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General Course Information

*All our group classes and individual tutoring sessions are currently offered online only due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Classes are usually also held in Berwick and Knox.

Our goal at Specially 4 You Education is to instil a love for writing in all our students. We aim to inspire the eager learners and the reluctant writers. Over the years, we have witnessed the effectiveness of teaching students to write well, think clearly and express themselves eloquently and persuasively.

Besides reading and comprehension, we cover a variety of writing styles, starting with basic note-taking skills and progressively advancing to summaries, narratives, creative writing, report writing, essay writing, critiquing, super essays, literature analysis, research and more. Along the way, students learn to use stylistic techniques and grammar to really make their writing shine.

  • All of our writing teachers are IEW trained.
  • All courses are designed to generally be covered over one year, and students can progress onto the next level, increasing in skill and complexity.
  • Students are taught different writing styles, structures and terminology. The teacher assists them with brainstorming and planning an outline, which they will use as the basis for their weekly homework. Students also have an opportunity to practice orally presenting their work.
  • Students are given detailed instructions and a checklist, which make it easy to ensure everything is included in their homework. This homework is written at home and submitted prior to their next class.
  • To further enhance students’ learning, their work is edited weekly by S4YE-trained proofreaders. Students receive individualised feedback, based on a belief that each child has the right to learn at their own pace in order to reach their personal best. The proofreaders work with each student as an individual. Students are not compared to each other but to their personal standard, allowing them to consistently improve their writing and excel.

PRIMARY CLASSES

Grades 1– 6

Group Classes – Primary

Interesting and Intriguing Stories S4YE  Grades 2-3 – Lesson duration: 1 hour

This course is our entry-level writing class, introducing students to the methods used by S4YE throughout our entire curriculum. IIS starts with the basics. Students will brainstorm and use simple source texts as they learn to think about big ideas and write pieces on their own, unlocking the potential they contain within themselves!

Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn note-taking, writing from Key Word Outlines, information reports, writing narratives, writing from pictures, persuasive writing, procedure writing, poetry and more.

All Things Fun and Fascinating IEW   Grades 3-5 – Lesson duration: 1 hour

Humorous characters, cunning creatures and meritorious people of history captivate our students as they learn to write with structure and style.

Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn to take notes, produce expository, descriptive and persuasive writing, summarise narrative stories and put together a mini research report.

All Around the World S4YE   Grades 4-5 – Lesson duration: 1 hour

This course builds on the skills learnt and deepens the concepts taught in prior classes. Lessons focus on fascinating people and places from all around the world. Students begin to write multi-paragraph pieces and learn skills and techniques which will provide them with a solid foundation for their future writing. They’ll also become familiar with the clear and easily attainable structures for numerous genres of writing.

Ancient History S4YE   Grades 5-6 – Lesson duration: 1.5 hours

This course offers writing topics that explore the civilisations of Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor and Asia – the people’s ideas, traditions, systems of government, feats and wonderful skills.

Students practice a wide variety of writing styles including expository, descriptive and response to literature. Students will also work on public speaking.

SECONDARY CLASSES

Grades 7–12

GROUP CLASSES – SECONDARY

Medieval History IEW   Grades 6-7  –  Lesson duration: 1.5 hours

During this course, students will learn to write with structure and style as they progress through sources themed around the fascinating period known as The Middle Ages.

Throughout the duration of Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons, students will learn retelling narrative stories, summarising references, writing from pictures, summarising multiple sources, essay writing, composing formal critiques, textual analysis, self-editing work and making inferences and drawing conclusions.

Australia – Past and Present S4YE   Grades 7-9 – Lesson duration: 1.5 hours

This course takes students on a journey through Australia’s history from our first people to the present day. Students engage with a wide variety of writing styles and concepts, including literacy and media analysis, with emphasis on encouraging them to become independent writers.

New Course   Grades 8-10 – Lesson duration: 1.5 hours

This course is only open to students who have completed the S4YE Australia – Past and Present course.
If you are interested in English Tutoring for this age range, please contact us.

Exploring Modern History from a Christian Viewpoint S4YE   Grades 9-11  – Lesson duration: 1 hour

This course will deliver a contextually-based historical exploration of a range of texts, discussing the background of characters in short stories, including Indian annexation, refugee stories and how they fit within the Australian historical context.  Texts interpreter of maladies, growing up Asian in Australia, and selected Maxine Beneba Clarke short stories.  These studies will explore issues through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Advanced English Analysis S4YE (VCE) – Lesson duration: 1 hour

This course encourages students to write at a deeper and more sophisticated level. This includes practice with timed essays, how to create strong thesis statements and answering prompts in a variety of writing styles.

Students will practice public speaking, along with learning how to research and present their findings effectively and eloquently.

University

University Level

GROUP CLASSES – UNIVERSITY

Building for Success Course 1 – Entering University (Online only) – Lesson duration: 1 hour

The numerous writing tasks at the university level include reports, essays, critical reflections, literature reviews, oral presentations, reflections, short answers and case studies.  The right academic writing skills are required to succeed, and in this course, we will focus on building skills that will be needed including:

 

  • Critical thinking
  • Critical reading
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Reading strategies
  • Mind mapping
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Study notes techniques
  • Memorisation

Building for Success Course 2 – University 101 (Online only) – Lesson duration: 1 hour

The right academic writing skills are required to succeed, and in this course, we will focus on building skills that will be needed at the different levels, including:

 

  • Critical thinking
  • Critical reading
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Reading strategies
  • Mind mapping
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Study notes techniques
  • Memorisation

 

Identifying learning styles and outcomes is also going to be useful to the journey through university. Some of the topics we will also address include:

 

  • Academic writing styles
  • Writing assignments and reports
  • Reflective writing
  • Poster Presentations
  • Study skills
  • Research skills
  • Identifying opportunities to learn
  • Exam success

ONE-ON-ONE

Individual students all ages

ONE-ON-ONE ENGLISH TUTORING

Building a firm foundation by filling gaps and strengthening areas of weakness will allow our students to progress and accelerate according to their ability. We are also happy to work alongside your child’s school curriculum.

Kinder to Grade 6 – Lesson duration: 1 hour

Grades 7-10 – Lesson duration: 1 hour

Grades 10-12/VCE – Lesson duration: 1 hour

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