Q&A WHEN SHOULD YOU START PREPARATION FOR OC SELECTIVE
When should you start preparation for OC selective?
What is the proportion of GA questions and thinking skills questions?
My daughter is in year two now. What should I do to make her interested in learning skills?
It would be best if you started by helping her read book-themed movies. Harry porter is a good example. This will build her reading capacity, vocab, and writing skills. To develop her verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills, you can do bond books. Bond books are good. But again, you need to understand that they’re not really tailored towards the new Cambridge skills test. If you are looking for something more tailored, you need a consultant for additional coaching.
My eight-year-old boy is constantly struggling with fiction and writing. What should I do?
How are students given homework, and who marks them while being enrolled at Scholarly?
An absurd idea that parents should stop is this idea of subjecting your kids to many activities to make them all rounded. They read books here and there, they do all these different activities, and they end up being mediocre at absolutely everything. They don’t good at anything. It’s better to find one or two strengths and work on developing them thoroughly. Being a specialist is not being in be a professional. So think carefully about what you want to do. Because if you don’t really think about your future and are just doing things like mindlessly, and you’re following what everybody else is doing, you will fail.
Finally, it would be best if you built your child’s speaking abilities and expressive abilities. This is because as they get higher and higher academically, they will realize that world needs more speakers and people who can actually communicate.
I have had several conversations with parents. And one really interesting conversation that I’ve been having is the conversation between first-generation migrants versus second-generation Australian migrants. On the other hand, second-generation migrants are not willing to push their kids as much as first-generation migrants. Their excuse is that they don’t want to overpower and stress them. I have realized that all our decisions come from our triggers. Most migrants are filled with uncertainty, and so they have to keep working hard and push their kids in that direction. This is why most migrants succeed in foreign countries. Because your life is so filled with fear, it’s almost like you have no choice. So, you keep on working hard, and you keep pushing your kids in that direction.
There is a striking difference between the kids of first-generation migrants and those of second-generation migrants at school. The former do whatever they are told and get their work done, while the latter, even with their high IQ, are more relaxed. From our experience with kids at Scholarly, we send many migrants to selective schools compared to native kids. So again, as a parent, your duty is to coach and nurture your kid to secure a bright future for them. With the current trends in Australia, where millions of skilled foreigners live, the competition for jobs will be super high in the next few years. Big companies don’t employ people based on nationality but based on talents.
Second-generation kids whose parents speak English at home usually do a lot better than first-generation kids because their parents don’t speak English properly. But surprisingly, some first-generation kids do better than second-generation kids because they get prepared well for the exam.
20-30 years ago, there were very few Asians in selective schools because whites dominated them. With the onset of migration in the 1980s and 1990s, there are currently many migrants in particular schools, including James Ruse, where you cannot get into if you are not a migrant. This means that If you are a second-generation Asian, you’re going to be racially profiled, and more importantly, you need to work harder to work hard to compete against the rest. So if you are a parent who’s not willing to push your child, the future is not going to look too good for you.