How Can Reading for Pleasure Lead to Improved Exam Grades?

A 2006 study by Clark & Rumbold shows how a person's reading ability and motivation to read for pleasure can have a significant effect on exam performance. It then goes on to discuss some of the strategies that can be used to improve a student's motivation to read and hence their ability. It has been … Continue reading How Can Reading for Pleasure Lead to Improved Exam Grades?

The Power of Self-Confidence:

A new study shows that self-belief can raise students' GCSE grades. Research published in the Oxford Review of Education shows that having a high academic self confidence can increase GCSE results by up to 6 grades. What's more is that these grade inflations are not limited to those with high prior attainments - it would … Continue reading The Power of Self-Confidence:

How to use Past Papers to ACE YOUR EXAMS!!

The top five most effective ways to get the most out of your revision After every exam series, the awarding bodies (exam boards) put their past papers online for students and teachers to use. I've collected them for you and put them here in one easy-to-find place so you need never go searching again. Photo … Continue reading How to use Past Papers to ACE YOUR EXAMS!!

How to improve your motivation to revise.

Let's be honest, revision can be boring. So how do you keep doing it? The word "motivation" derives from the word "motive" - the reason for doing something. There are two types of motivation that we all have for doing things: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the self motivation we have when … Continue reading How to improve your motivation to revise.

The Impact of a Good Teacher

Teachers should never underestimate the effect of their interactions with students. After their parents, teachers are the highest determining factor on the development of a young person's performance and personality, say Ulug et al in a 2011 study. Participants in the study rated the following aspects of a teacher's interactions with students as being the … Continue reading The Impact of a Good Teacher

How to do more exam revision in less time?

Exams are looming. You're running out of time and you're getting stressed. You're working as hard as you think you can but you've still got soooo much to revise. Photo by NastyaSensei Sens on Pexels.com There's just too much work and not enough time! Many people in this situation think they need to simply work … Continue reading How to do more exam revision in less time?

Energy Stores and Energy Transfer Pathways

The idea of energy and the suggestions of how to teach energy in school Physics lessons has changed recently. Rather than thinking of energy as a "thing", teachers are now being encouraged by the exam boards and the Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org) to talk about energy stores and energy transfer pathways. One of the suggestions … Continue reading Energy Stores and Energy Transfer Pathways

The most popular Exam Revision technique is also the worst.

As a parent and a teacher, I often have the chance to ask students what they do to revise for an exam. By far the most common response is something like "I just read through my notes/textbook/revision guide until I remember it all". However, when you watch somebody actually using this method you realise that … Continue reading The most popular Exam Revision technique is also the worst.