Exam Preparation Courses
Easter 2019: 1–5th & 8th–12th April
At the Edinburgh Academy
› Open to all school pupils
› Quality teaching in 1–7 ratio classes
› Range of National 5 & Higher Subjects
› 6 hours per day per subject
› Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Tea
› Exam well-being sessions
› Supervised revision option
› One hour 1–1 options
Our aim is to help students to enter into their exams feeling that they are Good to Go. They will leave our courses feeling prepared not only in subject knowledge but also confident to cope with the stress and workload that preparing for exams comes with.
Classes are small (1–7) and they are led by experienced teachers to help with individual needs with plenty of 1–1 attention. Exams are not all about subject knowledge though and we will be doing our best to help with some of the wider concerns pupils and parents have in the run up to this difficult time.
Before they start each course, pupils will be asked to list their Good to Go targets, so that they can outline where they feel that they would like to be more confident. This is likely to be an aspect of subject knowledge but it could also include for example time or stress management.
Good to Go Breakfast
The day starts with a healthy breakfast available. At breakfast we will discuss different topics to do with some of the issues that surround getting ready for exams such as anxiety, time management, health etc. These topics might then also be referred back to by teachers during the classes to continue the theme throughout the day.
There are six hours of lessons a day, with breaks allocated by the teacher. Some subjects offer up to three days in the week, others will be one or two. The days will cover different subject topics but tailored to the needs of the pupils. Students will be taught in groups of no more than seven. This will allow for individual concerns to be quickly addressed and for substantial one to one teaching throughout the day.
Teachers are looking to reinforce pupil understanding, using a variety of methods to help pupils grow in confidence where they feel they are weaker.
A healthy lunch is provided with any pupil dietary requirements catered for. We will then have a few options for a lunchtime activity to give your mind and body a break from studying. This could be something active like rounders or a run, or a quieter activity like mindfulness or a craft.
Parents are encouraged to attend the morning breakfast sessions and tea at the end of the day. Keeping parents involved on morning topics and feeding back as to progress will hopefully help to manage the pressure that they also feel under trying to support their child.
We are offering a supervised revision option where students can simply come in for a morning to revise. They will be expected to sign in at the breakfast club, join the discussion for the day before going to the library where they will be supervised to work quietly without any of the distractions of home and then stay until the end of the session. They are then welcome to stay for lunch and the lunchtime activity.
One to One Option
We are offering some 1–1 one hour tutorials in a variety of subjects. An option to request this will be on the website.
Before you Go and After you Go
We will contact you three weeks before the course starts to ask what your Good to Go targets are for the week; what your current predicted grade is and any medical or dietary information required. We will also contact you after the exam results to find out how you got on!