New Term 3: 2018 Classes are Here!

Get ready for a boost in your academics and soft skills!

  • Critical Reading & Writing I
  • Critical Reading & Writing II
  • Public Speaking (*coming in June*)
  • Debating (*coming in June*)

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Critical Reading & Writing I

“Especially for bright little minds who would like to expand their reading and stretch their imaginations”

For today’s children, reading is fast becoming a necessity only to pass exams. Cultivating the reading habit is the key to developing writing skills, creativity, critical thinking and gaining knowledge beyond school curriculum. The aim of this particular course is to encourage students to develop a love for reading and subsequently, be able to use the writing styles of various authors to write works of their own. During the course, students will produce full-length essays along with a variety of shorter writing assignments. Classes will be structured to allow time for reading and discussions, and for students to plan, write, and redraft. Homework will consist of reading assignments and research.

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Write summaries of any reading material
  • Increase vocabulary
  • Brainstorm for original ideas
  • Formulate persuasive arguments
  • Craft coherent paragraphs and essays
  • Research different topics and
  • Produce a diversity of prose, with improved vocabulary and range of sentence structures

Available as 1 class:

Level 1

(9-10 year olds):
9.00am – 10.30am

Dates:
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21
(Total 8 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,600

Sibling discount (5%)

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Writing

Taught by a graduate with a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MSt in Linguistics from Oxford University

“Especially for those who want to succeed at English Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing applicable to those who will be taking English Language (I)GCSE”

Writing is a skill that will always be relevant. In a rushed, distracted, gadget-driven world, the act of writing requires students to slow down and to pay proper attention to their thinking. Students have to develop discipline, patience, and the ability to range from detailed observations to extended reasoning. The aim of this particular writing course is to push students beyond the school curriculum. We want to provide students with the tools to write confidently not just at school (for exams like the IGCSEs and the IB), but also at university and beyond. During the course, students will produce full-length essays along with a variety of shorter writing assignments. Classes will be structured to allow time for discussions, and for students to plan, write, and redraft. Homework will consist of research or reading assignments.

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Brainstorm for original ideas
  • Research different topics
  • Formulate persuasive arguments
  • Craft coherent paragraphs
  • Produce effective prose, with ambitious vocabulary and a range of sentence structures
  • Apply robust editing skills

Available as 2 classes:

Level 1

(9-10 year olds):
9.00am – 10.30am

Dates: March 10, 17
April 14, 21, 18
May 5, 12, 19
(Total course is 8 sessions)

Level 2 - 3

(12-14 year olds):
11.30am – 1.00pm

Dates: Dec 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Course fees: RM 1,600

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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Critical Thinking

Taught by Oxford University Engineers and Lawyers

“Especially valuable to those who want to prepare for UK Boarding School interviews and working towards Oxbridge interviews – don’t leave it till last minute!”

It is no longer enough to be mere consumers of knowledge. On top of the list of skills which makes one most employable is transferrable skills, such as “Judgement and Decision Making”, “Complex Problem Solving” and “Critical Thinking”, here defined as “using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches”. Our future generations will have to learn to evaluate ideas, question long-standing assumptions, analyse complex situations, and to find creative solutions to big problems. This full 8 session course aims to introduce such skills to students so that they can be active thinkers and are set on a pathway to success in every stage of their education and careers.

Read more on the importance of Critical Thinking for our future generations:

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Think creatively and “out-of-the-box”
  • Problem solve age appropriate logic and maths riddles
  • Communicate across a balanced argument to basic issues
  • Come up with reasonable conclusions to thought-provoking questions
  • Work in a team towards a mutual goal
  • Sharpen their interview skills including “thinking-on-their-feet”
  • Be unafraid to speak in front of a group of peers
  • Have fun challenging themselves!

Available in 2 classes:

Level 1

(9-10 year olds)
9.30am – 11am

Level 2

(11-12 year olds)
11.30am – 1pm

Dates: 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14, Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov
(Total 8 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,600

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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Finance & Economics for Real World Applications

Taught by a Financial Researcher with a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University

Orthodox economics syllabi today, especially those of the IB and GCSE systems, provide an incomplete picture of how the financial system and economics works. For example, the fractional reserve model of banking is false; money today is simply created by commercial banks when they give out loans. They lend first, creating deposits, and fund later. The role of debt and inequality in economic growth today, especially for consumption, has great weight in the developed world and warrants discussion.

What is the origin of the phrase “safe as houses” and why is everyone’s uncle into real estate? How does the bond market work? How should shares of companies listed on a stock exchange be priced?

Finally, we discuss energy and how it links to economic growth and the financial system. The financial system that you assume will multiply your savings and provide for your retirement is completely dependent upon continued growth; without that growth, it will cease to function.

