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 HSC 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 12 English Advanced 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 the 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 texts 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||14 Oct - 20 Oct||Introduction to Texts and Human Experiences|
|Week 2||21 Oct - 27 Oct||Texts and Human Experiences: Comprehension and Human Experiences|
|Week 3||28 Oct - 3 Nov||Texts and Human Experiences: Answering Essay Questions|
|Week 4||4 Nov - 10 Nov||Texts and Human Experiences: Essay Drafting|
|Week 5||11 Nov - 17 Nov||Texts and Human Experiences: Editing Skills|
|Week 6||18 Nov - 24 Nov||Texts and Human Experiences: Making Your Essay Unique|
|Week 7||25 Nov - 1 Dec||Texts and Human Experiences: Exam Practice 1|
|Week 8||2 Dec - 8 Dec||Texts and Human Experiences: Exam Practice 2|
|Week 9||9 Dec - 15 Dec||Texts and Human Experiences: Revision and Further Study|
|Lesson 1||13 Jan||Introduction to Textual Conversations|
|Lesson 2||14 Jan||About the Comparative Essay|
|Lesson 3||15 Jan||Get to HSC Exam: Module A Section|
|Lesson 4||16 Jan||HSC Identitical Practice Exam|
|Week 1||27 Jan - 2 Feb||Textual Conversations: Understand the Syllabus Rubric|
|Week 2||3 Feb - 9 Feb||Textual Conversations: Start with the Original|
|Week 3||10 Feb - 16 Feb||Textual Conversations: The Appropriation|
|Week 4||17 Feb - 23 Feb||Textual Conversations: Writing Comparative Essays|
|Week 5||24 Feb - 1 Mar||Textual Conversations: Analysing Essay Questions|
|Week 6||2 Mar - 8 Mar||Textual Conversations: Essay as Other Formats|
|Week 7||9 Mar - 15 Mar||Exam Preparation 1|
|Week 8||16 Mar - 22 Mar||Exam Preparation 2|
|Week 9||23 Mar - 29 Mar||Textual Conversations: Term Review|
|Lesson 1||6 April||Introduction to Critical Studies of Literature|
|Lesson 2||7 April||Critical Studies|
|Lesson 3||8 April||Get to Know HSC Exam: Module B Section|
|Lesson 4||9 April||HSC Identitical Exam Practice|
|Week 1||27 April - 3 May||Critical Studies of Literature: Understand the Syllabus Rubric|
|Week 2||4 May - 10 May||Critical Studies of Literature: Text Type Conventions|
|Week 3||11 May - 17 May||Critical Studies of Literature: Genre|
|Week 4||18 May - 24 May||Critical Studies of Literature: Textual Integrity Essay|
|Week 5||25 May - 31 May||Critical Studies of Literature: Practice Essay Questions|
|Week 6||1 Jun - 7 Jun||Critical Studies of Literature: Reading Frames|
|Week 7||8 Jun - 14 Jun||Critical Studies of Literature: Critical Essay|
|Week 8||15 Jun - 21 Jun||Critical Studies of Literature: Practice Exam|
|Week 9||22 Jun - 28 Jun||Critical Studies of Literature: Study Preparation|
|Lesson 1||6 Jul - 12 Jul||Introduction to The Craft of Writing|
|Lesson 2||13 Jul - 19 Jul||The Craft of Writing: Using the Prescribed Texts|
|Lesson 3||6 Jul - 12 Jul||Trial Exam Preparation: Paper 1|
|Lesson 4||13 Jul - 19 Jul||Trial Exam Preparation: Paper 2|
|Week 1||20 Jul - 26 Jul||The Craft of Writing: Understand the Syllabus Rubric|
|Week 2||27 Jul - 2 Aug||The Craft of Writing: Using the Module C Text|
|Week 3||3 Aug - 9 Aug||The Craft of Writing: Using a Stimulus|
|Week 4||10 Aug - 16 Aug||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Week 5||17 Aug - 23 Aug||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Week 6||24 Aug - 30 Aug||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Week 7||31 Aug - 6 Sep||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Week 8||7 Sep - 13 Sep||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Week 9||14 Sep - 20 Sep||The Craft of Writing: Practice Exam|
|Lesson 1||28 Sept||HSC Exam Preparation|
|Lesson 2||29 Sept||HSC Exam Preparation|
|Lesson 3||30 Sept||HSC Exam Preparation|
|Lesson 4||1 Oct||HSC Exam Preparation|