Archive for Maths and Science Results

Understanding Physical Science

Physical science is all around us, and we experience it all the time. When we walk along the pavement, the gravel beneath our feet is a compound that has its bases in physical science. Physical science consists of the study of Physics, Chemistry, Earth sciences, and Astronomy. It concerns the study of the physical components as opposed to the study of properties of living things, as observed under life sciences. Read more

Physical Science – The Beginning

Let’s take a moment to think about the beginnings of physical science. Science today, in all its glory and magnificence, came from rather humble beginnings, and is structured like a pyramid. At the bottom of this pyramid, at the very foundations of the marvelous technology that we enjoy today, was a simple caveman wondering about the connections between the many things on earth. Read more

Physical Science Tutoring

Physical science as a study includes both chemistry and physics, and many students have difficulties in one or both of these bifurcations of Physical Science. Like math, doing well in physical science in the matriculation is important to being admitted into sought-after fields of work like engineering, medicine, and science. Read more

Math Tutoring and Its Advantages

What is math tutoring and why is it useful? Naturally, tutoring is subjective to the person being tutored. It maybe a student learning higher math that they did not learn in their school days, or it could be out of personal interest. Some may also require tutoring to relearn some theories or formulae due to work-related reasons. However, no matter who the student is, math tutoring is far more efficient and effective than a large classrooms setup. Read more

Discovering WordPress

WordPress emerged in the year 2003, it was started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as joint venture. WordPress is an open source content managements system, which has the highest brand strength among open source content management systems, and is currently the most popular blogging site on the internet. Read more

2012 Maths and Science Results


Another very successful year for Maths Success students. Here is somebackground as to how Anina, Raeesah, Christine and Rishalin managed to
achieve them.

ANINA FAUL from Kingsmead College started her lessons with me in 2009
when she was in Grade 9. She was keen to get above average results in
maths and science and wanted to be ready to take Advanced Programme
Mathematics in Grade 10. Anina worked hard over the years achieving
distinctions in Maths, AP Maths and Science all the way to matric. In
November exams she achieved 92% for Maths, 92% for Maths Paper 3, 94%
for AP Maths and 84% for Science.

Anina was the youngest of 3 sisters that came to Maths Success. Her sister
Chiara started her lessons in 2006, when she was in Grade 11. Chiara was
finding Science very difficult and needed help. She was determined to
succeed and in 2007 matric exams achieved a distinction not only in Science,
but also in Maths and AP Maths.

Anina’s sister Kalinka started her lessons in Grade 10 in 2007. She was
concerned about her AP Maths marks and needed help. With my help and
her splendid efforts she achieved distinctions not only in AP Maths, but in
Maths and Science as well.

A truly remarkable three young women who wanted to succeed and achieved
their dreams.

RAEESAH FAZLUDDIN, also from Kingsmead College, started her
lessons at Maths Success in 2009, when she was in Grade 9. Her hard work
and perseverance paid off and she achieved distinctions in Maths and
Science in her November exams.

CHRISTINE KOPSCH started her lessons at Maths Success in February
last year. I will let her mother, Jenny, tell the story as she wrote it on

“Kazik provided an invaluable service to my daughter Christine, when she
decided that she wanted to go to medical school but had not studied
Physics, Chemistry or Maths to the required level. Kazik tutored her over the
period of 8 months and she was able to write and pass her first year Physics
and Chemistry exams and went on to be accepted into the Graduate Entry
Medical Programme at Wits. Thank you Kazik for your support and
excellent tutoring skills.”

RISHALIN NAIDOO from Redhill High School started his lessons in
February last year. Like Christine, he also wanted go to Medical School and
needed a distinction in maths. His efforts were well rewarded and he
achieved a distinction in Maths and Maths Paper 3. I also helped him to
prepare for a National Benchmarking Test where he obtained a magnificent
94%. For those reasons he was accepted into the first year of study at Wits
Medical School this year.

Well done to Anina, Raeesah, Christine and Rishalin for believing in
themselves and achieving such outstanding results.

2011 Maths and Science Results


Once again, as in most previous years, there were distinctions amongst our Maths Success students. In addition, learners from a variety of different backgrounds achieved outstanding results. Here are some reasons as to how Taryn, Cara and Peter managed to achieve them:

TARYN KELLY from Kingsmead College in Johannesburg started her lessons with me in January 2010 when she was in Grade 11. She was always an above average learner but her maths marks fluctuated between 70% and 78% and physical science marks between 68% and 73% in Grade 10. After the initial assessment lesson I was convinced that Taryn was capable of
distinction in both subjects. In our regular lessons I gave her high quality advanced and stimulating work and she was soon enjoying maths and science and achieving A symbols. She got distinction in both subjects in Grade 11 year end exams and she never looked back.

