More Details About the Courses:
The current format was trialled in 2018 and launched as a separate course in 2019 and has had very positive feedback.
The idea behind the course is to spread out the sessions over a few months, to make it more like an in-house course, and to give both information on the theory behind the exam as well as practical tips and experience taking the papers. This allows tutees to consolidate their learning between sessions and follow up with the tutor between sessions to examine feedback or ask questions from the previous session.
The course is also arranged to provide mock exams in exam-style conditions, which has been found to assist tutees (as it can be quite hard to find time to sit past papers in 5 hour blocks of time and it gives the idea to first time sitters of the physical intensity of taking a 5 hour professional exam) – but with very rapid feedback on their answer by having the papers marked the next day and having a debrief on the paper.
The first day of the course is usually in May and is an interactive seminar going through the theory and law behind the paper and the skills required to pass the paper, including a detailed analysis of each part of the paper and different standards of answer and the corresponding mark one would expect. The day also includes interactive worked examples to explore the detail of how to construct a bad and an excellent answer to the paper.
The next two 1.5 day sessions involve a mock paper followed, the next day, by a debrief on the mock paper and an interactive marking session so that each candidate gets a mark for their paper at the end of the day but also can explore different answers from other tutees and gain feedback on what answers were bad, good or excellent.
For first time sitters, tutees sit the more recent papers as mock papers. For re-sitters, Phil writes two completely new papers each year.
Following the course, e-mail support will be provided for any questions following the course or in the lead up to the exam. Also, the previously written "new" mock papers used with the re-sitters are available to tutees needing further mock papers to practice.