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Maths and science video tutorials and extra lessons

Online Maths and Science Video Tutorials and Extra Lessons

Hello tutor’s intention as a maths and science video platform is to make it as easy as possible for our learners to find video content relevant to the topics they are battling with. To do so, we have created a simple way to navigate the thousands of video lessons available on the site.

Video Lessons Navigation

When signing into hello tutor you are immediately taken to the “search videos” page which looks as follows;

Maths video lessons

The five slots available include a search field and 4 dropdowns which can be used as follows;

  • The “Search videos, tutors…” field can be used as a quick way of finding what you are looking for. It can be used in the same way that you would use google to find information on the internet. For most effective use, type in the keyword/s best describing what you are looking for. The downside of this approach is that it search videos across the system. So, a search for Trigonometry would bring up video covering both grade 11 and grade 12 content which may then require further sorting.
  • A more effective way to find relevant extra lessons/video tutorials is to use the dropdowns. The dropdowns should be used in the order that they appear;
    • Language of video,
    • Grade & Subject,
    • Category,
    • Topic.
  • As an example, one could choose “English” as the language you want to watch a video in, then select “grade 12 – maths” as the year and subject of choice and then “trigonometry” as a category. This leaves just the topic drop-down to select from which will ensure all videos presented are relevant to what you are looking for. In the case of Trigonometry, you would be able to choose from the following topics;
    • Application of Trigonometric Functions,
    • Compound Angles Identities,
    • Double Angle Identities,
    • Mensuration,
    • Solving Equations, and,
    • Two and Three Dimensions.


What is a series?

In cases where one video cannot adequately cover a topic, our tutors create a series of videos which they group together. It is often important that these videos are watched in the correct order, as they build on one another. Tutors make sure the videos are ordered correctly and providing further guidance by numbering the videos in the title.

Maths and Science Past Paper Videos

An excellent use of the series functionality is the grouping of past paper videos on the site. Tutors have created past paper video solutions covering the last 3 years of NSC matric exams. Going through these series is a wonderful and effective way of preparing for matric exams.

How to Register?

Registering on hello tutor is FREE and SIMPLE. Simply click here, complete the short form and you’ll have your own profile on the system in less than 2 minutes. There is no cost to signing up and e give you a few free videos to get a feel for things. Thereafter, there are a few ways of paying for content.

What does access to the maths and science extra lessons cost?

Not a lot! You have two options;

  1. Pay as you go – Each video costs R2 to purchase for 48 hours. The video lesson can be watched repeatedly for free within the 48 hour period. Thereafter, you’ll need to pay another R2. While the video sits within the 48 hour period, it can be found in the “Watch” tab. All major credit and debit cards can be used to upload content through the safe and secure Payfast channel.
  2. Subscribe – To subscribe to hello tutor and enjoy unlimited access to all content on the system for just R49 per month, click here.

For more information on hello tutor contact us through the following channels;

  1. Email us at enquiries@hellotutor.co.za. Should there be any content you feel is not adequately covered and would like our team of tutors to help with, this is the most useful channel to go through. Simply send us an email with the details of what you require and we’ll get a video up within 48 hours.
  2. Visit our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts – Facebook
  3. Connect with us on Twitter and follow all news and developments – Twitter

In summary, hello tutor is a learning resource available to all learners and can be accessed through any smart device. These include cell phones, tablets, laptops and home PC. We even have an app which you can download from the Google Play and Apple iStore. We hope that you find the platform useful and look forward to seeing you on the site!

Past Paper video solutions with hello tutor

Past Paper Answers with Workings

Past paper exercises are a great way to assess your readiness for the end of year exams. Historically students had access to books of past papers, questions and solutions. Or should I say answers? This proved useful in many respects but also limited for a number of reasons.
past paper exercises are a winner
The biggest problem was that while one was able to attempt solving examples from previous years, guidance when getting the answer wrong did not exist. This again meant reliance on teachers at school or tutors after school. Hello tutor solves this. Our videos cover the past three years maths past papers. They contain not only the questions and answers but also the  ‘in-between’.
As we are continually told, finding the right answer from a marks perspective only gets us halfway there, if that. It’s all about showing how we got there and illustrating a true understanding of the problem.

So, how does one take advantage of this resource?

What we have found learners doing is quite interesting. They’ll kick the relevant video off and take the question in. They’ll then pause the video and attempt working towards the answer. Once they arrive at a solution they watch the rest of the video, observe the sometimes many routes to the correct answer and the answer itself. They can watch the video over and over again. And, they can do this for the past three years! Here is an example – 2014 Maths Final Paper – Paper 1, Question 1

It’s super effective!

