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Students were excited to find out that Rob was coming back

I was in the sessions yesterday and really enjoyed them too. Students were excited to find out that Rob was coming back to do another workshop with them as they loved the Aspirations workshop on Futures Friday. They said his personality is great and the sessions were informative and fun. From my point of view as a teacher, I realised that we don't always spend enough time explaining how to use the revision techniques and often make assumptions i.e that students know what to highlight when highlighting key points in texts. I also think that we as teachers need to spend more time explaining how/why these methods work so that students buy into them and are willing to give them a try. Rob reads the students really well, he praises students who need to engage in the session better and learns and uses their names really quickly. He uses humour and speaks to as many of the students as he can during the sessions. I think they all feel like they know him now. Some comments from my year 11 form: "I think the sessions were really helpful. I learned new techniques for revision that I haven't thought of before." "Rob's sessions were enjoyable and definitely not boring. He brought personality and humour to them." "He really interacted with the group instead of just talking"

Kelly Maden - CEIAG Leader - Walney School - Cumbria
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The content of the workshop was excellent

Joe was excellent, really engaging and interactive and he worked well with all the students. The content of the workshop was excellent, it included really practical ways of revising and remembering information and key facts. A number of the students have said how useful they found the workshop and they feel it will really help with their revision.

Julie Hilliker - Business and Enterprise Manager - The Appleton School - Essex
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The sessions were excellent due to his calm manner and interaction

The Rapid Revision sessions have received some great feedback especially from our year 11 boys who have spoken with their teachers about the different techniques Joe showed them and how they feel more positive as they revise for their mocks later this month. Joe’s delivery of the sessions were excellent due to his calm manner and interaction with the students. He explained the different techniques clearly and in an engaging way. The setting for the workshops wasn’t ideal as we were a little cramped to say the least however this did not detract from the message that Joe was getting across. I would certainly look to doing the sessions again in the future and also the ones where parents can be involved. A great success!

Maria Griffiths - Careers Coordinator - St Thomas More High School - Essex
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Great value for money in comparison to what else is out there

We thought the day was excellent and great value for money in comparison to what else is out there. Rob was a fantastic trainer who engaged with the students and, even though he had only just met them, seamlessly understood their needs and engaged with them effortlessly. The materials and ideas presented to the students were well packaged and will prove highly useful for the year groups' revision strategies. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Mike Horton - Assistant Headteacher - North Bromsgrove High School & Sixth Form - Worcestershire
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Joe’s delivery was excellent

It was an excellent day, the variety of different workshops on offer engaged all of our Year 11 pupils. Joe's delivery was excellent he made each of the different workshops, fun, engaging and informative ensuring all pupils interacted and came away from the sessions having learnt new skills. We would definitely look to have MADE training back in to deliver to our pupils in the future

Matthew Troote - Head of Year 11 - Mary Immaculate High School - Cardiff
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I really can’t praise him highly enough.

The feedback was excellent from the students and especially the parents. James was an absolute star throughout the day, even dealing with the technical conundrum when the power went! I hope he got home OK!? The students today have been discussing it in PD and it has proved a valuable starting point in getting them thinking forward and to their exams and one we can keep referencing. I really can't praise him highly enough. I've copied an email form a parent below so you can get a sample of feedback but there was a lot of verbal praise too last night.

James Nathan - Assistant Headteacher - Neston High School - Cheshire
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If only you could reach every school in the land!

What was so inspiring about Sander's approach to learning, was that he was challenging the 'learned helplessness' so many students hold in this run up to exams. Especially, if they believe their efforts will have little effect on the level they find themselves at now - having come to the end of 11 years in education! However, Sander turned that all on its head today by completely changing this mindset! By simply assuring them that by the end of the session they WILL memorise a vast set of information in a short amount of time, he started to sew the first seeds of a new found confidence in their own ability. He backed that up with several memory strategies and POW! the entire room was alive throwing the information back at him. Varying the tone and sound of his delivery and more importantly nurturing that new found confidence with positivity, encouragement, value and fun, he had every student engaged. By the end of the session he had proved and had them believe, that if they can learn this new way to focus, not only these forthcoming exams but all future learning is now well within their reach! If only you could reach every school in the land! So impressed!

Clare Williamson - Educational Consultant - Isle of Wight
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Strategies which will make their revision far more effective

I would like to just feedback on the revision session which happened yesterday with our year 11s. Firstly, the quality of the resources were excellent: engaging and purposeful. The idea of sending students away with their own pen and highlighter also worked well - they love having little gifts like this! The content of the session was pitched exactly right for our students, all of them walked out of the session with at least a couple more ideas and strategies to apply to their own independent learning, strategies which will make their revision far more effective. Lastly, and in my opinion most importantly, the trainer (Rob Snell) was fantastic. From start to finish he engaged all of the students through his delivery of the material and his passion for these revision strategies. It is always difficult at this time of year convincing class teachers to let year 11 miss some of their curriculum time, but I have feedback to all of them this morning how useful this was.

Nicola Daniels - Lead Practitioner - Cansfield High School - Wigan
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Pitched at exactly the right level

James was a fantastic trainer that really grabbed the attention of all the students. The content that he delivered was pitched at exactly the right level and I’ve since had a number of students tell me that they will be using his method of revision going forward. Many thanks!

Jon Perry - Learning Mentor - Thomas Lord Audley - Essex
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How to become 21st century learners

12th February 2018 - Once again a different group of Year 11 pupils attended a MADE revision workshop held at Lawn Manor Academy from 9.45am till 2pm. The training was inspirational for pupils! The techniques used were vital for our pupils to understand how to become 21st century learners. Some of the comments included: “Our pupils thought the workshop was really fun! The facilitator provided us with really useful exam preparation strategies to create cue cards, number sequences and memory palace was. We learnt a variety of revision techniques”. “I was happy as I was interested in what I learnt today” . Impressive as this is the first day of the holidays! Thank you to MADE who ran the training and to Study Higher who helped organise and fund the event. Our pupils really appreciated it and had lots of fun! 111 pupils in total attended this workshop either in Oct or February. We are grateful for Study Higher who paid for these events and pizza very much appreciated!

Cairleen Young - Lead Professional in Student Progress - Lawn Manor Academy - Swindon
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