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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.

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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.

4th habit to becoming an excellent maths performer

Fix Your areas of weakness

Constantly review your work. Develop a habit to check every problem for mistakes. Make sure you’ve added up correctly by double-checking with your calculator. Work out difficult problems in two different ways and see if you get the same answer.

Get in the habit of finding your mistakes and fixing them.

Another great tool to use to fix your weaknesses is a list of mistakes or errors. Here’s a few examples of errors/mistakes:

  1. You know you always forget to write the units at the end of a question
  2. You forget to convert different units in one problem to the same unit (you can’t use cm, m and mm in one problem, you must convert them all to one, for instance convert all to cm)
  3. You get so busy with solving you forget that the question asked the coordinate pair (x;y) and you never finish working out y also
  4. You multiply x-values in your head when you should add them

So make a list of all the usual mistakes you make and write down how to fix them or what you should do instead. Then go through that list after completing an exercise to check

whether you’ve made some of your usual mistakes and fix them. You can also revise the list before every test and exam to make yourself aware of the mistakes.

This way you train your brain to not lose marks on silly little mistakes.

3rd habit to becoming an excellent maths performer


Create Your own Study Material

Make your own notes to study from. You know yourself very well. Only you can create notes customised to suit your own needs. A teacher’s notes or friend’s notes might help, but you are better off studying from your own notes. Let me tell you why:

  • Your notes should reflect your own learning style. Some people learn better from pictures and diagrams, some people learn better from lists. One person prefers examples of the problems, another prefers a short explanation of the method and yet another only needs to know what the formulae are and how to apply them. Include the things in your notes that will help you learn best!
  • What do you need to study? You only need to study the things you don’t know… For example, you are learning about shapes in the classroom. You might know perfectly well what a rectangle is, you don’t need the definition in your notes. But you might be uncertain about the definition or even just the spelling of a parallelogram. You need to study the parallelogram and need that in your notes.

If your notes contains a lot of information which you already know – you waste valuable time while studying, going through things you know and you tire yourself before you start going through the things you didn’t know.

  • You learn from various resources – your teacher, your textbook, your exercise book, a tutor, a friend, extra textbooks, the internet, etc.

By making your own notes, you can combine the information in one place. You should constantly update your notes with information from all of the resources listed above, so that by the time the exam starts – you’re not feeling overwhelmed and all over the place. You know that everything you need to know is organised in one file or one notebook. You can simply go through your notes and maybe work out one or two practise papers.

  • Make a list of words with its definitions. Create a little dictionary of Mathematics words where you can look up the meaning if you need to. Keep this list with your notes and keep it for next years also – you can build onto it and refer back to past years.
  • Mathematics is a cumulative subject. Knowledge and concepts are constantly being built on previous knowledge. If you have notes from previous years – it gives you something to fall back on if you realise that you don’t remember past knowledge.
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How to make your very own video content on hello tutor

Make you on video lessons on hello tutor


Are you an aspiring educator? Do you want to make high-quality video lessons that are able to teach learners in the far corners of the globe? Well, making slick, well rehearsed, video content to put online is a valuable skill that will help you educate the world. In this blog post and linked video, I am going to give you a holistic introduction into how to make your very own online video content. The video will also go through an example from beginning to end.

1. Decide what you are going to teach.

You are probably here because you have a passion for the subject that you teach. So you probably know exactly what you want to teach, but we need to dig a bit deeper into what you are going to teach. Firstly, once you have picked a subject of interest, you need to know your audience. Ask yourself some of these questions, are your viewers young, old, what is their attention span? Do you need to make 2min videos with lots of animations, or 20min videos packed with information? Have you researched the type of videos people in your audience watch? 

Once you know who your audience is, ensure you follow a syllabus, or structure of some sort. If they are learning Grade 8 mathematics in South Africa, make sure they are learning exactly what they need to. Maybe you are just making an educational video on something that interests you, that’s great! Ensure viewers know that!

Lastly, I encourage you to start small. Practice making concise video lessons explaining one specific concept brilliantly. Make your video the best on hello tutor explaining one small topic, from there you can start interlinking your videos to follow on from one another. This will grow your audience, quality over quantity. 

2. How are you going to teach?

There are three main presenting styles to consider when making an online video. A video could also be a hybrid of a couple of types of presentation styles. There are:

i) Lecture style – Being filmed in front of a white/blackboard and giving a lecture. Whole body is being filmed. Natural for teachers.

ii) Tutoring style – Having your work pad filmed on either a workbook or computer. Typically only your hand will be filmed while it teaches the subject. Often filmed using a camera pointing down onto your desk. This is the khan-academy style.

iii) Animation style – This is a labour-intensive method often involving good editing software. This can be done on a power-point presentation and talking over it. This is a great method when animations can help explain how a chemical reaction works or how a car works etc.

3. Equipment and Software

Different equipment and software are needed depending on your video style. 

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If you are making a lecture style video lesson, ensure you use a good lapel mic, but you can get away with free movie editing software. Tutoring style is perhaps the easier cheaper of the methods to get started with. Using a mic is always a good idea. If you have access to an iPhone its mic is brilliant. Ensure you know how to edit out the noise in your audio using a program like Goldwave. Using something like a writing tablet can add a new dimension to your videos, this is easily bought online. If you want to try the animation style, start off with something like powerpoint. Ensure you set your slide size to a 16:9 ratio as this is what most youtube videos are made in. 

For a much better example on how to make an online video, ensure you watch below.


Matthew Henshall

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