We strongly believe that the secrets to the HSC lie in the experiences of those who have proven their ability, and our staff are handpicked from the very best performers of the state. They are well-rounded, ambitious young leaders who are passionate about their work. Their marks speak volumes, but our tutors are inspiring in their teaching ability and style.
At Ace, our teaching style and resources are centred heavily around exam preparation. Our students are motivated and hard working, and our course places little value on homework or enforcing discipline or work ethic. Rather, we streamline our theory content and have dedicated hours to exam-style questions that are worked through by our staff, placing focus on how to create a perfect response.
Personalised and Comprehensive
Our staff go above and beyond at Ace. Students are always welcome to bring in their own upcoming assessments, and often we will create specific classes for specific schools. We run a number of free seminars throughout the year to help our students with their applications or UMAT examinations, and our tutorials are an open forum for any kind of work that our tutor feels comfortable teaching. Ace is more than a college, it is a community and a place of learning, and we are passionate about creating a culture of mentorship and excellence.
Weekly classes at ACE run for 3.5 hours for HSC and UCAT students and 3 hours for Year 11 students. In each class, tutors will guide students to work through three specific components.
In these Theory sessions students are taught about a new concept, or series of concepts, from the subject syllabus. They are designed to provide in-depth coverage and understanding of all HSC and Preliminary syllabus content and allow students to create detailed notes which they will use for their revision prior to exams.
Problem Based Class
The Problem Based Class (PBC) component that follows theory is arguably the most important time at Ace. Students revise what they have just learnt through attempting a series of exam style questions. Our tutors work through each question with students, helping clarify the theory and focusing on improving exam technique such as response content and structure to ensure maximum marks.
The Tutorial component of class is a more interactive setting where our students move through a series of questions at their own pace, primarily revising the concepts learned in the previous week. Our tutors move throughout the class, helping students with any queries. Students are encouraged to bring in their school assessments and any other issues beyond their ACE work to receive feedback or assistance from their tutor.
Each term has extensive in-class examination. Ranging from weekly quizzes to termly exams; our students are repeatedly tested in exam style conditions. Tutors then go through these questions and break apart student responses.
Our final HSC term consists of ten HSC style Examinations for each topic. Students sit their respective exam during the week under complete exam conditions. Papers are then handed in, marked by our staff and then returned (with ranks) to students during weekend review classes. During this review, our tutors then break apart the entire exam and provide model responses.
The same content, delivered one term sooner
In order to accommodate different school schedules and learning styles, Ace runs two streams for most of the courses we offer, a Standard stream, and an Accelerated stream. While both streams incorporate the same content and provide extensive coverage of the relevant syllabus, the timing of classes is different.
Standard stream courses are designed to deliver syllabus content one to two weeks ahead of most school schedules, while Accelerated stream classes are run one term ahead of the standard schedule.
To find out more about our Accelerated stream and understand whether it would be suitable for you, please follow the link below.