical concepts

Social (Interpersonal) Learners

This type of learner thrives in groups as they get positive reinforcement from others. They are often confident and great communicators who enjoy relating to others.

Study methods for the social learner

  • Studying in groups
  • Discussions or sharing knowledge verbally
  • Teaching others what they have learned
  • Acting/role playing

Solitary (Intrapersonal) Learners

Some people prefer studying alone, using their great goal-setting and time management skills. They need a quiet, undisturbed environment to study in.

Study methods for the solitary learner

  • Studying in a quiet environment without interruptions
  • Using a study timetable
  • Working alone and not in a group
  • Using imagery and their vivid imaginations
  • Using a journal or personal notes they have developed

Regardless of what learning style you may use, our skilled tutors will be able to assist you to achieve your best possible result with the upcoming exams. Our friendly consultants will assist you to decide on a tutor who best suits your needs, so get in touch today!


Written by Natalie Wilke, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Author

How to get Great Client Feedback and Glowing References

A strong, successful tutoring “career” is a valuable way to build up your CV, especially if you have little (or no) work experience. Even after you complete your studies and go out into the working world, many employers will look for relevant experience and good references on top of your qualifications.

Tutoring as a part-time job provides you with a very respectable way to build up your CV, and affords you the opportunity to gain various skills such as interpersonal communications, dealing with different types of people, teaching, time management, and patience to name but a few.

Maximize your chances of receiving positive client feedback and great references from your tutoring career! Here’s how:

Professional conduct

  • Punctuality! Nothing will deter a future employer more than a prospective employee who is consistently late. If you ensure that you are punctual when arriving at your tutoring sessions, you will make a great impression on your clients.
  • Be well prepared for EVERY lesson and have the relevant resources for the section of work you will be covering. It is a waste of your client’s time and money if you arrive unprepared.
  • Be neat, clean and tidy when you go to a tutoring session. This will show that you have a professional attitude.
  • Be committed to all the learners you tutor. You have a big hand in the progression of their school career and that is a place of honour. Don’t cancel lessons needlessly, or drop the learner during exams.
  • Be honest if there is something you do not feel competent in teaching rather than muddling along and confusing the learner further. It is in the learner’s best interests that you do so. You should then go back, research the topic and come back with the answers.


  • Do everything you can to be as relatable as possible to the learner. This means being friendly but professional, and using examples which relate to their interests or stage of life where possible. Try to tutor them with reference to their learning style as far as possible.
  • Expect the best from your learner. Provide encouragement, and be firm when requesting homework or school books from learners. You should keep distractions, like cellphones, to a minimum during lessons.
  • Pay attention to the relationship with your learner as well as your client (the parent). Greet them (if they are around) when you arrive and say goodbye when you leave.
  • Give feedback on the learner’s progress. Some clients will want to be more involved than others. If you have concerns about any aspects of the learner’s education, keep their parents updated on this.
  • Be committed to assisting the learner achieve their desired outcomes (within reason). Celebrate with the learner when grades improve. This includes making recommendations to the parent to further assist the learner if you see something that can be improved.

Getting Great References

Your relationship with your clients and learners can be very positive and enriching if mutual respect is maintained. Everyone (including the school teacher) has the learner’s best interests at heart, as we’re all working towards a common goal.

Sticking to the above guidelines should ensure that you will always be on the receiving end of great client feedback as well as developing skills and competencies to round out your CV in the future.

Furthermore, excellent references are vitally important in today’s competitive job market, both in South Africa and abroad. You will be able to get great work references from BrightSparkz Tutors as we are often contacted by local and international companies regarding references for our tutors. Having great client feedback allows us to furnish you with a great reference which will help you to move successfully into the future!


Written by Natalie Wilke, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Author