Opportunity Class

Thinking Skills, Mathematical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension

Many capable students miss out on OC due to a lack of preparation. We double your child’s chance to get an offer.

Preparing students for success in the New Selective Placement Test. We double your child’s chance to get an offer. 80%-85% success rate.

We will also help you with the Selective School application and the order of school preferences to maximise your child’s chance of getting an offer. Free school uniform for the ones who make it.

Why Selective?

There are two main reasons why opportunity class is a good option for your child. Being in an OC class will enrich and academically challenge students. It will keep them engaged and stimulated and it will ultimately help them getting into a selective school. There are academic and non-academic advantages of being in a selective school; Academically students in selective schools learn at a higher level. More importantly, their HSC results are usually scaled up for the ATAR score used to enter university. Why scaled up?

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Our Course.

Prepare your child for the NEW Opportunity Class placement test with personalised, research-based coaching and without overwhelming them with tons of homework.

In our course students learn not only Maths, English and Thinking skills. They learn the foundations of problem solving and systematic thinking. They also learn critical thinking which includes inductive and deductive reasoning. Our course teaches students how to think and how to apply their thinking skills under exam conditions.

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In our Opportunity Class preparation program, your child will

  • Learn and develop a strong conceptual understanding of all key concepts in Math, English and Thinking Skills
  • Receive individual attention and support in our small group class
  • Become a problem solver with an ability to interpret, infer, deduce and think critically
  • Surround themselves with a group of like minded students on the same path as them
  • Ignite their passion for learning through our unique teaching style
  • Master exam and time management techniques and tools to reduce cognitive load
  • Sit 5 mock tests over the program and receive detailed feedback
  • Not be overwhelmed with excessive amounts of homework
Selective School Tutoring

Opportunity Class (also known as OC) is a program in government schools in NSW that caters to academically gifted and talented children in Years 5 and Year 6.

The class provides a rich and intellectually stimulating educational environment. Students who wish to be placed in an Opportunity Class in Year 5 need to sit the test in Year 4, which is usually in July of each year

Entry into OC is determined by two factors:

  • Students’ results in the Opportunity Class Test: English (reading comprehension), Mathematics and Thinking Skills
  • Students’ school’s assessment of their performance in English and Mathematics in Year 4 and Year 3 performance and NAPLAN.

Global Education Academy encourages students to start their preparation as early as possible to improve their school results and enhance their skills, in addition to the actual preparation for the OC Placement Test.

Sessions at Global Education Academy are conducted in a supportive, friendly and engaging learning environment where the academic development of each student comes first. We offer our students many hours of extra support.

The course exposes students to all genres of texts. It includes all levels of Reading Comprehension and all types of questions that are required for the OC test:

Standard questions for a passage or poem that requires deep and inferential understanding.

Fill in the gaps questions that not only require high level of understanding the content but also understanding the structure of the text.

Extracts questions that require understanding the main idea and the angle of each extract.

In addition, in our tutoring classes, students are exposed to various types of texts. We also make sure students expand their vocabulary and learn grammar and punctuation in a structured environment.

The OC Maths test has moved from Maths to Mathematical Reasoning. Mathematical reasoning is subtly different to maths. Students need to not only know formulas and perform some calculations. They need to problem-solve, analyse and reason correctly.

Our unique strategy of problem solving, the UPSLTM  strategy (understand, plan, solve and learn), gives students an advantage and a higher level of knowledge that can be applied to any setting or situation. Our tutors make sure that students understand each topic before moving to the next.

Thinking skills has two main components: problem-solving and critical thinking.

Problem solving consists of mathematical or logical problems embedded in a practical context. To solve them, students need mathematical knowledge, analytical skills and the ability to differentiate between redundant and essential information.

Critical thinking – when we analysed these questions, we found that they consisted of inductive and deductive reasoning.

