Year 11 English Holiday Bootcamp

Essay writing skills in 5 days

Sharpen your writing skills

Learn how to structure and write an essay step-by-step in the Matrix English Holiday Course. Develop your technique and skills by learning about various text types and their characteristic features.

Not just theory

Practise essay writing

Gain practical experience and receive helpful feedback from experienced teachers. During the 5 day holiday program, learn to compose strong responses to English questions.

No more memorising

Write with confidence

Apply your new English skills in school writing tasks. Develop confidence studying a range of topics and text types throughout the year!

Our Year 11 English Holiday Bootcamp students receive

Engaging Theory Lessons

Comprehensive Theory Book

In-Class Guided Writing

Homework & Personalised Feedback

Year 11 English Bootcamp

Improve your writing skills in just 5 days.


Approaching Multimodal Assessments

Writing a Comparative Essay

Writing an Evaluative Essay

The Art of Writing

Year 11 English Bootcamp Details

Gain critical writing and analytical skills for exam success.


Day 1 of 'Approaching Multimodal Assessments'

  • Learn the purpose of assessments in Year 11
  • Understand what multimodal assessments are
  • Familiarisation with the expectations of NESA in Stage 6
  • Reading and analysing an example text

Day 2 of 'Approaching Multimodal Assessments'

  • Deepening textual understanding through analysis
  • Furthering depth of analysis through research
  • How to create effective study notes

Day 3 of 'Approaching Multimodal Assessments'

  • Focus on visual interpretation tasks
  • Expectations of visual tasks
  • How to prepare for visual tasks
  • Executing visual tasks and rationales

Day 4 of 'Approaching Multimodal Assessments'

  • Focus on digital production tasks
  • Expectations of digital tasks
  • How to prepare for digital tasks
  • Executing visual tasks and rationales

Day 5 of 'Approaching Multimodal Assessments'

  • Focus on conversational tasks
  • Expectations of viva voce tasks
  • Expectations of panel discussions
  • How to prepare for conversational tasks
  • Executing conversational tasks

Day 1 of 'Writing a Comparative Essay'

  • Introduction to the comparative essay
  • Introduction to J. M. W. Turner’s ‘Slave Ship’
  • Reading and interpreting a visual text
  • Personal reflection

Day 2 of 'Writing a Comparative Essay'

  • Introduction to Romanticism
  • Turner and Romanticism
  • The role of the sublime in visual texts
  • Understanding and decoding symbolism

Day 3 of 'Writing a Comparative Essay'

  • Introduction to David Dabydeen’s ‘Turner’
  • Reading and interpreting a poetic text
  • Introduction to postcolonialism
  • Creative response

Day 4 of 'Writing a Comparative Essay'

  • Postcolonialism and Dabydeen
  • How to respond to essay questions
  • Planning a comparative essay
  • Creating a comparative essay scaffold

Day 5 of 'Writing a Comparative Essay'

  • Composing a comparative essay
  • How to self-edit to improve your writing
  • Peer evaluation

Day 1 of 'Writing an Evaluative Essay'

  • Introduction to Module B
  • Introducing Millennium Actress
  • Analysing structure
  • Approaching textual integrity

Day 2 of 'Writing an Evaluative Essay'

  • Understanding gender as performance
  • Feminine performance in Millennium Actress
  • Feminine roles in Millennium Actress
  • How to judge textual integrity
  • Body paragraph scaffolding

Day 3 of 'Writing an Evaluative Essay'

  • Introducing context: The Second World War
  • The representation of war in Millennium Actress
  • Evaluating textual integrity
  • Body paragraph scaffolding

Day 4 of 'Writing an Evaluative Essay'

  • Understanding masculinity in Japan
  • Masculinity and war in Millennium Actress
  • Body paragraph scaffolding
  • How to answer evaluative essay questions
  • Writing an introduction

Day 5 of 'Writing an Evaluative Essay'

  • Writing body paragraphs
  • Composing an evaluative essay
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Behind the scenes of Millennium Actress

Day 1 of 'The Art of Writing'

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Day 2 of 'The Art of Writing'

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Day 3 of 'The Art of Writing'

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Day 4 of 'The Art of Writing'

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Day 5 of 'The Art of Writing'

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3 Hour Lesson Breakdown

5 daily lessons in the school holidays


5 mins


Overview of lesson

Objectives and outcomes of each lesson are explained

80 mins

Theory Lesson Part 1

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding

Teachers explain key concepts which are reinforced by completing essay based questions.

10 mins


80 mins

Theory Lesson Part 2

Develop your English skills

Learn how to develop and express your own ideas for insightful responses.

15 mins


Key concepts are reinforced

Students are encouraged to ask questions to clarify their understanding.

Year 11 English Bootcamp Sessions


21 – 25 January 2019

4:40pm – 7:40pm

Teacher: Ms Alexa Appel


21 – 25 January 2019

9:30am – 12:30pm

Teacher: Mr Samuel Moginie


Meet Our Inspirational English Teachers


Ms Alexa Appel

BA (Hons) PhDc

Alexa is in the final stage of her PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Alexa has extensive teaching experience both at the University of Sydney and at Matrix, where she has been teaching since 2015. 

Mr Samuel Moginie

BA (Hons) PhDc

Sam is a current PhD candidate in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney and a graduate with first class honours in Arts. Sam has been tutoring Secondary English since 2008.

Our Year 11 English Bootcamp Pricing


per Hour


3 hrs

per Lesson


5 lessons

per Course


$507.50* (Usually $607.50)

*Early Bird Discount Ends 21 December 2018

What you'll get:

  • Classes taught by inspirational teachers

  • 5 engaging theory lessons over 5 days

  • 150+ pages of content designed to develop your critical English skills

  • Personalised and detailed feedback on written work

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