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We run Preliminary Physics class each week. The class is 2 hours and we cover a small section of the syllabus each week.
See our class timetable for exact times.
Homework is provided each week to reinforce the content covered in class. All submitted homework is marked and returned to the student the following week with full comments on each question where they did not achieve full marks.
Preliminary Physics is taught over 2.5 terms in year 11. We understand that in year 11, no internal assessments count towards the HSC, so students are best advised to maximise the time they have to study the year 12 HSC content. However we also understand that the HSC content builds on knowledge gained in the Preliminary content, so it is important to build a strong foundation during year 11.
We cover Preliminary Physics 24 weeks, spending exactly 6 weeks on each module, including revision. In the last 5 or so weeks before the end of term 3, we discuss exam technique in depth, preparing students for the end of year Preliminary exams, as well as giving them a solid introduction into the important exam skills they need for the HSC.
We maintain an open class environment that encourages students to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Student interaction is an essential part of the learning process and we make sure all students feel included in the class environment, such that they aren't hesitant to ask questions when they encounter difficulty.
Content is always taught from first-principles with a strong emphasis on understanding underlying mechanisms and concepts. Our teachers take a holistic approach in viewing the syllabus, and we draw links to the real world or greater implications and relevance to get students to appreciate the importance of what they are learning.
We do live-demonstrations in class for important first-hand investigation dot-points so students don't miss out on these important syllabus dot-points that will be assessed in practical exams. Students are taught how to address Accuracy, Validity and Reliability issues where relevant for each first-hand investigation. Students are also shown the most common sources of error and what safety issues need to be identified so that HSC exam questions dealing with experiments will be easy.
Each week, students receive a booklet that summarises all of the content covered in that week's class in a succinct and structured way. These notes are carefully designed with exam-preparation in mind, and sets out exactly what the students need to know in order to do well in exams. While in class, the teacher may cover the necessary background information or incidental concepts necessary for a more whole understanding of a concept, the course materials summarise and reiterate this in a succinct and precisely exam-relevant form.
The weekly booklet will also have a homework section which contains questions covering all the dot-points covered in that week. The questions are laid out in HSC exam format, complete with the amount of marks each question is worth. We assign marks in the same way as a HSC exam would, so students get a feel of how to structure their responses to the marking criteria they will be assessed against.
All homework is marked according to a marking criteria, so teachers can explain to students the exact break-down of the marks allocation and give accurate feedback for improvement.