Previous Courses

Independent Thinkers University Preparation Webinars 2020

Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August 2020: 9am-12.30pm

Medicine (BMAT applicants only); Law; PPE/ Economics and Management/ Economics; Physical Natural Sciences/ Physics/ Engineering; Maths

All webinars are small-group, interactive sessions carefully designed to give participants the experience of Oxbridge tutorial teaching.

In the personal statement webinars, students will plan their UCAS personal statements and receive feedback on their drafts. The interview Q & A session will be conducted by tutors who have interviewed for Oxford and/ or Cambridge.

Testimonials from recent webinar attendees:

I feel extremely well-prepared. I have a clear set of targets to aim for between now and my applications.
July 2020 Webinar Participant
The course materials were very useful and I shall be referring back to them in the near future!
July 2020 Webinar Participant
Henry was very good; he helped me with techniques for the interview
July 2020 Webinar Participant
The sessions were brilliant
July 2020 Webinar Participant

How to join

The timetable can be found below. Detailed timetables and joining links will be sent out on registration. If you have an offer code, please enter it in the form. We will issue an invoice with payment details when you have registered.

Sign-up link: https://forms.gle/8VNZGJESMP6PCPXy7

If you are unable to access the google form, please email us directly to book: info@independent-thinkers.co.uk or call us on 01223 461 822.

UK time – August Monday 3rd Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th Thursday 6th Friday 7th
9am-10am Tutorial Tutorial Tutorial Interview Skills Interview Skills
10am-10.15am BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
10.15am-11.15am Test Prep Test Prep Test Prep Test Prep Test Prep
11.15am-11.30am BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK
11.30am-12.30am Personal Statement Interview Skills Interview Q & A Personal Statement

Company description

We devise, develop and deliver inspiring university preparation and academic enrichment courses for students aged 11-18. We work with many of the leading independent schools and sixth form colleges in the UK, supporting their Oxbridge, Law and Medical School applicants. Since 2015 we have helped 250 students achieve Oxbridge places. We are the only course provider founded and run by two former Cambridge tutors.

All our tutors educated to at least Master’s level with Oxbridge, Russell Group and/or Ivy League teaching experience, as well as extensive experience in teaching students aged 16-19.

On June 7th, 18th and 24th 2019, we ran a series of one-day Oxbridge and Medicine preparation courses for students from independent schools in London, Cambridge, Brighton and Bedford.

Friday June 7th 2019

This one-day course on 7th June 2019 is aimed at students preparing for Oxbridge applications for Maths, Physics, Computer Sciences, Chemistry, and Medicine. We provided the course to an independent school in Cambridge.

UK time – Friday June 7th Session
10am-11.30am Test Preparation Sessions I

1. BMAT Section 2 (science section);
2. Biology for Cambridge Natural Scientists
3. Physics for the PAT, Cambridge NSAA & ENGAA
4. Problem Solving for the CSAT & MAT (Maths & Computer Science applicants’ questions).

11.30am-11.45am BREAK
11.45am-12.45pm UCAS Personal Statement Sessions

1. Cambridge Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Science, Maths & Computer Science
2. Medicine/ Dentistry/ Vet Medicine

12.45pm-1.30pm LUNCH
1.30pm-2.45pm Test Preparation Sessions II

1. Advanced Maths for the MAT, CSAT, PAT, ENGAA & Cambridge Physical Natural Sciences
2. Compulsory Maths for Cambridge NatSci (Bio & Chem)
3. Problem Solving & Data Interpretation/ Analysis for the BMAT, TSA and UKCAT.

2.45pm-3pm BREAK
3pm-4.15pm Test Preparation Session III

1. Critical Thinking for the TSA, BMAT & UCAT
2. Essay Writing for the BMAT

Tuesday June 18th 2019

This one-day course on 18th June 2019 is aimed at students preparing for Oxbridge applications for Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities subjects. We provided the course to a leading independent school.

UK time – Tuesday June 18th Tutor: Bono – ROOM 1 Tutor: Camden – ROOM 2 Tutor: Alex L – ROOM 3 Tutor: David/ Alex OBT – ROOM 4
10am-11.15am MAT/ PAT/ ENGAA/ NSAA (Physical Natsci) Maths & Physics Chemistry NSAA Critical Thinking for the Cambridge Assessments & LNAT Problem Solving for the TSA (DB)
11.15am-12.30am Compulsory Maths MCQs
(MAT/ PAT/ NSAA/ ECAA/ ENGAA)
Biochemistry
Tutorial
Critical Thinking for the Cambridge Assessments & LNAT Critical Thinking for the TSA (DB)
1.30-2.45pm MAT/ PAT/ ENGAA/ NSAA (Physical Natsci) Maths & Physics Biology NSAA/ PBS Writing about Sources: HAT and Cambridge History Section 2 Essay Writing (AOBT)

Monday June 24th 2019

This one-day course on 24th June 2019 is aimed at students preparing for Oxbridge applications for Maths, Physics, Computer Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences. We provided the course to an independent school in Cambridge.

UK time – Monday June 24th Session Parallel CPD Session (If Applicable)
10.30am Arrivals & Registration
10.30am-11.15am What is Oxbridge Looking for in Successful Applicants?

In these sessions (students will be divided into subject groups so guidance is discipline specific), we shall take students through
1. The main qualities sought by Oxbridge admissions tutors
2. How they can demonstrate these in all aspects of the application process (personal statement/ submitted work/ admissions test/ interview(s)
3. What they can do over the summer to maximise their chances of putting in a successful application to Oxford or Cambridge.

N/A
11.15am- 12.30pm Mock Tutorials

In these sessions, students will have the opportunity to participate in a mock tutorial in their chosen subject area. Oxbridge interviews seek to simulate the tutorial environment; therefore, these mock tutorials will help students to develop and practise the skills and/ or qualities they will need to demonstrate at a successful interview: responding to unfamiliar material; applying existing knowledge in new contexts; and, intellectual flexibility, curiosity and acuity.

N/A
12.30pm-1.30pm LUNCH
11.15am- 12.30pm N/A
1.30pm-2.30pm Test Preparation: Session I Session I for Teachers: ‘Reference Writing: How to Make your Students Stand Out’.
2.30pm-2.45pm BREAK
2.45pm-3.45pm Test Preparation: Session II Session II for Teachers: ‘Stretching Students beyond the Curriculum’.
3.45pm-4.15pm Final Panel Session, including Q & A
4.15pm-4.30pm BREAK & DEPARTURES
4.30pm-5.30pm 1. Additional Sessions for Individual Students; 2. BMAT Essay-Writing

25th March 2019 University Preparation Day

This one-day course was designed for students preparing Oxbridge applications for Maths, Physics, Computer Sciences, Chemistry and Medicine. We provided the course to an independent sixth-form college in Cambridge.

UK time – Friday June 7th Session
10am-11.15am Mock Tutorial

1. Maths for Natural Science & Computer Science; 2. Medicine/Dentistry/ Biochemistry/ Chemistry

11.15am-11.30am BREAK
11.30am-12.45pm Test Preparation Session I

1. Maths Multiple Choice Questions (Natsci & Computer Science)
2. Quantitative Reasoning & Problem Solving for the UKCAT, the BMAT & the TSA

12.45pm-1.45pm LUNCH
1.45pm-3pm Test Preparation Session II

1. Critical Thinking and Verbal Reasoning for the UKCAT, the BMAT &
the TSA
2. Problem Solving for Computer Scientists

3pm-3.15pm BREAK
3.15pm-4.45pm Test Preparation Session III

BMAT Essay Writing