Since 2021, the Selective High School Placement Test has followed a new format. The Thinking Skills section replaces the old General Ability section, with a focus on higher-order thinking skills…
The transition from junior high school (year 7-12) to senior high school (year 11-12) can be both an exciting and daunting time for students. A key factor that can often be overwhelming and unexpected for students is the increase in work load and the higher expectations and level of work required. This is the case for most subjects but specifically for English. Students are expected to have a thorough understanding of language, techniques and writing which they can utilise and master in year 11 and 12.
Students who are still coming to understand the skills of writing and analysis often struggle and feel left behind when it comes to year 11 and 12. Here at Master Coaching we encourage students to be working towards year 11 and 12 and ensuring that they develop and practice writing and analysis in junior high school. This ensures that students do not feel as pressured and overwhelmed when entering senior high school.
It is useful to think about year 11 and 12 as a marathon. A marathon is not a sprint and requires stamina and perseverance. An athlete undergoes months of training and practice prior to the marathon in order to prepare themselves to perform to the best of their ability. In a similar way a student should not begin their preparation in year 11 and 12 but rather in junior high school. This slow and steady preparation in the lead up to senior high school is not only an effective use of time management but also minimises pressure and stress.
Here at Master Coaching we aim to equip students with the skills they need to transition and prosper in senior high school. Students are guided through reading, writing, analysis and annotation in order to lay the foundations of proficient writing. Each student has their own unique set of skills and abilities, here at Master Coaching we recognise each student’s individuality and help them to strive towards their personal best.