Designed for students preparing to sit their GCSE’s/Nationals exams.
Exam Busters is an inspiring, intensive and interactive workshop which empowers students with exam preparation tips, revision tools and stress management techniques.
We recommend that students be sat around tables of 6-8 in a venue conducive to learning
This workshop can be delivered in either:
Please note that this workshop is designed to be delivered over the course of 2 hours. Condensed versions of the workshop are still incredibly effective, but this does mean removing techniques. Students who sit the full 2 hours will leave the workshop with a comprehensive exam toolkit.
This workshop aligns with Gatsby benchmarks, the 3 I’s and NERUPI framework. Some of the content covered in Exam Busters includes:
We recommend that students be sat around tables of 6-8 in a venue conducive to learning.
Shenaz is engaging, has a good understanding of our students and pitches the content and pace well. We like that the course touches on a wide range of aspects for our students – eg revision skills, but more holistic things such as their welfare and how to prepare psychologically for the exams. Shenaz is now a popular figure within school with both students and teachers. Such a positive figure with students.
Jay’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the strategies, techniques and tips was excellent and was exactly what we were looking for at this time in Year 11 for our students and parents. It’s testament to Jay and the workshop as to how many pupils had told their parents about how much they enjoyed it and how useful they found it that some students were calling and texting their parents during the school day to say ‘Mum/Dad you need to come to the Parent’s workshop this evening!’ The strategies were relevant, easy to use, engaging and delivered in a way which will facilitate the students use of them as well. It was great to be given some resources by Jay in order to support the pupils through the revision process as the year goes on as well. I will look to rebook this event for next years, Year 11 at a similar time.
Good for teaching students how to prepare for exams. Introducing memory tools. Definitely stimulated a positive attitude towards learning and revision and provided simple techniques to organise work load. Shenaz was an excellent presenter and read our students extremely well.
The event was excellent and Karim was an excellent presenter. Some of our girls were apprehensive to begin with however many of them said what a useful learning session it had been. There has been evidence of the girls using the techniques since. It was a welcome opportunity for the girls at a very stressful time of their school career – pitched really well by Karim
Thank you very much – the course was once again excellent & exactly what we wanted for our Y11 students. Im sure they got a lot from it & we will continue to reinforce the revision & exam techniques throughout the year. Thanks again – we love working with you & look forward to seeing you later in the year for our Y10 booking & also again in the future!
The vast majority of the pupils involved in the course were very positive about it. They found Karim to be an entertaining and thought provoking teacher/presenter and they were fully engaged for the whole of the sessions. I have also received very positive feedback on the session from the staff that were involved and I personally am very impressed. One pupil asked his teacher if he could go into the second session as he had enjoyed it so much and was worried in case had missed something. I have attached a summary of a survey that I carried out on a sample of the pupils involved in the day.
Many students were pleased with the techniques they had been shown. The mind mapping exercise was particularly well received. Students saw the value of this as a good method to incorporate into their revision sessions. A really useful day for students, staff and parents alike. Thank you.
Sophie did a great job. The course was motivational, informative and appropriately pitched. Staff, students and parents found it very useful. Very pleased.
Presentation and delivery was well planned and engaging for students of different abilities. Chris linked strategies to pupils’ well-being and GCSEs, which was relevant. Students were well behaved, responded well to Chris, took part in activities and generally positive mood during the workshops. All staff and students that I spoke to said it was useful. The SEN department even said their students who lack confidence, came out saying they would now be more confident revising independently.
The sessions with Jay were superb. The Bridging the Gap session for year 12 and 13 gave some excellent strategies for independent study and planning work. Our year 11 students raved about the Exam Busters session and can still remember the information used to demonstrate the different revision techniques. Proof for them that the techniques really work! The feedback from parents too was really positive and they appreciated having the opportunity to hear what their children had heard and being able to work with them in maximising their revision sessions.
It was a very engaging course and the students participated fully. The students thought it was going to be boring and were truly surprised at how much fun it had been. Sophie was excellent with the students. We are now looking at how we can build on the techniques presented to further enhance the students’ performance. Sophie was excellent, turned up on time and was very organized and interacted really well with the students. She took time to talk to form tutors later who had been in the presentation.
