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Capitalising on school holidays

Teachers and support staff at Speciss College’s four campuses are looking forward to helping both Cambridge and Zimsec students make full use of this very important period.

According to Jane Mhini, the Director of Studies for the Chitepo Campus Study Centre, holidays are times for maximising each student’s chances of successfully passing their examinations.

“In contemporary education, students and parents must capitalise on holidays for targeted revisions, one-on-one lessons, syllabus coverage and addressing areas of weakness,” she says.

The study centre is a department within Speciss Chitepo Campus offering intensive full-time and part-time tuition programmes to students from Grades one to seven and Forms one to six.

Contrary to the popular misconception that holiday lessons are only for students who are behind in their academic work, Mhini says that the lessons are equally necessary for students who are performing well.

“Holiday lessons are absolutely important; for continuous assessment and they also enable students from different schools to interact and share information,” she says.

Violet Mahefu, the Director of Studies for the High School at Speciss’ Bulawayo Campus says that the number of students in the various holiday class programmes is purposely kept to a minimum.

On average, sizes of classes at Speciss campuses range from one student for the one-on-one holiday lessons, to six students in the remedial classes, while revision classes comprise 20 or fewer students.

“Small classes enable teachers to address each and every student’s problem areas,” Mahefu says.

The Bulawayo Campus Holiday Classes programme consists of the holiday revision programme and holiday remedial lessons.

Students who are writing exams in June or November are catered for under the holiday revision programme, while the holiday remedial lessons programme provides specialised assistance to Forms one to six students.

Ennety Musasa, the Director of Studies for the Technical High School, promises parents and students that they will get full value for their money
“All lessons will be attended to daily according to the timetable,” she assures parents.
Detailed feedback to parents and guardians, through daily homework in every subject and assessment reports, as well as daily registers to check on students’ attendance are also standard practice.
Well-maintained surroundings, modern equipment and professional security ensure that Speciss campuses provide a highly conducive learning environment.

In addition to this, Speciss offers a number of value added services such as a free Guide-O-learn module for students registering at the Chitepo Campus Study Centre.

The Guide-O-Learn is a revision tool comprising past exam questions, which the Study Centre tutors carefully compile according to syllabus topics.

Every student who registers for holiday lessons at the Study Centre is given the very helpful Guide-O-learn module, while students at the other campuses are provided with selected past-exam papers.

Students from all walks of life and educational backgrounds can benefit from holiday lessons.

William Mukura, the Director of Studies at Speciss Chitungwiza campus, says that qualified teachers are well-suited to assist any student.

“By attending all lessons, students will be able to get the complete learning package which will enable them to pass,”is  Mukura’s advise to would be students.

Visit your nearest Speciss College campus to see how they can help you perform to the best of your academic abilities.

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