Using past papers in this way is highly effective. It gives learners confidence and removes much of the frustration once encountered with this way of preparing. Past paper solutions can be found by picking the grade 12 – maths drop-down and then selecting the Past Exam Papers option under category. Then, under topic select the relevant year’s papers you’d like to look at.
Register here for FREE  to explore our ever-growing video library.
If one-on-one live tutoring is something you are looking for to augment your learning, why not consider talking to our friends over at SkillUp Tutors.

Exams Approaching – MATHS and SCIENCE video lessons!

Year-end exams, here we come…

October sure has snuck up on us and all high school students should have an eye on the end of year with a good feel for how prepared they are for exams. It’s a time when parents begin to fret too placing additional emphasis on academics in order to secure the best results possible. To this end, the tutoring market is one which gets really busy providing learners across South Africa with the additional help they need, filling in gaps they may be struggling with and brushing up on concepts across the maths and science syllabus.

It’s also at this time of year when the number of learners using hello tutor increases dramatically as learners take advantage of the 24/7 nature of the platform and the clever way the syllabus has been arranged to make finding relevant content easy. With over 1500 maths, science, accounting and geography videos, hello tutor has become the “go to” for 1000’s of learners able to access the platform anytime, anywhere.

Maths and Science

Maths remains the website’s focal point with the vast majority of content falling into this subject. Content covers everything from the building blocks covered in grade 8 namely;

  • data handling;
  • measurement;
  • number, operations and relationships;
  • basic algebra;
  • patterns; and,
  • functions

to the more complex categories of

  • trigonometry,
  • calculus,
  • analytical geometry,
  • probability, and,
  • functions

which constitute the core of the matric syllabus.


Exams are upon us

Thousands of videos just like this one…


Past Exam Papers

In addition to the above, it is hello tutors’ three years of past exam papers,  covered in the form of video solutions, which have proved the most popular on the platform and the biggest drawcard for matric maths students. What better way to prepare for exams?


So whether trigonometry tests you, calculus makes you crazy or derivatives drive you mad, hello tutor has all the solutions and looks forward to helping you achieve your potential at the end of the year. From all of us on the hello tutor team, head down, it’s the home straight to a long summer break!


Registration is free and you can sign up here. As seen on Momentum’s Education360.

New content every month!

New content every month

hello tutor content growing every month!

With a multitude of tutors uploading content, hello tutor’s library of video material grows at approximately 100 video lessons a month. Here are the titles of the latest videos uploaded over the last fortnight;

  • Skryf ‘n repeterende getal as ‘n egte breuk m.b.v. konvergerende meetkundige reekse;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 3;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 2;
  • Gauteng Departmentele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 1.2-1.4;
  • Gauteng Departementele Voorbereidende Eksamen Sept 2015 Graad 12, Vraag 1.1;
  • Introducing Algebraic expressions and factorising common factors;
  • Column method multiplication;
  • describing 3D objects;
  • Divisibility rules and practice;
  • Division;
  • Factors, Grouping and Sharing;
  • Fractions;
  • Geometric Patterns;
  • Multiplication using a table;
  • Prime factor trees;
  • Reflection symmetry;
  • Rounding off;
  • Using factors to multiply;
  • Adding decimals using the vertical column;
  • Estimating Capacity;
  • Measuring Capacity.

This new content covers math topics from grade 6 to grade 12 and is all conveniently categorised by our system to make finding what you’re struggling with super easy.

Because we don’t yet have videos for every single topic covered in the school maths syllabus, we do request that you send us an email whenever your questions are not answered by one of our videos. We then distribute that information amongst our tutor population and have a video posted within 48 hours.

From all of us at hello tutor, have a great week!

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hello tutor subscriptions now available!

hello tutor users exploring the library of content and benefitting from subscriptions

hello tutor subscriptions now available!

We are pleased to announce that hello tutor has added a subscriptions option where R49 per month provides learners with unlimited, unrestricted access to all of our learning videos. And, if you sign up before the end of January 2017, you’ll get one-month free. Yes, the whole of February 2017 – absolutely FREE!

So, R49 per month for unlimited, unrestricted access to 1400 maths and science videos (with a few accounting and geography videos too). All you have to do is either;

  1. Send us an email at enquiries@hellotutor.co.za using the promo code HTMC17SUBS and we’ll send you the application form or,
  2. Contact us through the contact page on the homepage (subscribe here) and quote the same promo code (HTMC17SUBS).