Unfortunately this year I was not able to be present during the workshops, but I met with Steve in the morning and I have heard nothing but good comments from both staff and students. Steve kept the students engaged, interacted with them and gave them plenty of useful tips to take away with them. The event was well received and staff were also engaged and interested in the workshops., thank you. As always the preparation beforehand, communication and knowledge that this is a valuable event gave me confidence in Positively Mad.
I have had some feedback from a member of SLT this morning: She was offering some additional mentoring to some students yesterday and there were another three Y11 students working in the same room. Part of the conversation was overheard, from one of the girls, who were talking about their Positively MAD experience. This girl said that she is fed up with teachers telling them what they need to do, as regards to revising for exams. However, Chris didn’t just do this, but he actually showed them how to do this. She was overheard saying that she’s never really known how to revise, but now she knows a number of different techniques that she can use. The group then went on to ‘test’ each other on the ‘Muhammed Ali’ information!! They were all thrilled that they had learnt this information and it was ‘still there’.
Fantastic course! All students enjoyed themselves and got a lot from the day. Steve was a total professional and excellent to work with. Diolch!
The course was well received by our students and all students asked have reported that it was very useful and worthwhile. Indeed, some of them have tweeted to that effect. Since Monday I have seen staff using some of the techniques in lessons which is brilliant and shows immediate impact. Students can remember all the facts about Mohammed Ali which proves to them that the techniques work. Various staff were in there during the day and we had a staff session at the end of the day. The response from them is also positive. I was also personally impressed with how Jay interacted with our students. He “won them over” very quickly and, of course, this meant they got much more from the day. Your comments of the day Very well organized and well run by Jay. There were at least 4 staff present at all times but they didn’t have to do anything as Jay commanded the hall very well (and we have delightful students!) . Given that they had a whole day of it Jay did really well to hold their attention. They have reported that he was “mad” which, of course, fits with your branding! The day was well structured with regular brain breaks to keep the students going and this worked well.
Shenaz delivered 5 workshops focusing on individual subjects and allowing students to create their own revision resources. She continued to enthuse the students and build a rapport with them and, despite feeling unwell, was keen and enthusiastic throughout the day.
Thanks for everything last Friday. I thought you were really likeable in your interaction with the students (and to me and the staff too, of course!) and we enjoyed having you in to deliver the students. Great sessions!
The course was perfect for what I wanted it to achieve (provide students with revision/memory tools). Steve was energetic and enthusiastic, something our students found engaging. Excellent workshop that provided our students with tools that Steve proved worked through the clever delivery of content. It is definitely something we would look to run again next year!
Mark and Steve were very professional and very skilled presenters. We really enjoyed the course and most of the students got something out of the day. The nature of the cohort that we asked Mark and Steve to work with, meant that some of the students were disaffected and reluctant to engage. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. The techniques and the course content were high quality. I’m sure we’ll book the course again, Incidentally – we booked this course because of the recommendation of a colleague.
I have copied and pasted the survey from my year 11 cohort and summarised the main comments made. 1. Did you enjoy the workshop? Yes – engaging, yes – he had good energy levels and kept everyone focussed, yes – good tactics to help you stick stuff in your brain 2. Did you feel like you benefitted from this? Yes – good revision tactics, gave a different style that maybe haven’t seen before, lots of easy tips and tricks. 3. How did you rate the presenter? All liked him – energetic, engaging, enthusiastic, efficient, got to the point in the small amount of time he had (this was due to our school timings and not any problems with positively mad) 4. Would you recommend this to other students? Yes Many staff commented that he allowed the students to be very proactive and didn’t let them switch off/mind wander. He earned their respect early on. Allowing them to have 5 minute brain breaks helped too and they cooperated with him every time. The mad pads allowed students to make the necessary notes they needed. Everything went smoothly and he was well liked. Thank you!
Students found the course valuable and there was lots of positive chat about it the following day. It provided lots of good ideas for revision and methods to helps cope with exams. We have followed this up with an exam busters board in school to remind students of some of the techniques.
Evaluation is based upon 1:1 interviews with 8 Year 11 school council representatives The feedback from the focus group and from Year 11 in general following the event was extremely positive. · Use of colour and the instruction to use colour in revision sessions · Already used the story telling and the mind mapping in revision · Felt active and involved and felt like the whole session only lasted for 1 period. · Recall 5 times and learn forever has been used a lot · Relevant to a lot of different subjects · Presenter was amazing and made it all really interactive.
