If we improve these things by a small percentage, as little as 1%, they’ll add up to a big improvement in overall performance.
— Sir Dave Brailsford

Programme Overview

This innovative programme is designed to support young people cope with the pressures and demands of examinations and is inspired by the theory of marginal gains.

MODULES

  1. Who Are You?
  2. Finding Your Mojo
  3. Learning Kit and Environment
  4. The Essential Guide to Revision Software
  5. Lessons in Emotional Intelligence
  6. How to Build a Revision Timetable & Stay Sane
  7. Memory And Retention – Developing Your Super Powers
  8. Critical Thinking Skills
  9. Structuring Examination Answers
  10. Taking Ownership Of The Examination Paper
  11. Managing Examination Anxiety
  12. Coaching Surgeries During The Exam Series

Programme Objectives

  • To enable young people to understand themselves and their goals, and to enhance levels of emotional intelligence
  • To develop ‘revision hacks’ that will maximise young people’s time and allow them to work smart and comfortably during a stressful period
  • To introduce students to a rich array of digital resources that provide engaging forms of learning and support for the wider organisation and management of the revision process
  • To develop resilience, optimism and healthy lifestyle habits designed to promote mental and physical wellbeing during the examination process
  • To recognise stress as a natural human reaction that can be controlled and to raise awareness of stress management strategies, including mindfulness and visualization
  • To produce an achievable revision schedule that is underpinned by hard work whilst still preserving the requisite time for maintaining good mind and body habits
  • To practice a wide range of learning strategies designed to make the revision process multi-sensory and enjoyable, as well as aiding memory, retention and recall
  • To empower students with a range of critical thinking strategies that will provide further depth and analytical detail during revision and the final examinations
  • To equip students with the ability to write structured examination responses in ways that will secure higher grades
  • To develop a strong understanding of examination papers (language, structure, format) to allow students to successfully navigate scripts and to respond in ways that will maximise achievement.

Shape Your Own Programme

Parents, students and schools are free to shape the programme in a way that best suits the individual child. We appreciate that due to various factors (the time you discovered us, the individual needs of your child and budget), a two-year programme might not work for you. The programme is structured into three broad parts and constituent modules. This helps parents and students select what is most relevant to them. If most of the programme is relevant but factors impede fortnightly delivery over two years, modules can be condensed in such a way that as much ground as possible is covered in the time available. Whilst depth may be compromised, any duration of programme will provide value and marginal gains. Conversely, parents, students and schools may see important relevance in some modules but less so in others and may wish to expand coverage of particular topics. The suggested programme is just a starting point for discussion and can be shaped accordingly to create a bespoke curriculum catered for individual need.The options listed below provide interested parties with a starting point:

One-Off Consultation

A one-off, one-hour consultation that signposts the key methods of support that can be provided to young people during their examination studies and final exams. The consultation provides a range of helpful resources and a sharp focus of where to focus attempts to achieve marginal gains.

Five Session Focus

A five-session 1:1 programme which focuses on up to 3 modules of particular relevance to the student. For example, managing exam anxiety with some work on how to make effective revision notes.

10 Session Countdown

Scheduled to start 10 weeks before the first examination, the 10 Session Countdown provides students with intensive support and preparation as the heat starts to build.

The Full Course

We recommend the full course of 37 sessions to be delivered from the beginning of the two-year study window for GCSE and A-level students. For example, the start of Year 10 for GCSE students and the start of Year 12 for A-level students. Once scheduled, this provides the student with one fortnightly session of one hour. Whist this programme is about empowering individuals to cope with examinations and achieve excellent outcomes, it is also about exploring methods that bring the entire process of learning to life in ways that are personal to the individual. These lessons can and should be applied from the very start of an individual’s learning experience. By coaching students to learn to learn, we give them the tools to be a great person, great learner and great achiever.