COURSE OVERVIEW

Our courses are structured to motivate and challenge students in their studies and to boost their confidence. We deliver our courses in small groups and provide an academically stimulating environment, encouraging greater student involvement in the learning process.

The effectiveness of these courses hinges upon a high degree of individual attention and supervision, careful adherence in each subject to the subject specification, with reference to previous examination questions, and an emphasis on sound study, revision and examination technique. Care is taken to establish the precise topics and options students are preparing for the exams.

Our expert, highly qualified staff are specialists at teaching AS and A-Level and are tutors of high calibre. Our tutors communicate ideas skilfully and are sympathetic to each student’s study issues.

Subject material is reviewed in an efficient and clear manner, with specific reference to previous exam questions, to ensure familiarity with their style and format. Careful guidance is provided with answering technique and the course includes a timed test to help evaluate areas for improvement. Students are given advice as to how to organise and prioritise their revision over the crucial final weeks. Where particular difficulties are encountered with the more problematic topics, care is taken to explain these fully.

The course is based at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, and at Oxford Tutorial College, where the excellent facilities include a library, computer room and student common room. The environment is an ideal one for thorough, intensive study, and students are invariably inspired by the tranquil surroundings. Both residential and non-residential places are available, accommodation being within the walls of Brasenose College, in the historic heart of Oxford.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course takes place over six days and combines intensive subject teaching sessions, a timed assessment test and seminars devoted to study skills, especially revision and examination technique. Students are placed in either a morning (08.30/09.00 – 13.00) or afternoon session (14.00 – 18.00/18.30) to cover one subject. Students can also choose the intensive option of two sessions meaning additional hours and fees, but this offers the chance to cover two subject areas.

Occasionally, in the case of less common subjects or options where a student is the only one enrolled for a particular specification, individual tutorials take place which allow the tutor to concentrate entirely on the student’s unique needs. This may be the case, for example, with certain English Literature texts or History period options. In such instances, students follow a timetable divided between individual tutorials and directed study time consisting of ten hours teaching, with supervised preparation and revision timetabled at other times, in addition to the test and study skills schedules.

A report with comments on progress and performance during the week and advice on how to use the final weeks of exam preparation are sent to each student within a week of the conclusion of the course.

RESIDENTIAL DETAILS

Residential accommodation is at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, located on Radcliffe Square, less than a 4 minute walk from Oxford Tutorial College. There has been an educational hall on this site since the thirteenth century, though Brasenose College can properly be said to date from 1509 when it was founded by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smith, Bishop of Lincoln.

Each student has a single study bedroom within the college. The rooms are arranged on ‘staircases’ on one of the three ‘quads’, with shared bathroom facilities. Bedrooms are centrally heated and have their own desks and washbasins. Meals are taken in the dining hall: breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Where requested, arrangements are made for special dietary needs.

Careful supervision of the residential arrangements is provided by Deans, living on-site, who ensure that students are comfortable in their accommodation and that domestic difficulties are speedily resolved. They encourage students to use their time sensibly; homework and preparation are set each evening and residential staff help create a positive environment conducive to study.