Manoj Arachige

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All I remember was shouting at the top of my lungs “MUM, DAD.” I scared the sh*t out of them I yelled so loud. They didn’t even know why I was so ecstatic.It took so long to sink in and to just say the words: “I did it. I don’t know how but I got a 99.95 ATAR”

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High School is a crazy time of your life...

Regardless of whether you’re studying to get into medicine, engineering, theatre production or just to graduate, it’s important to remember that this time in your life is very short and only comes around once. Despite what you may tell yourself, there are only a couple years left until you’re an adult and out into the world. Your senior years are a crucial point to set yourself up for your future.

It's definitely important to go and study as hard as you can and find out all the best tricks to ace your exams and that's definitely something our High School tutors can help with. But there's more to high school than just study, and you need to remember that!

What I’m going to discuss is how to make the most of your time outside of class and transform your senior years into a truly invaluable experience.

So, without further ado, here are the top things to keep in mind throughout your senior years:

Get Involved

This is a piece of advice that I’ve really learned the value of during uni: get involved and engage. It’s a piece of advice that you can take beyond just your high school years. One of the best things to ensure that you do is to make the most of the opportunities that you are presented with.

You may be wondering WHY this is so useful. Well, there are countless benefits. Straight off the bat, connections – you never know who you might meet when you engage with the chances presented to you. Whether it be your new best friend or a link to your dream career, the people that you meet are so important in shaping both who you are and what you do in life, so why not take the steps now to optimise that? While you’re at it, maybe set yourself up with LinkedIn to keep up to date with these new connections. Another reason, inspiration – until you really have the chance to engage with different fields, you can’t be sure that the path you’ve chosen is the best one for you. It may well be that you haven’t even heard of your dream career, so get involved and broaden your horizons. The last reason that I’ll mention, your resume – the more you do and the more responsibilities that you take on, the more that people will have proof of your dedication and commitment to what you’re involved in.

Teach Yourself Something New

You might not be all that comfortable throwing yourself into extra responsibilities while you’re dedicated to your studies and that’s okay too. If you decide against external engagements, you can always try new things on your own in moderation when you know that you have the time. There are many ways to better yourself and discover your true passions without having to go to a lot of extra effort. You can try to learn a second language, mess around with video production or dabble with a programming language. There are many things that you can do to discover your interests without having to take a whole lot of time away from your schooling.

Go Out, Be Social

Something you may not have expected to find in the list, is to simply spend time with your loved ones. High school may be the last time you see some of your friends, so don’t forget to take the time now to enjoy their company. You’re still young, so cherish it. Go out and get a bit crazy once in a while, make the memories that you can look back on down the line.

High school has so much to offer and is full of important life experiences. That's why we at KIS Academics really focus on study skills and efficiency in our tutoring - so you can be really effective and save time with your study, and then go and get involved to make the most of school. If you want some help becoming a more efficient student to cut down your study time, learn faster and stress less, then request a High School tutor now!

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As a year 11 student doing ATAR, I was looking for a tutor that could help me with French. KIS Academics was incredibly helpful and fast at finding me someone who could assist me with my studies. My tutor Eliza Carey over the past few months has helped me so much not only in French but in biology and maths as well. I’m incredibly grateful for the effort and commitment she has put into helping me be more comfortable and less stressed about the subjects I was having difficulty with. It’s been nothing but an honour to be tutored by Eliza and I strongly recommend her as a tutor

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Dale Herbst




Hey everyone! My name is Dale, and I'm here to help you get through the trials and tribulations of high school with the best academic results possible.

I am currently a medical student at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus), having previously acquired a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2021. As such, whether you are a budding pre-med or a student wanting to fill in those pesky knowledge gaps, I am your go-to guy for all things Biology and Chemistry, and have extensive experience in tutoring these subjects at all year levels.

But what about my time in high-school?

During my time at Maroochydore State High School, mathematics and the physical sciences were always areas of interests for me; however, I found that my most effective study was done out of the classroom. The reason for this is clear: self-directed learning cultivates understanding of academic concepts, rather than rote memorization. I often found it frustrating when teachers would explain concepts in vague, unclear terms, with little to no discussion of the actual applications of what we were learning. Therefore, as a tutor, my primary focus for my students is to provide resources and strategies that encourage critical thinking and deductive reasoning, in order to develop a learning framework that they can carry with them well after our tutoring sessions have concluded. Confidence is the name of the game - and with it, learning becomes a privilege, not a chore.

By optimising my study strategies in high school, I managed to score top marks in my grade for both Biology and Chemistry, and ultimately attained an ATAR of 99.75. It took a lot of trial and error of different study techniques and many hours of external study to get these results - luckily, I'll help you develop the right study schedule and elucidate any concepts that you find difficult to understand, so that you don't have to waste your after-school hours perusing the depths of the Google algorithm. Cheers!

Amy Mei




Hi! My name is Amy. I'm a medical student at Griffith University in Gold Coast and have graduated from Suzanne Cory High School with an ATAR of 99.55. In year 11, I achieved a perfect study score of 50 in biology. My hobbies include piano, music, watching netflix and sleeping.

As an experienced biology tutor, I feel rewarded whenever my students can develop a shared appreciation of this subject with me during their learning journey. Trust me, learning is a breeze when you are passionate about it!

Whether you are looking to learn contents ahead of time or you are struggling with the intensity of this content heavy subject, I am here to assist my students in striving for their best academic performances.

For my tutoring sessions, I like to ensure my lessons are student-directed and personalised. I'm also a huge believer in the magic of practice questions. During the year, i will be constantly providing questions for my students in order to keep track of their progress. Most importantly, I will be here providing tips, tricks, and strategies for my students to help ace the final exams like a boss.

Manoj Arachige




Hello there!! I'm Manoj and I sold my soul to the devil in order to survive year 12. My mission is to make sure you don't have to do the same.

I graduated high school as the School captain and a Dux of my with a 99.95 ATAR and a study score of 50 in chemistry. I really enjoyed the subject, but hated studying.

Throughout year 12, I made it my goal to study as efficiently as possible, cutting all the unnecessary information from my learning, and focusing on only the important stuff so I wouldn't have to give up things I love like sport and having a social life. Once I graduated, I taught these methods to my students, and after a few years of being a "generalised" tutor who taught multiple subjects, I decided to really focus on the subject that I loved teaching and the subject that students love learning from me: Chemistry.

Nowadays I break my time up between studying the Doctor of Medicine at Monash, playing the guitar, and catching up with friends for a very generic avocado on toast.

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