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


Term 1: Writing

Lesson 1:
  • Australian literature;
  • Australian identity and context;
  • Representing Australia
  • Focus: Charles Sturt
Lesson 2:
  • Goal setting;
  • Interpersonal intelligence and English;
  • Working effectively in groups;
  • Aboriginal poetry textual analysis;

Lesson 3:
  • Intelligence and group work;
  • Reading strategies
  • Making plausible interpretations
  • Lesson 4:
  • How to create ideas 
  • How meaning is generated;
  • Focus on purpose and audience;

Lesson 5:
  • How to do persuasive writing;
  • Persuading an audience
  • Focus on purpose;
  • Analysis of discrimination
Lesson 6:
  • Persuasive writing continued;
  • Long-form writing task
Lesson 7:
  • Persuasive writing techniques;
  • Analysing persuasive techniques;
  • Long form persuasive writing practice;
Lesson 8:
  • Persuasive writing consolidation;
  • Persuasion in writing and speech;
  • Long form persuasive composition: editing and proofreading;
Lesson 9:
  • Review exam;

Lesson 10:
  • Review exam feedback;
  • Sample responses;
  • Real-time feedback and practice responses session;

Potentia term 2 Jan - April

Potentia Term 2

War Writing
Lesson 1:
  • Introduction to war writing;
  • Close analysis of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’
  • How to analyse and write about context;
  • WWII context
Lesson 2:
  • How to analyse visual texts;
  • Analysing the major visual techniques;
  • In-depth war image analysis;
Lesson 3:
  • Analysis of ‘My Mother’s Eyes’
  • Using personal context in textual analysis;
  • How to answer short response questions;
Lesson 4:
  • Visual and textual analysis in detail;
  • Putting it all together into analytical writing;
  • How to write body paragraphs;
Lesson 5:
  • How to study novels;
  • Key techniques of a novel;
  • How to write a novel;
  • How to create an engaging opening;
Lesson 6:
  • Reading ‘The Old Man at the Bridge’;
  • How to analyse prose techniques
  • Technique analysis examples and workshop
Lesson 7:
  • How to read war journalism;
  • In-depth article analysis;
  • How to write war journalism;
  • Peer workshop and reinforcement;
Lesson 8
  • Pre-exam skills session;
  • How to make interpretations
  • How to construct arguments
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

Lesson 1: 
  • How to study Shakespeare 
Lesson 2:
  • A Midsummer introduction
  • Key characters and scenes
The story
  • Lesson 3:
  • Analysing Early Modern English
Lesson 4:
  • Dreams and reality
Lesson 5:
  • Essay writing, Part I
Lesson 6:
  • Essay writing, Part II
Lesson 7:
  • Advanced themes
  • Symbolism
Lesson 8:
  • Creating study notes
  • Writing under exam conditions
Lesson 9:
  • Review exam
Lesson 10:
  • Exam feedback

Potentia term 4 July - Sept

Potentia Term 4

Lesson 1:
  • How to study film
Lesson 2:
  • Introduction to 2001: A Space Odyssey
Lesson 3:
  • How to analyse film techniques well
Lesson 4:
  • A Space Odyssey overview
  • Key scenes
Lesson 5:
  • The human place in the cosmos
Lesson 6:
  • The space race
Lesson 7:
  • How to ace short response questions
Lesson 8:
  • High-scoring film essays
  • Sample essays
Lesson 9:
  • Review exam
Lesson 10:
  • 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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