Many high performing students have strong subject knowledge. However, whilst this is a fundamental requirement when one aims to apply to one of the world’s most academically rigorous universities, many still struggle in the area of problem-solving.
Problem Solving and Thinking Skills (PSTS) sessions focus on helping students to use their existing knowledge to its full extent, utilising what they already know to approach challenging problems in new and unfamiliar contexts. Students are encouraged to “play” with a problem, break a big problem into parts, work through the problem out loud and ask open-ended questions which will help them to get closer to a possible solution.
The PSTS component is delivered in various ways, using puzzle-solving activities and problem-solving exercises, as well as experiencing Oxbridge style mock interviews and Oxbridge written assessments such as the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) test.