At Prime, our philosophy of teaching English focuses on reasoning skills. We want our students to be independent thinkers who can apply critical thinking to texts, and to life. We know that an ability to express yourself clearly and powerfully, both in written and spoken ways, is important in all career pathways. It is also an essential aspect of personal development.
In our friendly classes and workshops, our tutors use the Socratic method of asking difficult questions to make you think. We encourage you to have a guess - it is okay to be wrong, but in English, you should never say 'I don't know' or leave an answer blank.
We work with you to set goals, and focus on a "how-to" approach rather than merely memorising and rote leaning. We favour a structured approach to English study via personal annotation and writing 'study paraphs' to synthesise your own knowledge of the text. We also provide a range of practice essay, exam and creative tasks to help you focus on building skills needed for the HSC.
We expect our students to continue self-directed study at home. Study is like exercise and you can't cram exercise. If you expect to tone and build musle, you have to do some work every week. For Junior years, this work should involve a minimum of 4 hours personal reading a week, and for seniors, 2 to 4 hours of writing study paragraphs at home.
Prime has small weekly classes that are focused on the Year 11 modules. For the first half of the class, students are provided with lecture material and class work designed to help them understand the module and its requirements. For the second half of the class, students receive individual assistance with their prescribed texts from school.
In workshops, students practice their skills, with tutors on hand to help them. Students are required to work on study paragraphs for their prescribed texts from school. Students can also ask for help with their school work. Individual feedback and marking is a key feature of the workshops.
Additional resources on techniques and prescribed texts are available if students require. There are also HSC identical exam papers to allow students to become familiar with the module in exam conditions. Feedback is provided for students so they can track progress and personal achievement.
Prime's Year 11 English Standard course is designed to meet the NESA syllabus requirements for schools in NSW. In each term, the lecture material and class work focuses on a particular module prescribed in the NESA syllabus. In the holiday program, between each term, there are 4 days of HSC identical exam papers and feedback to allow students to get familiar with the module in exam conditions.
Oct - Dec
Jan - Mar
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sept
Receive workbooks and texts targeted at HSC. Class work is designed to help students understand the module and its requirements. Receive marking and feedback for writing tasks.
Get help with analysing your prescribed text from school. Receive support for assessment tasks.
Choose a workshop that suits your schedule
There are four workshops running between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays (weeks 2-9). Come to any workshop that suits your schedule.
Students work on their study paragraphs for texts provided by Prime or prescribed texts from school. Tutors provide guidance and feedback.
Assist with school work
Get help with school work and receive additional resources
|Week 1||Passive Voice, Media Texts and Wide Reading|
|Week 2||Plurals, Feature Articles and Wide Reading|
|Week 3||Apostrophes, Modern Drama and Wide Reading|
|Week 4||Prepositions, Speeches and Wide Reading|
|Week 5||Dashes, Poems and Wide Reading|
|Week 6||Conjunctions, Essays and Wide Reading|
|Week 7||Colons, Interviews and Wide Reading|
|Week 8||Superlatives, Films and Wide Reading|
|Week 9||Semi Colons, Creative Writing and Wide Reading|
|Lesson 1||Reading to Write: Fiction|
|Lesson 2||Reading to Write: Poetry|
|Lesson 3||Reading to Write: Drama|
|Lesson 4||Reading to Write: Film|
|Week 1||Introduction to Reading to Write|
|Week 2||Reading to Write: Prose|
|Week 3||Reading to Write: Film|
|Week 4||Reading to Write: Poetry|
|Week 5||Reading to Write: Prose Fiction|
|Week 6||Reading to Write: Evaluation|
|Week 7||Reading to Write: Creative Response|
|Week 8||Reading to Write: Critical Review|
|Week 9||Reading to Write: Further Study|
|Week 1||Narratives that Shape Our World: Enlightenment Narratives|
|Week 2||Narratives that Shape Our World: Romanic Narratives|
|Week 3||Narratives that Shape Our World: Victorian Narratives|
|Week 4||Narratives that Shape Our World: Modern Narratives|
|Week 5||Narratives that Shape Our World: Postmodern Narratives|
|Week 6||Narratives that Shape Our World: Appropriating Narratives|
|Week 7||Narratives that Shape Our World: Media and Narratives|
|Week 8||Narratives that Shape Our World: Histrorical Narratives Exam|
|Week 9||Narratives that Shape Our World: Histrorical Narratives in Year 12|
|Week 1||Trial Exam Preparation|
|Week 2||Trial Exam Preparation|
|Week 1||Introduction to Critical Studies|
|Week 2||Critical Studies: Othello|
|Week 3||Critical Studies: Merchant of Venice|
|Week 4||Critical Studies: Tempest|
|Week 5||Critical Studies: Rechard III|
|Week 6||Critical Studies: A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|Week 7||Critical Studies: Henry IV Part 1|
|Week 8||Critical Studies: Revision|
|Week 9||Critical Studies: Exam|
|Week 1||HSC Exam Preparation|
|Week 2||HSC Exam Preparation|