The CLEAR Education Team
Meet Our Passionate Tutors!
Our tutors, already having excelled under the direction of CLEAR are also continually mentored and trained by Karene Buchanan. They have each shown an exceptional drive to achieve outstanding results, immersing themselves in the friendly, but driven atmosphere CLEAR Education provides. Each mentor has excelled in English or Maths and has the ability to communicate and teach effectively.
Meet the team below!
Karene Buchanan (Lucas), Founder
Karene Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education in English and Drama which was completed at UNSW in 1998. She taught at St Spyridon College for 8 years and then had her first child in 2009. She then started a part time tutoring business which has now flourished into CLEAR. Her passion is for students to receive a good education to ensure they get the results they need to successfully fulfil their career goals.
"We focus on specialised one on one lessons to individually support and challenge each of our students. We have chosen ex students to become a part of our team as they have excelled using our CLEAR approach and they are excited to share their knowledge and skills with their students. The process of selecting the appropriate tutor for our students is also integral to our approach. If a student has a dynamic tutor who can build rapport, motivate and extend them, then their commitment will improve as will their
Confidence, Literacy, Effort, Abilities and Results and that is the whole point of CLEAR."
The tutors, the role models, the champions
Kshaunish graduated from Marist College Kogarah in 2017 as College Dux, with an ATAR of 99.75. Now, he is currently studying a Doctor of Medicine.
Through recursive hard-work, perseverance and a little bit of strategy that he likes to call “playing the HSC game”, Kshaunish was able to achieve HSC marks of 99/100 in both Extension 1 & 2 Mathematics, 94/100 in Chemistry, 93/100 in Physics and 91/100 in Advanced English, achieving the HSC All-Rounder award for Band 6 in all his subjects.
Yet, preceding Kshaunish’s knighting as the princely ‘Guru’ of Mathematics, he remained a mere mortal, achieving a mid to low ranking throughout Stage 5 without any clear passion for the subject. It was with the help of his teachers and tutors including Karene that he soon came to realise his true potential and strove to achieve greatness.
Kshaunish hopes to drive not only the values of resilience, dedication and hard-work into his students, but also mentor and support their mental focus and passion for this truly magnificent, mathematical world we live in (his words not ours!). This is what he and CLEAR education believe, is the recipe to HSC success.
The HSC may sometimes feel impossible to conquer, but any success story is possible when you believe and have the right people guiding you to the end. Having completed this journey with the rare privilege of such guidance, Darren is determined to help you find and couple self-belief with an elegant voice in English and other writing-based subjects.
Darren graduated from Champagnat Catholic College in 2022 with a band 6 in English Advanced, Studies of Religion II, Visual Arts and Modern History, ultimately receiving an ATAR of 96.75. He is studying a Bachelor of Psychology Honours at the University of Sydney.
Darren developed a passion for art in high school, which inspired him to create seven novel paintings of his dog for his major work. The creative aspect of art also benefited Darren’s analytical skills in ways that sharpened his approach to unseen English texts and other modules: one of many critical skills he is keen on sharing at CLEAR.
It is Darren’s aim to ensure that you not only nail the fundamental and more nuanced skills conducive to shining in English, but do so with greater passion for the subject.
Mihalis graduated from St. Spyridon College Highschool in 2021 and completed his HSC with an ATAR of 98.00. He completed 13 units, those being English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 & 2, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Greek Continuers/Extension.
By connecting and further learning his family’s native language within the subject of Modern Greek, he achieved 5th in the state. Mihalis’ love for Mathematics, on the other hand, is driven by his great satisfaction in solving difficult and perplexing questions. With Modern Greek and Mathematics Extension 1 & 2 being his most enjoyed subjects, he hopes to instill this same enthusiasm and passion into his students.
He now studies at the University of New South Wales, undertaking a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and Science. Outside of the realm of education, he mostly enjoys kickboxing as it is a fun way to exercise whilst also socialising and meeting others in the gym.