New Term 2: 2019 Classes are Here!

Ready to level up your English Literacy Skills?
Our highly experienced English and Oxbridge tutors are here to show you how!

  • StarWorks Enrichment Program
  • Critical Reading & Writing II
  • English IGCSE Language and Literature Exam Preparation
  • Debating Course
  • Fast Track to an A* in Malay IGCSE
  • GRIT & other life skills

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StarWorks Enrichment Program

Essential skills needed to thrive at top schools, universities and beyond

An All-In-One Enrichment Program by PrepWorks

Imparting essential skills needed to thrive at top schools, universities and beyond namely Critical Thinking, Speaking, Reading and Writing. A great program to bridge the gap between Chinese School and International School, as well as International School and Boarding School abroad!

4 key areas of focus will be on critical thinking, speaking, critical reading and writing:

  1. Critical thinking is a skill used in every subject and is the basis of developing a child’s ability to make independent assessments in a rational and unbiased evaluation of factual evidence.
  2. Speaking is the art of communicating effectively and is a key factor in determining one’s future success in both academic and career choices as children learn to get their message across in concise and engaging ways.
  3. Critical reading is a crucial skill that seems to be getting lost as young people become more engrossed in video and 3D displays, yet it remains a significant means of expanding a child’s horizons by developing new perspectives.
  4. Writing is a core component in the educational process that can be tremendously beneficial and exciting to children if they are shown creative, fun and relevant means to express themselves through language in dynamic ways that utilise the above 3 skills.

After 4 years of sending classes of successful students to top schools and universities (67% success rate into Oxford and Cambridge university, 2019 stats), PrepWorks tutors have identified the components for students to excel and incorporated all these “success factors” into a comprehensive enrichment program, reaching out to younger students to prepare them from an earlier age.

StarWorks is a forward-thinking program aspiring to instill essential skills students need to be successful in tomorrow’s ever-changing landscape. StarWorks aims to prepare promising students to thrive at all academic challenges including competing for prized spots at global-ranking boarding schools and universities. Students now have the opportunity to proactively hone these skills from young instead of leaving it to chance or stressing over admissions at the last minute.

Students will also stay up-to-date with current affairs as our English specialists use the award-winning British National Young Readers’ Newspaper, First News, read by over 2.2 million students and adults, as one of our primary resources. We firmly believe in igniting the love of reading in early learners through engaging, interesting and current topics, and what better way than introducing regular reading of a newspaper specially written for kids. PrepWorks is one of the few Malaysian companies to subscribe to First News and all StarWorks students will receive a weekly copy.

The following are the skills focused on in the StarWorks program:

CRITICAL THINKING

Critical Thinking is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. It is a skill used throughout every subject, however, it forms the basis of independent thinking and enquiry in contrast to rote-learning, and is at the core of Oxbridge interviews, especially since the situation demands not necessarily the correct answer but your thought processes in answering the question.

This will be taught through the news articles where students will learn to critically think about the social and physical impact of the news on the world around them as well as possible solutions for the future.

SPEAKING

Speaking or the art of communicating effectively and engagingly is key to success in academia and beyond. As Warren Buffet put it, public speaking is the “single greatest skill” to boost one’s performance and career, to gain trust and to put forth and convince others of ground-breaking ideas in a formal setting – or even just plain getting along with others in terms of social skills!

In every session, a short speaking or presentation exercise will be incorporated into the lesson plan in order for students to practice their interpersonal and communication skills to teachers and peers, around thoughtful, current and age-relevant topics affecting today’s society based on the “First News” kid’s newspapers.

CRITICAL READING

As Ayn Rand said, “Words are a lens to focus one’s mind,” and this is especially useful for young learners in today’s world who are often easily distracted by the myriad of exciting technologies. Thus, the written word becomes evermore significant even as its appeal seems to diminish among youth, who may need some encouragement and help in identifying interesting reading materials before they learn to fully appreciate the wonderful worlds that literature can open up for them.

Strong reading abilities open up brand new horizons for young minds in a way that other mediums simply cannot achieve. Through improved depth in reading skills and a broader scope of interests, students will be exposed to new perspectives. With the First News kids newspaper, they can develop a richer appreciation for varied topics that allows them to analyse, write and converse with greater insight.