This 4-session course aims to cover the major asset classes (bonds, equities, cash, commodities, real estate), how wealth creation takes place, how the modern financial system works, and how economic growth is a function of energy availability.

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Understand basic financial literacy.
  • Understand the basics of equity/stock markets, bond markets, and real estate markets.
  • Understand the basics of financial statements, including metrics for profitability like Return on Assets, Return on Invested Capital.
  • Understand the basics of the modern financial system and fiat currencies; how money is (mostly) created by commercial banks today as a by-product of lending.
  • Understand the basics of economic ideology, resource allocation, fiscal policy, and monetary policy.
  • Understand the importance of ecology, energy, and economics.

Available as a holiday programme:

Level 4 & 5

(15-18 year olds)
10.30am – 2pm (12pm-12.30pm lunch break, Q&A)

Dates: 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec
(Total 4 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,600

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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Critical Reading & Writing II

Taught by a graduate with a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MSt in Linguistics from Oxford University

“Especially for those who want to do better at English Language and Literature (I)GCSE”

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

Available as 1 class:

Level 2 & 3

(11 – 14 year olds)
9.30am – 11.30am

Dates:
April 14, 21, 28
May 5, 26
June 2, 9, 23, 30
(Total 9 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,880

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Study Skills for Scholars

The trick to getting 12A*s at GCSE taught by an Oxford University Scholar

“Especially for those who want to get their best possible GCSE grades before it is too late”

The majority of us are only 10% effective without key study skills. Unlock your potential by learning how an Oxford scholar and straight A student uses certain researched methods to achieve better results in exams! Adapted from the Palgrave Study Skills book, this is the course for your child if they are just not getting the results they want no matter how hard they work (or don’t work). Especially useful for those who want to learn how to work and study effectively before their important GCSEs years!

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Independently ascertain their goals
  • Plan how to achieve these goals using the SMART technique
  • Plan their time effectively!
  • Manage their stress effectively
  • Note-take in a fun and efficient way
  • Master how to review and learn from their own notes effectively
  • Critically think and read their way through school!
  • Learn how to utilize their memory
  • Write in a formal and academic style
  • Revise the smart way!

Available as a holiday program for 3 levels:

Level 2 & 3

(11-13 year olds)
9.30am – 11am

Level 4

(14-16 year olds)
11.30am – 1pm

Dates: 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, 19 Oct
(Total 4 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,600

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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Interview Skills
for Oxbridge and Beyond

Taught by an Oxford University Engineer and Academic Scholar

“Especially for those applying for Oxbridge and Medicine”

A good interview can change your future! A few of us are natural at it but the majority of us are frightened at the thought and need more practice. As interviews play such a key role in getting into your dream school, university or job, why not learn from those who have successfully interviewed and got in! In this course, we will introduce the basics of good interview techniques, create self-awareness on each individual’s good and bad habits and most importantly allow each student to practice in a series of mock scenarios. We have good news: effective interview habits can simply be a matter of awareness and practice so come join in, discover that it is hardly daunting and learn a skill that would carry you through a lifetime of success.

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Be aware of effective interview techniques
  • Be bolder in speaking up and communicating in a formal setting
  • Know themselves better in terms of their communication style: their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand ways in which to “buy time” when answering difficult questions
  • Feel more confident when approaching interviews: confidence is half the battle!

Available as a holiday program:

Level 4 & 5

(15-18 year olds)
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Dates: 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, 19 Oct
(Total 4 sessions)

Course fees: RM 2,400

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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English for 13+ and 16+ Entry to UK Boarding Schools

Taught by a graduate with a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MSt in Linguistics from Oxford University

English exams for 13+ and 16+ entry to top UK boarding schools are meant to spot potential and to gauge a student’s ability to cope with future challenges. The materials and questions will thus naturally be pitched at a higher level than what a student is accustomed to. To excel at these exams, students need to have inculcated the habit of anticipating what an examiner might be looking for. PrepWorks has developed short courses with exactly that purpose in mind. Classes are structured as intense practice sessions. Students will become more comfortable with the types of question that come up. They will acquire more speed and accuracy in analysing challenging pieces of text. And they will develop rigour and originality in generating ideas, formulating responses, and providing convincing evidence.

After this course your child should be able to:

  • Be purposeful in navigating difficult passages
  • Decode questions to infer precisely what is required from a response
  • Construct concise, effective short answers
  • Find ways to display flair in longer answers

Available at 2 levels:

Level 2

(11-12 year olds)
9.30am – 11.00am

Dates: 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 21 Dec
(Total 4 sessions)

Level 4

(15-16 year olds)
9.30am – 11.00am

Dates: 2 Jan, 3 Jan, 4 Jan, 5 Jan
(Total 4 sessions)

Course fees: RM 1,600

Early Bird (5%), Sibling (5%) and 4-course (10%) Discounts available!

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