Tutors’ new perspectives aid learning
With end-of-year exams approaching, Year 11 students at Karratha Senior High School and St Luke’s College have spent the past few weekends diligently hitting the books as part of a series of specialist revision seminars.
Teaching consultants in almost all main ATAR subject areas have flown into town to help prepare students at both high schools for the tests, by giving a different angle on their subjects and addressing any weak points they may have.
The revision seminars are run by Karratha Education Initiative and funded through the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project.
St Luke’s College deputy principal Melanie Caddick said changes to WACE studies meant Year 11 results directly counted towards final marks in Year 12, meaning students needed to perform well.
“The way that the new WACE courses work, they need a certain number of units to be able to pass,” she said.
“So it doesn’t all come from Year 12, their marks come from Year 11 as well.
“By doing the revision seminars in Year 11, we’re also able to have them get through their WACE.”
Ms Caddick said students and parents’ response to the seminars had been “phenomenal” and teachers sitting in had also found them helpful.
The seminars’ maths tutor Lorena Machin and science tutor Simon Maddy, both teachers at Canning College in Perth, said they ran revision seminars in Karratha for Year 12s in semester 1 and returned to help Year 11s in semester 2 every year as part of the KEI program.
They said their focus was on filling in gaps in students’ knowledge and providing a different perspective.
“It’s all about set-up,” Ms Machin said. “We bring in a different slant and ask what it is that you don’t know.”