Important Information About Term 4

We hope you are all enjoying the holiday break after a busy term 3. Term 4 classes at Spectrum will commence on the 11th and 12th of October. In the meantime, here is some important information about the term ahead.

Timetable Change

Next term, we’ll be closing our Sunday afternoon classes at our Footscray campus. After careful deliberation, we have concluded that it is no longer sustainable to continue running these classes. The new timetable can be viewed via our website. If you have any questions or concerns about how this change will affect your child, please feel free to give us a call.

Paying Fees

Enrol your child today to skip the queue on the first week of term 4. Enrolling before the first week of term helps to ensure that your child’s name is on the roll and that we have all of their resources prepared in advance. You can enrol and pay your child’s fees today using our online enrolment form.

Year 12 Classes In Term 4

Year 12 classes will be running in term 4 right up until the week of each subject’s exam. Classes in term 4 will focus on revising the year’s work, focusing on common examination questions, identifying common errors that students make on exams and ensuring that each student is as well prepared for their exam as possible. As the exams take place early in the term, term 4 will be shorter than usual for year 12 students, and we have adjusted our fees to reflect this. For more information on exam dates and term 4 fees for year 12 students, please consult this handout.


Finally, we would like to congratulate a number of our students who performed incredibly well on their exams successfully gained a place at a Melbourne Selective School. Well done to Soon Lee, Kim Quach, Punya Relan, Julia Schneider, Adelle Nguyen, Andy Le, Lam Le, Preeth Gunasekaran, Rutvik Dave, Steven Law, Vanessa Vu and Abraham Naim. You should all be very proud of your hard work!

We hope that you are all having a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you again on the 11th and 12th of October!

10 Different Ways Of Asking “How Was School?” That Might Get An Answer

Does this following conversation sound familiar?

Parent: How was school today?

Student: Ok.

Parent: Did anything interesting happen?

Student: No. Do we have anything to eat?

Parent: …

Asking your child about their day at school is often one of the most difficult tasks a parent can face. They’re tired, they just want to relax, and the last thing they want to do is to be interrogated. But, on your end, all you want is to know how they’re doing, whether they’re enjoying their subjects, whether they’re having any trouble and whether you can do anything to help. It’s a difficult situation, so today I will provide 10 different questions you can use to ask your child about their day at school.

  1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  2. What was the worst thing that happened at school today?
  3. Tell me one thing that you are looking forward to tomorrow/ this week?
  4. Did anything surprise you at school today?
  5. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  6. What do you think you should learn more/less of at school?
  7. What made you laugh today?
  8. What was the nicest thing you did for someone/someone did for you today?
  9. If you had to describe your day using 4 words, what would they be?
  10. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

How do you go about talking to your child about their day at school? If you have any good tactics, let us know in the comments!

How To Get Your Head Around Long Term Goals

Do you find that the biggest and most rewarding things are always the hardest to achieve? This is because, to a large extent, our brains are mostly incapable of dealing with large-scale long-term goals. Our minds are very good at focusing on the immediate future: what we want to do on the weekend, what we want to eat for dinner and whether or not we feel like sleeping in. But we are much worse at thinking practically about the long term future: what we have to do to get into the University course of our dreams, what we can do to achieve a high ATAR score. When we think about these goals, it is often hard to figure out how to act on them. Today, I will provide my top 5 tips on how to get your head around your own long-term goals and start working towards them today.

1. Understand your motivation

Before you can start working towards a long-term goal, you need to understand your motivation. What do you hope to achieve? Why do you want to achieve this? How will you feel when you achieve it? The more you focus on your motivation and exactly why you care about the particular goal, the more likely it is that you will work hard towards achieving it

2. Set smaller milestones

As I have said, our brains are pretty terrible at thinking in the long term. If you plan something that you want to achieve in a year, you will either find yourself overwhelmed by the enormity of the task or entirely apathetic and inclined to procrastinate.Ideally, you should set yourself clear milestones of what you wish to achieve at least every couple of weeks. This will make it easier to plan what you have to do.

3. Make a clear plan

“Work hard” is not a plan. “Study every day” is not a plan. “Get better at maths” is not a plan. In order to achieve a long-term goal, it is important to set yourself clear objectives and clear instructions as to exactly what you need to do each day to achieve it. Do this when you are most motivated and make sure you live up to the tasks that you have set yourself.

4. Assess your progress regularly

Every couple of weeks, it is important to check your progress and ask yourself whether or not you are on track to achieve your goal. Try not to think about this in terms of succeeding or failing; rather think about whether or not you can change anything in the immediate future to make it easier for your to achieve your milestones. Perhaps you need a new plan, or perhaps you need to reassess your motivations.

5. Enjoy your successes

A lot of students forget that they are allowed to enjoy their successes. Every time you achieve a short-term goal, every time you make progress towards your long-term goal, you should allow yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment. We are driven by emotions; the more you link your hard work to positive feelings, the more you congratulate yourself for your efforts, the harder you are likely to work in the future.


Get Published On spectrumtuition.com!

At Spectrum Tuition, we are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements – particularly when we see some of our previously disengaged students use our easy to follow techniques to produce winning essays. 

The purpose of writing is to gain a captive audience, so we are giving some of our chosen students the opportunity to publish their work on our website.

With thousands of unique visitors to our site each month, this is a fantastic way for our students to get the recognition they deserve and to hopefully serve as a platform to encourage budding young authors reach their potential!

Our first essay was written by Ana, a Year 5 student attending our centre. She wrote the following essay within 20 minutes.

We think she’s extremely talented. What do you think?


Richard stumbled through the dark creepy forest and fell. He tumbled and landed with a splash in a muddy river. As he surfaced, something square-shaped and dark floated towards him. He picked it up. It looked like some sort of book. He flicked on his flashlight. No, it was a diary. It was emerald green and emblazoned in gold was the name Edmund Smith. “Who is Edmund Smith?” Richard questioned. He turned the first page and with an excruciatingly deafening slurping noise, he got sucked into it.

“Nutzen ihn!”(Seize him) someone bellowed. Richard turned slowly. “Run Edmund!” screamed a deep-voiced man in the distance. It appeared he was in World War One, fighting as Edmund Smith. Just his luck, he had landed in the middle of an air raid! 

Suddenly, his only protection- his rifle-was snatched from him. He was engulfed by people speaking a foreign language. NAZIS! Panic swept through him like a river current. His wrists were suddenly bounded into strong, painful iron cuffs. Richard felt something hard smash into his head from behind. Everything turned red, then black. 

Richard awoke in a dark, dripping, rusty cell, with some stale bread crusts and an empty water pail. His head was painful and sore. He felt sick, as if he had not slept at all. When he stood up, his head spun like a spinning top. He banged on the bars, hoping to break free – but it was no use. As he turned, he spied something. It was the diary! He groped for it, turning the first page… 

“Richard, hurry up, you’ll be late for school,” shouted his mother. “Phew”, Richard thought, “it was all a horrid dream”. He reached for his school bag. Out of the corner of his eye, sitting on top of his bag was an emerald green book with letters emblazoned in gold. Slowly, without thinking, he flicked open the first page…