Easter Holiday Program:
March 28, 29 April 4, 5, 11
This is a carefully designed five day program to meet the needs of students preparing for the JMSS examination for Year 10 entry. Participants will find it intense, relevant and exam focused. They will strengthen their skills and strategies to respond to examination questions with speed and accuracy.
They will be encouraged to undertake a large quantity of high quality work in Maths, Science and English. Relevant and interesting current topics in Science will be presented and discussed by specialised teachers. In English, the emphasis will be on Written Expression.
The program will attempt to achieve the following:
• Revise key topics in Mathematics and undertake challenging and varied exercises (treatment will be at Year 10 level). Practice strategies to deal with a large number of multiple choice questions within the allocated time.
• Practice challenging exercises in Science Reasoning. Learn to extract key scientific information and apply reasoning techniques to produce solutions.
• Gain exposure to a wide range of day to day science issues. Develop the ability to think critically about science issues and express opinion in an interesting and effective manner.
• Revise school science curriculum and learn to apply the knowledge to respond to specific tasks.
• Learn skills and techniques in essay writing and apply them to produce high quality essays (Creative, Analytical and Persuasive).
• Undertake a wide variety of exercises in Numerical Reasoning. Strengthen the skill and ability to solve logical questions.
The majority of students who attended our Holiday Programs in the past years have also continued to follow our weekly classes until the exam. They also sat for our Mock Exams. However, there were a significant number of students who attended the Holiday Program only.
The course we offer to students preparing for entry into John Monash Science School is unique and rich in Science content and Mathematics. The Science program includes science related current issues, science writing, science reasoning and school based science curriculum.
By introducing Science in an interesting and exciting manner, we aim to cultivate an interest and passion for science amongst our students.
There is also a lot of emphasis on improving English Written Skills, especially on science related topics.
At the same time, we cover Mathematics at a much more advanced level than what students learn in their mainstream schools. This includes Numerical Reasoning component as well. At the time of the examination, our students would have reached Year 10 level in Maths.
Our students also undertake a lot of work in Reading Comprehension and Verbal Reasoning in order to improve their general English skills.
The format of the Entrance Examination to John Monash Science School is expected to vary from year to year. We therefore prepare students for all possibilities
While our Year 10 Entrance program is specially targeted for John Monash, it is also very helpful to students trying to enter Year 10 in other selective schools. The level of Mathematics and English we cover is adequate and relevant for this purpose while the coverage in Science will provide an additional dimension to students to respond to essay type questions and numerical reasoning questions.
Science Writing: Science teachers provide regular lectures on a wide range of current, interesting science topics to help develop the interest and knowledge of students in science. Students are encouraged to supplement this with their own research at home.
In addition to general topics, school based science curriculum is covered in parallel. Students not only cover the science syllabus well in advance to their regular school but learn how to provide the best responses to questions asked.
Students do regular written assignments and tests on science writing. Focus is both on the content and expression. The Science Teacher and the English Teacher work together with the students to skill them in producing excellent written pieces.
Science Reasoning: This is another area where students usually do not get much exposure at their regular school. Our program helps students to develop the skills to reason out and derive the best answers to questions using the information and experimental results provided. Over time, students learn the strategies and thought processes required to complete the tasks within the allocated time.
Weekly Lessons are available in Berwick on Saturdays and in East Burwood (Forest Hill College) on Sundays.
In addition to our regular coaching classes, we offer students an opportunity to sit for a series of Mock Examinations before they sit for the real examination. These Mock Examinations will cover all possible areas in which students may be tested in their real examination. Following each Mock Examination, students will attend a review workshop. During this workshop, they will receive excellent guidance and tips, discuss strategies and get individual feedback on their performance. The programs will be delivered by highly experienced teachers.
For students who attend our regular classes, these mock exams are free of charge. Others can enrol for these exams by paying a fee.
Each Mock Examination will have a paper on each of the following components:
Science Writing Science Reasoning Mathematics Numerical Reasoning
Reading Comprehension Creative Writing Analytical Writing Verbal Reasoning