About Sponge

Hi, and welcome to Sponge!

If you're looking to soak up as much knowledge as you can at school, while staying happy and healthy, you're in the right place. Sponge is a supportive tuition initiative that helps students maximise their potential whilst minimising unnecessary stress.

If you're a highly driven but easily stressed student, Sponge can help. If you need some extra motivation to get you over the line, Sponge can help. Whatever you want to achieve at school, Sponge will help you get there.

About Sarah Carman

Sarah Carman is a passionate tutor, science writer, presenter and health advocate.

At the completion of her HSC in 2008, Sarah received the NSW Premier’s Award for All-Round Excellence. Throughout high school, Sarah was heavily involved in youth science programs. In 2008, she represented NSW at the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Conference in Perth. Sarah scored a High Distinction in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz in 2007, and won the Young Scientist Award for her independent project on the inner workings of a theremin in 2006.

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at The University of Sydney, graduating in 2013. At USyd, Sarah was a member of the Talented Student Program (which requires an ATAR of 99 or above), and worked on research projects in organic synthesis, colloid chemistry and protein isolation. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the Year in Industry program for Chemistry, working on DNA quantification at the National Measurement Institute.

Sarah has been tutoring HSC students in English, chemistry, physics, general maths, mathematics and mathematics extension 1 since 2009. She has written for The Science Show on ABC Radio National, ABC Science Online, The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) and motivational blogs. Sarah also worked for the CSIRO from 2009 to 2014 as a presenter of school holiday programs and science birthday parties. Sarah is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Macquarie University, throughout which she is aligning Sponge’s teaching methods with the latest education research.

Sarah is proud to support beyondblue as a member of the Ambassador and Speaker bureau, sharing her story to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.

Sarah is now combining her love for science, flair for teaching and passion for wellness at Sponge, where she feels right at home!