Paid revision courses: time for a boycott
- By: Grant S Nolan
They message me more than my girlfriend does, I see their shiny leaflets plastered on the student union’s walls, and one plucky company representative even had the audacity to give a quick sales pitch after a lecture. Exam season is looming, and paid revision courses are everywhere.
Medical schools have been around for centuries, educating bright eyed students. They teach us everything from approaching an unconscious patient in the street, to explaining the stomach ache one gets after being kicked in the balls.* Medical societies often provide revision events and proactive students have long formed their own revision groups; testing each other and working together through indecipherable lecture notes. So what gap are these revision courses plugging?
That question becomes even more relevant when you consider the staggering cost of these courses. With recent tuition fee changes to £9000 a year, medicine can already be unaffordable for those without substantial