Primary School Years 3 - 4

Primary School Coaching (Yr3 - Yr4)

  • OC Test
  • Improvement or Augmentation
  • How We Help
  • Benefits

OC Test

While most children are only beginning to adapt to school in grades 3 and 4, parents are forming other plans. Those wishing their children to pursue motivation in a challenging but rewarding academic arena, or find that their children are talented in academia,  will have the chance to try out for OCs (opportunity classes) by sitting the OC Test.

OCs are considered the classes with the brightest and advanced students in NSW. Schools such as Hurstville Public, Sutherland, North Caringbah, and many more OC schools give students the opportunity to broaden their education with projects, debating, programming, problem-solving activities, and competitions like the APSMO (Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads) because of the faster pace of learning. In all cases, these bright and passionate students will find the extra topics stimulating and exciting.

The OC Placement Test, taken in year 4 in July, consists of:

  • 70 questions divided into 2 parts (1 hour time limit)
  • 20 reading and comprehension questions
  • 20 mathematics questions
  • 30 general ability (IQ) questions

Improvement or Augmentation

Not interested in sending your child to OCs but wish to help your child, who is struggling at school, or needs clarification with a few concepts and ideas?

Maybe your child is performing soundly at school but you would like to augment their current abilities. At the same time, you have no desire to overexert your child to as they do not have to be the dux of the school nor the best in NSW.

No problem. At SIGI Learners, we have classes which suit both kinds of students. 

How We Help

We have specific programs which prepare students for the OC Placement Test, help students improve their school grades and/or augment existing abilities.

OC Learners

 The OC Learners program is a structured and comprehensive learning experience and as such helps students who are aiming for placements in OCs, want to improve and/or augment school grades. It is by far the most helpful program we offer as the emphasis is on learning.

Students will be placed in classes which suit their abilities.

Duration: 3 hours + homework + 1.5 hour tutorial (free), per week

Areas of Learning: Reading & comprehension, writing, mathematics, and general ability

More specifically, students will learn:

  • reading and comprehending skills such as finding facts, concluding, and inferring
  • language skills such applying correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary
  • writing skills such as showing in narratives, emotive language in persuasive texts, and elaborating in information  reports.
  • fundamental mathematical skills involving calculations, measurement, shapes and solids
  • problem-solving, mathematical skills involving a mix of mathematical concepts and knowing which and when to apply them
  • visualising techniques that enhance the ability to move, form and turn 2D and 3D images in the mind
OC Trial Tests

Exam conditioning is the point of this program, a program which allows students to practise exam-style questions under exam conditions and time limits. Learning is one thing but application is another and most students will find that completing a question under a minute will tax their minds and force them to think quickly. It is cliché to say that most students who attempt tests for the first time find that timing is the greatest pressure, thus it is vital to get them up to speed!

Duration: 1 hour testing + explanations + homework, per week. Please call for more information as duration varies during the school holidays.

Areas of Learning: Exam questions targeting reading and comprehension, mathematics, and general ability (IQ), and exam techniques

More specifically, students will learn:

  • time management
  • efficiency
  • selective attention (focusing on the most important details, such as key words)
  • crucial exam tips
  • trial and error
  • process of elimination
  • reading and comprehending skills such as finding facts, concluding, and inferring
  • language skills such applying correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary
  • fundamental mathematical skills involving calculations, measurement, shapes and solids
  • problem-solving, mathematical skills involving a mix of mathematical concepts and knowing which and when to apply them
  • visualising techniques that enhance ability to move, form and turn 2D and 3D images in the mind
Weekly Writers

Writers are admired for their ability to express themselves in original and creative manners as well as form imaginative ideas. We respect such talent and ability and want to develop these skills in students. Not only that but students will be able to harness skills such as critiquing, speaking, debating and analysing. Nothing brings more excitement for our tutors than to witness a student compose eloquent pieces that demonstrate their ability to think, reason and express.

Duration: 1.5 hours + homework, per week

Areas of Learning: Narrative, persuasive, informative, and stimulus writing

More specifically, students will learn about:

  • ideas, plotting, describing using imagery and the five senses, structure, and character development, in narratives
  • emotive language, elaboration by providing specific details, explaining, cohesiveness, structure, and high modality, in persuasive texts such as expositions or discussions
  • facts, elaborating by providing specific details, explaining, structuring, and relevance, in informative compositions
  • ideas and all of the above in stimulus writing
  • language conventions within spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation
Methods

Complementing our programs is a personalised and individualised approach which emphasises learning and constant revision. All students can thus work at their own speed and, more importantly, achieve results efficiently. The one-size-fits-all model will only favour the majority thus minorities may either lose motivation because they already know the topics or feel that the topics are too difficult. At SIGI Learners, we dedicate efforts to ensuring students’ happiness and ability to learn. 

Benefits

The two greatest benefits from tutoring are the development of students’ thinking faculties and the acquirement of knowledge. The highest achievers have well-developed abilities of reasoning, debating and problem-solving, and a wealth of knowledge.

However, students gain more than just academically, such as soft skills. For instance, writing and presenting a speech requires you to engage the reader emotionally as well as improve speaking skills. Confident, attractive paralanguage and body language such as clear eye contact develop from learning how to speak publicly, properly.

Reading texts allows students to accumulate new words, understand how they are used and get a glimpse into the workings of English grammar. This translates into clearer communication, an asset in countless organisations.

Working out mathematics questions endows students with rigorous skills in providing concrete proof and arguments. Other skills include planning, and managing one’s time and money.

Immersion in visual-type questions that require students to visualise objects, and turn and move them mentally, contributes to higher performance on the sports field. For instance, if you were to shoot a basketball into a hoop, you would imagine that the ball would have to follow an arching trajectory through the air before plummeting through the hoop.

Handing in homework on time builds up organisational and time management skills.

Clearly, tutoring benefits for students span from the academic world to the world that involves teamwork, cooperation and communication between individuals.