What Resources Are Available In Your Online Bookstore?

Our online digital bookstore is a place where you can purchase materials geared towards helping your child prepare for the selective entry accelerated learning program (SEALP or ALP) exam in May and the selective schools exam (for entry into Melbourne High, The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School) in June. We also have many more titles planned for release over the next few months.

All materials available on the site are provided as digital books. This means that as soon as your payment is confirmed (which only takes a few minutes) you’ll be able to download your book and start studying. Check it out at http://spectrumlearning.com.au/

Do You Sell Practice Exams For The SEALP or ALP?

Yes, we do!

Head to our online store spectrumlearning.com.au/ to find a range of exam packages, designed to assist students in year 6 preparing for an Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) or Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEALP) entrance exam.

When Should My Child Start Preparing For The Scholarship Exam?

The short answer is “as soon as possible!” The test takes place in term 1 of year 6, so the sooner your child begins preparing and planning ahead for this test, the more likely they will be of gaining entrance to the school of their choice. For more information on what to do and when, have a look at the following timeline.

Grade 5, Term 1:

If your child is in grade 5, then they have a year to prepare for their Scholarship exam. Now is the time to figure out which schools you want your child to apply for, and figure out which Scholarship exams they will need to sit. For a full list of schools, check out our website.
Whether or not your child already attends classes at Spectrum Tuition, now is also the best time to discuss their options with one of our staff. We can provide a free assessment to gauge your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing useful advice on how our sessions can help to prepare your child for the challenging task ahead. Though our Scholarship Preparation classes commence in term 2, we advise students who plan to take this class to attend English and Maths classes in term 1 at a year 6 level, so ensure that they have all the necessary skills to keep up with the coursework provided in our Scholarship classes.

 

Grade 5, Term 2:

In term 2, we commence our 40-week Scholarship Exam Preparation course. The classes cover the six main areas that students will be tested on in their exams, numerical reasoning, mathematic skills, reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, narrative writing and persuasive writing, as well as providing advice on how to work effectively under test conditions. To ensure that your child is getting the most out of these classes, try to make sure they are enrolled from the first week of term 2!

 

Grade 5, Term 4:

Towards the end of the year, schools begin accepting application for the next year’s scholarship exams. Exact dates will vary from school to school, so it is a good idea to keep your eye on your chosen school’s website. You will need to apply online for each of the exams that you want your child to sit.

Over the summer holidays, you can help your child to continue preparing for their upcoming exam by purchasing one of our custom made practice exam packs (witch full worked solutions) or by hiring one of our talented private tutors to give one-on-one advice on any areas of difficulty.

 

Grade 6, Term 1:

Students will sit their Scholarship exams in term 1. If your child is enrolled in our Scholarship Exam Preparation course, classes will continue in term 1 right up to their exams. By this point, each class will consist primarily of practice exams, aimed to give your child as much experience as possible before their actual test. The dates of the exams vary, but they usually take place in February and March. Usually, results will be released roughly a month after the exam.

When Should My Child Start Preparing For The Selective Schools Test?

The short answer is “as soon as possible!” The test takes place in term 3 of year 8, so the sooner your child begins preparing and planning ahead for this test, the more likely they will be of gaining entrance to the school of their choice. For more information on what to do and when, have a look at the following timeline.

Year 7, Term 1 & 2:

Year 7 is the time to figure out which selective schools you want your child to apply for, There are currently four selective entry high schools in Victoria for students in years 9 to 12. These are MacRobertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne High School, Susan Cory High School and Nossal High School. It is a good idea to have a close look at their websites as soon as possible to see which school is right for your child.

Whether or not your child already attends classes at Spectrum Tuition, now is also the best time to discuss their options with one of our staff. We can provide a free assessment to gauge your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing useful advice on how our sessions can help to prepare your child for the challenging task ahead. Though our Selective Schools Test Preparation classes commence in term 3, we advise students who plan to take this class to attend English and Maths classes in term 1 and 2 at a year 8 level, so ensure that they have all the necessary skills to keep up with the coursework provided in our Test Preparation classes.

Year 7, Term 3:

In term 3, we commence our 40-week Scholarship Exam Preparation course. The classes cover the six main areas that students will be tested on in their exams, numerical reasoning, mathematic skills, reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, narrative writing and persuasive writing, as well as providing advice on how to work effectively under test conditions. To ensure that your child is getting the most out of these classes, try to make sure they are enrolled from the first week of term 3!

Year 8, Term 1:

In mid-February, applications open for the Selective Schools exam. Application is nice and easy because it is centralised by the Victorian Department of Education. To sign your child up for the exam, simply go to their website. Applications usually close mid-May. When applying, students are required to indicate their preference of selective schools, so it is important that you carefully consider which school you want to attend before applying.

Year 8, Term 2:

With the test fast approaching, this is the time that your child should begin sitting some practice exams. Our exam packs offer great value. They can be purchased at www.selectiveschoolstest.com. 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.

Year 8, Term 3:

Students will sit their Selective Schools entrance tests in term 3, usually in June. If your child is enrolled in our Selective Schools Test Preparation course, classes will continue in term 3 right up to their exams. By this point, each class will consist primarily of practice exams, aimed to give your child as much experience as possible before their actual test.

What Is The Purpose Of The Entrance Test?

