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gap year in Oxford

7 - 27 September 2020

Tutorials (2:1)

Each student chooses up to three topics from the list below, which will be studied in a series of small, interactive 'precepts', typically with no more than five or six students in the group. Each series will consist of three, four or five precepts. Students will be expected to do some pre-reading before most precepts, and sometimes to submit a short piece of written work.

Precepts (6:1)

Each student chooses up to three topics from the list below, which will be studied in a series of small, interactive 'precepts', typically with no more than five or six students in the group. Each series will consist of three, four or five precepts. Students will be expected to do some pre-reading before most precepts, and sometimes to submit a short piece of written work.

Meetings with Experts

Our visiting faculty - professors from Princeton, Columbia, UPenn and NYU - are selected not only for their academic reputation, and their capacity to lend clarity to complex ideas, but also their ability to inspire our students with enthusiasm for their subject and love of learning. 

Excursions

Manhattan is only sixty minutes from Princeton. We will attend seminars and lectures at Columbia and NYU, but we will also see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. In the evening, we will eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants and take in a Broadway show.

Optional University Admissions Preparation

The other students will be the very best part of your gap year. You'll learn more from each other than you will from books or professors, and you will make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Student Life

The other students will be the very best part of your gap year. You'll learn more from each other than you will from books or professors, and you will make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Et in arcadia ego

“...and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere...in the heart of that grey city.” - Evelyn Waugh

How we help you develop three valuable skills

Whatever degree you take, and whatever career path you pursue, you will be more successful if you learn to listen actively, to reason rigorously, and to arrange and present your thoughts compellingly. Our individual tutorials, our small-group precepts, and our mock interviews will develop these skills to an extent that will surprise you. Through our training you will become a better debater, a more effective problem solver, and a more impressive candidate in interviews.

2. Think critically

You are brilliant at memorising facts and you've figured out how to get top grades. Individual tutorials and small-group precepts will take your intellectual tools and put a keen edge to them, teaching you how to spot fallacies (in others and in yourself) and how to observe the rules of argument. We will train you in the principles of game theory and formal logic to enhance your powers of analysis.

1. Listen generously

The very best candidates are great listeners. In tutorials, precepts and mock interviews we will teach you how to clear away your preconceptions, listen actively, and open your mind to unfamiliar and uncomfortable ideas. Through lots of practice and many surprises, we will grow in you the habit of intellectual humility, which will enable you to entertain the possibility you are completely wrong about something of which you used to be certain.  

3. Persuade powerfully

If you can listen generously and think critically, the remaining step is to organise your thoughts and present them with clarity, precision and persuasive force. The confidence you acquire through clear, precise and persuasive expression will let you show the interviewers the very best you have to offer, and will serve you well throughout your subsequent career. 

education@johnlocke.com

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