for Upper Sixth students
Granada is Spain’s most valued treasure; a melting pot of flavours, smells and passion.
– Víctor Hugo
Led by Spanish specialists, the Granada Grade Booster is a customised revision trip to bring the language alive and help students reach a higher grade in their A-Level exam.
With a week’s language immersion, cultural experiences centred around exam topics, and tailored tuition in a supportive environment, Upper Sixth students will stretch linguistic skills, master exam techniques and build greater confidence in their abilities.
For Upper Sixth students in academic year 2019/2020:
Sat 28 March – Sat 4 April 2020
For Upper Sixth students in academic year 2020/2021:
Sat 17 – Sat 24 Oct 2020
For Upper Sixth students in academic year 2020/2021:
Sat 24 – Sat 31 Oct 2020
Trips, Tours & Treats
To ensure students receive as much exposure as possible to the language and culture, while also fulfilling the requirements of the A-Level topics, the Grade Booster includes trips to places of cultural and historic significance in Granada and Málaga.
All tours are in Spanish, led by experts in their fields, and tailored to the A-Level topics and vocabulary. Students will live the language and culture in new and unique ways, boosting skills and making memories that will last them a lifetime.
R&R in Granada
La plaza de toros
Literature & Lorca
R&R in Málaga
'Life as a local' city tour
Tailored tuition and academic guidance
The Grade Booster helps students to build enthusiasm and understanding whilst encouraging consideration of the language in a cultural context. With specialist tuition and individual attention, we build skills, boost confidence, and provide strategies for each paper of the A-Level exam. Always available and there to help, our team makes revision easy and progress assured.
At the end of the Grade Booster, our staff will provide feedback on each student and parents will receive a report detailing our academic observations and suggesting ways students can improve on their skills.
All tuition is tailored to the academic needs of our students.
On booking, students will receive an academic questionnaire that covers each element of the A-Level exam, from topics to texts to grammar, as well as a short assessment to establish current knowledge and level of attainment.
The questionnaire and assessment will highlight all areas of confidence whilst also bringing to the fore those that require further consolidation. Our tutor will use the data to inform the preparation and content of the tuition on the trip.
To supplement their daily language immersion on the Grade Booster trip, students will receive the following tuition in sessions tailored to their academic needs:
10 hours of group sessions – exam topics, grammar, film and literary text essay questions, and exam techniques in all skill areas.
90 minutes’ one-to-one session with Sarah-Jane (tutor and examiner), tailored to individual needs.
Three 30 minutes’ one-to-one conversation classes with Isabel (native conversation assistant).
In our group sessions, students will learn how to approach every exam question, how to spot the pitfalls for themselves, and how to employ the techniques they need to hit the highest bands.
The sessions will consolidate grammatical usage, hone accuracy and complexity, and revise topic-related vocabulary. In addition, students will be taught how to structure and write an analytical essay in Spanish on the literary text and the film that fulfils all assessment objectives and the requirements of the question.
Individual conversation classes with Isabel will take the format of the actual speaking exam, giving students the chance to practise stimulus cards and discussions of sub-themes, as well as presenting their Individual Research Project and answering questions on what they’ve conveyed.
Isabel will guide students through each stage of the speaking exam, helping them to understand what they need to do to reach a higher grade. She will correct linguistic mistakes and pronunciation to ensure accuracy and make suggestions on how to improve responses.
One-to-one tuition sessions with Sarah-Jane will focus entirely on what each student needs to feel confident and equipped. In advance of their session, students will be asked to complete a form that will encourage them to consider what they need most from the session, whether that’s focus on a grammatical niggle or issues of essay-writing. Together with Sarah-Jane, each student will turn their individual academic weak areas into strengths, boosting skills and confidence.
We provide set study times each day for students to consolidate skills they learn in sessions, or to revise other A-Level subjects. During study sessions, wi-fi will be turned off to discourage distractions; students will be asked to put phones on silent and keep screen-time to a minimum.
