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Doing well in exams - confidence vs understanding Editor's PickI think most of us have experienced this: we study, spend weeks preparing for a test, and then, when we are sitting at the exam, we feel off kilter, panic, can't answer the questions and are left with a poor mark. What is the problem? One thing that often takes the blame is lack of confidence. I have been approached a number of times...
The site www.physicschannel.net contains some great links to physics videos. Each video has been watched by teachers and is recommended to support you in your studies and to generate a love of physics. Videos are categorized by subject and level. For example, you can watch a series of videos about Space suitable for GCSE Physics....
This is something that I get asked about a lot. Before we look at the pH of the equivalence point let's make sure we are clear on what the equivalence point actually is and also what we me by the end point. The end point the point at which the indicator changes colour. This is what you're watching out for when you do the titration....
Teachers do their best to leave a permanent impression every lesson, but what they teach doesn’t always stick. I must begin by giving my definition of ‘learning’. Learning is not remembering facts in order to pass an examination: learning is understanding. By understanding, the learning is not forgotten. The times I have...
To solve this problem of enthusing the unenthusiastic pupil we must first ask ‘Why is the pupil unenthusiastic? Two reasons for this lack of enthusiasm are 1) being preoccupied with ‘outside’ issues 2) not finding the teacher ‘entertaining’, hence my reply ‘entertainer’ when asked what I do. There is not a lot we can...
Throughout my teaching career of 43 very successful years at the chalk-face, I have always looked for ways to improve the learning of my pupils. Check out my latest 'Prezi' - The Way Forward - here: http://prezi.com/mpzmc8qj_96f/the-way-forward/ I equate giving a pupil some facts to giving someone a bowl of rice which will feed...
Two Friends, Stephen and David meet for a drink at Stephen's apartment. They start chatting and David mentions how he doesn't know how old Stephen's three daughters are. Stephen Replies.... "The product of their age is 36" David says: "I don't know" Stephen turns around and points outside the window of his apartment and...
What’s different about the new Mathematics GCSE? Editor's PickIntroduction The intention of this article (written in May 2015) is to provide parents and students with a guide to the changes to the new mathematics GCSE which will be taught for the first time in September 2015 (beginning of year 10). The first examination will be May/June 2017. The article contains opinions and speculations...
Sometimes, words on a page can be daunting, particularly when the language is centuries old. It is important to remember the context that the writer originally intended for their work, for example, was it a work to be seen, heard or dramatised? If you are studying a play, it is essential for your understanding and appreciation of the...
Check out the BBC 'manifesto watch' page. It's great for a summary of party values and policies.
An increasing number of public schools now pre assess for conditional places when pupils are in years six or seven. There are usually three parts to this process, each of...
When I was at Primary School, I adored reading and literacy but had explosive battles with my maths, often resulting in floods of tears and tantrums over homework. Eventually,...
Before I qualified as a teacher I did a little tutoring for a group of Year 12 physics students. One of them asked me to "explain voltage". On the face of it this seemed a...
I recommend the following: Social Research Methods - Alan Bryman I would like to recommend this text which I personally found to be very useful during both my BA and MA in...
I think that we can all underestimate the value and importance of reading to our children, particularly when they are babies and indeed when they can read themselves. Through...
Tips on how to study effectively Editor's PickWhether you are preparing for an exam or writing a dissertation, studying alone and in your own head can be a tough challenge, especially for long periods at a time.On a good...
A Meditation on Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. Representations of artists were rare in South African literature during apartheid (Attridge 25). The more pressing, more...
For healthcare professionals, especially doctors, clinical communication skills are more important than medical knowledge. Clinical communication skills used to be covered...
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