A realistic look at the demands of 6th form and an introduction to the core skills needed to cope with those demands.
The workshop equips students with a range of tools and techniques designed to promote self-study, independent learning and research, and to raise aspirations.
The workshop is for 6th Form students in both years 12 & 13. It promotes the concept of self-study, independent learning, independent research and taking responsibility for themselves and their own levels of success.
It can be booked all year round but is especially useful for students just starting Year 12. The workshop can be held in either a classroom (for smaller groups) or in a hall for groups of up to 100 students.
This workshop is 2 hours in duration and can be delivered to up to 100 students at a time.
Clearly identifies the gap between Key stage 4 & 5 and offers a range of tools and techniques to assist with the greater demands of 6th form.
Promotes independent learning and research.
Develops a range of analytical and thinking skills.
Enables students to analyse and determine their own levels of success.
Bridging the Gap clearly identifies the greater demands of 6th form.
Students will learn how to carry-out independent learning and research. They will be equipped with tools enabling them to identify, interrogate and make full use of a large range of information sources (NOT just Google!!). They will learn how to assess their own levels of effort and, therefore, success and be given techniques to help easily increase these levels.
They will be taught advanced note-taking skills and shown how to reflect on the work they have done each day to boost self-confidence and reduce stress levels.
To introduce students to the advanced demands of 6th form and to provide them with tools and techniques to cope with these demands and to raise their aspirations.
Bridging the Gap clearly identifies the different expectations and higher demands of 6th form. It equips students with a range of tools and techniques not only to cope with this increase but also to raise their aspirations and self-expectations.
It empowers them to become enthusiastic, independent learners ready to move into the next chapter of their lives.
The course was well received by the students due in large part to Sophie’s lively and enthusiastic presentation. All elements were useful and relevant and there was good pace to the day’s activities. I am confident that students will make use of the various strategies introduced during their time in the sixth form. Many thanks for the ease of booking the event and for delivering the course itself.
Generally the feedback was very positive from the students and they were introduced to some new techniques which I know that staff who were in the presentation have used with their groups
It went really well and the vast majority of students enjoyed it and found it useful Well organized and lived up to your publicity.
An engaging course containing very useful guidance and advice on effective studying. Staff who attended the sessions with students found its content very interesting and engaging. The course was delivered in a friendly, clear, respectful and purposeful manner. The day ran very smoothly, and all students responded positively to Sophie’s presentations; appreciating that the session was worthwhile. We appreciate Sophie’s willingness to accommodate our needs in terms of time constraints and numbers.
Thanks for your efforts today - all was well received and I think that it gave the students a number of strategies to consider utilising in the coming months. The pitch and pace were fine so thanks again.
Rachel was an energetic and skillful presenter. The material was helpful and explained well. The teacher meeting was a useful addition.
Excellent presentation which engaged the students, despite there being a large number in the hall. Your presenter was enthusiastic and untiring!
Below is a paragraph written by students of Heathside for their Newsletter : Positively MAD (Making a Difference) is a study skills programme in which Sixth Form students participated to help when it comes to revision time. We learnt many different skills in order to remember information such as practical applications to revision like creating actions in order to remember words. We were also taught the key skills of speed reading, a very useful skill, and how to construct mind maps in a way that helps learning/memorising key information. This was a refreshingly useful and rewarding experience that captivated the attention of us all and of great benefit.
It was really good. The pupils were permanently engaged and the presenter changed pace and kept them on their toes. The tips were useful and perhaps the later techniques were more specific to the older age group. We enjoyed it and it was very useful.
I thought Shenaz was really engaging and she worked well with the young people that came to the session, she kept them engaged (which isn’t easy) and it was an enjoyable session.
Jay provided excellent training for our students. Nothing but positive comments so far.
A really useful course, lots of fantastic techniques which we are hoping to embed into students and teachers practice. We will definitely look to run this course same time next year with our new students. Sophie was great! She dealt with the incident and obviously has lots of experience in handling groups of students! She was fun and made the training interactive and informative.
Natalie had a very good rapport with the students and they responded very well to her. We were impressed with her presentation, enthusiasm and commitment.
The presenter was engaging and showed students a variety of ways to continue their learning beyond the classroom. What particularly stood out for me was how taking ownership for one’s own success was in the opening part of the gentleman’s address to the students. I was thoroughly impressed with the presenter’s enthusiasm and the quality of his presentation materials. I would highly recommend it and I have already sent a copy of the brochure given to me by the presenter to a friend and colleague of mine who heads up a Sixth Form in Lymm.
I saw the first ‘bridging the gap’ course – I thought it was extremely well delivered, very visual, very easy. Shenaz had hold of her audience even though here were 150 of them.
Excellent activities for bridging the gap between GCSE and Sixth Form. Smooth, slick and very professional. 10/10
It was upbeat and positive. It was nice that the students were engaged and shown just how they need to use techniques to their advantage. All staff involved were complimentary about the subject matter and the manner with which Mark conducted himself. It was nice that the students had the time to trial the techniques and had a reminder of what was covered with them when they left.
The students I spoke with briefly found Natalie’s presentation engaging and stimulating and a number of them spoke about the techniques learnt in their lessons today. The initial mind mapping exercise was particularly well received.
Very good content and the sixth formers learned a lot. Mark delivered the course very well, was approachable and the sixth formers related to him well. Looking forward to the next presentation. A very positive experience.
Find it a very useful and engaging course. Good to get students to broaden their thinking about revision/ learning now doing it at a higher level than GCSE Good to have short snappy activities which gets students “moving” and time to defocus before refocusing! Good speaker (Sophie Stiddard) – enthusiastic, presented clearly and well with good humour
I arranged for PM to come to Gower College but unfortunately I was off sick when the event took place. Staff have told me they were very impressed with the event and once some get back to me with emailed comments I'll fill in the sheet and return it to you. I am definitely interested in booking with you again.
Just had a fantastic couple of workshops from Rachel that went down very well with the sixth form. Rachel worked really hard to make sure the students got the absolute maximum out of both sessions and we are very grateful to her for helping us with our sixth formers.
Very positive and motivational. Students seem to be engaged and get a lot out of it as they were taught new techniques and how to think about things differently.
We felt the course was useful and very enthusiastically and energetically presented. Shenaz has a great rapport with the students and engaged even our most demotivated students.
Informative and inspiring in equal measure – a great start to the day/year. Thank you Steve was excellent – he was committed, professional, funny and engaging. A great day.