Learning Support

Learning Support

The aim of the College is to ensure that every student with special educational needs and/or disabilities is supported holistically during their time at OTC and that they are fully included in college life, wherever possible. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the welfare team offer additional help and guidance to support students with a variety of barriers to learning, so that every student has the opportunity to make progress and reach their potential regardless of any learning difficulties, or disabilities.

The SENCo works closely with teachers and students so that appropriate strategies and adjustments are put into place to support the student’s individual needs.

Students who need any additional support meet with the SENCo on a regular basis to review progress enabling the student to have an active role in determining the nature of the provision needed.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, we encourage you to describe your needs on your registration form so that we can start organising your support straight away. This will not affect your application.

For further information on the support offered for students with special educational needs and/or disability and for information relating to access arrangements for examinations please refer to the current edition of the College ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy’ available on the website, book an appointment to meet the SENCo by telephoning reception on 01865 793333 or by emailing the SENCo directly at mark.huggins@oxfordtutorialcollege.com.

Supervised Study

When either a student or a tutor requests this, supervised study periods may be introduced as part of the weekly timetable. Work is completed on assignments set by the tutor, supervised by a member of staff, normally in the college library. If a student is encountering problems organising study time and keeping on top of set work, supervised study hours are often of great benefit.

The Study Skills Course
The importance of having competence in study skills cannot be over-emphasised; lack of such competence is the most common cause of under-performance in public examinations. The successful student needs to be able to organise study time efficiently, follow instructions carefully, select relevant reading material, read it quickly and with clear understanding, take effective summarised notes, revise and learn material thoroughly, understand the focus of examination questions, develop effective answering techniques and organize examination time meticulously. The development of these skills is often given insufficient attention but strategies for mastering them can be taught and it is important that students practise and perfect these essential academic skills. The college holds a series of seminars, in order to instil sound study methods. Help is given in approaching the various study techniques as follows:

  • Learning SupportMotivation and Time Organisation

  • A positive attitude

  • The use of timetables and diaries

  • Study routines

  • Prioritising work

  • Assessing work targets

  • Organising study time

  • Reading and Note-Taking

  • Overview of material

  • Reading techniques

  • Use of key words

  • Concise note-taking

  • Diagrammatic notes (mind maps)

  • Memory and Revision

  • Revision timetables

  • Notes for revision

  • Memory training

  • Revision methods

  • The importance of review

  • Essay-Writing

  • Reading the question

  • Essay planning

  • Fact v opinion

  • Argument and evidence

  • Essay technique & structure

  • Examination Technique

  • Final preparation and overview

  • Question selection

  • Planning answers

  • Timing

  • Staying calm and in control

Follow-up guidance is then given to students on a one-to-one basis, as part of their academic supervision, or as an additional series of tutorials

Learning SupportCareers Advice

Whilst many students join the college with a clear intended career path, others are less decided about where their future career will lie and this is not necessarily a major issue at this stage. However, the choice of A-level subjects (and subsequent degree course) may pre-determine the career path students are likely to pursue.

After careful discussion with academic staff it is normally possible to make a clear and sensible choice of A-level subjects, according to the most likely degree or career options. However, where there is uncertainty about the best subject choice, we may advise a student to undergo psychometric evaluation, carried out by a trained careers counsellor. This consists of a range of assessments which aim to identify personal attributes, such as personality, aptitudes and preferences and also to gauge an individual's interactive behaviour. As a result of the assessments, suggestions are made as to the occupational categories which may be suitable and these are explored further, with the help of the careers counsellor.

As careers assessment may influence the choice of A-level subjects it is important where guidance is sought that evaluations are made very early.

Where a student wishes to undergo a careers assessment in order to select A-level subjects, we should be contacted in advance of the beginning of the course to arrange an appointment with a careers counsellor. Please note that an additional fee is charged for psychometric testing and subsequent advice.