Before enrolling in one of our classes, each of our students is required to sit a free entrance test. This test is designed to give us a clear indication of each student’s abilities, skills and experience. We use this information to ensure that students are placed in an appropriate class, and that their tutor has all the necessary information required to give each student effective personalised attention.

Most students are required to sit a test for both English and Maths. Each test runs for roughly an hour and covers a vast range of topics and difficulty levels. To ensure that all students are placed in the right class, we test across a number of year levels. This means, for example, that students from years 5-8, regardless of age, will all sit the same test, so that we can see which questions they are confident with and which topics they have yet to master. We use this information to ensure that your child is placed in a class that is challenging, but not too difficult.

What To Expect From The Entrance Test:

Students should take close to an hour to complete each test. Students who wish to attend classes in both English and Maths should set aside roughly 2 hours to complete their tests. The only thing that students need to bring along is a pencil, an eraser and, if they wish, a drink. Spare pencils and erasers can be provided if necessary. As the test is intended solely to assess the student’s strength and weaknesses, is it not necessary or beneficial that students study for the test in advance.

Because the test takes up a reasonably amount of time, you are welcome to drop your child off for their test and pick them up when they have finished. If you plan to do so, please provide us with your contact details on the day so we can contact you if your child finishes early.

Once the test is complete, we sit down with both the student and the parents and discuss the results. We provide advice on the areas that the student needs to focus on and the things that they can do to improve in the future. These discussions are a great way of helping parents understand how they, and how we, can help their child achieve success.

You can sign up for your child’s free entrance test today. Just click here.

 

How Can I Help My Child Get The Most Out Of Their Classes?

Obviously, as tutors, we try to make your job as easy as possible. We ensure that each student know exactly what they have to do and has all the necessary information required to get the most out of their classes. However, there are a few simple ways in which you, as a parent, can help.

1. Make sure your child has all the necessary resources. This includes any pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers and calculators that they will need throughout the lesson. If your child is attending more than one class, it is also a good idea to make sure they have a snack and a drink. For more information, check out this post.

2. Make sure they complete their homework each week. Each week your child will be given an amount of homework to complete before the next class. The point of this homework is to ensure that your child retains the information that they have learned during the class and to prepare them for the next week’s quiz. Students who do not complete their homework are unlikely to get the most out of the class, so students, parents and tutors have to work together to ensure that this task gets done.

3. Make sure you sign the homework schedule every week. On the second page of each week’s book is a homework schedule. (see below) Each week, students will be required to write their homework in this section. There is a space for the schedule to be signed by the tutor, the student and the parent each week. It is important that you sign your child’s book each week. This is not just so you can see what homework they have; this section of the book is also a valuable place for the tutor to write messages for you to read or for you to write messages for the tutor to read. See this post for more information. By signing it every week, you can ensure that a line of communication is established between you and your child’s tutor.

Page 2 of each week's book.

How Much Do Your Classes Cost?

To see a full summary of our course frees, visit our website. Fees vary based on a number of factors, such as the year level, number of classes attended, and whether you are enrolling for a week, a term or the entire year. The longer you enrol for, the greater discount you will receive. If you have any questions about the fees, or would like us to give you an exact figure for your child’s tuition, you can either call us on 1800 668 177 or email us at enquiries@spectrumtuition.com

Do You Offer Any Science Classes?

We do not offer Science classes for grades Prep-10. This is because, at Spectrum Tuition, our primary focus is on providing excellent support in Maths and English. We believe that the skills required for these subjects are at the core of everything that students learn at school. However, in order to support the specific needs of our VCE students, we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes for VCE student in year 11 or 12.

If your child is in year 10 and wishes to get a preview of what to expect in VCE science before choosing their subjects, they are welcome to enrol in one of our year 11 science classes. Just keep in mind that the class will be taught at a year 11 level.

Can I Move My Child To A Higher Level If They Find The Work Too Easy?

At Spectrum Tuition, we work hard to make sure each student is assigned to a class that is just the right level of difficulty for their skills: challenging, but not too confusing. In order to do so, we make sure all students sit an entrance test at the start of the year. We use the results of this test to figure out what level your child is at and place them in an appropriate class, regardless of their age or what level they are at in school.

If your child feels throughout the term that the work is either too hard or not challenging enough, then we are usually able to move them easily to another level. Our timetable is designed to allow for such flexibility. Give us a call, email us or come in to see us on the weekend and we can look at your child’s results and discuss your options.

What Do I Do If I Have A Question For My Child’s Tutor?

If you have a question for your child’s tutor, there are a number of means through which you can communicate with them. Primarily, if you have any general concerns or enquiries that need to be addressed immediately, you can either call us on 1800 668 177 or email us at enquiries@spectrumtuition.com and we will pass on all necessary information to your child’s tutor.

If you have a question about the homework or the course work, or if your child is having difficulties that you wish to inform their tutor about, there is a section on page 2 of each week’s course book marked “Comments (from parent/student)” that you can use (see below). The homework schedule on this page should be signed by both the parents and the tutor on a weekly basis, so it is a good line of communication between yourself and your child’s tutor.

Page 2 of each week's book.

Of course, if you would like to speak directly to your child’s tutor, you are welcome to speak to them before or after class. Keep in mind that tutors often need to attend or prepare for other classes, so if you have several questions, please let us know in advance so we can make sure the tutor is free for a discussion. Of course, the managers at the front desk of our centres are also happy to answer any questions you might have.

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