How can Techniques used in Learning a Language Help in Learning Physics?

Learning a language means learning vocabulary. Physics uses a vocabulary of quantities which need to be memorised in the same way. Last weekend I took my daughter to the supermarket in the car. As I pulled away she said "I bet you like the v minus u over t of this car don't you?" It … Continue reading How can Techniques used in Learning a Language Help in Learning Physics?

What can the Current Year 10 Students Learn from Year 11 About Exams?

Year 11 students in the UK are fast heading towards the end of this Summer's exam season. So during a revision session with my own class this week I asked them what they wish they'd done differently in terms of their exam preparation and revision. There were a number of responses ranging from "engage with … Continue reading What can the Current Year 10 Students Learn from Year 11 About Exams?

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!!

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.

Who is Dr Plutonium of Plutonium Science?

I'm a Science Teacher in a UK Secondary School. I want to help as many people as possible gain some great GCSE and A Level exam results. So I'll do this by providing some amazing Teaching and Revision resources, some fantastic tips and advice and some reviews of some of the best resources the internet … Continue reading Who is Dr Plutonium of Plutonium Science?