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  • StarWorks Enrichment Program
  • Critical Reading & Writing II
  • English IGCSE Language and Literature Exam Preparation
  • Debating Course

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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

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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

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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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