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History Tuition – Where History Comes To Life
When it comes to history, most people fall into either of two categories: they either love history or they hate history. Those who love it usually do so because they had a teacher or another person in their life who made the subject come alive. Unfortunately, those who hate it usually missed out on such an experience. This is where history tuition by Star Tutors will make a difference – they make history come to life. History is so much more than dates and battles and possibly some rulers. History deals with the lives that people like you and I would have led, if we had been born in a different period. Their experiences and development influences the way we live now.
The NSW History syllabus broadly outlines content to be taught across all schools. Stages 1 to 5 cover students who must study history up to and including Year 10. Our history tuition follows the syllabus and provides students with relevant insight into topics:
Stage 1 (Kindergarten to Year 2): Personal and family histories, present and past family life and the past in the present.
Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4): Community and remembrance and first contacts.
Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6): The Australian colonies and Australia as a nation.
Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8): The ancient world and 3 depth studies on: the ancient past, the Mediterranean world and the Asian world. Then students look at the ancient to modern world with another 3 depth studies on: the Western and Islamic world, the Asia-Pacific world and expanding contacts.
Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10): The making of the modern world and depth studies on: Australians in World War I and II and Australia and Asia. Then students look at the modern world and Australia and more depth studies on: rights and freedoms and the globalising world.
After Stage 5, History is no longer a compulsory subject for students. Students who select History in Stage 6 as an elective are provided with 3 alternatives (the last, Extension History, is only available to Year 12 students). History tuition requires a direct match between the tutor's knowledge and the topics chosen at school.
Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12):
The first option is Ancient History. The Preliminary (Year 11) course introduces investigation of the past, archaeology, science and case studies. Then students look at studies of ancient societies, sites and sources, and conduct a historical investigation. The HSC (Year 12) course has 4 equal components worth the same amount of time: cities of Vesuvius (core topic for all Year 12 Ancient History students), 1 ancient society, 1 personality in their time and 1 historical period.
The second option is Modern History. The Preliminary (Year 11) course contains major case studies from 2 different continents, the world at the beginning of the twentieth century, and conducting a historical investigation. The HSC (Year 12) course has 4 equal components on World War I, national studies, personalities in the twentieth century, and international studies in peace and conflict.
History teaching in Australian schools places a lot of emphasis on the history of Australia after European settlement. While this is certainly important to understand where we are now in the Australia of today, we must not forget that all settlers brought their history from somewhere else, making their history our history.
History tuition will show students parallels between antiquity and modern times. Just think of the words we use regarding politics: ‘democracy’, from Greek meaning “government by the people”; the ancient Roman republic had a ‘senate’ with ‘senators’; ‘referendum’ which comes from Latin; ‘plebiscite’, also Latin meaning “a decree by the common people”; and these are just a few examples. In 2015, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, an important medieval document which is remembered everywhere, and rightly so, as many of the rights we take for granted have been enshrined in this document.
The medieval period left many traces in our daily lives. We all have read books and newspapers. This wide dissemination of knowledge is only possible because of the invention of the printing press with movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s. Think of the Renaissance with its re-discovery of the knowledge of antiquity and its thirst for understanding. This led to the discovery of – for Europeans - new worlds, like the Americas and eventually Australia. There were other changes in Europe that led to a spiral in crime bringing us back to the the concept of transportation and indeed leading to the most inhumane treatment of convicts. Our tuition focus is to help you understand how strong cause and effect is in history.
There is a vast world waiting to be discovered. Star Tutors provides a wide range of school and university subjects as well as some vocational courses which will help students to understand and retain information. History tuition by an enthusiastic Star Tutor opens the gate to this world and takes you on a journey of discovery. If you are an enthusiastic history tutor, please click here.
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Ralph V. Turner, ‘The Meaning of Magna Carta since 1215’, History Today, Volume 53, Issue 9 (Sept. 2003). URL: http://www.historytoday.com/ralph-v-turner/meaning-magna-carta-1215 [accessed 26 Aug. 2015]
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