Last month, students from years 3,5,7 and 9 sat their NAPLAN tests. Since they were first introduced in 2008, there has been a great deal of controversy in the educational community as to whether these tests are appropriate, whether they have affected teaching negatively or positively, and whether the results of the test are being used for appropriate purposes.
Despite the controversial nature of the test, parents now have a way to see how their child has been performing in comparison to other students in the same cohort. This is the same cohort of students who your child will be competing against in future scholarship exams, selective schools examinations and ultimately the VCE exams. Prior to NAPLAN, parents would have no idea how their child may be performing compared to other students around the state.
So, why is this important? And what does your child's NAPLAN score mean for you?
Listen to this episode to find out!
Links mentioned in this episode
Episode 1 - How to overcome procrastination and make the most of your study time using the Pomodoro technique
Tackling literacy inconsistency in Australian students, Thuy Pham, The Age
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority - ACARA
"My School" Website
Calls to modify NAPLAN over pressure concerns, SBS News
Episode 5 - The Difference Between Scholarships, Accelerated Learning Programs and Selective Schools
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Successfully gaining a place within a Selective School can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and it can have a phenomenal impact on the educational possibilities of the lucky students who are selected. Having said that, it might not be the best option for your child.
In this episode, we go through four important questions you should ask yourself when preparing for the Victorian Selective Schools exam. In fact, the questions are applicable when preparing for any scholarship or selective exam.
In this episode, we discuss whether you believe
- Your child would be able to thrive in competitive environments when preparing
- Your child is resilient enough in the event they don't achieve a place
- Your child is motivated enough to learn
- Whether the benefit of attending will outweigh the time it might take to travel
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We discuss other resources to assist in preparing for the Victorian Selective Schools Exam which can be accessed via our bookstore: www.spectrumlearning.com.au
Full episode resources can be accessed via www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-6
Links mentioned during this episode
Sign up to the 2019 Mock Exam
Find out more about the Victorian Selective Schools Exam
Episode 3 - Interview with Dr Maureen Vincent
Youtube video - What scores you need to gain entry to a selective school (some case studies)
Episode 4 - How to build high performance habits
Sample mathematics exam for the Victorian Selective Schools Exam
Spectrum Tuition Digital Bookstore
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Have you been looking into finding the right high school for your child but are feeling a bit overwhelmed over the different options out there? If your child is bright and enjoys a challenge, it may be worthwhile to look into scholarship and accelerated learning programs on offer at various private, independent and government schools.
So, what is the difference between scholarships and accelerated programs? And how can these programs help your child?
In today’s episode, I’ll be explaining the difference between scholarships and accelerated learning programs for Year 6 students looking to enter high school in Year 7. We’ll be drilling down into the each of the programs, and giving some valuable insight into how you can prepare your child for each one. If you have a child in primary school who is bright, motivated and is willing to learn and you’re currently thinking about high school options but you’re anxious about selecting the right high school to ensure they are constantly being challenged, then this episode is definitely for you.
Show notes can be accessed via www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-5
Do you find that after all the excitement of Christmas and New Year, as well as the long summer break, it can be very difficult to get back into things and holiday mode can stretch well into the term?
That’s why in today’s episode, I will be going through how to set up an effective study timetable to maximise the time you have when you go back to school.
Additionally, in order to stick to this study routine, I'll be going through how you can establish high performance habits in order to help you achieve your goals.
For show notes, please visit www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-4
Have you ever wondered if your child has what it takes to sit the Victorian Selective Schools exam or other scholarship exams, and what would be the best way to prepare?
Have you been thinking about enrolling at Spectrum Tuition but are unsure of whether it would be suitable for your child?
In this episode of the Spectrum Tuition podcast, we speak with Dr Maureen Vincent, an academic in the psychology department at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne and current Spectrum Tuition parent who outlines her experiences preparing for these two exams.
We also answer questions posed by parents who attended our first parent meetup held at Stone and Chalk, Melbourne about VCE subject selection and how to maximise your ATAR.
Links mentioned during the episode can be accessed via our show notes available at www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-3
Do you find yourself flitting from one task to the next, not really finding that you are getting anywhere with any particular task? Do assignments and projects slip through the cracks only to find out about them a few days before and madly rushing to get them done? Do you have reminders written in margins, on scraps of paper and post it notes and feeling overwhelmed due to the volume of tasks you need to complete?
If this sounds like you, then this episode of the Spectrum Tuition podcast is exactly what you need and ties in nicely with our previous episode where we go through the Pomodoro technique to ensure your study sessions are productive. If you haven’t already checked it out, head on over to www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-1
In this episode, we teach you a super simple productivity technique that will ensure that you maximise each study session and minimise procrastination.
Show notes can be accessed via www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-2
Do you have a project coming up that you haven't started yet? Do you keep saying that you'll 'get to it later' but then later never comes?
In this episode, we go through step by step how to break larger goals into smaller, manageable chunks while having a clear approach to making your study sessions as productive as they can be.
Show notes can be accessed via: www.spectrumtuition.com/episode-1