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ED209 Revision Weekend 2015

ED209 2015 revision weekend

8th-10th May 2015 at Warwick University


OUPS were the first people to start offering revision weekends to help students with their exams. We have been running them now for over 40 years, so we know from experience exactly what students want and need in order to give them the knowledge and skills, as well as the confidence, to improve their exam grades.  It will be of benefit to all students taking this course.

Aims of the Revision Weekend

A weekend of lectures which aim to aid revision and exam technique and improve students' chances of increasing their final grade.

What does the weekend offer? 

This revision weekend offers a full programme of nine talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). As well as covering revision of course materials and key issues and themes, the sessions also give advice on revision techniques and how to tackle the exam, as well as providing a comprehensive set of handouts to support your own revision sessions. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.

We have four tutors teaching on the course as feedback from past students has underlined the value of having several different tutors, giving you the benefit of a range of specialised knowledge and advice and offering you a range of complementary styles of tutoring to keep you focused. Tutors on the weekend are all highly experienced and include course writers and exam markers to give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.  

The OUPS ED209 Revision Weekend offers you extensive coverage of everything you need to prepare you for your ED209 exam, covering all likely exam chapters plus advice on 'how to revise' and exam techniques, including how to approach exam questions. It will also help you to see how the course fits together and how some of the chapters link together, allowing you to construct informed and intelligent answers to the exam questions. The sessions will give you the confidence and the motivation to take on your own revision and go into the exam room well prepared. Many students have said that attending the weekend has improved their exam grades.

The OUPS Revision Weekend represents excellent value for money. The accommodation is in management conference facilities with ensuite bedrooms.  The cost for the whole weekend is £290 for OUPS members or £310 for non members and this is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner.  There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!).  As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of all relevant chapters, advice on revision techniques and taking the exam, welcome drink on Friday night,  Social event  on Saturday night  and an opportunity for one-to-one sessions. Non residential places are available for a reduction of £50, all meals are still included. A limited number of funded places are available. Completed application forms for funded places should be returned to the OUPS Business Administrator by the 1st March.

The programme will consist of 8 sessions, with 2 sessions on the main three books and the opportunity to attend sessions on 2 of the seen question topics. There will also be a Saturday evening talk on ‘How to pass the Exam’.

Thus sessions will cover:
      Book 1 (sessions A and B)         
      Book 2 (Sessions A and B)         
      Book 3 (Sessions A and B)-         
      Seen Question topics, including Health, Education, Autism, Specific LDs and Legal-         
      ‘How to pass the Exam’

As well as the main programme of lectures a tutor will be available over the whole weekend for one to one sessions  to help talk through any particular problems that you have with the course or with exams in general. 

We have an excellent team of experienced and motivated tutors on this course:

  • Jo Haycock has tutored ED209 since 2000 and she also has tutored U212 (Childhood). In addition she became the moderator of the national Course Conference for ED209 seven years ago. In 2007 she won an Open University Teaching Award for her work in developing the conference and for her practitioner research on the use of online forums. Jo also monitors ED209 tutors' marking and outside the OU she  teaches A level Psychology. In the past she has had a varied career on Psychology, encompassing various research and teaching roles including PTSD (working for the Army and RAF), epilepsy, child care, Cognitive Psychology and health and Social Care.
  • Dr Brenda Todd has been teaching at OUPS events for many years and has been with the OU since 2000. She currently teaches on the new Master's course, ED841 - Understanding Children's Development and has marked ED209 exams and worked as a tutor and learning advisor at OU Residential Schools. Brenda is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and a Senior Lecturer at City University, London, specialising in researching and teaching Developmental Psychology. She has published papers on developmental topics and has a particular interest in parent-infant communication, the left-cradling bias and children's play as well as the experience of refugee children entering Europe as unaccompanied minors. Her published work has been featured in the national and international press and on television and radio. She also works as an independent developmental consultant.
  • Dr Alan Pechey has been teaching OU psychology courses for over 15 years - he is a tutor for both child development (ED209) and cognitive psychology (DD303) and is a popular tutor at residential Schools and OUPS Weekends. He has a masters (in cognitive development) and a PhD (looking at human memory) from Cambridge University. Aside from his OU teaching, he works as a consultant in Organisational Psychology - advising organisations(e.g. Barclaycard, Scotland Yard, local government) on how to adapt to new technology; how to change work practices etc. Alan is a very engaging speaker, with a passion for psychology and students find his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm highly motivating.
  • Neil Sheasby originally started teaching with a Chemistry degree and he taught 'A' level Chemistry for ten years and also completed an MEd during this time. The focus of the MEd dissertation was student motivation, which sparked a fascination with Psychology. After completing a Psychology degree he has tutored ED209 since 2000 and he also currently tutors DSE141and DSE212. He has also taught 'A' level Psychology for ten years.


    Some of the things previous students have said about the OUPS Revision Weekends.

    "An excellent weekend - well organised, well worth the money, time and effort"

     "Excellent! Enthusiastic lecturers who deepened my understanding of the course and helped me to focus on the exam."

    "Very good , interesting, engaging, made me realise I knew more than I thought I did! Would definitely attend a revision weekend for future course. It has set me up to start revising with more confidence."

    "I was impressed with the quality of the teaching, with how each lecturer knew their subject in such depth yet could keep it simple".

     "Really helpful. Good overview of chapters and approaches to take. Very supportive lecturers, able to convey a good  balance re hard work and fun and importantly their enthusiasm for their topics."

    "It has given me a motivation and confidence boost, I can't think of any improvements."

    "Fantastic . So happy I did it!"

    "Excellent as always. I wouldn't consider sitting an exam without going on the OUPS revision weekend."

    "Sadly this will be my last Warwick Revision Weekend as I graduate this year. Over the last 3 years I have found them to be indispensable and credit them with helping me achieve great grades. Thank you.  I will miss being part of it."


    The weekend lectures and accommodation will be at the Arden Training Centre , University of Warwick.  Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking. 

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    To book:

    To book online please click here and select May Revision Weekend 2015.

    To book by phone please contact the OUPS Business Administrator on 0208 315 0049 or email her on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it