A really enjoyable and useful day. I was impressed at the way in which Shenaz was able to hold the students attention and keep them focused. There was no need for intervention from our staff on behaviour as she was so skilled at managing them. We were also impressed at the way that students were able to recall information so easily & this is what many of our students desperately need help with. They work hard & behave fairly well, but they struggle to memorise things for exams. I know how successful she was with them, as there were a few potentially very difficult students in the sessions, but she held their attention – and on a Friday afternoon!. Thank you very much
I can't thank you enough Shenaz, the kids are absolutely buzzing...one of my more difficult ones has just come bouncing into my office with a mind map saying "I know it!!!!" and has just given me chapter and verse about the history ofimmunisations, I hugged her, we are all delighted! I've just done a pp for my assembly on Monday which I've attached...hopefully it will remind them what they've learned and I'll also give out the sheets too! Thank you again, you are a fabulous presenter and worth every penny!
As always, brilliant! Students were engaged and found it useful. Superbly run as always.
The exam busting workshop was both engaging and relevant. The majority of staff and students alike found the course very useful with some excellent tips on how to revise for their G.C.S.E exams. Student engagement was high throughout the course, mainly due to Shenaz’s outgoing personality and the fast pace of the course. An excellent and worthwhile day which provided pupils with useful revision tools for their final examinations.
Great presenter, very enthusiastic delivery with valuable techniques the students can take away with them. I liked the flexibility of what to include in course material.
We have now used Positively MAD twice; I have been really pleased with the result on both occasions. Holding the focus of 15 and 16 year olds for two hours is not easy, but your presenters are so engaging that the time flies. Ideas are excellent and students take away real practical things they can do straight away. I also believe the day boosts confidence, it shows students they can retain information, they can achieve a lot in a short time; revision can actually be less of a slog. Highly recommend you to others and we will use you again.
The course was well structured, engaging and enjoyable. All the staff and pupils involved in the day were fully engaged and highly motivated. The resources provided were of high quality and the course was delivered in such an enthusiastic and exciting way that all of our students had no option but to be motivated. All our students were still talking about the day for the next few days and they certainly all remember the story of Mohammed Ali !!! Our presenter for the day was Shenaz - all I can say was she was exceptional in every way. An absolutely fantastic day which really emphasized and supported our students in revision/memory techniques.
Excellent. Pitched just right and students responded really well. They came in to school specially for this event (the rest had a long weekend) so this speaks volumes. We are very pleased that we opted to hold the parental session – they were hugely positive about it and I think it will make the stressful months ahead a great deal easier – parents and students in it together.
Excellent course – just what we were looking for! Sophie was amazing – really enthusiastic and approachable but professional at all times. Loads of positive feedback received from both students and parents and we are already beginning to use the follow-up stuff in tutor times.
Both the Exam Buster and Super Speedy Skills workshops were excellent. The students found them very useful and we even had some mindmaps produced today, using ideas from the workshops. Steve was excellent, his enthusiasm was infectious and kept our students engaged throughout. Giving workshops to two whole year groups in one day was very good and the parents twilight session was very useful and informative too.
Shenaz was fantastic as always. She is accessible for our students and gives them something practical that they can use in the classroom or at home when revising. The fact that teachers attended also meant that they can now embed the tolls and strategies suggested into their lessons to make revision seamless. Shenaz runs bespoke sessions for us which totally meet the needs of our learners in our context. She communicates with our staff beforehand so that teacher and presenter are in total agreement about what the sessions should look like and what the students should take away from them.
I really enjoyed the course as a teacher and a tutor. It taught me a number of new strategies to support the young people that I work with. I discussed with Natalie how important key words or ‘buzz words’ are for those taking GCSE PE and how these methods could help them to pick up easy marks in tests. It will be interesting to see which kids take on the advice and use some of the imagery techniques to help them. I have heard a lot of positive feedback. The kids seemed to enjoy the day and I hope that they took a lot away from it. Thank you Tim White - Head of House The material was very appropriate and interesting for the year 10 students. I think some students has genuinely thought about using some of the techniques to study already which is excellent. The students remained engaged and there were a variety of activities to ensure all learning styles remained focused. The delivery of the course was very enthusiastic and it is evident that the course is well planned with excellent resources. Gemma Smyth - Business Studies NQT
Excellent event. Students and staff both got a lot out of it and are planning to use the new revision skills learnt. The sessions were great. I would like to book Shenaz for another day in March to come and work with the students.