WRITING

Boosting writing skills by utilising creative tasks and fun topics provides students with an endless canvas upon which to present an array of thoughts, ideas and emotions. Writing is tremendously important not just for excelling at their schooling process, but as a means of cultivating new viewpoints, mapping out future plans and simply for artistic self-expression.

Other core learning components such as logical, numerical, spatial, interpersonal and verbal skills can be properly articulated when writing abilities have been fully developed. Thus, honing their linguistic abilities from a young age gives students greater confidence to embark upon a wider array of educational endeavours and career paths and ensures they will be poised to take full advantage of their inherent talents, skills and interests.

Teachers:

Available as 2 levels:

Level 0

(7- 9 years old)
10.00am – 11.30am

Level 1

(10-12 year olds)
9.30am – 11.30am

Dates:
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
(Total 9 sessions)

Course fees: RM 2,400

Join our FREE TRIAL CLASS on February 2nd by registering at the link below to find out more.

Register for our program at our centre on February 2nd after the trial class to receive a 50% discount of the program fees!

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Fast Track to an A* in Malay IGCSE

Techniques towards an A* in IGCSE Malay especially for those taking the exam in May 2019 and 2020

Need to get that A* for IGCSE Malay? Learn from a tutor with an 80% success rate of achieving A-A* in IGCSE Malay. She will cover important tips on getting an A*, including last minute preparation, writing an impactful essay, important vocabulary to know, techniques on answering comprehension paper 2, and improving your confidence in Malay conversational skills.

This seminar is especially for parents who are worried about the looming IGCSE Malay  exam in 2 months’ time and need a fast improvement from their child’s mock exam results.

“Hamizwanis was my grandson Ruban’s Malay Language tutor towards his IGCSE. She is a totally committed, sensitive and patient tutor, second to none I have ever known. I unreservedly recommend her to any parent. Ruban’s A* in Malay was in no small measure the result of Hamizwanis’ enduring effort.” – Dato DR PS Nathan, grandfather to an Alice Smith School student

“Hamizwanis tutored both my kids for many years towards their IGCSE’s examination in Malay. She was amazing as she took 2 kids who did not know how to speak, write or understand Malay, who had different personalities and attitude towards studying, and pulled them through to get an A and A* respectively. Patient, calm and dedicated teacher.” – Miss Zalina Shamsuddin, mother of 2 Alice Smith School students

After the seminar, students should be able to:

  • Be more creative in writing an essay with better grammar, better sentence structure, classifier, pre-fixes and more accurate words option.
  • Be more confident to speak in speaking test, as students will be provided with relevant words that can be used during oral test.
  • Have better insight for role play as the speaker will demonstrate on how to answer the role play correctly and correct the common mistakes that students usually do in the exam .
  • As for students with very basic Malay knowledge – will learn a method on how to write and speak basic words and sentences that will help them to pass Malay exam.

Tentative seminar itinerary is as follows:

Time Item
9.00 – 9.20 am Registration
9.20 – 9.30 am Opening and introduction to Speaker and Malay IGCSE
9.30 – 10.30 am Tips to write Essay, Brainstorming ideas, relevant vocabulary, prefix and grammar correction
10.30 – 10.45 am Morning Tea Break
10.45 – 12.15 pm Group work & presentation of short essay by each group
12.15 – 1.00 pm Writing personal essay
1.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 pm Comprehension (Paper 2) – scanning words and answers 3.00 – 3.15 pm Afternoon tea Break
3.15 – 4.15 pm Role Play demonstration & practice with students 4.15 – 5.15 pm Speaking tips and demonstration by speaker
4.15 – 5.15 pm Speaking tips and demonstration by speaker
5.15 – 5.30 pm Return of Evaluation Form and collecting notes and certificate (if Any)

Available as 1 class:

Level 3

(16-18 year olds)
9.00am – 5.30pm

Dates: March 24

Course fees: RM599 per student

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Critical Reading & Writing II

The goal of this course is to put in place a virtuous cycle: sensitive reading should lead to more sophisticated writing and this in turn ought to encourage a heightened awareness of what to look for in further reading. The 8 lessons are structured such as to reinforce this approach to acquiring new reading writing skills. Ultimately, of course, these are the very skills that are tested in the IGCSE English exams. In this course, students will work with a selection of challenging pieces of prose (from both fiction and nonfiction). Based on these texts, students will produce written responses of varying lengths. Students will get plenty of practice both with core skills (like paraphrasing and summarising) and more advanced skills (like analysing arguments and commenting on use of language).