Months of hard work and dedication were richly rewarded producing outstanding matric results.

Taryn achieved 92% for maths and 87% for physical science in her November IEB exams.

Well done!

Apart from distinctions in Maths and Physical Science Taryn also excelled and achieved distinctions in Afrikaans, French, Life Science and Life Orientation.
This year she is going to study either BSc or Social Science at UCT in Cape Town. Once again, well done!

CARA PIENAAR from Crawford College, Sandton, started her lessons with me in Grade 12 in September last year. Like Taryn, she was an above average student, but was getting only 74% in physical science when one of my past pupils told her to contact me. Once again the assessment lesson showed a potential for big improvement and a programme was put in place to realise that potential. Cara was very dedicated and her hard work resulted in a fabulous 94% pass.

Apart from distinctions in Physical Science Cara also excelled and obtained distinctions in Maths, English, Afrikaans, History, Visual Art and Life Orientation.
She will be studying astrophysics at UCT this year. Well done!

PETER RANEY from St John’s College started his lessons with me in Grade 9 in June 2008.

He was an above average student but only managed 68% for maths and 60 % for science in his Easter Term mark order. After he started the lessons with me he improved steadily to 76% in Trinity Term and 85% in Michaelmas mark order. Peter was passionate about rowing and rugby which took a lot of his time. But he still managed to stay above 75% in Physical Science and above 80% in maths in Grade 10. In Grade 11 time for lessons became even more of an issue so, in Grade 12, I arranged with Peter’s parents that he would come for lessons on a Sunday morning during the long rugby season. He had no other days available. Peter made full use of those Sunday lessons and achieved a spectacular 90% for Maths, a distinction in AP Maths and Physical Science and just
missed a distinction in Maths Paper 3.

Peter secured a place at UCT to study Electrical Engineering and was looking forward to a new exciting chapter in his life. Tragically, he died in a motor car accident on December 27, before his results were published.

The Requiem Mass was held at St John’s on Saturday 7 January and both the school chapel and the hall behind it were filled to capacity. Everyone had tears in their eyes. Because Peter was indeed an extraordinary young man who touched everyone who came into contact with him. He was always positive, always helpful, always with a big smile.

During evening service at Rosebank Union Church on Sunday 8 January a young girl by the name of Megan talked about how Peter touched her life and how privileged she was to have known him. Indeed, I also consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to teach him.

Taryn, Cara and Peter achieved their outstanding results because they wanted to do well and were willing to listen to and follow my advice. I am proud of their achievements and wish Taryn and Cara everything of the best in the future. And, Peter, may you rest in peace.

November 2009 Maths and Science Results

More excellent results in maths and science in the November 2009

In the March 2010 newsletter I wrote about our matric students who excelled in the 2009 exams. They were Kalinka Faul, Nancy Liu, Calvin Fraser, Julian Joubert, Kreeson Pillay, Arnu Pretorius, Mark Snell and Jan-Harm Swanepoel.

In this newsletter I want to write about other Maths Success students who did equally well in their November 2009 exams. Here is some background as to how they managed to achieve them:

Marina from Trinityhouse High School worked very hard throughout the year and achieved an A pass in her November exams. This result was particularly rewarding for her as she missed an A mark a year earlier by just 1% when she got 79% in November 2008. Well done!

Anina from Kingsmead College achieved 94% for maths and 86% for science in here Grade 9 November exams. Well done!

Raeesah also from Kingsmead College achieved 91% for maths and 82% for science in her Grade 9 exams. Well done!

Peter from St John’s College obtained 81% for maths, 76% for advanced programme maths and 77% for science in his grade 10 exams. This is an excellent achievement considering the fact that Peter is in the first team for both rowing and rugby and therefore has limited study time. Well done!

Jasveer from Rand Park High School improved in maths from 68% to 80% in his Grade 8 November exams. This is an outstanding improvement since he started his lessons in October last year. Well done!

Madien from Parktown High School for Girls improved in maths from 51% to 74% in her November Grade 11 exams. This is a superb improvement of 23% since she started her lessons in February last year.

I am very proud of what Marina, Anina, Raeesah, Peter, Madien and Jasveer have achieved. Once again, well done!

On a lighter note: if you thought maths and science were tough, think again! They are child’s play compared to … English. Here is a delightful poem I came across that explains why:

Our English language

We’ll begin with box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox became oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or nest full of mice;
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always men, why shouldn’t the plural of pan be pen?
If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, and I gave you the boot,
would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why shouldn’t the plural of both be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those;
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose;
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren, but though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.