Well, we are experts in providing home and centre tuition both in one-to-one and group settings, what then do we seek to achieve through our revision crash courses? In other words, why would you need to enrol on our revision crash courses? What difference would that make in your learning and ultimately your exam grades?
Doing well on the GCSE and A-level examinations has two sides to it. There is the part of the subject content and that of the exam technique. You could know all the whats, hows and whys of your subject. This is what regular tutoring is meant to sort out. However, it is all a different thing for you to know that is what the exam question wants you to present as your answer. This means you know what to write if only you know that is what you are meant to write. This latter is what our revision crash courses are specifically designed to deal with. They are majorly exam focused and are meant to significantly developed exam answering skills among students whom we already presume are relatively fine with content. We have found this lack of good exam techniques as one of the major hindrances to great grades among students especially for those who are really hardworking. Please look at our previous blog on
what exam techniques are and how we teach it.
We have seen students jump 1, 2 , 3 and at times 4 grade boundaries just by attending the revision crash courses. We have students meet their target grades just after a day session. It is always a great delight when students tell us that they learnt a lot in exam techniques in 1 day than a whole term in school.
Why are we here? What makes us different? Well, you would soon find out as we dive deeper into the notion of exam techniques that we started in the last blog. We already laid the foundation of what exam technique is? So, let us go on from there. Please read it here if you have not already done so
Exam techniques makes you aware of the environment of the question. This means you are looking beyond the question into its surroundings. For example, look at the layout of the questions. Check out the numbering and the sub-numbering pattern, they have hidden messsages telling you how to answer the subsequent questions. In fact, we have been able to show students how they could answer questions that they do not have any clue about by just simply mastering the pattern of numbering of the questions. The interpretation of the numbering pattern is different for most subjects.
Another technique is the size of the marks allocated to a question. Yes, you heard it right. The marks can guide you and tell you a lot. This can give you a clear indication of how many points you need to make and how far you should explain to get the full marks indicated. A student needs to see this demonstrated a few times by a very good and capable tutor to get a hang around the concept. For example, a 1-mark question simply means that you are expected to write the answer and not prove anything or show any working. If you find out that you are having to show some steps or give some level of explanation, then you know you are doing something wrong. If you have a worded question and you have 3-marks allocated it, you are required to either give 3 bullet points or 2 bullet points with lengthly explanation of one of the points. Please note that this requirement varies from one specific.
If you do require subject specific training in this area as a GCSE or A-level student sitting AQA, OCR, IB, WJEC or EDEXCEL or you are just a GCSE/A-level tutor/teacher who wants to develop in this area, we are happy to help. Just contact us at Optimal Tutors
Please be careful how you use the information we are giving on this blog. They are only meant to be a guide on exam techniques. Our team of examiners at Optimal Tutors are happy to give specific syllabus-based exam tecnhniques tutoring. We would look at more in our next.
We have had students move from D to A* by just teaching them these strategies even without any much difference in their subject content understanding. At our Revision crash courses that hold at our learning centre, we majorly focus on exam techniques and how to use them to one's advantage rather than have them work against on