Easter revision courses provide students with focused, structured revision in preparation for their upcoming GCSE, AS or A2 exams. If you choose the right revision course for your child, it can make a significant difference to their final grades and instil them with confidence as exam season approaches.
These revision courses are usually held during the Easter break, in between the spring and summer terms.
Easter revision courses are offered by a number of different providers. They can take a variety of formats, from one-day intensive learning sessions to residential courses lasting several days.
As Easter revision courses fall near the beginning of the revision season for summer exams, they can give students a head start with their independent revision in the run-up to exams.
Easter revision course considerations
When evaluating Easter revision courses from different providers, it is important to consider a wide range of factors. Every student has his or her own priorities and knowledge gaps, so the best course for one person might not be best for another.
Additionally, different people learn best in different ways — but as most students appreciate variety, it can be wise to choose an Easter course offering a variety of revision methods.
The structure and syllabuses of GCSE, AS and A2 subjects can change, too. That’s why the best Easter revision course providers update their courses in line with the examining boards.
Often, tutors and course leaders are themselves examiners, meaning they have a detailed understanding of the most important topics and areas.
Questions to ask when choosing an Easter revision course
When choosing an Easter revision course, you may wish to ask:
1. How many hours of teaching are there?
Find out the number of hours of contact time students have with the tutor. Some training providers quote an impressive course duration that actually includes registration, exam paper time, lunches and breaks.
2. How many students are in each class?
Less isn’t always more. Look for a small class size, but not one that’s too small. A very small group can be intensive, intimidating and — sometimes — boring for students, defeating the purpose of group tuition.
3. Who will be taking the Easter revision course?
Surprisingly, many Easter revision courses are run by tutors who don’t actually teach in mainstream education. Many students and parents prefer courses run by engaging teachers who know how to connect with students in a room.
4. Is the course specific to a particular exam board?
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by a revision course that claims to be tailored to a specific exam board or module. Although on the surface this appears important, it isn’t always necessary. Find out how the difference is handled.
5. What experience does the course provider have in group tuition?
Perform research to understand the history of the course provider and the experience of its tutors. Group revision courses are very different to one-to-one tuition, so it’s wise to find a provider that specialises in these.
6. What do students and parents think of the course?
Ask for testimonials from students and parents and search online to read reviews and opinions. If you can, it’s also worth finding out if the provider gets a lot of repeat business, or tends to receive recommendations.
7. How do tutors prepare for courses?
Find out how the Easter revision course tutor will prepare for the course. Do they take steps to make sure that your child’s individual needs are understood and met? Are students given the chance to guide the course content or is it one size fits all?
8. How much does the Easter course cost?
Expensive courses aren’t always the best quality. Similarly, the cheapest courses can cost more than you bargained for. It’s best to focus on value for money: ask the right questions to be confident you’re getting value from your course provider.
9. What if you need to change or cancel?
Some course providers have surprises in their small print. What happens if your course doesn’t attract enough students? What if the student can’t make it or wants to change subject? Do you get your money back, a course credit … or lose the lot?
10. Where is the course held?
Local courses tend to be best. They’re more convenient and reduce your travel costs. Residential courses can be a good option, as they provide an ‘immersive’ experience and make it easier for students to focus on revision without worrying about travel.
Easter revision tailored to student needs
When choosing an Easter revision course, the most important thing is to find one that matches the needs of the individual student who will be attending.
Many providers offer to tailor their courses to suit student needs, targeting particular areas of concern or weakness.
Easter revision without the stress
Easter can be a stressful time, as the realities of forthcoming exams hit home. But rather than piling on the pressure, a good Easter revision course will actually counter these natural anxieties.
Attending a course helps students focus, and makes sure they are doing something practical to address the source of the stress, rather than simply worrying about things.
Build foundations for the summer
Ultimately, a good Easter revision course makes sure students have a good head start on their GCSE, AS or A2 revision, along with specific guidance they can apply to ongoing exam practice.
Attending a course at Easter also shows students how to approach exams with a good mindset, turning nervousness into confidence. And that means when it’s time to perform under exam conditions, students are ready to do just that.