Year 8 English Holiday Course

Essential skills in 2 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

Formal writing experience

Gain practical experience and receive helpful feedback from experienced teachers. During the condensed 2-day holiday program, learn to compose strong responses to English questions.

No more guesswork


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

Year 8 English Holiday Program

Learn essential skills in 2 days


Introduction to Poetry

Writing Creative Fiction

Writing About Film

Year 8 English Holiday Course Outline

Gain critical writing and analytical skills for exam success.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 1


  • What is poetry? Defining the form
  • Introduction to key poetic techniques
  • How to close read a poem
  • Reading poetry

Day 2


  • Exploring meaning and interpretation in poetry
  • How to write about poetry
  • Interpreting a poem

Day 1


  • Reading fiction
  • Exploring key techniques
  • Learning about the short story

Day 2


  • Planning a story
  • Thinking about characters
  • Writing creative fiction

Day 1

  • Analysing film
  • Exploring key techniques in film
  • Introducing PEEL paragraphs

Day 2

  • Learning about themes and topics in film
  • Understanding visual connotations and symbols
  • Writing a PEEL paragraph in relation to a short film

Lesson Breakdown

2 lessons over 2 days

5 mins


Overview of lesson

Objectives and outcomes of each lesson are explained

100 mins

Theory Lesson

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding

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

15 mins


Key concepts are reinforced

Students are encouraged to ask questions to clarify their understanding.

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Year 8 English Holiday Course Pricing


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Year 8 English Holiday Course includes:


Classes taught by inspirational teachers

2 engaging theory lessons

Detailed Theory Book

Dedicated customer service support

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How is Matrix different?

    Matrix Others


Teaching program that covers the NSW Education Standard Authority syllabus. Structured learning system that allows students to develop sound study habits every week.


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.



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


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



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


Only address content that students raise, use generic textbooks.

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