intensive easter revision & part-time courses
3-7 April and 10-14 April 2017
Rochester Independent College offers both traditional Easter revision & part-time courses in all subjects as well as ongoing personalised programmes of exam preparation and study leave support to students from local schools who may be on study leave in the run up to their examinations.
Our revision courses are tailored to your needs. We encourage all students to contact us to discuss their requirements.
Intensive revision courses provide an opportunity to gain an overview of the syllabus and a chance to practice applying knowledge to real examination questions. This helps with recall of facts and hones skills required for accurate question interpretation and structuring full and concise answers. Most importantly, as many past students have commented, the courses give a real confidence boost at a crucial time. Many students are hardworking and committed to their studies yet still find the top grades elusive due to poor revision techniques, inadequate examination preparation and practice as well as a general lack of confidence. Our Easter and Study Leave courses are designed to remove these barriers and help students from other schools realise their potential. Exam board specific courses give the opportunity to spend time with a new teacher when students can ask the questions they really want to ask and revisit parts of the syllabus they need to revise.
The courses allow students to concentrate exclusively on structured revision without distraction in an environment in which they can easily obtain help with any problems. Although it is of course impossible to measure the improvement in examination results achieved by students who have taken revision courses, past students consistently comment that they felt very much better prepared and that they have approached their examinations with far greater confidence. Our courses are far more effective and enjoyable than solitary home based revision.
Uniquely at Rochester Independent College, because we already have a well established provision for part time students, further support is available after the Easter revision time from our team of subject specialists. Students are welcome to join weekly after school classes or to attend for additional lessons or revision help during the day in their study leave. This support is available right through the examination period.
• Very small classes
• Full College facilities
• Tutors are the College’s own experienced permanent teachers with proven track records of exam success
• Initial assessment and discussion to ascertain areas requiring attention. Local students are encouraged to visit in advance, meet their tutor and discuss problem areas in detail.
• Essential examination skills taught and model answers demonstrated
• Shorter one or two module topic specific courses can be arranged
• Optional mock examination and feedback at no extra cost
• Course report with constructive help and advice for revision at home or during follow-up lessons
• 30 years’ teaching specialist intensive courses
A level or GCSE level courses
16 hours’ tuition plus tests and feedback £400 per subject
Residential accommodation available at £50 per night
A level: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Theatre Studies
GCSE: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Science, Statistics, Theatre Studies
information and booking
Please download the Easter Revision and Part-time Courses leaflet here
Please download a copy of the Easter registration form
If you require any further information please contact Meg Chapman on 01634 828115 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
part-time after school tuition
Since first opening in 1984, Rochester Independent College has taught students from the local area who require additional help with the subjects they are studying at school in part-time after school classes. The classes supplement school work and students are often recommended to come for this invaluable extra help by their school teachers who may not have the time to be able to give all the help they feel their students need. Part-time after school classes run between 4.30 and 6.00 pm on weekdays.
£45 per 11/2 hour session. Fees are charged on a half termly basis.
“Teachers’ subject knowledge is good; they explain points clearly and challenge students to think deeply. The quality of discussion and questioning during lessons is outstanding.”
‘We decided to book our son in for residential GCSE revision courses at RIC. His main problem was lack of confidence. His teachers at school said he was definitely bright enough to pass but it all seemed to go wrong once he was under exam conditions. The week at RIC changed everything. It was really hard work but he made massive progress. In maths the teacher quickly discovered where the problems were and worked through them on a one to one basis. George was then given lots and lots of practice. Each time his confidence grew as they went through the papers together, ensuring that each mistake was corrected and fully understood. He went from an E to a B in French (mock grade and final grade) and a D to a B in Maths. We were absolutely delighted and would recommend Easter revision courses at RIC to everyone.’
parent of easter revision student
Rochester Independent College was one of the early pioneers of intensive Easter Revsion courses, now an established feature of the educational landscape. We have been offering these short, exam focussed courses for thirty years. Then, most of the courses offered took place at independent sixth form tutorial colleges, commonly known as crammers.
