Summer Revision Courses
Why Choose Oxford Science Studies?
With new revision courses springing up around the UK each year, how can you chose between them and find the right course for you? Here are some questions we would expect to be asked.
Overall impression of course
Quality of teaching
Relationship with tutors
Improvement in exam grades
Would you recommend OXSS?
A reader writes:
John Clare, Education Editor replies: A four-day course starting on January 2 and covering most subjects at GCSE and A-level, is offered by Oxford Science Studies, a well-established and reputable body. Teaching, mostly by Oxford graduates, in classes no bigger than six, covers the core elements of each subject, with an emphasis on study skills and exam technique."
Our Summer School was featured in The Independent last year, (12th April 2001, page 9) in an article entitled "Summertime and the studying is easy":
"For students who know which university they want to go to but are nervous about passing their exams there are plenty of crammer courses that offer the chance to improve revision techniques. Dr Mario Peters runs the Oxford Summer School and provides a selection of intensive revision courses for sixth-form and GCSE students.
He finds that there is a big demand for his courses. "The days of cramming three or four A-level subjects into the end of a two-year course are a thing of the past, and by sacrificing one or two weeks of their holidays, students can return to school primed and full of confidence."
Teaching is based on the tutorial system employed by Oxford University involving small study groups each with their own tutor. "We really try and focus on individual students. We find out which modules they want to do and pick out topics."
Yasmeen Aslam, 18, went to the Oxford Summer School for a week's intensive revision programme. She was given tuition in Chemistry and Biology and stayed at Somerville College for a week. She decided to do the course because she was about to enter the last year of her A-levels and wanted to start the next year prepared and able to grasp concepts. She thinks it was a worthwhile experience. "The tuition was fabulous. I got an A in one of my modules in January and a lot of the exam techniques I learnt there I applied. Also I had quite a few problems last year with organising my time and I learnt about time management.
"I am writing to you to thank you. I attended your revision course during the Easter holidays aimed at GCSE students. I studied Chemistry and Physics and I found it helped me enormously as the lectures clarified many aspects of these subjects, which I found to be the weakest of my GCSE subjects. I am pleased to inform you that I achieved As in both of these subjects.
As a dyslexic I find revision hard, with so much information to take in at once. The course helped me revise all my subjects allowing me to apply the skill I learnt by breaking down subjects into smaller sections. This helped me so much I achieved 3 A*s, 5 As and 3 Bs at GCSE which I am thrilled with.
Without the revision course I do not think I would have gained the confidence in my science subjects and would not have done so well, therefore I would like to thank you. I appreciate the hard work that you put into running the course as it has helped me and I am sure it has helped many other students like myself "
(Francesa K, Buckingham)