Study times will only be interrupted to call students to conversation classes or private tuition sessions, otherwise students are expected to maintain the required focus and silence conducive to effective revision.
One of our Trip Assistants, Kate or Lily, will be close at hand to help students with revision strategies or to answer A-Level related questions.
Over the course of the week, following formative and summative assessments, our team records each student’s academic progress to include areas of competence and challenge.
Once students have returned home, parents will be sent a personalised report detailing their child’s progress and conduct over the week. The report includes observations on all key skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) across key topic areas and exam components, with suggestions on how students can further raise their attainment level.
A-Level Spanish not only requires students to develop confident and effective communication skills, but also expects them to show a thorough understanding of the culture in countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. R&R has it all covered.
Our trips, tours, tasks and local interaction take students to the heart of Spanish life, providing direct experience of exam topics and bringing the A-Level syllabus to life. With active participation and personal experience, students will learn and practise vocabulary, terminology and idiom appropriate to the following thematic areas of study:
Aspects of Hispanic society
Attitudes to marriage / divorce / influence of Catholic church / equal rights
Immigration / racism / education
Regional heritage – music / traditions and customs / gastronomy
Cultural heritage – art and architecture
Youth and activism
Visiting speakers & interviews
Students will have the opportunity to develop communication strategies through interaction with local people active in the fields that the exam topics explore.
Visiting speakers will come from a variety of areas – from those responsible for equal rights in the workplace, to flamenco dancers, to divorce lawyers – and students will carry out topic-related tasks to practise speaking and listening skills, and gain confidence in their abilities.
Once students feel secure in applying knowledge of pronunciation, syntax, vocabulary and idiom in all the key topic areas, they will be properly equipped to handle whatever challenges the exams present.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Retreats and Revision is an Approved Activity Provider for the Residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, making sure students get as much as possible from our trips.
The AAP Licence is a quality standard which shows that R&R’s revision trips have been proven to meet the requirements of the DofE Residential section. DofE participants can use the services of an AAP with absolute confidence.
We ensure that all students’ activities are assessed and signed-off in accordance with DofE criteria and sectional conditions.
With R&R, students really can go for Gold.
For the DofE website, please click here.
The R&R Team
Our Tutor – Sarah-Jane
The company Director and Spanish Tutor, Sarah-Jane, is not only a qualified teacher and examiner with twenty years in education, but she is also an experienced interpreter and tour manager who’s lived and worked in Spain and many South American countries. The Grade Booster brings together all elements of her expertise and experience to give students the very best of R&R.
In 2013, she launched a private tuition company, eastuition, now a local leader in its field with results that speak for themselves. With a proven track record in boosting confidence and grades in Spanish and English A-Level, Sarah-Jane will tailor tuition through every paper of the exam so students are equipped for the highest marks.
Our Spanish Guide – Isabel
A native malagűeña, Isabel is an authorised tour guide and experienced conversation assistant who has also worked with groups of students to improve their language skills. After studying a two-year Diploma in Tourism and qualifying as an official guide, Isabel now delights in showing people from all over the world the most special places in the province that she’s so passionate about.
Isabel has an innate and contagious desire to share her culture and language and knows exactly how to encourage interest and communication. She will lead city tours of Granada and Málaga, and will be living with us throughout the trip, making Spanish the spoken language at Casería de Milan.
Each student will benefit from three individual conversation sessions with Isabel over the course of the week, replicating the requirements of the A-Level speaking exam.
Our Trip Assistant – Kate
A former student of eastuition, Kate knows just what it takes to hit the highest marks in the A-Level – in only two years of studying Spanish from scratch, Kate achieved an A* in her final exam.
Now in her first year at Leeds studying a joint Honours in Spanish and Arabic, Kate is passionate about language learning and loves Granada. Keen to keep up her language skills and help others reach their potential, Kate will be with us to assist students with their studies and revision.
Our Trip Assistant – Lily
What a difference a year makes! Last year Lily was studying A-Level Spanish with eastuition, this year she’s at King’s College reading a BA Honours in Spanish and European Studies. With another year to wait before her placement in Madrid, Lily’s excited about joining R&R in Granada, a city on her wish-list.
