It's been a busy day! This morning, the Primary Comprehension workshop became a 13+ workshop instead, due to a special request! We did some good solid work on reading between the lines and then succinctly transferring ideas to paper, in order to gain maximum marks in the shortest amount of time. In the afternoon, we had the GCSE English Novels & Plays workshop. Our focus was on designing the phrasing of responses so as to specifically and explicitly answer the question, and also making sure we understand the exact requirements of different types of questions. Please note that tomorrow there is an additional workshop at 6:15pm for 13+ writing tasks, with two places remaining. Contact me asap if you wish to attend. I'm looking forward to putting my other hat on for the Psychology workshops next week! Happy Saturday! :)
Welcome back after the Christmas festivities! I hope you all managed to have some fun and rest amidst the preparations for the oncoming exams! Today saw the first of the Exam Technique and Revision Workshops - we worked on the Media & Non-Fiction paper and the theme for the Writing Tasks Workshop was 'Adventure and Ambition'! We were exploring different styles of writing and being daring in the structure and language used, and it really paid off, with students achieving effective language and structural techniques that they don't normally go for. (This is a point that examiners regularly mention in their post exam reports.) Have a look on the Events page for the next workshops - it's not too late to apply! Psychology Exam Technique & Revision workshops begin next week!
Work/life balance?? What's that? - I hear you ask. This is the best time of year to develop that elusive work/life balance! Amidst all the excitement of Christmas just around the corner, we also have to squeeze in enough revision so as to be able to chase away those niggling doubts about whether you are fully prepared for those all important exams in January! Eek! Well, if you can manage to get it right now, then you are well away for the next time you have to manage all those deadlines, and yes, there will be a next time, and a time after that, and a time after that... You get the picture? :) So, the best way, I find, is to work around your natural body clock - if you are an early person, get up at 6am (5 is just unsightly), work solidly throughout the day, with frequent breaks in between, and then completely chillax at night! Yes, have fuuuun! Not only will that allow your brain to digest all the revision and work on it, you will also wake up refreshed the following morning and might actually enjoy your revision! Yes, this really does happen! This, in turn, will lead to a more productive use of time and more effective learning. If you are a night owl, then just reverse the process - have your prized lie in in the morning, but then work at your most focused at night. Capiche? If you adopt this type of schedule, you will also return to school/work (for older students) refreshed and ready to tackle 'What Lies Ahead'!... Keep tuned for more revision tips... And if you are coming to the Exam Technique and Revision Workshops, (English & Psychology), I will act as I preach, and show you that yes, revision can be very productive, and yes, it can also be fun! Check out the Events page! :)
Hurry, hurry, hurry! Sign up for the above - 2.5 hours of focused revision on exam topics, plus online support and course notes! Check out Events page and email me for further details. New as well as current students welcome! :)
Due to popular demand, these revision courses are back on for Christmas! See the Events page for details and dates. Build the courses into your revision schedules and share the workload! Please note that places are limited to a maximum of 5 per workshop, so do contact me for details or to book a place, as it's first come, first served! PLUS, you get free online support right up until the January exams! Workshops are in the following subjects: Primary Comprehension and Primary Writing, English and English Literature GCSE, Psychology AS and A2 level. As Brucy (Forsythe) Get revising!
Today's snowfall heralded a possible start to the transfer to Skype for lessons affected. Luckily, thanks to my daughter clearing the driveway this morning and the welcomed sunshine, the roads and driveway soon became clear and lessons were back on, at my house, as usual. You should all have received my letter emailed last week regarding lesson cancellations - the revised terms are now operational, so please check your emails if you haven't done so already.Here's hoping for more sunshine (even though the snow is pretty to look at, and fun to play in,... not mentioning the serene tranquility of a whitewashed, silent road...)