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The Importance of the Primary Years
The primary years lay the foundation for what is learnt in high school, at the tertiary level and for skills required in the workplace. It is therefore of paramount importance that students master the basic literacy and numeracy skills taught in primary school. Does this mean every student requires additional tutoring? The short answer is no. For some students though, mastering the basic literacy and numeracy skills taught in primary school can be difficult, in part because of an overcrowded curriculum that does not always permit much time for revising concepts.
Our modern curriculum has also moved away, to a large extent, from drill and practice. Good writing needs to be technically accurate, with correct use of grammar and punctuation, which require practice and if you want to know your times tables for example, drill and practice is the only way. At Amanda Dixon PhD we combine modern teaching practices with a traditional approach.
Early Secondary - Years 7 & 8
At Amanda Dixon PhD we see students in the early secondary years, often because they have missed some of the basic skills in English and Mathematics taught in primary school. We cover any gaps in students' primary education, cover the curriculum in English and Mathematics in the early secondary years and also help students with their essay writing skills.