Year 12 English Holiday Bootcamp

Get ahead in the holidays

Learn with resources tailored for HSC success

Stop looking online for resources! With our complete set of resources including textual analysis, critical readings, and contextual information, you can focus on refining your analytical and creative skills.

Be exam ready

Sharpen your writing skills

Learn how to structure your writing step-by-step in class. Perfect your critical, discursive and imaginative writing skills with personalised and insightful feedback from your teacher.

No more memorising

Write with confidence

Stop memorising essays. Learn how to develop and express your own insights. With the best tools and support on your side there’s nothing to fear!

Our Year 12 English Bootcamp students receive

Comprehensive Theory Book

In-Class Guided Writing

Focused Learning

Personalised Feedback

Year 12 English Bootcamp

Improve your writing skills in just 5 days.

 

2 - 12 October

N/A

14 - 18 January

Common Module

Approaching Unseen Texts, Short Answer Composition, and the Common Module Essay

OR

Module C: The Craft of Writing

Approaching Form and Style through Discursive, Imaginative, and Reflective Compositions

14 - 18 April

Module C: The Craft of Writing

Approaching Form and Style through Discursive, Imaginative, and Reflective Compositions

8 - 12 July

Module C: The Craft of Writing

Approaching Form and Style through Discursive, Imaginative, and Reflective Compositions

Our proven formula for success

The Matrix Method for EnglishTM

  • Understanding (60% of Course Time)
  • Step 1. Comprehension
    Reading for understanding is the first step in building towards to great written submission. Read the set text once to appreciate it.
  • Step 2. Meaning
    Reading and annotating a text is fundamental preparation for your written submission! You're looking for themes, symbols, and moments of ambiguity.
  • Step 3. Analysis
    This third reading will take the longest. This is your close reading where you mark up the important examples and identify techniques based upon your intimate understanding of the text.
  • Writing (40% of Course Time)
  • Step 4. Plan and scaffold
    Consider the question, consult your text, and plan your answer. A written scaffold will save you time and allows you to check your logic!
  • Step 5. First draft
    This is your first write up and it will be rough! Have the text close by to check the evidence. Let your draft sit for a day and edit your writing with fresh eyes.
  • Step 6. Seek feedback
    Once you’re satisfied with your first draft, it’s time to get your teacher to read your work. Consider their comments and corrections carefully.
  • Step 7. Polished work
    Return to the text (yes, more reading!). Rewrite your draft incorporating feedback and your own expanded understanding.

Year 12 English Bootcamp Details

Skills-based classes provide in-depth textual understanding, engagement with important techniques, and focused writing practice in variety of styles.

 

Common Module

Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences

Lesson 1
• Introduction to Common Module
• Exploring concepts: approaching emotions
• Engaging with microfiction
• Writing Task: Short answer response
• Choosing effective related material

Lesson 2
• Exploring concepts: decoding the syllabus
• Making connections between language and emotion
• Text analysis: Short film
• Writing Task: Imaginative reinterpretation

Lesson 3
• Exploring concepts: human qualities
• Text analysis: Poetry
• Writing Task: Poetic analysis

Lesson 4
• Exploring concepts: the human condition
• Building a personal interpretation
• Text analysis: Performance poetry
• Writing Task: Building an argument

Lesson 5
• Review of the Common Module syllabus
• Review of the HSC exam expectations
• Writing Task: Mock HSC Paper One
• Peer Review

Module C: The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing

Lesson 1
• Introduction to The Craft
• Textual Engagement: What Time is it Now Where You Are?
• Thinking about style: aesthetics
• Elements of punctuation: parentheses
• Writing Task: Personal reflection

Lesson 2
• Narrative and style in McCann
• Metaphor in focus
• Elements of punctuation: commas
• Writing Task: Critical thinking about style

Lesson 3
• Module C question types
• Considering the role of interpretation
• Exploring concepts: suspense in story telling
• Writing Task: Towards a Module C response

Lesson 4
• Literary devices in review
• Deepening understanding of suspense
• Drafting and planning a Module C response
• Writing Task: Module C response

Lesson 5
• Reviewing feedback
• Considering context
• Approaching metafiction
• Becoming exam ready

Module C: The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing

Lesson 1
• Introduction to The Craft
• Textual Engagement: What Time is it Now Where You Are?
• Thinking about style: aesthetics
• Elements of punctuation: parentheses
• Writing Task: Personal reflection

Lesson 2
• Narrative and style in McCann
• Metaphor in focus
• Elements of punctuation: commas
• Writing Task: Critical thinking about style

