Neuroscience is always a popular area of study for A level students. For many years we have thought that the cells of the brain and the nervous system, the neurones, were incapable of replication and that the brain cells at birth remained static, so that if they died, they were not replaced. Continue reading Can Brain Cells Regenerate?
I spent almost thirty years of my professional life wearing PPE. Let me explain why it shouldn’t be randomly worn by the general public. Continue reading Why I don’t want PPE to be compulsory
With the Covid pandemic in the UK hopefully past the peak, but with no clear return date for secondary schools, it’s time to reflect back over six weeks or so of remote tuition. Continue reading Supporting remote tuition – advice for parents
Twelve years ago, I made a career move from being a biomedical scientist with teaching and training responsibilities to being a teacher. I’ve been sifting through paperwork from my biomedical science days and as these documents go as far back as 1979, there are some real gems. Continue reading Is it acceptable to drink alcohol in outpatients?
In the UK, there are several different examination boards. While the core syllabus for A level biology is much the same, each board is slightly different in the style and content of what could be described as the ‘bells and whistles’. Edexcel is the only board to include a forensics module in the Salters Nuffield (SNAB) specification. Continue reading The Chemistry of Death
Just in case anyone has missed the news, we are experiencing a viral pandemic.
As an immunologist, I have more than a passing interest in the scientific developments. As a human being, I’m absolutely horrified at some of the shenanigans I see unfolding on social media. As we find ourselves in a situation of national mass panic, the likes of which I have never seen before, I find myself exploring alternative methods to continue to tutor if I can’t invite students into my classroom. Continue reading Remote Tuition
A few weeks ago, I had to give a short presentation to a group of business women. We were all asked to suggest to the group a woman that we considered inspirational, and that we admired.
I chose a scientist, of course. I would like to introduce you to her. Continue reading An Inspirational Woman – 2020
The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been shared between three scientists trying to answer this very question – and is an excellent example for collaborative working. Continue reading Scientific Collaborations
One of the great things about being a private tutor is that I get to see very mixed ability children from a range of schools. These children all bring with them different experience together with tips and tricks from their teachers. I am then able to pass on these tips and tricks to other children.
So, what does Every Van Must Run Smoothly actually mean, and why do I want my science students to remember it? Continue reading Every Van Must Run Smoothly
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