Structured Revision Time Builds Confidence for Students

Structured Revision Time Builds Confidence for Students


Students and parents are navigating new waters with wide ranging A-Level and GCSE reforms now in place for many key subjects. As these new specifications and standards are introduced, it takes a toll on students’ confidence while they prepare to tackle their final exams.

The Easter holidays have long been an important time for GCSE and A-Level students to revise for their upcoming exams. With students having 2-3 weeks off from their class schedule, they find themselves armed for the holidays with homework, revision timetables and past papers. While it is important for students to have a break, Easter remains a critical time to prepare for exams that determine future studies, whether that is what to study at A-Level or what university they will gain entrance to.

With A-Levels decoupled, students now sit their exams after two years of learning their chosen subjects. This places much more importance on final exam preparation as students do not have their AS results to build on. With no January re-sits, this mounting pressure on A-level results is driving students to seek out structured revision options, rather than working alone at home, where there can be many distractions. GCSE students aren’t immune to this pressure as they too face sweeping changes to the way they are assessed on top of the new 9-1 grading system.

In a new environment, with a small group of students, the right revision course will not only equip students with the tools and techniques they need to master their exams, but they inspire much needed confidence. Erin Neil, the course director for the Easter Revision Programme at Kensington Park School says, “Our teaching team is highly experienced in coaching pupils to achieve their desired grades at GCSE and A Level. The team includes former chief examiners and textbook authors as well as teachers with track records at leading independent schools, including St. Paul’s School and Eton College. They have a thorough understanding of how the exams are designed and marked. Our revision courses do not aspire to replace two years of classroom learning in a week, but they can be very effective indeed in improving grade performance.”

Kensington Park School’s Easter Revision Program takes place from March 26th to April 6th, 2018. Students study one A-Level subject intensively for a week or up to two GCSE subjects per week. Residential options are available. To learn more about this programme, please visit and contact the course director, Erin Neil at

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