Tag: igcse learning plans

5 Weeks to Go!

Know Your Practical Skills. In a previous post I talked about the practicalities of making flash cards.  Have you had a go at making any yet?  Over the past couple of years there has been a greater emphasis on students learningformulae, and flash cards are ideal tools for helping with this.  So on one side… Read more »

6 Weeks to Go!

Flash cards, revision cards, record cards …… whatever you choose to call them, those little bits of card can be very effective revision tools.  In various formats they have been around for many years, and I can remember taking my ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level exams (yes, I have a good memory!) and using printed… Read more »

7 Weeks to Go!

A few weeks ago I sent out a blog post in which I highlighted that there is no such thing as a ‘photographic memory’.   It just doesn’t exist, and everybody has to make an effort to learn information by revising prior to their exams. I hope that by now you will have finished your courses,… Read more »

8 Weeks to Go!

OK, so now things are getting serious!  The next 8 weeks will whizz by, and very soon you’ll be facing your first science exam.  But hopefully you’ve got everything under control, and you’re following your amazing revision plan. Before I forget to mention it, let’s talk very briefly about keeping everything in perspective and self-care.  … Read more »

9 Weeks to Go!

In my last post I shocked a few people with my statement that you can ‘Get marks on your Science paper without knowing any Science!’.    Well, did you check it out?  Hopefully you did, and now you know that you can get some very useful marks from data handling questions. The majority of questions will… Read more »

How Many Elements Are There In The Periodic Table?

This is a question that I get asked so many times by my students, and to be honest I have never really been able to give a definitive answer – until now! On December 30th the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced the official recognition of elements Uup, Uus and Uuo with… Read more »

Talking Papers

One of the key items in my ‘iGCSE Course in a Box’ is the talking paper. Schools at the forefront of educational innovation are increasingly using the walking, talking exam as a means of increasing student confidence and exam performance. A walking talking exam involves a teacher going through a particular paper with the students,… Read more »