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Infer the meaning of words and phrases based on contextual clues
  • Paraphrase and summarise confidently
  • Demonstrate a range of strategies to comment on use of language
  • Emulate good writing practices, including choice of vocabulary, syntax, and paragraph structure
  • Work more effectively under time constraints

Teachers:

Available as 1 class:

Level 2

(13 – 15 year olds)
9.30am – 11.30am

Dates:
Feb 2, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23
(Total 7 Sessions)

Course fees: RM2,400

Hurry as places are limited!

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English IGCSE Language and Literature Exam Preparation

“This class is specifically designed for students in Year 11 who will be taking English Language or English Literature IGCSE this coming May 2019.”

This course is an intensive prep class for those taking the exams in 2019. It aims to cover exam questions for the various books and poems studied. The focus is on tackling past exam papers with emphasis on planning answers as well as studying sample essays given to achieve the highest grade possible. Students doing coursework may also work with the teacher on how to improve their essays.

After this course, your child should be able to:

  • Learn techniques needed to excel in both IGCSE English Language as well as English Literature exams.
  • Structure and Plan answers to past exam questions.
  • Develop critical analysis skills needed in English Literature exam.
  • Enhance creative writing skills needed for essays in English Language exam.
  • Edit coursework in line with IGCSE mark schemes.

Available as 1 class:

Level 3

(15-16 year olds)
12.00noon – 1.30pm

Dates:
Feb 16, 23
March 2, 9, 23, 30
April 6, 13
(Total 8 Sessions)

Course fees: RM2,000

 

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Debating Course

Taught by an active debater who hosted the World Universities Debating Championship and chaired the United Asians Debating Union 2018

There really isn’t an activity like debating. It’s something we already naturally do, for example, we are debating even when we have conversations among our friends. What we don’t realise is how important it becomes later on in our adult lives, where we have to be quick on our feet, nimble-minded, and well-spoken enough to communicate our ideas effectively. Debating isn’t just about critical thinking, but its also the ability to empathise, to understand, and to generate ideas based on a strong foundation of one’s capability to think and express their mind. The best part is that nobody thinks the same way, and that means this course is tailored to each and every individual based on their individual traits and abilities. Additionally, this course will teach your child how to generate effective and sharp arguments in a systematic manner, and learn how to successfully and powerfully deliver it to an audience.

After this course your child should be able to:

    • Critically analyse global issues
    • Read and listen in a manner that quickly diagnoses issues
    • Learn techniques to delivering powerful, eloquent speeches with confidence
  • Develop a rigorous discipline in critical thinking, analysis, and idea generation

Available as 1 class:

Level 1

(10-12 year olds)
11.30noon – 1.30pm

Dates:
March 2, 16, 23, 30
April 14
(Total 5 Sessions)

Course fees: RM2,400

Early Bird Discount (5%) for Registration before 26th February 2019

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GRIT & other life skills

The world is changing faster than we can comprehend. Traditional routes of good grades and good universities are no longer the only ways to success. According to the World Economic Forum, top skills needed for jobs in the future are Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence. Today’s children who will be the workforce of the next generation are constantly looking for more. They are looking for happiness, fulfilment, growth and enjoyment in their work. Unfortunately, schools do not teach them how they can find these and so many students end up depressed, disillusioned, burnt out and lacking in motivation. Studies have shown that the single trait of GRIT could determine the success of a person. Once engrained, people learn to persevere over long periods of time with hope and purpose to reach success. Grit along with other essential life skills will prepare our children to maneuver the different paths available and shine in any setting.

This course strives to provide the tools for students to thrive in school, home, socially as well as the workplace.

During this course, your child will learn to:

  • Develop a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset.
  • Enhance their unique strengths while working on their weaknesses.
  • Be confident in their self amongst peers as well as in expressing their opinions.
  • Persevere during difficult and stressful times
  • Develop optimism and methods in overcoming failures
  • Develop curiosity and interest in their areas of study
  • Use tools for goal setting and steps on how to achieve them

Available as 1 class:

Level 2+

(12 – 16 year olds)
10.00am – 12noon

Dates: April 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Course fees: RM1000 per student

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