Students 100% positive about school’s new approach to study skills

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By Woking People | Monday, January 20, 2014, 09:52

An innovative new approach to teaching study skills at Gordon’s School in Surrey has received a 100% positive response from students leading to a major increase in independent learning.

Traditionally a tired, boring topic that students loathed, teachers at the co-educational school wanted students to improve their ability to study independently in the lead up to exams, and brought in study skills provider, Elevate Education to help achieve this.

Elevate’s presenters are all recent graduates who attained the top grades at school and honed their independent learning skills at university. Only a few years older than their audience, the presenters’ ability to relate to the stress and anxiety of the Sixth Form from personal experience has been the key to the success of the programme at Gordon’s School. Kate Connery, Head of Sixth Form, explained:

“Students liked the fact that the presenters were young – they found them easier to relate to which helped them take in the tips and advice.

“After the first session Elevate Education held, we had 100% positive feedback from students and teachers alike.”

Elevate Education now delivers sessions throughout the year to students in Years 11, 12 and 13. The short, sharp sessions aim to maximise students’ learning potential while reducing exam stress by offering tips and advice on the best ways to tackle revision and exams.

The content of the sessions is based on 12 years of benchmarking research into the habits and techniques of top performing students. It’s a simple approach that has had a major impact.

Tips and advice have led to students using their time more effectively and there has been a noticeable change in students’ attitudes.

“We hoped that the sessions would improve students’ independent study and this is happening. Thanks to Elevate Education, students are making the most of their study sessions throughout the week.

“Elevate Education is without doubt the most exceptional study skills provider I have experienced in any school. I expected them to deliver to a high level, and they have not disappointed,” said Kate.



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