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
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
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
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?
The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.
The Theatre 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
It’s quite difficult to name more than a handful of female scientists, and I’m always on the lookout for some names that I’ve not come across before. A short while ago I was given a book, “Women in Science – 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world” and one in particular has caught my eye. Continue reading A Scientist and a Suffragette – what’s not to like?
The question I most dread from a student is “how do I revise?” In today’s qualification driven society, the need to learn and regurgitate information has never been more important – and more pointless. Continue reading Learning for the Sake of Learning
I’ve been a private tutor for twelve years. I’ve had dealings in a professional capacity with a variety of tutors, from on-line forums to professional recommendations, from offering advice to tutors starting out to frantically seeking tutors for my own children in emergency situations! We’re a very mixed bunch. Continue reading Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?
Whether we perceive the ability to remember twenty-something physics equations as useful or useless, it remains a fact of life that for the foreseeable future that young people sitting GCSE Combined Science or Physics have to do exactly that. Continue reading The Trauma of the Physics Equations for GCSE Science