Lily’s proof of what can be achieved through hard work and self-belief, and she looks forward to being there for students to share her experiences and help with queries.
The Grade Booster is an all-inclusive revision trip that provides the following:
- Luxury accommodation in single, twin or shared rooms.
- Bathroom towels, swimming towels and linen are included.
- All meals and non-alcoholic drinks to include: breakfast, lunch and supper (and three meals out); mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.
- 10 hours’ tailored group sessions to cover all exam skills.
- Three 30-minute individual conversation sessions to replicate the speaking exam.
- One 90-minunte individual tuition session personalised to student requirements.
- Personalised feedback report sent to parents in follow-up
- All tours, entrance tickets, cultural experiences and transport between, to include the Alhambra and gardens, Lorca museum, bullring, Sacramento cave museum, local taxis to Granada, bus to Fuente Vaqueros, train to Málaga, city tour, Picasso museum, flamenco show.
- Group airport transfer on day of arrival and departure (only one transfer is included for flights from Gatwick to Granada arriving on a Saturday evening – see our Terms for details).
What’s not included
- Flights to and from Granada
- Airport transfer to and from Granada airport beyond the one included
- Travel insurance
- Food, drinks or snacks beyond those already included
£1489 per student
£1489 per student, fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, tailored tours, trips and tuition, revision materials, conversation classes, airport transfer.
Standard double room FOR ONE
no additional charge
Standard single room FOR ONE
no additional charge
Superior double room FOR ONE
Standard twin room FOR TWO
no additional charge
Dorm room FOR FOUR
no additional charge
Lila and Petra
How to book
To make a booking or to receive further information, please complete the enquiry form. Once we have received your details, we will get in touch with specific details and booking instructions.
How will the Grade Booster help?
R&R’s Grade Booster is an investment in capability and confidence.
The trip ensures immersion and creates the magic of momentum so vital in taking language skills to the next level. Language acquisition starts with repeated listening, and then slowly seeps into reading, writing and speaking: a process that requires immersion.
Over the course of the trip, students target exam skills in a Spanish-speaking environment. They will attune their ears and eyes to the language and culture, finding the confidence and words to speak and write.
It’s an exciting process that will see students grow, both academically and personally.
Why is the Upper Sixth a good time for a revision trip?
Timing is everything.
With a foreign language, the adage ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’, couldn’t be more accurate. If students don’t have authentic and focused immersion in their exam year, the harder it will be to keep their language skills alive.
After the immersion of the Grade Booster trip, students will build on its momentum. The sound and feel of Spanish will be a living thing within them, one that they’ll want to nurture. When they come to sit the papers, with the language so alive within them, the exam will feel easier and less daunting than it would have done otherwise. They’ll believe in their abilities at the time they really need to.
How will students meet their own academic needs?
All tuition on the trip will target individual areas of weakness that students highlight in an academic questionnaire they’ll fill out in advance of the trip. Group sessions will cover any difficulties identified by students, acting as revision for those who already get the concept, and consolidation for those who don’t.
One-to-one tuition sessions and conversation classes will further hone individual skills, focusing on just what the student needs to feel equipped.
We don’t have a blanket approach to individual learning.
What makes RETREATS AND REVISION different?
Students will get all their academic needs met with experts who really care about their individual progress.
There are no other companies offering such tailored and expert trips that combine full language immersion, rich cultural experiences, strong focus on A-Level topics and vocabulary, expert academic guidance, individual support, and small single-sex groups (we have a maximum of nine students per trip).
En pocas palabras …
With cultural tours in Spanish, tailored tuition with an experienced examiner, Spanish spoken in the house with a native speaker who will correct mistakes and weed out bad habits, visiting speakers from a variety of fields, conversation sessions that replicate the A-Level speaking exam, and daily immersion in the Spanish way of life, language skills and confidence will blossom.
And grades will reflect that.
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