In the words of Jim Morrison and The Doors:
This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend
The end of our elaborate plans
The end of everything that stands
After some serious thinking, I have finally decided to retire from the world of Oposiciones.
I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who were thinking of signing up with me for the 2020-2021 course, and those of you who had previously contacted me, but my decision is final.
First of all, because I need to and because I can! I’ve been preparing people for these state exams for the best part of 30 years, during which time we’ve been through many changes (things like the temario, legislation, exam system). It’s been extremely hard work, but I’ve always done my utmost to provide a professional service. During the ‘crisis’ years, I somehow managed to survive with just a handful of students. Over the last few years, however, and especially since I went online with the web-page, it’s been the opposite extreme, with high numbers of students. In fact, as many of you will be aware, I have constantly had to refuse a lot of potential students, as it would have been impossible for me to deal individually with so many people. This has required an incredible effort on my part, and it’s been a real 24/7 task to keep on top of everything and provide the service I promise (I’m sure that I have managed to do so, though). The outcome of all this means that I am burnt out, and the idea of facing another year or more, especially with the threat/promise of a new exam system, yet another change in the legislation (the wonderfully named LOMLOE!), and a long overdue new temario, is something that I just cannot bring myself to contemplate.
Secondly, and in many ways much more important, over the last couple of years I have had serious problems with my eyes. Various retinal tears (desgarros) have needed corrective laser surgery, and I’ve also had several bouts of uveitis, which causes a really nasty inflammation of the uvea. As I use contact lenses I’ve had to spend long spells (often weeks) without being able to wear them, given that the medication has consisted of corticoid steroids (eye-drops, gels and tablets). I am on the waiting list for complicated surgery to try and solve the problem, and I had an appointment on April 21 with the head of the ophthalmogy department in the hospital here (naturally, the appointment was cancelled). If nothing is done I could well end up with detachment of the retina and severe loss of vision. The specialists have told me that I need to drastically reduce the amount of time I spend in front of a computer screen, and that is something which is 100% impossible in my line of work, especially as I do everything online these days.
I hope you understand my reasons for taking this decision. I feel bad about having to turn you down, but I’m more than happy to have been able to help so many people through the preparation over the years, and to have been responsible for so many students of mine being able to obtain an incredible number of teaching places since I first started out.
Those students who have been with me in past courses will still have access to the relevant videos for your course. Unfortunately, nobody else will be able to have access to anything.
Before you ask, I do NOT provide or sell any of my material to individuals. It’s not just a case of having all the themes and other material; you need to know exactly how to approach all the parts of the exam (writing – and possibly reading – themes; dealing with all the different possible types of questions in the various practical exams; producing and then defending the didactic programme; designing, producing and presenting coherent teaching units), and you need to do this as part of a complete package, not just as isolated items. My success rate has always been based on giving you everything necessary to cover all the different parts of the exam, and demonstrating exactly what you need to do.
I am certainly not the only ‘preparador’ in the country, but please don’t ask me for recommendations. You’ll be hard pushed to find too many ‘preparadores’ who take this as seriously as I have always done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be lucky. Personally, I would steer clear of the larger organisations, many of whom charge exorbitant fees and do not always provide the service that they promise or claim to do.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I hope you have understood the reasons I have detailed above.
I wish you all the best of luck!
Over and out!