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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.

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?

Is there an Alternative to the Flight Path Method of Recording Student Progress?

I've always had a bit of a problem with the Flight Path model of recording and reporting student progress in Science. This model has various forms as shown here but they are all based on the idea that a student joins a secondary school in Year 7 with a Key Stage 2 score in English … Continue reading Is there an Alternative to the Flight Path Method of Recording Student Progress?

Swarm Engineering: From Flocking Robots to Nanomedicine

How can studying swarms lead to more efficient buildings and better medicines? I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Dr Edmund Hunt at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Harwell last week. Dr Hunt took us on a journey of bio-inspiration to show how the study of nature may lead to the production of … Continue reading Swarm Engineering: From Flocking Robots to Nanomedicine

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 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