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?

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 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.

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?