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Gregory M. Donoghue Ph.D

Learning Scientist, Researcher and Specialist Educator

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About Me

Gregory is an academic researcher, lecturer and specialist educator, with a PhD in educational neuroscience. He has spent the last 12 years working at the University of Melbourne lecturing and conducting research in this field.

He has worked with children most of his professional career - over 13 years with Victoria Police as a child abuse detective, andnchild protection investigator, and since 2008 has worked with schools and educators in developing effective learning and wellbeing programs to Australian students of all ages.

Currently, Gregory is the principal of G.M. Donoghue & Associates (thinkEd), and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

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My Approach to Learning

Traditional, formal schooling does not suit every leaner. Students with learning or behavioural difficulties (diagnosed or not) can benefit from a tailored, individualised and evidence-based learning approach.  I have extensively researched learning strategies, and published widely with Prof John Hattie of Melbourne University. By engaging learners and identifying their strenghts, interests, motivations and goals, I teach them how to not just learn new content, but also to how to learn, and why.

This approach has been proved by  worldwide research to improve learning for people of all ages and abilities, including adults returning to study.

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Individual Learning

I work with students all ages and all abilities, and find that one-one (often with a parent in the background) works best. In our individual sessions, the approach is to identify the student' abilities, challenges, motivations and

Returning to Study

Many adults, when returning to study, have found that they've never really developed solid learning and study strategies. Individualised sessions can quickly help those in this situation, by focusing on proven learning strategies, motivational methods, and strengths-based approaches.
In particular, many clients have reported excellent results in learning writing techniques, and conceptual understanding of mathematics, when adopting our approach.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now available to assist learners with diagnosed disorders such as ADHD, ODD and ASD. Advocacy and learning services can be provided to these students and their families - as they liaise with government departments, schools and other agencies.


Greg is an excellent tutor for my son, his passion for learning is highly contagious. He highlights student’s strengths to help with self-confidence, finds and uses student’s interests to make learning more fun, and in between he sneaks in lots of learning strategies and life wisdoms. Every online lessons are a joy to watch as I learn from Greg on how to bring out the best in my son and how to help him to reach his full potential.

Sue, Sydney NSW

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0407 810 642

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