It’s that easy.

6th habit to becoming an excellent maths performer

Learn how to use your calculator!

Take your own calculator with you to class and whenever the teacher works something using one – work it out on your own one too. You need to practise to use your model and know how to enter the data to get the right answers! Some models need brackets or a different way to enter fractions and you must know how your model works.


Practice makes perfect

Find out how to clear memory and clear settings  – I often see that students struggle during a test with a calculator that’s settings have been set to give answers in exponential format or answers for trigonometric functions are given in radians instead of degrees and they do not know how to reset the settings.

Don’t be in a situation where you can use a calculator in the test and then you still get the wrong answers. An excellent Math performer knows how to do this well.

Blog post by: Hannari Venter

Orientation Video 1: Finding relevant material on hello tutor

Once you have created your profile on hello tutor, click the search button under the video tab on the left hand side of your screen(see image 1 below). This will take you to the search video page from where you can access and search through our library of content. Remember, each time you buy a video, R2 is deducted from your credit, but you can watch the video over and over at no extra cost for 48 hours. Videos which you have purchased and still have access to sit in the “watch” folder as seen below (image 1)

Credit can be added using either a voucher which can be purchased from us or by using a credit card through our secure Payfast channel. This can be achieved either by clicking the “Vouchers – Load New” tab or “Credit Card Payment” as illustrated in image 2 below.

Image 1: Click the search button as seen above to access the hello tutor video library
Image 2: Illustrating the different channels through which credit can be loaded onto the system

Onwards and upwards

The latest view from our admin dashboard reflects over 500 tutors registered on the system; 1073 video tutorials uploaded by leading South African teachers across high school maths and science in English, Zulu and Afrikaans; and well over 2500 students making use of the platform. For more information on how you can get involved, contact us at james@hellotutor.co.za.

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hello tutor – the abridged version

Education is the cornerstone

2015 has seen hello tutor grow from an idea and a dream into a living, organic online platform with multiple stakeholders all contributing towards its growth and benefitting from their involvement in different ways. For us, our learners, tutors and corporate sponsors are the heart and soul of hello tutor and our growth and further development during 2016 is reliant on adding participants to each of these categories. This article serves as an abridged overview of what hello tutor really is, how it works, who it benefits. Most importantly it points out how unique a model it is with the power to revolutionise education!

Why hello tutor?

Because without education we have nothing. Without education, we cannot build, let alone sustain, the democracy that many fought so hard for. A healthy democracy requires a healthy society and one of the foundations of a healthy society is a strong education system for all.

What is hello tutor? What’s an online platform?

hello tutor is a gateway, a platform of opportunity and a channel through which the vast population of South Africans who are willing and able to teach and impart knowledge can effectively and efficiently reach learners from all walks of life. In the South African setting, while our content is used by all learners, there is a specific focus on learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who, through circumstance, do not receive adequate tuition in their formative years.

Through our unique crowd-sourcing model we are able to provide literally hundreds of teachers and tutors with the opportunity to do what they love on a daily basis with the significant upside of being able to create a residual annuity type income stream unlike any other. We pay our tutors R1 every time their video is purchased by one of the registered students. Some of our teachers have already built video libraries of over 100 videos – if each video achieves 100 purchases a month that equates to R10 000 residual income per month… forever! It is the uniqueness of our model, it’s organic nature and ability to leverage the power of crowdsourcing content, that sets us apart.

What exactly is hello tutor?


The past decade has seen significant developments in the number of people able to access the internet, from the cost of hardware to the price and penetration of wireless data. We still have some way to go before everyone is connected to the world wide web, but recent developments on this front mean that significant numbers of people are “connected” and where people are not connected, hello tutor has ways and means of giving learners access to the video learning library on our online platform!


Finally, our mission, simply put, is to ensure that everyone has a chance. That anyone who wants to learn, can do so, ideally in their own language. We want to take away excuses, level the playing field and provide each and every South African with equal opportunity to reach their dreams.

Welcome to hello tutor – let’s teach each other!

One of hundreds of maths video tutorials in our online library

Here is an excellent example of a maths video tutorial uploaded by one of our leading tutors. Videos such as this are available on demand and can be purchased for only R2.00. Each purchase buys you the video for 48 hours of viewing. If you compare to the cost of an extra lesson it’s a real no-brainer. We would love to hear you thoughts on this and other content on hello tutor.