Oxford PAT Preparation Course – Online

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Course Description

Join our intensive revision course for the Physics Admissions Test (PAT) to boost your confidence and get yourself in the best position possible for the upcoming exam. This dynamic two-day program has been carefully designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the PAT.

Day 1 of the course is dedicated to Physics, focusing on those areas that often extend beyond the standard school curriculum and may not be covered in time for the exam. Recognising that the PAT questions diverge from typical A Level problems, our course’s primary goal is to familiarise you with the unique question styles and help you master efficient answering techniques.

On Day 2, the focus shifts to Mathematics, ensuring you’re fully prepared for all aspects of the PAT. Our dedicated tutor will guide you through essential mathematical concepts and demonstrate how to approach problems methodically and effectively.

Bridging the gap between what you’ve learnt in school and PAT-specific content, you’ll be guided through critical topics where you’ll not only grasp the unfamiliar concepts but also learn how to confidently apply them to exam questions. During crucial past paper practice, you’ll receive invaluable insights into time-saving strategies and tips for tackling even the trickiest problems.

By the end of the course, you’ll have covered all the content and skills needed to excel in the Oxford PAT. Our approach goes beyond rote memorisation, empowering you with the tools to dissect complex problems, devise solutions, and handle challenges with confidence.

Structure of the Day

Time 9:00am - 5:30pm

Classes are from 9am to 5.30pm. Registration starts from 8.45am.

There will be a 1 hour lunch break and a couple of 10 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Physics

Session 1
Mechanics - Kinematics: Projectiles, graphs; Dynamics: Forces, Newton’s Laws, connected particles, momentum; Circular motion; Gravitation and orbits; Springs ;Work, energy and power; Pulleys
Session 2
The solar system, phases of the moon and eclipses
Session 3
Circuits - Basic circuit properties; Resistance combinations; Power in circuits; Thermistors and LDRs in potential dividers; Diodes and capacitors
12.30-13.30
LUNCH
Session 4
Waves - Wave properties and equations; Electromagnetic spectrum; Diffraction and interference
Session 5
Optics - Reflection at plane mirrors; Refraction including prisms and total internal reflection
Session 6
Electric & Magnetic fields - Coulomb’s Law; Photoelectric Effect; Charged particles in fields; Transformers

Maths

Session 1
Calculus: Differentiation & Integration
Session 2
Graph sketching; Trigonometry
Session 3
Binomial expansion; Series - arithmetic and geometric progressions, summation notation
12.30-13.30
LUNCH
Session 4
Questions involving shapes
Session 5
Algebra - rearranging expressions, roots of equations, simultaneous equations; Coordinates - circles & straight lines and tangents
Session 6
Inequalities; Probability; Logarithms

Our Tutors

Our tutors’ enthusiastic and accessible teaching styles enable students to feel able to ask questions and interact in discussions. Our tutors receive consistently good feedback from students. Their expert knowledge and fresh teaching approach will help everything click into place.

Natalie W.

Natalie W.

Natalie, an Oxford graduate (2015) with a Masters in Education (2022), is your expert guide for mastering the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

With 6 years of experience preparing students for the PAT, she’s well-versed in knowing what to expect from the test and how to ensure you are best prepared for any kind of question that could be thrown at you. Natalie has previously run highly successful physics revision courses with PMT, where students have commented on her engaging style and her enthusiasm to address any queries. In the realm of PAT preparation, she excels at simplifying complex physics concepts and teaching effective problem-solving techniques.

As well as over 13 years of tutoring experience, Natalie’s expertise extends beyond the classroom. When she’s not tutoring full-time, Natalie is busy researching the impacts of private tuition on secondary students in the UK and internationally.

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How do your online PAT revision courses work?

Our online revision courses take place within Google Classroom, keeping everything organised in one convenient hub. From here, you’ll be able to access our bespoke course resources and join the live lessons which take place on Google Meet.

Students can interact with the teacher using their microphone or the chat feature.

All sessions are recorded. The lesson recordings are uploaded after each day, allowing you to watch them back for a recap whenever you like.

When will I receive the Google Classroom link for my online revision course?

You should receive your Google Classroom link via email the day before your course starts. Sometimes these emails go to the junk folder so check there before contacting us if you haven’t received it.

When will I receive my revision course handouts?

You will receive physical copies of the handouts 3-5 days before the start of your online course, as long as you book with us before the printing deadline. You can find the printing deadline in the course summary box on each booking page.

Please note: we can only send printed handouts to students in the UK. 

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