10 min
Review and Reinforcement
Language, memory, and cognitive skills exercises

 40 min
Explain and Explore
Textual Analysis

 30 min
Practice and Performance
Students Practice writing exam Responses.

 10 min
Homework and study overview

Term course

Since we care about getting your child ahead, we teach our classes a term in advance of school to give your child the best opportunity to succeed.

Potentia term 1 Oct - Dec

Potentia Term 1


Lesson 1:
  • Storytelling
  • Storytelling in Aboriginal culture
  • How to write a short story for school
Lesson 2:
  • ‘All Summer in a Day’ analysis;
  • Analysing and using short story techniques;
  • Writing paragraphs
Lesson 3:
  • ‘All Summer in a Day’ continued;
  • Writing detailed, impressive paragraphs;
  • Writing diary entries;
Lesson 4:
  • The narrative curve;
  • Analysing narratives curves;
  • Writing stories using narrative curves;
  • Tone, mood, atmosphere, setting
Lesson 5:
  • Creative writing techniques and strategies;
  • Creative writing practice with real-time feedback;
  • Story planning;
Lesson 6:
  • Analysing fantasy stories;
  • Writing fantasy stories;
  • ‘Harry Potter’ focus study
Lesson 7:
  • Harry Potter textual analysis;
  • Archetype and character;
  • Fantasy archetypes;
Lesson 8:
  • Harry Potter and the narrative curve;
  • Paragraph composition workshop;
  • Setting and world-building
Lesson 9:
  • English exam strategy
  • ‘Harry Potter’ revision and reinforcement
  • Diary entry, creative writing, and analytical essay composition;
Lesson 10:
  • Review exam

Potentia term 2 Jan - April

Potentia Term 2

Australian Stories

Lesson 1:
  • Australia and Australian culture;
  • Visual text analysis;
  • Visual text composition;
  • Analytical writing on Australian culture;
Lesson 2:
  • The Stolen Generation;
  • ‘Lousy Little Sixpence’ film analysis;
  • Poetry analysis
  • Poetry composition;
Lesson 3:
  • Review of context;
  • Aboriginal history;
  • Writing a letter to the editor
Lesson 4:
  • Papunya school book analysis;
  • How to read texts;
  • Language and visual techniques;
  • Feature articles;
Lesson 5:
  • Writing detailed and impressive body paragraphs;
  • Sample body paragraphs;
  • Comparison of prescribed texts;
  • Writing literary reviews;
Lesson 6:
  • Writing workshop: short response questions
  • Formal assessment 1: comparative essay;
Lesson 7:
  • Writing about conflict;
  • Visual representations of conflict;
  • Discursive writing on conflict;
Lesson 8:
  • Understanding the causes of conflict;
  • Racism and conflict;
  • How to conduct research;
  • Genre review: script writing;
Lesson 9:
  • Review exam;
Lesson 10:
  • Review exam feedback;
  • Sample responses;
  • Real-time feedback and practice responses session;

Potentia term 3 April - July

Potentia Term 3

Narnia and Poetry

Lesson 1:
  • Summary of key events in text.  
  • Camera Angles & Shots  
  • What can angles, positioning and spacing tell us?
Lesson 2:
  • Characters in Narnia  
  • Values Chart of Characters  
  • Characters/Costume & Setting 
Lesson 3:
  • Themes & Values of Narnia  
  • Character & Costume Design 
  • Talking & Non Talking Animals 
  • War  
  • Family 
Lesson 4:
  • Perspectives influencing and emerging out of Narnia  
  • WWII  
  • Story board from Scrip
Lesson 5:
  • Story boards
Lesson 6:
  • What is Poetry  
  • Figurative Language Techniques 
Lesson 7:
  • Australian Poetry – Landscapes 
  • Indigenous Poetry
Lesson 8:
  • Poetry from home    
Lesson 9:
  • 45 Minutes Poetry Lab  
Lesson 10:
  • 45 Minute Poetry Lab  

Potentia term 4 July - Sept

Potentia Term 4


Lesson 1:
  • How to study Shakespeare
Lesson 2:
  • Introduction to Much Ado About Nothing
Lesson 3:
  • Film versions of the text
  • Comprehension and the synoptic view
Lesson 4:
  • Analysing Shakespearean language
Lesson 5:
  • Themes in Much Ado About Nothing
Lesson 6:
  • How to write a long response
Lesson 7:
  • How to create study notes for Shakespeare
Lesson 8:
  • Advanced themes
  • Attraction and deception
  • Appearance and reality
Lesson 9:
  • Review exam
Lesson 10:
  • Review exam feedback
  • Question type practice


Improve your mark and rank at school by getting a head start on your subject. Potentia courses are three months (one term) in advance of the school year. Vertical streaming ensures that all students can be extended to their level of ability.


As you achieve success build confidence in your ability. This will help you not just at high school but in your journey of lifelong learning.


Continue to build a solid foundation for your future success both at school and in life. Learning at Potentia helps you to be expert inr your subject which prepares you for post-school learning.

Learning philosophy

Learning materials

Constantly updated to reflect curriculum changes as well as best practice in learning, our materials are uniquely developed by highly trained teachers with many years’ experience.

Expert tutors

From recent HSC high achiever mentors to qualified professional teachers with subject expertise, all our tutors are trained in our unique system.

Continuous tutor training

We’re at the forefront of teaching and learning leadership, continually adapting our programs and approach to ensure the very best educational experience for your child.

Learning software

Enhancing our face-to-face teaching, our leading platform provides additional material to aid learning, as well as online assessment and reporting so we can monitor your child’s progress.

Power sessions

Power Sessions reinforce the concepts explored in our Excel class groups, pairing your child with other high-performers in a small work group to review materials and practice study skills.


We look after the whole child, not just their results. As the only tutoring college working with psychologists, we provide opportunities to learn additional life skills to foster both learning and wellbeing.

Learning Hubs

Designed to optimise your child’s learning experience and provide a safe, welcoming space, our tech-enabled classrooms provide digital screens and interactive digital whiteboards. We also offer quiet study areas, kitchen facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Feedback Loop

Potentia’s proven process of continual improvement draws on current best practice in achieving great performance – proactively supporting your child to unlock their potential.

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