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Oxbridge success for your students?
Here is expert help!

STUDENT OXBRIDGE WORKSHOP

Has the result of your students' applications to Oxford or Cambridge been somewhat disappointing, or is Oxbridge a new ambition for your school? Our tried-and-trusted workshops have for over a decade helped comprehensives, academies and sixth form colleges to achieve Oxbridge success. What sets them apart is that they are  uniquely geared towards schools with a large number of applicants from non-university and/or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Our one-off, school-based student Oxbridge workshops strengthen articulacy, subject-specific knowledge and the academic mindset top universities seek. At those for Year 12s this forms part of detailed interview prep. Every student gets a chance to answer questions related to their chosen course. Reluctant applicants are reassured by funny PowerPoint slides.

Results include self-driven, focused student preparation, stronger university-geared skills and the ability to successfully negotiate Oxbridge interviews and tests. Places also often go to students from disadvantaged groups, who may need more targeted help than is offered at free Access events.

Duration:
90 minutes, or two hours in case of large groups.

Location:
Workshops can be held at any school situated in a location well-served by trains.

Dates:
Mornings or afternoons during term time.

Workshop Leader:
Elfi Pallis, author of best-selling guide “OXBRIDGE ENTRANCE: THE REAL RULES”.

Cost:
£150 plus travel costs, or £199 for the two hour session required for large groups.

TEACHER OXBRIDGE WORKSHOP

Every school has some gifted young people, as we all know. Teachers and heads may be keen to support their Oxbridge aspirations, but unsure how. While the Oxford and Cambridge admissions process has much improved, it continues to work better for independents than state schools. Still, comprehensives, academies and sixth form colleges with a wide range of intakes regularly enjoy Oxbridge success. What is their secret?

Our unique, one-off Oxbridge workshops help teachers and heads identify the real factors determining whether an applicant will succeed. We then work on best practice in Oxbridge preparation, so schools can put effective support structures in place and take the whole process in-house. Topics range from ways of guiding course choice to academic groundwork and the Oxbridge interview.

While official Oxbridge information covers some of this, it does not address the specific problems faced by many of today’s state schools. It also tends to underplay just how much help even highly able students from non-university homes may need in order to display their abilities. We equip you to provide this help, yet remain within the ethos of your school.

Teachers who attended our well-established workshops in the past have described the experience as “invaluable” and a key factor in regular student success.

Duration:
90 minutes, or two hours in case of large groups.

Location:
Workshops can be held at any school situated in a location well-served by trains.

Dates:
Mornings or afternoons during term time.

Cost:
£150 plus travel costs, or £199 for the two hour session required for large groups.

Students put off by Oxbridge myths?
Not after this presentation!

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT OXBRIDGE

This is a lighter, colourful Power Point presentation aimed at students from year 10 onwards. It covers social fears and money worries, as well as academic prep, courses, careers and entrance requirements.

We discuss options, open days and mistakes to avoid, with ample time for Q&As. Students usually leave eager to read more books!

Duration:
Around one hour, including Q&As.

Location:
Workshops can be held at any school situated in a location well-served by trains.

Dates:
Mornings or afternoons during term time.

Cost:
£150 plus travel costs.

For more details, please email us at
oxbridge.workshop141@gmail.com,
write to the address at the top or call
Tel.020 7209 5762 / Mob. 07791 574 866
Website: www.tellbooks.com

STATE SCHOOL TO OXBRIDGE is an education initiative by TELL BOOKS LIMITED, Company No. 4847442.

Elfi Pallis, Workshop Leader

Elfi Pallis has successfully supported schools and students hoping for Oxbridge places since 2003. She also runs advice sessions for parents clubs and BAME groups on its challenging admissions process. As a journalist with an academic background in the Sociology of Education, Elfi has created BBC programmes on education and has written Oxbridge features for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times Educational Supplement (TES).

Elfi first explored the Oxbridge Admissions process while editing the London quarterly of the National Association for Gifted Children and running workshops for poor but able pupils. She was shocked to find that even the very brightest did not usually reach Oxford or Cambridge. After extensive research and interviews with Oxbridge admissions tutors and students, she wrote her best-selling guide, OXBRIDGE ENTRANCE: THE REAL RULES. Grateful readers soon emailed her to say that they would never have got into Oxford or Cambridge without it. Some had not even considered applying. However, after following its advice, all were now thriving at Oxbridge both academically and socially.

Elfi next launched her unique STATE SCHOOL TO OXBRIDGE workshops. Modestly priced, these intensive, one-off events are held in schools and carefully tailored to their current student intake. Reflecting Elfi's awareness of the social, economic and psychological obstacles even the most deserving Oxbridge applicants may face, her workshops combine confidence-building with lots of factual information. Students also immediately practise their new skills.

Teachers have praised Elfi for showing them how to most effectively guide students towards the right pre-application decisions and academic preparation. Students who have attended a STATE SCHOOL TO OXBRIDGE workshop are thrilled to now have a step-by step guide which covers general and course-specific reading advice, plus writing tips and interview skills. In her workshops, Elfi also fosters a better understanding of the link between course choice and future careers, something particularly appreciated by non-university families.

The result, to Elfi's delight, is the regular Oxbridge success of schools which have used her workshops, as well as a gradual rise in the number of students admitted by Oxford and Cambridge from under-represented communities. Even students not getting into Oxbridge usually enter other top universities. Her workshops and talks thus don't just benefit a narrow 'Oxbridge group'.

OXBRIDGE ENTRANCE: THE REAL RULES is available from bookshops and Amazon.

To arrange a workshop for your school by email, simply fill out the form below, or download a printable version.