Lesson 3
• Module C question types
• Considering the role of interpretation
• Exploring concepts: suspense in story telling
• Writing Task: Towards a Module C response

Lesson 4
• Literary devices in review
• Deepening understanding of suspense
• Drafting and planning a Module C response
• Writing Task: Module C response

Lesson 5
• Reviewing feedback
• Considering context
• Approaching metafiction
• Becoming exam ready

Module C: The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing

Lesson 1
• Introduction to The Craft
• Textual Engagement: What Time is it Now Where You Are?
• Thinking about style: aesthetics
• Elements of punctuation: parentheses
• Writing Task: Personal reflection

Lesson 2
• Narrative and style in McCann
• Metaphor in focus
• Elements of punctuation: commas
• Writing Task: Critical thinking about style

Lesson 3
• Module C question types
• Considering the role of interpretation
• Exploring concepts: suspense in story telling
• Writing Task: Towards a Module C response

Lesson 4
• Literary devices in review
• Deepening understanding of suspense
• Drafting and planning a Module C response
• Writing Task: Module C response

Lesson 5
• Reviewing feedback
• Considering context
• Approaching metafiction
• Becoming exam ready

3 Hour Lesson Breakdown

9 daily lessons in the school holidays for in-depth learning

 

10 min

Introduction

Overview of lesson

Objectives and outcomes of each lesson are explained.

60 min

Theory Lesson Part 1

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding

Be guided through detailed textual analysis by your subject matter expert.

10 min

Break

40 min

Theory Lesson Part 2

Develop your English skills

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

60 min

In-Class Writing & Feedback

Perfect your writing skills

Perfect your critical and creative writing skills with personalised and insightful feedback!

Year 12 English Bootcamp Sessions

Chatswood

Date: 14 -18 January

Time: 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Module C: The Craft of Writing

Teacher: Dr Jessica Brooks

Strathfield Campus

Date: 14 -18 January

Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Module C: The Craft of Writing

Teacher: Mr Patrick Condliffe

 

Sydney City Campus

Date: 14 -18 January

Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Common Module

Teacher: Dr Peta Greenfield

Meet Our Inspirational English Teachers

 

Dr Jessica Brooks

BA (Hons) PhD

Jessica has been tutoring English subjects at a tertiary level since 2010. Most recently, she was the  Lecturer In Charge for '19th Century Literature' and 'Shakespeare and the Renaissance' at Australian Catholic University. She is known for her up-to-date HSC syllabus understanding and has written many of the HSC resources for Matrix.

Mr Patrick Condliffe

BA (Hons)

Patrick has been teaching HSC English since 2012 and is the content editor and writer for the popular Matrix English Guide and Blog. He is a film critic and has had his short fiction and poetry published. He is known for his passion for literature and detailed knowledge of many of the HSC texts.

Dr Peta Greenfield

BAncHist (Hons) PhD GradDipEd

Peta is the Head of English at Matrix Education and has been teaching secondary English since 2011. She is also the co-author of the Matrix English program, course materials and assessments.

Our Year 12 English Advanced Course Pricing

$38.34

per Hour

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3 hrs

per Lesson

x

5 lessons

per Course


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$575* (Usually $675)

*Early Bird Discount Ends 21 December 2018

What you'll get:

  • Classes taught by experienced HSC 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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How is Matrix different?

 


    Matrix Others

Teachers

Matrix

Vast classroom teaching experience, HSC and/or university teaching experience with an ability to explain concepts clearly

Others

Have little or no actual teaching experience, cannot explain difficult concepts in a manner that students can understand

Program

Matrix

Teaching program that covers the NSW board of studies syllabus. Structured learning system that allows students to develop sound study habits every week

Others

Most private tutors and other tuition centres do not follow a set structure; rather they have an ad-hoc approach without considering timing and outcomes

Resources

Matrix

A full set of resources written by academics and education researchers. Online access to Supplementary exam papers / texts with top responses.

Others

Only address content that students raise, use generic textbooks.

Assessments

Matrix

Short quizzes and topic tests held under strict exam conditions to ensure students have a solid understanding of the subject

Others

No exam style quizzes and test that assess the student’s weaknesses, hence not being able to identifying their learning needs

Reporting

Matrix

Weekly tracking of Grades, Quiz and Topic Test results so student and parents can monitor their progress.

Others

No measured tracking process so they cannot tell if the student is struggling or improving.

Learning Management System

Matrix

Share information, academic resources and advice with classmates from over 220 schools.

Others

Do not have the library of resources or past exams that can help students excel

One-to-One Workshops

Matrix

Free workshops to target individual learning needs

Others

No additional support outside the lesson.

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