RIC is now an Independent Schools Council accredited day and boarding school with 280 full time day and boarding students. We continue though to offer particular expertise in short intensive revision courses and retake programmes. Many of the local students who join us each year for Easter revision are recommended to do so by their schools.
At RIC course delivery is highly personalised and exam board specific. Students interested in intensive Easter courses are always invited in to meet their teachers before the course so that courses can be tailored to their needs carefully. Support, guidance and teaching often continues after the revision course. Students are also able to continue to attend the College after the Easter period, either for after school tuition or during any study leave they might be given.
Attending RIC’s Easter Revision courses can help maximise your potential. Getting an A rather than a B grade at A level can make the difference between winning a place at your university of choice or having to compromise in clearing. University entry remains highly competitive and the best grades at A level are your passport to the more selective and prestigious institutions.
“I felt I learnt more in a week than I had in the whole of my last year at school. I had more exam practice and constructive feedback on the Maths revision course than I’d ever had before.” 2013 easter revision student
If you are at a school that has opted to take the new AS exam at the end of Year 12 you can benefit from our intensive Easter courses. Our teachers are subject specialists, several are Senior Examiners, involved in devising the new AS and A level specifications that started this year. Good grades at AS can make or break a UCAS application and allow for a clear focus on the A level in year 13. The transition from GCSE to AS level work is something many students find tricky and our teachers are able to help year 12 students prepare for their first post GCSE exams, building confidence and reviewing any areas of the specifications they are having difficulty with.
Intensive IGCSE and GCSE Easter Revision- Day and Residential Courses
GCSE grades matter. Getting a C rather than a D at GCSE can make the difference between a sixth form or college place and having to retake. Increasingly schools are looking for students to meet minimum GCSE grade requirements at sixth form, sometimes asking for a top grade in chosen A level options. Some universities use GCSEs to judge academic potential. Some courses such as Medicine specify the number of As and A*s applicants must offer. Maths is one of our most popular GCSE Easter courses. According to the LSE a GCSE Grade C in Maths reduces the likelihood of unemployment by 7% and increases earnings by roughly 18%. It’s also crucial for students wanting to do most courses at university!
“The College gave me a different perspective on all three of my Science GCSE subjects, and on how education can work in general! The boarding staff and teachers were all very nice, even the food was great! It was helpful to have a structured course to follow and I know I achieved a lot more than I would have done sat in my bedroom at home with all the distractions!” 2013 easter revision student
RIC’s Easter Revision Course Teaching Team
RIC is fortunate in having teachers who work also work as examiners in most subjects resulting in our students receiving the very best preparation for their GCSEs and A levels from professionals who are really in the know about what is required.
Our GCSE and A level Easter revision courses are taught by our own full time members of staff who have established track records of exam result success.
We do not use agency or supply teachers, or temporary staff contracted in from other schools for our Easter courses.
RIC’s Head of English Dr Rachel Woolley is an Assistant Principal examiner for one of the boards and says: “Every year I will probably mark, monitor or review the marking of over 800 students. Marking for 10 years has dramatically enhanced my understanding of what students need to learn and helps me and my colleagues in the department enable students to hone their skills for literary study. It instils a sense of confidence that our year’s work is on course for success. Teachers who mark are in a better position to diagnose ‘problem areas’. It helps me keep in mind a maximum marks answer so that I can better help the students and keep motivating them to improve.”
Students attended Easter Revision courses last year from a range of local, UK and international schools including: Truro School, British School of the Netherlands, King’s Canterbury, King’s Rochester, Ashford School, St Edmund’s Canterbury, Kent College, Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, Dartford Grammar, Gravesend Grammar for Boys, The Judd School, Rochester Maths, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Faversham, Invicta Girl’s Grammar, Cobham Hall, Cranbrook School, Dean Close School, St Lawrence’s College, Ramsgate, Wilmington Grammar, St Olave’s, Chatham Grammar School for Boys, Gad’s Hill School, Mayfield Grammar School, Northfleet Technology College, Bournemouth Collegiate School, Kent College, Pembury.
All subjects and options are subject to availability. Please be advised that RIC’s Easter Revision Courses are very popular so early application is advised.