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?
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?
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?
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:
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.