When I was at school, (ok, I know that it was a long time ago), in one of our very first chemistry lessons in the equivalent of year 7, we were taught to balance equations. In subsequent lessons, whenever we were given an example of a chemical reaction or we did an experiment, we were given a word equation and we were expected to turn it into a symbol equation and balance it. By the time we reached year 9, we were all experts.
When I see a new student, I always ask if they can balance equations and the answer is usually no. Continue reading Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity
I’ve been tutoring for twelve years. When I first started up, I had a couple of my own students but I mostly worked through an agency. The benefits the agency sold were that if you asked for a tutor, they would send you someone with appropriate qualifications, and that they would send someone to your home and at your convenience. Continue reading Tutors who travel – an advantage or a disadvantage?
If I’m honest, my politics have always leaned towards socialism. There are some things in life that I firmly believe that everyone should be able to access. I also believe that there are times in the lives of most people, when things don’t quite go to plan and if someone needs a bit of a helping hand through a difficult patch, then that’s what a society should be doing. Continue reading Should a Child Really Need a Tutor?
level biology allows me to indulge in one of my passions of biochemistry. The
immune system. To me, immunology is one of the most fascinating topics of the
biology curriculum. Unfortunately, many of my students are unable to feel the
same way. Continue reading When the Immune System has a Meltdown
with being a scientist is that very little is taken on face value. We went on a
family holiday to Norfolk this year and visited the lovely Houghton Hall. The
Hall is home to a large collection of outdoor modern sculptures, the most
famous of the artists being Henry Moore.
favourite was a rather unusual piece of artwork by a Danish artist, Jeppe Hein.
In the garden, there appears to be a shallow pool of water surrounded by grass.
Suddenly a flame ignites in the centre of the pool. Continue reading A Water Flame – How does it work?
For A Level
students, there is only one more milestone between school and university – and
that is results day. A Level results are released on the third Thursday in
August, and GCSE results released the following week. The third Thursday in
August is also the day that university places are confirmed, and any unfilled
university places offered up in a process called ‘Clearing’. Continue reading Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B
began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA
profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.
Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File.
Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has
been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five
children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling
The long summer
holiday is almost upon us. Six weeks of lazy mornings. I don’t have to drag the
children out of bed and push them off to school. Routine is out of the window.
It’s great for a few days and then someone utters those words “mum, I’m bored”. Continue reading Inspiration for Budding Scientists
boundaries are always the cause of much speculation. Are they high? Low? Does
it mean anything?
The bottom line is that students think that low grade boundaries are wonderful – but are they? And does it matter anyway? Continue reading Grade Boundaries – Why Do They Move?
new to me. I knew of them as a theoretical concept but didn’t know that they
had been given a name of their own. With thanks to the Edexcel Examination
Board and the publication of the scientific article for use with A Level
Biology Paper 3 this year, I’ve been on a journey of discovery in the organoid
world. Continue reading Organoids – what on earth are they?