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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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Year 11 students feel more confident they know “how” to revise

Once again Sander proved very engaging and pitched each of the student, staff and parental workshops perfectly. Our Year 11 students feel more confident they know "how" to revise and have evidenced improvement in the quality of their revision material. Parents who attended reported feeling more confident they understand what effective revision looks like at home and teaching staff have increased the range of strategies they are able to integrate into their lessons. Most valuable, thank you!!

Martin Byrne - Year 11 Leader - Winston Churchill Sports College - Surrey
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I have been so impressed with the content and delivery of this session

Exams MADE Easy was an excellent workshop. Each key revision strategy was explored in an interactive and collaborative format. Students received instant feedback to show how much they could now recall after each task and the effectiveness of each technique meant that they all experienced success and gained confidence. Joe was a super trainer and students found it really useful. I am extremely grateful that you shared your time, expertise and enthusiasm with them. Another great programme from MADE! I have been so impressed with the content and delivery of this session and 'The Lighthouse'! [delivered previously]. I attended the Parents’ session at Oxstalls campus with the GROWS team yesterday evening and it too was excellent. Often this type of event in a school is in the form of a talk which isn’t as interactive, engaging or as likely to facilitate discussions and changes to their study environment at home. I do hope that we might be able to host one at St Peter’s in the future if we are able to book the Exams Made Easy workshop again. I highly recommend this workshop!

Ruth Atine - Head of KS5 Progress - St Peter's RC High School - Gloucester
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Exams MADE easy? Most definitely!

It was brilliant - who would have thought two hours focusing on exam preparation could be so enjoyable! It was fun, focused and fast paced. The students were engaged from beginning to end and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. They have left school this afternoon with a wealth of strategies and techniques that will help them face the challenges of the weeks and months ahead. Exams MADE easy? Most definitely! Thanks for everything.

Julie Cadman - Head of English - Cardinal Newman - Warrington
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In the times of shrinking school budgets, it was money well spent.

As usual, the students really engaged with the sessions run by Joe. Student feedback was very positive about the techniques Joe demonstrated. For the first time we booked the parents session and again feedback was excellent. I would have no hesitation in booking Made Training again and in the times of shrinking school budgets, it was money well spent. Thanks again for an outstanding day.

Mr James Cooney - Assistant Headteacher - Helsby High School - Cheshire
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Joe is Brilliant!

The day was very well received by the students, they all took an active part and I'm sure will be able to put the strategies learnt on the day into practice. Joe is brilliant, very engaging with the students, I would like to book again for next year, September would be a good time, can I request Joe again!!!!

Mrs Stella Stafford - KS4 Leader - William Lovell Church of England Academy - Lincs
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The girls absolutely loved Joe’s sessions!

Hi Corin, The girls absolutely loved Joe’s sessions! The staff present were also very impressed and the early feedback from our girls on our evaluation ‘system’ has been excellent. Thanks for all your support in arranging this.

Claire Middlehurst - Assistant Headteacher - Hodge Hill Girls' School - Birmingham
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It will definitely bring my grades up

The workshop gave me the skills to work more efficiently. It has made me feel more comfortable about my exams. It will definitely bring my grades up.

Michael - Yr 11 student, Woolwich Poly, London
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People who really understand the nature of the work we do

Dear Sander and Corin, THANK YOU so much for your fantastic work yesterday. Both sessions were dynamic and interesting, with loads of variety and activities that kept the students (and staff!) gripped. One Coach said he tested his young people on the country’s populations on the journey home and they still remembered it, after a Nando’s! We are also very grateful for your flexibility and patience with regards to the timings and set-up of the afternoon session. It is so good to work with people who really understand the nature of the work we do, and are supportive of making it work for the young people, regardless of what comes up. The materials and giveaways were a lovely touch, and I’m sure many will keep these worksheets for a long time (one Coach now has to take a picture of the exam hall in his school so they can create a Memory Palace for it). We will be in touch about future bookings at our schools very soon. Have a great week, and thank you for starting ours off so well! Amy

Amy Butterworth - Education Advisor (ThinkForward)
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