How it works

  • 1:1 online tuition for 18-24 year olds
  • Taught by Oxford or Cambridge academics
  • Tutorial style tuition focused on individualised subject discussion
  • Specialised 8 week syllabus based on your interests and goals
  • Extend your learning and expand understanding of your subject

What to Expect

Throughout your eight-week course, you will receive one hour weekly 1:1 tutorial sessions from a subject specialist who will introduce new concepts to you, broaden your understanding of your subject and discuss your own academic goals and aspirations. You will be assigned short reading lists which will form the basis of your tutorials. In the tutorials you will get the opportunity to discuss the reading and extend your learning through an open discussion of ideas.

In addition to your weekly tuition, you will write two essays. One will be based on your readings, but the second will be your opportunity to conduct your own research in the topic you are most passionate about. These essays will build on knowledge learnt in your weekly tutorials and allow you to apply your own understanding and interests to your course. Your tutor will mark your work during a feedback session regarding how to develop your study skills in your subject further. At the end of the course you will receive a feedback report written by your tutor.

If you would like a taste of university life, are considering applying to top universities, or would like to expand your knowledge, this course is for you.

Teaching Methods

  • Tutorial-style discussion, led by your tutor
  • Study skills session in Week 4
  • Two homework assignments
  • Reading lists available for wider subject awareness

Sessions will be held via Moodle, an online learning platform used by universities world-wide. You will use features such as assessment submission, sharing reading lists and the webinar software through which you can talk with and see your tutor whilst working in an online classroom.

Our Tutors

All tutors are experts in their field of study with significant experience tutoring Oxford and Cambridge students, while also possessing the following certifications:

Kieron Winn

Kieron Winn’s first collection of poetry, The Mortal Man, was published in 2015, and has been widely praised www.kieronwinn.com. He was educated at Christ Church college, Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on Herbert Read and T. S. Eliot. His poems have appeared in magazines including Agenda, Agni, The Dark Horse, Literary Imagination, The London Magazine, The New Criterion, New Statesman, Oxford Magazine, Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. Selections of his poems have featured anthologies including Carcanet’s Oxford Poets 2007 and Waywiser’s Joining Music with Reason, and he has read his poems on BBC TV and radio. He has twice won, in 2007 and 2013, the University of Oxford’s most valuable literary award, the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize. He lives in Oxford, where he is a freelance teacher and has tutored for Oxford Summer Courses since it was founded in 2010.

Subjects

Medicine

Our online Medicine course for 18-24 year olds is split into two modules lasting 4 weeks, taught by a relevant specialist. You may be introduced to Pharmacology, the Cardiovascular System, or discuss the newly emerging field of Stem Cell research, depending on your interests.

Your skills session in Week 4 will be based on the essay you will have been set in Week 1, and will be focused on your first medicine module. Your final skills session in Week 8 will be based on the research work you will have been assigned in Week 5 and will encompass the second module you will be covering with your tutor.

Creative Writing

Our online creative writing course for 18-24 year olds is taught through 8 one-on-one seminars providing students with time to discuss their own writing individually with their tutor. In tutorials you’ll discuss the writing techniques of some of literature’s great authors, exploring elements such as how to hook your reader, the auditory imagination, and the use of meter and rhyme within creative writing.

The topic of seminars is decided in discussion between you and your tutor, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests.

You will be set a writing piece in week one which will be discussed during your skills session in Week 4. You will be set another writing piece in Week 4 which will build on the skills you and your tutor have focused on.

English Literature

Our English Literature online programme from 18-24 year olds is taught through 8 one-on-one seminars, providing students with time to discuss their thoughts individually with their tutor. The topic for each week is decided in discussion between students and tutors, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests in a one-on-one setting.

The course allows students to focus on their own areas of literary interest, from Medieval Literature to Modernism to Magical Realism. Students will have the chance to pursue cross-period studies, for example, comparing the works of George Orwell and Hunter S. Thompson with the plays of Shakespeare, or examining the writings of Zadie Smith alongside E. M. Forster.

You will be set a writing piece in Week 1 which will be discussed during your skills session in Week 4. You will be set another writing piece in Week 4 which will build on the skills you and your tutor have focused on.

Prices and Dates

8 week courses: £795 / subject

This course will launch the week commencing 23rd April 2018.

Included in the price is:

  • One tuition session per week
  • Eight week course
  • Access to the online portal and course materials
  • Feedback report from your tutor at the end of your course