Revision Bootcamp: How to Get an A*/9


Our Revision Bootcamps are aimed at GCSE and A Level students aiming for top grades. We have three Revision Bootcamps organised for Spring 2018: 

Wednesday 28th March, London: GCSE English 

Wednesday 11th April, Bath: A Level English Literature 

Wednesday 2nd May, London: A Level English Literature 

Click on the tabs above for a more detailed agenda for each event. 

For a student's review of last year's pilot event, please click here.  

 "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

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


28th March 2018

Our Revision Bootcamp has been specially created for English students aiming for the highest grades at GCSE.

Our passionate and experienced tutors will lead students though strategies for optimising their revision in a fun, informative and interactive environment.

The Bootcamp is split between Language and Literature, and is comprised of short lectures on how to approach the subject and write a top-band answer, and small group seminars on the students’ chosen set texts.

The day is packed full of hints, tips and motivational techniques to engender confidence and ensure success.

Programme Summary

9am - 12pm English Literature - analysis, poetry, Shakespeare and Victorian writing.

A lecture on reinterpreting Shakespare, followed by workshops on set texts lead by experienced tutors.


1 - 5pm English Language - tips, advice and techniques for reading, essay writing and interpreting texts.

Smaller interactive workshops on writing, reading and interpreting, with tips and advice on how to achieve top grades. 

11th April & 2nd May 2018

Jonathan Patrick* our keynote speaker - Head of English at St Pauls and an examiner - will provide a lecture on reinterpreting Shakespare, followed by workshops on set texts lead by other experienced tutors.

In the afternoon the tutors will lecture on issues in contemporary literature, followed by a talk on how to write a top-grade essay.

This will be followed by smaller interactive workshops on modern texts - applying some of literary theories and contextual issues discussed throughout the day - while also discussing key quotes from the texts. 

Timetable for the day (speakers tbc shortly)

9am Registration and teas & coffees

9:30 - 10:30am Literary Theory: A crash-course
Theories include: Psychoanalysis, Post-colonialism, Gender & Feminism, Marxism and Deconstructionism 

10:30 - 10:45am Tea break & refreshments

10:45 - 11:45am (re)Interpreting Shakespeare: Contemporary theories & critics

11:45am - 12:45pm Seminars on set texts. Tutors will be on hand to ask questions and facilitate discussion.

12:45-1:30pm Lunch

1:30 - 2:30pm Contemporary literature: Issues of our time

2:30 - 3:30pm Seminars on set texts. Tutors will be on hand to ask questions and facilitate discussion.

3:30 - 3:45pm Tea break & refreshments

3:45 - 4:45pm How to write an A* essay in your exam

4:45 - 5pm Q&A Session with Examiner

NB Timetable subject to change ahead of the day. Texts will be selected - where possible - around those delegates are actually studying, please provide this information at time of booking.