Tutoring Services

Both on-campus and distance students have access to academic tutoring services located on both the Lake Macquarie and Sydney Campuses. Students requiring literacy, numeracy, essay writing and referencing tuition can access this tutoring support by visiting the tutor on their respective campus.

Want to improve your essay writing skills? This essay feedback form will help you reflect on the various aspects of essay writing. Your tutor will also use this to provide you specific feedback.

Lake Macquarie Campus

Tutoring is available for Lake Macquarie Campus students in the Dyson-Williams Study Room on the upper level of the Library. There are three tutors who are able to help students with all stages of their assignments. This includes helping the student to decipher an assignment topic and come up with an approach to the topic, and to locate appropriate resources. Help is also offered with referencing issues and tutors will also look over an assignment draft and comment on its structure/focus/referencing/expression/etc., and suggest how the student might resolve any problems. Tutors are also there to support any academic problem, to help resolve the problem. If the tutors cannot assist they can suggest someone who can. If the office is unattended, please leave your assignments in the boxes provided.

Distance students may email Laurie Meintjes (laurie.meintjes@avondale.edu.au).

Semester Tutoring Hours:

Monday : 11.00am - 1.00pm (Laurie)
Tuesday: 11.00am - 1.00pm (Laurie)
Wednesday: 9.00am - 3.00pm (Carla)
Thursday: 9.00am - 2.00pm (Carla)
Thursday: 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Laurie)
Alternate Fridays: 9.00am - 2.00pm (Georgiana)
(May 5, 19; June 2, 16, 30)


The Tutors' Den will be closed over the mid-year break and will re-open at the beginning of Semester 2.

If you still have assignments to complete and need to see a tutor during the mid-year break, then please see one of the librarians who will arrange to put you in touch with a tutor if one is available.

Please understand that there can be no guarantee that a tutor will be available at any given time during the mid-year break, because tutors have other commitments, or their contracts might have lapsed.

Tutor: Laurie Meintjes
Phone: 02 4980 2367
Email: Laurie

Tutor: Carla Kent
Phone: 02 4980 2367
Email: Carla

Tutor: Georgiana Sullivan
Phone: 02 4980 2367
Email: Georgiana

LMC Upper Library floor plan showing location of the tutor's office.

Sydney Campus

Academic support is available for Sydney Campus students during semester times by appointment at reception. The tutor's weekly availability is displayed in the appointment diary and tutoring sessions are held in their office.

Appointments: Reception 02 9480 3630
Email: nursing@avondale.edu.au

English as a Second Language and those who are preparing for IELTS:
Students (On-campus and Distance) who require assistance and ongoing support for English as a second language and who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CALD) should check:
• On the Sydney Campus for available sessions conducted by trained personnel to develop English language ability and assist with understanding grammar, sentence construction, writing, reading and comprehension of English.
• Available appointment times are located in a booking folder held at reception on the first floor in the Nursing Building at Wahroonga. The Sydney library holds information and resources for IELTS assistance.


As well as personal help from the tutors, the following documents provide information and examples designed to help students write better essays.

Brainstorming an essay
Thesis statement
In-text citations
Three common sentence errors

Model essay A
Model essay B
Model essay C
Six steps to a superior essay

Writing a book critique
Writing a business report
Writing a reaction piece