The course was excellent as always and Natalie’s presentations were inspiring and very motivational for all. A great success
Shenaz was fantastic with the pupils. All pupils were engaged during the sessions provided.
A powerful and dynamic lead from Shenaz was key to success of the day; it really brought home the need to revise but actually made it clear what revision actually is. Students were motivated by the presentation.
It was a fantastic day - thanks Jay and the team.
Always useful for the students to gain experience from outside agencies. We are very lucky to have such a positive relationship with you and really enjoy your sessions. They are always pitched at exactly the right level and you do very well to deliver them to such a large group of students. Well run. Efficient. Fun. Informative.
Just want to say a massive thank you for the sessions Karim ran at our school yesterday.Staff, pupils and parents were very impressed with the content and delivery of the sessions.Some of our pupils are difficult to engage but Karim engaged and motivated them.I really believe it will make a difference. I will definitely be asking you to visit our school again when I get my new year group! Many thanks
Thank you for a fantastic day! The students were all enthused and I have had a number of conversations with parents who have said that the students came home full of ideas to try. The messages that were passed on to the students have really hit home and some of them have become more focused as a result. Jay was fantastic and I have already had the current Head of Year 9 ask for a copy of the brochure as she will be very interested in using your company in the future. The two sessions were pitched perfectly and kept the students fully focused and interested all morning, and for some the whole day. A super day, Thank You
The courses were really beneficial to our learners. The learners really enjoyed the approach of splitting the work up into chunks and being active in between, this is an approach we will use again! The information given to learners was appropriate for our learners. Staff who participated in the activities said they found the workshops useful. Both Sophie and Rachel were fantastic, extremely professional and caring towards our learners. Their delivery was enthusiastic and interesting, we’d love to have them back. ?
As last year – students enjoyed the course and nearly all were positive about their two hour session. The session delivered to staff was great – I think they would have been happy for a longer session – our decision to keep it to 45 minutes.
Some really engaging ideas suggested that staff and students have already taken on board. I have still been quizzing students today about what they remember about Mohammed Ali and they can tell me all sorts. A parent also stopped me at the end of the session last night as her son had been absent that day and she was worried that he had missed out! I have also received lots of positive comments from staff – some have even started incorporating the strategies into their lessons today. Others have said that they will refer back to them in assemblies. Shenaz was amazing and staff and students really were inspired by her and loved her engaging style of delivery. The day ran really well and we will certainly be in touch for future events.
Very energetic and enthusiastic presentation from Steve, who clearly portrayed the importance of study skills, mind maps and revision. An excellent resource for our pupils. A well-structured and paced presentation of value.
High impact, tailored specifically to our needs, a bespoke service – something I haven’t experienced form other service providers. The sessions were well catered for the different levels of learners, really liked how the techniques were then put into practice for subjects the learners are studying. Shenaz was vibrant and positive and enthusiastic, a large number of learners felt the event was valuable.
Excellent course – outstanding presentation and engagement from Jay – feedback from pupils outstanding. Parental feedback very positive both from their children and those who attended the twilight session.
Exam Busting once again went down superbly with the majority of our students, providing them with some of the skills they will need as they prepare for their examinations. Steve was excellent in his delivery and we would welcome him back next year with open arms – he was superb. His enthusiasm and excellent delivery rubbed off on the pupils. By tying the day in with the pupils receiving their examination timetables I felt that the day was the perfect kick start in to the tough weeks and months ahead. Would not hesitate to book again.
The course was particularly appropriate for our GCSE and A level exam pupils. The focus on key revision techniques really was a revelation to many of our students, particularly those of middle to low ability and aspiration. Helping make learning easier is the key to motivating these pupils and your course was able to do that superbly well. Many of the practical tips outlined on the day will be incorporated into our revision programmes and also shared with parents Our day was divided into two to cater for the two halves of a large year group. Each cohort attended a two hour workshop. The varied activities kept all pupils, even the most disaffected, on task and interested throughout. All pupils could see the relevance and effectiveness of the activities being described.
