What Options Do You Offer For Students Preparing For The Selective Schools Exam?

The best form of preparation depends on your child’s current level. We offer a variety of different options to help students prepare for the selective schools exam.

Where To Start

We’d always recommend starting with a FREE assessment at one of 3 campuses. From there we can narrow down the options and provide you with advice specific to your child’s current level.

Option 1 – Exam Packs For Those Needing A Little Further Help

If your child is well along the path in the preparation process and only needs some additional questions to practice their skills, our exam packs offer great value. They can be purchased at spectrumlearning.com.au/

Our exam packs contain up to three full length exam papers and worked solutions (see our Advanced and Ultimate packs). Also, if you purchase our Ultimate package you’ll receive 4 essays reviewed and corrected by a member of our selective schools team.

Option 2 – Classes For Those Who Need Help With The Mathematics And English Component

If your child still needs some guidance in relation to both the mathematics and English components of the exam taking up classes with us is a great option. Our selective schools preparation classes run on Saturday and Sunday (depending on which campus is closest to you). Our classes provide all the skills that your child will need to excel on the Selective Schools exam, as well as providing Mathematics and English skills that will help them get ahead in their regular classes.

Further details about timing of classes can be found HERE and pricing details can be found HERE.

Option 3 – Private Tutoring For Those Who Need Help With Specific Areas

A final alternative maybe to have your child take up private tutoring sessions with us. These provide great value for students who have very specific weaknesses that need to be addressed before the exam. Again, this is more aimed at students who are at a fairly high level. Our private tutoring sessions are run from our offices in Maribyrnong.

Further details regarding private tutoring can be found HERE

Tell Me More About Your Selective Schools Preparation Classes

We provide group classes aimed at helping students prepare for the Victoiran selective schools exam.

Our Victorian selective schools exam classes are split into a mathematics and English class. Each is designed to help students prepare for the the various aspects of the exam. Specifically, in our mathematics class we focus on the following components:

– mathematics; and

– numerical reasoning.

While in the English class we focus on the following components:

– verbal reasoning;
– reading comprehension; and
– writing (persuasive and narrative).

We highly recommend that students take both classes to hone their skills on both fronts. This is regardless of their current level.

How Do I Enrol?

Enrolling in classes is really easy.

If you’re a new student

Before you start classes with us we recommend completing one of our FREE assessments. Completing a FREE assessment will not only provide you with great feedback on how your child is progressing; but it will also allow us to determine which class would best suit your child’s level of knowledge.

After we discuss with you what classes would be most suited to helping your child improve or accelerate their level of knowledge. We’ll enrol them and get them started in classes as soon as possible (usually the next weekend).

If you’d like to book a FREE assessment online simply click HERE.

Once you enrol in classes you’ll also need to make payment for your child’s classes. To see our latest prices simply click HERE.

If you’re a returning student

All you’ll need to do is either come into one of our centres and one of our friendly admin staff will be able to assist you in re-enrolling your child. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 668 177.

What Materials Do You Need For Our Classes?

We provide our students with course booklets for each subject and year level.

Other recommended materials include:

  • 1 x Notebook/ exercise book for each subject
  • Blue/ black pens, pencils
  • 1x Red pen
  • 1x Eraser
  • 1x Ruler
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Display book for additional handouts
  • Calculator (scientific calculator needed for students from Year 9-12)

Will Students Need To Complete Any Additional Homework?

Yes, homework is set for students every week. It is important for students to reinforce what they learn in class.

How Many Students Are In A Class?

Our classes have a maximum of 15 students. However, our classes average between 8 – 10 students.

What Topics Do You Cover In Your Mathematics Classes?

Mathematics classes up to Year 10 will cover relevant topics in the key areas of:

  • Number
  • Space
  • Measurement
  • Chance & data
  • Problem solving and working mathematically

 

We use our mathematics classes to diagnose weaknesses and teach students effective methods for tackling skills-based and problem solving questions. Each term focuses on different key concepts. We aim to give your child the tools to succeed when she encounters similar problems at school.

What Topics Do You Cover In Your English classes?

We teach our students how to work with different writing styles and craft their voice for a diverse array of audiences and purposes. We help them develop and organise their ideas so they can tackle any question or situation that they are likely to encounter.

In addition to helping our student accomplish this goal, we also aim to develop:

  • reading comprehension and fluency
  • punctuation
  • grammar
  • written expression
  • spelling
  • reading skills
  • writing skills and styles

 

Writing styles from Years 1 – 8

Poetic, descriptive, creative, narrative, discussion, explanation, exposition, information report, procedure, recount

Writing styles from Years 9 – 12

Descriptive, creative, narrative, argumentative, text response, issues/ language analysis, context writing.

What Are Your Opening Hours?

Our weekend operating hours are from 9:00am – 5:00pm. But you can always call us on our TOLL FREE number 1800 668 177.

Who Are Your Tutors?

Our tutors are all top performing VCE students, with many achieving ENTERs of 99 and above. We select charismatic leaders to teach our classes, people who take the time to learn about your child and his unique situation. Many of our tutors are working towards advanced degrees. They are passionate about education, and it shows in the way they present our materials. Click here to see staff profiles, or read this article about why we think university students make the best tutors!

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