“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”
Don Williams, Jr. (American Novelist and Poet, b.1968)
R³ Education Centre came about in 2011 with the aim to provide after-school tuition services in reading, writing and arithmetic. Like a strong building withstanding time, a strong foundation in early education is so important in developing a student’s love of learning – it’s a life skill.
The idea for the centre began in 2005 when I became a parent and saw education as the most valuable investment for any child. I started out owning an education franchise and found that students needed a more flexible learning program. My own children were not taking “risks” as they were afraid of getting the ‘wrong answers’.
My parents were Vietnamese refugees – they came to Australia in 1980 with nothing other than what they had learned in Vietnam and the clothes on their backs. Both my parents were educated in Vietnam and for them, having to start with nothing here in Australia, they knew that they wanted to invest in their daughters’ education because education equalled possibilities. With sheer determination, hard work and perseverance, they managed to support three daughters through university and the opportunities that followed inspired R3 Education Centre.
Children will love what they do if they are good at it, and the same applies to adults. The best way to unlock anyone’s potential and to become proficient at any task is through practice.
We believe that when we learn something, there are 3 phases.
Example: playing the violin
Phase 1: When something is new and fun. It’s easy because we are starting on the basic level (usually within first 3 months). It is still a novelty.
Phase 2: We have been doing it for a while. We realise that practise is involved. There is the struggle of daily practise. It is no longer fun. We know that if we are able to practise it will get better but getting better seems so far from here. This phase will vary from individual. It can be 4 months to 2-3 years. During this period, it’s like a “hump” that we need to get across – there are a lot of “hard or difficult” days. We want to give it up. This is when and where a lot of people give up what they are learning.
Phase 3: We have seen some rewards through our practise in phase 2. We are able to play a particular song with the violin. It no longer sounds like a dying cat! YAY! We look forward to the next “challenge”
Then we are back to phase 2 again – but the period of phase 2 is not so bad and not so long. We have developed some resilience.
“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”
Over the last 10 years, the students who have gone through phase 2 without giving up, or parents who have encouraged their children not to give up, have not only conquered their Mathematics or English skills, they have gone further to excel beyond their grade level academically.
They have also achieved as a performer, on the sporting field, or they have picked up a second or a third language or a musical instrument. We have seen these students grow into amazing human beings. They have realised that when it gets “tough” they are able to work through it and to not give up. They have developed a strong work ethic and their intrinsic motivation.
At our centre it is not about focusing on the next test whether it is NAPLAN, OC test, Selective school or Scholarship testing – it is about working on the skills required to understand a question and finding the process to solve or answer that question.
The process is less about relentlessly chasing an answer or studying for a test, but rather about developing the thinking required to answer a question.
This method takes longer to achieve because it requires long term commitment. At R³ Education Centre, we don’t believe in a “quick fix” because it doesn’t usually last. Focusing on the skills and the test results will show. We have had many students achieve selective school entry through our work and my children are amongst them. It is not an easy journey – it takes days of regular work and sometimes a lot of bribes!
Our dedicated tutors are made up of a local team of education specialists, with extensive experience in primary and secondary education. Together, we have designed a unique program of Maths and English activities to maximise your child’s learning experience. Our tutoring sessions are conducted in a relaxed, comfortable environment and are always tailored to the individual needs of each child.
Our staff will always provide valuable feedback on the progress of each child, enabling parents to help to maximise their child’s learning experience.
“A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.”