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"The revision bootcamp was very insightful and a great experience. The lectures were absolutely brilliant – they were interactive and helpful. I can definitely say the bootcamp has increased my confidence going into the exam."
Aneesa Raqeeb, Student at Luton Sixth Form College
"This event gave me a new perspective not only of my set texts, but also to literature as a whole. I found the group discussions particularly valuable; even just sitting and talking to someone from a different school allowed me to explore exciting ideas which I hadn't thought about before. The specialist speakers were an added bonus, taking my understanding of literature to a new level. Learning about various critical approaches is not something really taught in my school so this was incredibly useful. I found the talks interesting and the food wasn't bad either! I am happy that I took this opportunity, despite having to travel quite a way – it was wholly worth it. I now feel more confident going into my last few months of A Level English Literature."
Tessa Carr, Student
"The girls were very impressed with the revision day. They were literally "buzzing" when they arrived home and it has certainly opened their eyes & minds. A big thank you from me for making them feel so welcome & putting them at ease & may I wish you all the best for your future revision days."
A Level Parent
On 29th March we held our first Revision Bootcamp. The day was specifically for A Level Literature students aiming for an A or A*. Our keynote speaker – Prof. John Mullan, Head of English at UCL – gave a lecture on reinterpreting Shakespare, followed by workshops on set texts lead by experienced tutors. In the afternoon, Dr Jonny Patrick – an examiner and Head of English at St Paul's Girls School – gave a lecture on contextual issues in contemporary literature and talk, followed by a talk on how to write a top-grade essay. Tutors then held workshops on modern set texts, applying some of literary theories and contextual issues discussed throughout the day, while also selecting key quotes from the texts.
Students have extremely positive feedback, with 90% of attendees saying they found the day extremely useful and would recommend the event to a friend.