What will my timetable look like and how will I be supported in managing my private study time?
At Esher, students generally study three subjects and each of these has four lessons per week. Each student timetable is individual and planned around your chosen courses. The first two periods each morning are double periods of the same subject, so you are likely to have double lessons during periods 1 and 2 three times a week. You will also be timetabled for one lesson per week with your Personal Tutor and one lesson of Extension Studies. Some students will have additional timetabled periods – if you have learning support, for example, or you take an extension course which covers two periods, such as the sports teams or College Production.
You will have private study periods on your timetable. Learning to work effectively outside the classroom is fundamental to your success at this new level of study. This, of course, is the case wherever you study post-16. So, you will be expected to use your private study periods wisely to make progress with the work that your teachers have set for you.
We understand that you may need time to adjust to post-16 study (it's a gradual process!), so we thought it might be helpful to summarise the ways in which we support this transition.
Here's what we do:
During induction (which we call Your Start at Esher), we introduce you to the purpose of private study time at a sixth form college, and give you specific advice and guidance on how you can use it most effectively.
We have two Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) where you can complete work individually or in groups. In the LRCs you can access a range of subject-specialist books and online resources. The team of LRC assistants are on hand to help should you need it. The LRCs are also well equipped with computers that you can use to make progress with your assignments.
You will find that each of your courses offer a variety of activities to support you beyond your timetabled lessons. These include subject clinics, workshops and drop-ins. Each subject area plans and arranges support according to the needs of the course and your teachers will explain this to you.
You can request 1-1 tutorials with your teachers during private study time for individual advice and guidance. We actively encourage you to contact your teachers in person or by email outside lessons, should you have questions or would like some help.
The purpose of private study periods is to give you the opportunity to complete the work set for your next lesson. So, if the work isn't completed, your teachers will want to know why!
Your teachers will set you work in a variety of different ways to support you in developing your approach to working outside lesson time. For example, you may:
- be set work in advance of a lesson that will help you understand the content of the next lesson
- have subject-specific reading lists
- be provided with subject-specific resources on subject portal sites, including video resources, lesson notes and extension tasks
- have timetabled grammar and conversation classes in Modern Foreign Language subjects;
- have rehearsal time in performance subjects
- book specialist resources and facilities to make progress with your assignments in creative subjects: industry standard software or the design workshop, for example