Your comments on the course I felt that the course was appropriate for what we wanted to achieve with our students. It covered ways of revising and also important points to remember when revising e.g. where, when etc. It was also interactive as the students had to complete the sheet throughout the session which meant that they had a reminder to read through after leaving the session I felt that the presenter was very approachable and friendly. He related well to the students (and there were some difficult ones in there) as they all took part in the sessions. Please thank Steve for me
Excellent once again, pupils thoroughly enjoyed it, well delivered and well suited to the needs / age range it was delivered to. Very useful session for both year groups and Jay once again kept them motivated and engaged.
Shanaz was able to offer bespoke support to a range of students, particularly as she now knows even more about our context, our approach and our students. The pupils really benefited from the day and felt as though they were given special treatment in their final preparations. The day ran smoothly and Shenaz never had a moment’s rest! A girl even came to see her during lunch time and Shenaz went straight into an after school session. It’s a great partnership that we have going and I can’t wait to see it continue to develop and grow.
We found the course very useful, we are currently planning on delivering a session in today’s whole school CPD slot showcasing the different ideas that Shenaz went through with the students to ensure the staff can help them with the ideas they are starting to implement in their personal revision We all found Shenaz to be a breath of fresh air, and a very energetic one at that. Our students and staff were so motivated by her that the morning session students were talking positively about their experience all day. I also found the course very straight forward to organise and communication with the company easy to manage.
Informative and very useful information for young people to revision techniques to help them in their exams and young adult life in fact. Students loved it so here’s hoping they use these techniques to better themselves and their results and school work in the future. As ever Rachel “Positively Fab” on presenting to the young people. I was on the same bus as some of our students that afternoon going home and all they talked about was what they had learnt and how easy it was to learn the “Rachel” way!! Music to my ears as I knew this was productive after all taking them out of lessons all day! Thank you for Year 10 at Our Lady’s and myself, Lynne Whitaker.
The exam buster course was insightful and relevant to Year 11 students who are due to embark on the most important period of their life. The techniques used were easy to recall and provided students with an added confidence. There was a real buzz around the year group following the course. Shenaz was a great presenter and gave students a different voice regarding how to get the best of their exams.
The course was lively and Steve did well to keep their interest and the girls learnt or reinforced some good memory skills. The delivery was lively and exciting again and we have had a very positive response from the girls. All in all a very good day, we just wonder how Steve can perform at that level all the time even watching him was exhausting!
The workshop information was useful and interesting. I thought the interactive aspects were great. The presenter was engaging. The memory game was interesting. The students said they would use the information gathered to use for revision purposes.
Great content and superbly delivered by Jay. Couldn’t have asked for better. Very impressed by the skill with which he delivered to 180 students. Really pleased that 3 year groups benefitted and that Positively MAD were able to be flexible with content and timings to suit our collapsed timetable day. Initial feedback from staff and students has been great.
The course was brilliant with the pupils taking a lot from the day. Jay was excellent the pupils took to his style of presentation very quickly. There has been a real buzz in the school too. I am confident this will mean a more positive attitude towards their revision. Timing was excellent. 100% attention from the pupils at all times. Parents took something from the afterschool session too.
The workshop was very engaging and helped the students unpick the mystery of revision. Many of the students reacted very positively to the workshop and it was exactly what they needed at this point in an important year.
The exam preparation workshop was very positive and the students in year 11 received this very well. Steve was very professional and worked well with the students.
Our year 11 students thoroughly enjoyed the Exam Busters session led by Rachel Munns and were pleased to see her back as she had visited them 14 months earlier. The students are putting the skills into practice as they are busy preparing for their mock examinations. Although the girls were very tired at the end of a busy term, the interactive and inspiring style of presentation was just what was needed. Many staff have passed on their thanks and positive comments about the staff session; not just about the content but also about the quality of the presentation. Only yesterday a subject leader spoke to me about using the mind mapping skills with a year 9 group. We will certainly be booking again for next year. Many thanks to Rachel, we look forward to seeing her again.
