Vacation Revision

Vacation revision is essentially a concentrated version of the tailor-made tuition we offer the whole year round. Most supplementary courses have elements of revision. But this concentration and the timing gives revision programmes useful characteristics of their own.

  • Students generally follow them at a late stage in their course. Hence participants are usually sufficiently experienced to be well-aware of their individual academic needs. So they are receiving intensive tuition at the time when they are well able and most need to take full advantage of it.
  • The necessary time is available: a major school holiday provides the opportunity to revise a range of subjects.
  • A structured and directed vacation course ensures that students revise effectively. Left to themselves, their efforts may be misdirected or unsystematic. A revision course will make students more realistic about their needs, put problems and fears into perspective, take timely measures to deal with them, and so keep up morale.
  • Timing is significant: vacation courses usually fall shortly before the examinations themselves, but these are still a few weeks away. Students can therefore devote sufficient time to topics they find difficult and digest tuition in a calm atmosphere unpolluted by the freneticism of the last minute. Revision is not only properly structured, but proceeds at an even pace.
  • The tutor will have different strengths in his or her teaching which complement those of the student’s regular teacher: a better knack, for example, of making clear the essence of rebarbative Topic C to set beside the regular teacher’s success in getting across Topics A and B.
  • On a higher plane, different teachers naturally have different personal enthusiasms within their subject and different points of view about it. A tutor will put a familiar topic in a fresh perspective, induce the student to look at it in a new way, and so produce an examination answer which is rounded, interesting, and therefore highly graded.

Traditionally Easter has been the peak time for such courses, as the vast bulk of GCE examinations took place in the summer term. But under the new regime for A-levels certain modules are sat in January as a matter of course. Hence Christmas is joining Easter as a key revision period. The long summer holiday for its part is an ideal time to get oneself in shape for the coming academic year.

Flexible timing within the constraints of the school holidays also applies to these major revision sessions.


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