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High School English Tutoring

At Master Coaching, it is our priority to develop students’ critical, analytical and writing skills to their highest potential. All new students are required to sit for a short written initial assessment. This allows us to place them in tuition that best suits their current educational needs.

English tutoring typically focuses on identifying what exactly is expected of students at HSC level. This gives students much more focus regarding what and how to study for English, and removes much of the perceived ambiguity of what constitutes a high-range response.

Our English tutors offer both individual coaching sessions and small group classes depending on the parents’ and students’ wishes and academic requirements. Students learn English in a friendly environment where they can acquire the confidence to comprehend and interpret a range of text types and express their ideas clearly. Our coaches also provide an opportunity for students to develop their language, spelling and general writing skills to a high standard in order to achieve  outstanding results.

Year 9 & 10 English

The main objective of Year 10 English tutoring is to prepare students for their senior studies. As English is the sole compulsory course in the HSC, it is essential that students develop a firm understanding of the subject and are able to meet expected standards. English skills are also beneficial in a number of external courses and can increase marks in all subjects with essay-based assessment tasks.

Years 9 and 10 is a perfect opportunity for students to develop fundamental skills in essay writing. Many students are not taught specifically how to write an essay, a problem that explains an otherwise perceptive student’s apparent inability to perform to expectations in Years 11 and 12.

Courses in years 9 and 10 vary according to which school students attend. The focus will be to build a foundational knowledge of what an essay entails and how to write effectively towards a question. Students who begin the process of learning to write in essay form effectively, inevitably find year 11 and 12 English to be much less difficult.

Students will learn to:

  • Structure an essay
  • Write topic sentences
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively respond to assessment questions
  • Identify literary techniques and explain their impact on responders
  • Integrate evidence effectively into their responses
  • Create a cohesive response through the use of intertextual links
  • Link their textual analyses to the concepts or topics studied
  • Prepare for examinations

Through these objectives, students will ultimately learn to reflect upon, assess and adapt their individual and collaborative skills with increasing independence and effectiveness. Tutoring in Year 10 English can help enhance a student’s self-confidence, whilst a heightened understanding of the subject  may lead to its enjoyment.

HSC English (Advanced and Standard)

At Master Coaching we understand the importance placed on the English curriculum for the Higher School Certificate. In their preliminary and HSC years, we equip students with skills that will enable them to achieve their highest possible results in these final, crucial years of their secondary school career.  Our tutors have extensive experience in coaching students to a high standard in line with the requirements of the NSW Board of Studies.

Comprehensive feedback is essential for developing and improving work for school assessments during the HSC and in preparation for the final exams. In individual and small group sessions, students are supported in their school assessments and encouraged to expand their thinking and develop their ability to engage with a range of texts.

Students who aim to do well in the English HSC will need to develop:

Analytical skills:

  • An ability to identify common literary techniques from all mediums. This includes visual, auditory and language techniques.
  • A strong sense of what these techniques achieve with respect to an effect on the audience, as well as their potential significance within a wider conceptual framework.
  • An understanding of the significance of the context and values in which the text was written, and how it may shape the ideas presented within.

Essay writing skills:

  • A familiarity with different essay structures, particularly those which compare and contrast analyses of two or more texts.
  • The ability to write effective topic sentences and intertextual links which facilitate an organised and articulate response.
  • A consistent writing style which reinforces the answer to the question and/or the essay’s thesis.

Creative writing skills:

  • The ability to adapt material to the stimulus provided.
  • A competent control of literary techniques to create the desired effect on the audience.
  • Using the narrative form to demonstrate an understanding of the area of study (belonging).

Extension 1 English

Students undertaking English Extension 1 are expected to have a higher understanding of the literary techniques studied in English (Advanced) and their relationship with the way in which texts are formed to create meaning. Students who do well in English (Advanced) should consider this subject as a means of further exploring texts with a focus on greater conceptual understanding.

Depth of analysis, choice of related material and identifying strong connections to core concepts, are essential elements to a successful response. As such, our coaches work with students on more sophisticated and detailed responses to texts. This includes a response that shows a greater cognisance of literature’s cultural impact in society. As with all HSC English courses, coaches  provide comprehensive and specific feedback with respect to difficulties in a student’s work, to facilitate a more independent investigation of texts studied.

The focus will be on:

  • Increased depth of knowledge with respect to concepts explored in the module.
  • An awareness of the place of texts in society.
  • Exploring the conceptual basis upon which texts are written.
  • A stronger understanding of the way personal and historical contexts shape texts.
  • Creative writing that strongly reflects the literary conventions of the genre being studied, or reflects a strong sense of atmosphere that is informed by secondary research of context.

Extension 2 English

English Extension Two is unlike the other HSC English courses, as there is no written exam. Instead this course requires students to produce a major work and a reflection statement. Extension Two is designed for students who are highly competent both analytically and creatively. The nature of the course means students will undertake extensive work outside the classroom.

Finding the drive to continue refining your major work and drafting your reflection statement during the HSC year can be difficult. This is where Master Coaching comes in. Our coaches act as mentors, assisting in areas such as:

  • Reading and critiquing drafts of major works and reflection statements
  • Advising what research would be viable
  • Incorporating research seamlessly into your major work
  • Clearly stating the purpose and intended audience
  • Expressing how your concept has developed and been impacted by research
  • Exploring the significance of textual form including structure and style
  • Finding texts similar to your major work that you can use for inspiration
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