Tu­tors’ new per­spec­tives aid learn­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.”

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