  • The inductive reasoning questions involve students being asked to evaluate the impact of additional information on a given conclusion. They involve reasoning from common sense and general knowledge.
  • The deductive reasoning questions can be solved and taught using mathematical diagrams such as Venn diagrams and Tree diagrams. While these questions may look like English questions, they require a mathematical type of analysis.

Our tutors who teach the deductive reasoning are mathematics teachers, usually high school mathematics teachers who are also trained how to teach primary students

The program runs from Term 1 (10 weeks), Term 2 (10 weeks) and 5 days over the July School Holidays.

Each term, your child will receive their own GEA Selective Program books.

The program includes 5 mock tests spread throughout the entire program and each test is accompanied with comprehensive feedback.

However, many of our students start tutoring from year 3. In Year 3 we strengthen their maths and English and bring to an advanced level of both subjects.

Exam Techniques

  • 5 mock tests with comprehensive feedback to become familiar with the test
  • Time management
  • Multiple choice questions tips
  • Maximising marks

Cognitive Load Techniques

  • Stress management
  • Boosting students’ self-esteem
  • Building independence and mastery
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Our founder, Dr Majeda Awawdeh’s personal experience with selective schooling

Our students achieved outstanding results in the 2020 Selective & Scholarship test.

Your child learns through our unique Five-C Method™ which is based on Cognitive Load Theory.

Why it Works

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Highly qualified teachers

Your child is taught by a professional teacher with extensive experience
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Immediate teacher feedback

Our smart systems and personalised reports tell you exactly how your child is tracking.
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Students actually learn

Your child is learning rather than just doing worksheets.
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Individualised support

Small class sizes of no more than eight students.
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We won't overwhelm you with homework

Your child will receive just enough quality homework for real understanding and free homework help sessions.
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Unlocking full potential

Our roadmaps ensure significant improvement to realise your child’s potential.

Sydney tutoring centre

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Kogarah

1 / 53-55 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217
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Turramurra

4 William Street, Turramurra NSW 2074
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Testimonials

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Dear GEA staff and teachers, I can’t believe Ema’s Year 6 journey is over. The last 2 years were very difficult in many ways and obviously made Ema’s preparation for selective and scholarship exams quite challenging. I have to thank all of the GEA staff and teachers from the bottom of my heart as even though there was a lot of “unknown” in our kids’ lives they made Ema’s study journey so much easier. Clear communication, very approachable staff helping us to navigate with online learning and most of all dedicated teachers helping our kids with their preparation for the exams and overall progress in their studies…

Julian-Yaman

I cannot Thank Global Education Academy enough, I thought by enrolling my son to a private school he is receiving the best education possible. I was so wrong.  Since kindergarten, his report was not that great, and I was a super concern, and whenever I raised my concerns with his class teacher I was told not worry, every kid is different and that he was doing well.

After reaching out to Global Education Academy within the first two weeks I could see the difference.  Homework is an easy task to do with no time at all, no calls or emails from the school, after school learning at Global is something he is looking forward to it. Even on Saturday he is happy to go.

I am not sure what magic spell Kate is using on my son, but it is working! Thank you, Kate, for making my son believe in his ability, I am super confident that he is in good hands. I cannot wait to see his school report.

If you are struggling to try to find answers on what to do to help your children to thrive in their learning, Global Education Academy is the solution

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“Hello, I thought I’d share some positive feedback on my son, Zac, tutoring experience from GEA Kogarah. He thoroughly enjoys his lessons with Ms Caroline each week so much so he looks forward to them. He finds learning fun even being on zoom. I have to say that if it wasn’t for her tutoring “pro-ess” and ability to keep him engaged he would definitely be further behind with the impact of COVID / homeschooling. Please pass on thanks and kudos. Cheers”

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“Just so you know yesterday I observed Aidan doing his online tutoring classes and I must say I was impressed. Your platform is much better than what his school is currently using and I actually think he enjoyed the work which is great! He seemed quite focused and engaged with what the class is doing which was good to see.”

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