Training Courses

Review Writing

One Day Course

Classroom Based

Overview

This is a one day course for writers who need to write reviews whatever the subject.

Whether you are new to review and test writing, or a more experienced review writer who wants to refresh and sharpen your copy, you will benefit from this course.

The course is run on a private basis so we are able to tailor the content to your current knowledge level and base the exercises on your review.

It is highly recommended that delegates bring examples of their own work - published or in progress - for discussion with the trainer during the course.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • The Role of the Reviewer
    • Balanced and authoritative reporting
    • Consistent and responsible testing
    • Working with product specifications
    • Keeping the product in context

    Keeping the reader in mind
    • What readers want and need from reviews
    • How a reader will use your review
    • Verdicts and take-aways
    • Visual impact: boxes and bullet points

    Style and Tone
    • The review as a 'feature'
    • Writing a cracking intro for your review
    • Reflecting the voice of the brand or publication
    • Information vs entertainment
    • Making technical detail accessible
  • Negative Reviews
    • Keeping criticism fair and contextual

    Formats and Structures
    • Working creatively within templates
    • Planning the review
    • Prioritising information
    • Telling the story

    Short Reviews
    • Condensing a product down to its essence
    • The art of the 50-word review

    Legal Lookout
    • Avoiding common legal risks
    • Fair comment
    • Examples of reviews that went wrong
    • A checklist for your review

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel more than 7 days before your course and there's no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
Reputation + Feedback

Our Clients


We've worked very hard over the last 20 years to grow our business through personal recommendations.

When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 20709 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20709
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback


"Good experience, was a bit worried about the online bit but well handled."

"The presentation was excellent!"

"Really prepared, patient, good examples"

"Friendly, knowledgeable and upbeat; the trainer, Simo, made the two days interesting and fun. I feel that i now have a good grasp on how to use Photoshop; Simo enabled us to share our questions and work throughout so i know what i have understood fully. Fully recommend!"

"We asked a lot from Lisa, to merge a beginners and advanced ppt course, with bepose requests, and it worked birlliantly! thank you."

Tulchan - 1st July

"pre-sending all files and documents so that we had access really quickly to some tools and equipment to practise the keynote examples ourselves. Some key shortcuts that will stick in my mind and allow me to work more quickly and streamlined in the future. "

"showing step by step how to do each key function "

"Good examples, useful practical help. Professional and enthusiastic trainer."

"Engagement, examples, clear instructions, good pre-course emails to ensure everyone had the right set up. "

"Trainer was lovely and friendly. The vibe was relaxed and well paced. "

"Pacing the course, really clear explanations and time to actively practise using the software"

"Good pace, clear and understandable, tailored to my needs, friendly. Simo very knowledgeable. Thank you!"

"explanatation and examples were great"

"Rich was great and so passionate about his work. I definitely learned a lot. Thank you so much"

"Adapting to online training under the circumstances"

"Being patient and going through specific examples"

"This was a really inclusive course and made sure everyone understood each task and steps. It was well broken down and everyone had time to get up to speed"

The HALO Trust - 25th June

"Allowing participants to practice, and going through every step.. "

The HALO Trust - 25th June

"Very detailed instructions and made it customisable and relevant to our work."

The HALO Trust - 25th June

"Attention to all students and excellent instruction and feedback."

"Ian was fantastic. The examples are very well laid out, and he took care to answer all of our questions along the way. I would highly recommend this and similar courses to anyone who wants to learn about the Adobe suite. "

The HALO Trust - 25th June

"An excellent course overall, and a very friendly and helpful teacher!"

The HALO Trust - 25th June

"Lynne was lovely and explained everything in great detail and answered all my questions. I just need time now to put everything into practice. Thanks so much, I really enjoyed it. "

"I thought the course has been very well adapted to online learning. This is my first online course, and I would definitely do online instructor-led courses in future."

"The trainer covered all topics and was willing to answer all my questions accurately. "

"Making the training course clear, even though it was a virtual course."

"Good prepared examples sent out ahead of the course and well set up online under the Covid circumstances!"

"Enjoyed it"

"Vicki was super friendly, very informative and made the experience really enjoyable! She answered any/all questions and made the course adaptable to my needs! Would recommend :)"

"Pasty Isles was an excellent teacher, very patient and explained things in a clear way, she made the course enjoyable! "