We had an exams buster workshop delivered yesterday by Shenaz and I wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with the content the delivery and the way she worked at engaging and enthusing the group. She adapted the session from the 1st to the 2nd cohort as she “read the room” really effectively. The vast majority of students will have come away with something positive to use, so many thanks. The student feedback has been positive and the teachers who were in the room also feel they benefitted.
The Exam Busters course provided some very useful tips on memory and revision techniques. It was interactive to an extent which meant that the majority of students were able to engage.
We felt that the exam skills sessions for year 10 and 11 were particularly relevant and timely. Certainly, students spoke positively in relation to the mind mapping techniques and their usefulness for exam preparation. We felt that the sessions offered practical advice for students, and the exam blitz session for year 11 encouraged our students how to manage their time effectively. The feedback from students and staff was overwhelmingly positive, and pupils are still recalling the fascinating facts on the life of Muhammad Ali. Year 8 really were enthusiastic about the Goal Mapping sessions and the power of positive mindsets. The resources were useful and practical, and Jay maintained levels of pupil interest throughout with his infectious sense of enthusiasm.
“Very Good. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and clearly loved being involved; the 2 presenters were excellent. Well organised and well structured. The students gained a lot from it and this can be incorporated into their learning.”
The delivery was excellent and the students were highly engaged and motivated. The parents and Teacher sessions were equally well received. The material was exactly what we had asked for and the comments from the students support this. Student comments were: Overall, I found the sessions to be rather informative and useful.- I would like to thank the school for asking Shanaz to come in to Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, thus providing an excellent opportunity to further develop our revision techniques..- Amazeballs 8/8 gr8 – George - Loved the sesh xxx - Inspiring and motivational. - Learnt and new skills Was brill- Learnt a lot - Motivational and fun - Very Helpful - Inspired me to revise - Inspiring, motivational, amazing, helpful, eye opening, scary, funny - Funny and good fun – very helpful - Starting to revise ASAP - They need to be here for longer - It was very helpful and I will be using most of the techniques that were mentioned - It was helpful and I enjoyed and I will use the techniques - I think the students have pretty much nailed it.
The course was very useful and all students were engaged and gave positive feedback following the session. Very pleased with the delivery pace and content.
Very effective – Year 11 were very positive and some went on to the next lesson using the techniques The explanations struck home with Year11 and they could not believe how much of Mohamed Ali’s life they remembered. Just right with the timing. Brain gym and change of activities kept the interest.
Extremely well organized. Our presenter (Kim) was engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Pitched at a level suitable for both students and parents. Lots of helpful hints and strategies for revision.
Engaging delivery, confidence building for students, useful strategies.
Steve was very good – keen and effective. He had a difficult job and won them over. The students really liked what he did and I was impressed by the resources that he used. I will send on some feedback from a member of staff who was in there too – who sent it to the head. Steve was mellow and self-sufficient. He had everything ready, arrived early to set up and frankly managed the entire day himself.
Excellent techniques and advice for our students and delivered in a dynamic and energetic way. The girls found the strategies extremely helpful. They wished they had known about them earlier in their school life. All the girls were very positive about the day and some girls from Year 10 who had participated a session earlier in the year came down to see Rachel to let her know how the mind mapping had changed their life with regards to revision.
I know Lou has thanked you as our lead of the respective area in which you worked with our students last week but if I may also add my sincerest gratitude as Principal. The sessions were very well led according to my team and the feedback from the students has also been extremely positive as well. At such a critical time of their schooling such input should never be underestimated and we are sure what they learnt last week will indeed feed into their final 16 weeks of Year 11 and as they build up to and move through their summer examination period. Thank you again Sophie and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bexleyheath Academy at some point in the future.
Really interesting - it was great to have such a wide range of ideas. Very well organised and delivered.
Excellent delivery. Very clear and thorough explanations. Students ‘got a lot’ from the session.
Thank you to the organizing and the delivery of the resits sessions at our college, the sessions went really well. I have a couples quotes below from our staff; “Thank you for booking Positively MAD; students and teachers alike really enjoyed and found the presentations beneficial.” “As far I’m concerned the sessions were a great success so thank you so much for organising them, on such short notice Yes I’m happy to go ahead with them early next year on dates suggested”
This course will improve our students’ confidence with revision and was very useful.