Tutoring

The owner and CEO of The Oswald Academy Brian Nygaard Oswald now offers personal tutoring for:

  • The R&A Level I, II and III (TARS = “Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar”) exams.
  • The USGA Referees exam.

A highly praised new method called “The Oswald 5 skills method” – see below no. 4 – is used during this tutoring.

1) Why tutoring?

I (Brian Oswald) have taken the exam quite a few times myself. Each time I have searched for help to prepare for the exam – but in vain.

Many very helpfull people have given me suggestions such as to “take USGA’s quizzes” or to “learn the Definitions!” etc. But what I needed was much more:

  1. I needed a plan. A study plan where I was told what to read and when.
  2. I needed someone to whom I could ask all my questions such as:
    1. Why wasn’t my answer in the USGA-quiz correct? – I don’t understand it“.
    2. Can my own ball be a wrong ball?“.
    3. Should I start with the Definitions or should I do flash cards or….“.
  3. I needed an overview over available study material – what is good, and what is bad – and where is it!
  4. I needed someone to show enthusiasm on my behalf, so that I did not feel like I studied all alone.
  5.  I needed some deadlines – and someone to hold me accountable, if I did not work hard enough.

If you have some of the same needs, tutoring is for you.

2) This is how tutoring works.

First of course you must apply (see below).

If you are awarded a spot, this is how the tutoring is done:

  1. To start with, I will send you a study plan by e-mail.
  2. Typically we will once a week evaluate on how it progresses.
  3. We will communicate primarily in e-mails. We can also FaceTime or Skype and you can send me pictures in SMS and videos etc.
  4. You can e-mail me whenever you have questions regarding the process, and I usually respond very quick.
  5. You must buy a book, download apps, do quizzes online, read books, fill out documents and a lot more.
  6. The last week before the exam I will walk you through exam techniques and we will make a specific plan for the exam.

You are then ready and the exam will be a joy. Oh well probably not, but I am sure you will feel and be ready :-).

3) What do you get?

As a tutor I will take charge of your studying process. Being your tutor I will guide you and help you and be there for you.

More specific I will give you…:

a) … a preparation guide.
b) … a study plan.
c) … access to quizzes especially made for the tutoring.
d) … access to test exams, designed like the real exam!
e) … the possibility to always contact me and ask questions.
f) … my enthusiasm! I involve myself a lot and hopefully that will help you in studying better and harder.
g) … deadlines…and I will hold you accountable for reaching each and every one.
h) … tips and tricks for taking the exam (I have taken the exam and know how it is to be there).
i) … an overview over relevant quizzes etc.

4) “The Oswald 5 skills method”.

I have developed “The Oswald 5 skills method”, which I use when tutoring.

In short: Five skills are essential to pass the exam:

  1. Memorizing techniques. You will learn memorizing techniques so that you learn all the Rules numbers and Definitions (main content) by heart. Trust me, this is amazing.
  2. Learn to navigate in the Rules books. The biggest problem to the exam is that you cannot – or are too slow to – find the correct Rule. You will get a lot of practice in navigating in the Rules Books..
  3. Get basic Rules knowledge. You learn the basic Rules content by heart by a lot of quizzes, assignments etc.
  4. Find the interpretation (some exams). You will learn to find the correct Interpretation in the Interpretation book.
  5. Exam skills. You can be an expert in the Rules of Golf and still do bad at the exam. I will teach you some exam strategies to help to get the job done!

5) What I expect from you.

I have some basic requirements for becoming a student:

  1. You must have a decent knowledge to the Rules of Golf before we start.
  2. You must be willing to put an effort into the tutoring process.
  3. You must be motivated, and be able and willing to take the time to study.
  4. You must be willing to try different new things (see “The Oswald 5 Skills Method”) – all with the purpose to make you pass the exam.
  5. The tutoring is in English only – thus you must be able to write and read in English.

6) Available tutoring spots.

I can have 5 students in each semester, i.e. there are 5 spots each semester, i.e. 20 spots a year.

Below you can see the current number of available spots (a semester means that you expect to take the exam in that semester):

  • Semester 1, 2020 (January-March):            2 spots.
  • Semester 2, 2020 (April-June):                     3 spots.

(List is updated October 16th 2019).

7) Tutoring plans (including price).

You can choose between these three tutoring plans:

1)  Basic: Flexible.

  1. I will provide you with a study plan and help you during the process.
  2. You decide how much help you want.
  3. You pay a basis fee of 400 US $ (covering material etc.) and 100 US $ an hour for the work I do (which you decide). I charge once a week for the time spend.

2) Silver (Target: 80 %).

This is for you who wants to pass the exam with minimum 80 %.

  1. I will take charge of the entire process, so that you only need to think about… studying!
  2. I expect you to study in average at least 1,5 hours a day in a 8 week period.

Price: You pay a fixed fee of 2,500 US $:

  1. Half is charged when we start, half when the exam is over.
  2. If you do not pass with at least 80%, the second invoice will be with a 50 % discount (i.e. the second invoice will not be 1,250 but 625). This to show you that I feel responsible also for you to achieve your goal.
  3. Members of the Oswald Academy get a 15 % discount – so you might as well apply for membership also.

3) Gold (Target: 90 %).

This is for you who wants to pass the exam with minimum 90 %.

  1. I will take charge of the entire process, so that you only need to think about… studying!
  2. I expect you to study in average at least 3 hours a day in a 12 week period.

Price: You pay a fixed fee of 4,000 US $.

  1. Half is charged when we start, half when the exam is over.
  2. If you do not pass with at least 90%, the second invoice will be with a 50 % discount (i.e. the second invoice will not be 2,000 but 1,000). This to show you that I feel responsible also for you to achieve your goal.
  3. Members of the Oswald Academy get a 15 % discount – so you might as well apply for membership also.

8) Apply.

Apply for a spot by e-mailing me personally at bno@golfrules.com providing me with this information:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your background and experience with the Rules of Golf.
  3. The date and place you expect to take the exam.
  4. The time and commitment available for you in a tutoring process.

I will then within one week determine:

  1. Whether you are eligible to be awarded a spot.
  2. If yes: Whether there is a spot available (spots will then be awarded on a first come first serve basis). 

9) FAQ’s.

1. Does it matter where I live?
No. The tutoring is done by e-mail primarily.

2. I don’t have the exact date for the exam yet. Can’t I be a student, then?
I prefer that you have the date or at least the month, before awarding you a spot. If there are available spots, you can reserve a spot in a semester, but must as soon as possible inform me the exact date.