All courses are taught in small groups (average seven students) where students can receive any individual help they may need whilst benefiting from the stimulation of group discussion. Tutors base their courses on a combination of lectures, practicals (where relevant), problem solving sessions and regular tests. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and develop a more analytical approach to their subjects.
Tutors emphasise the importance of understanding concepts before explaining how these can be applied to examination questions. Questions from past papers are used throughout all of our courses to familiarise students with examination technique.
These questions are marked, corrected and then discussed at length, enabling students to achieve the best possible grades in the actual examination.
All science practical work is carried out on the College premises in our fully equipped laboratories. Experimental work familiarises each student with the application of concepts being learned, develops skills in the correct use of apparatus and is essential in preparing for GCSE and A-level examinations.
All A-level students are timetabled for supervised study sessions where their work can be more easily monitored. If a student continually falls behind in their studies, he or she is placed on a Short Report which is set up by their personal tutor. In effect, this means that a report is made after each lesson. The College is committed to ensuring that all its students reach their potential. Sometimes this requires applying more pressure and monitoring with certain students.
Homework & Tests
Regular homework and frequent testing are important features of all our courses.
Our aim is to ensure that students always have sufficient work to do and that their minds are firmly focused upon their examinations. In general, students can expect to receive at least one hour’s homework for each hour of tuition they receive.
All homework is marked thoroughly and returned promptly.