Memory and emotion are closely linked.Article
The amygdala and hippocampus can interact to modulate the encoding and storage of memories. What does this mean for the student? It means that if you are bored, take a break. The stronger your emotions are about what you are studying, the more likely you are to remember it. The easiest way to elicit emotion is to read with opinion. Have an opinion about everything you read or disagree with everything you read until you have rationalised it so your brain acts as a filter or a sentinel. That way you learn the facts together with the rationale for learning those facts and you are not just rote learning..
The Ebbinghaus forgetting curve charts memory retention over time. There is an initial steep decline followed by a more gradual decline of the residual information over time. The forgetting curve shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it.The curve is similar to an exponential decay curve with a half life of less than 1 hour.Article.
The overlying concern when writing for science should be to write with clarity and to be factually accurate. A long clever, complex sentence is counterproductive. Short, atomic sentences are preferable because they are active and they are clear. An atomic sentence has two parts:
A salt is a compound that is formed when the hydrogen ion in an acid is replaced by a metal ion or ammonium ion.
You may have missed some classes and have fallen behind. We always cover each course thoroughly and cover topics in a sensible order so we leave no gaps. There are on-going summer and easter revision sessions for GCSE and A level Maths and Science. Students are given workbooks to complete while they are being taught. Emphasis is on reasoning, comprehension and written communication skills since no matter how well the student knows the subject if they cannot understand the question asked or adequately communicate the answer they will not do as well as they should.
If a student is completely lost, we give them the context with which to grasp the whole subject. The school system means that students are delivered the courses as separate units of knowledge and some students find it hard to integrate this so the subject as a whole makes sense. The first time some students integrate their knowledge and link one part of the subject to another is often during and exam when it is too late. Students are encouraged to link their knowledge across topics as they learn so that the exam questions do not come as such a shock.
For students who need the A* grades we focus on the elusive 10 - 30% and teach the student how to narrow the gap. The "suggest why ..." questions require inductive reasoning and often this and incomplete answers or not linking the answer back to the question is why even the most able students lose marks. Every student needs a strategy and organisation of both time and knowledge is the key. We do not encourage our students to approach their studies without first planning how they are going to achieve the A* grade.
We have been turning out top students for almost 20 years.
Contact us if you would like to register for either the easter or summer revision courses or if you are learning the subject for the first time. Because we have such small groups we can be flexible and accommodating. Preferably pick up the phone. We now provide one-to-one online courses. It is always useful to speak to someone in person so we know what your particular circumstance is. We have limited capacity and keep our groups small so we can monitor the progress of each student and so student feel free to express themselves and ask questions. Some of our past students studied for a year but just never grasped the topic. Others just needed the high predictions and grades for engineering, medicine, dentistry and other science degrees. We have strategies for dyslexia, dyspraxia and students who find it difficult to organise their knowledge even though they are highly intelligent
We strongly believe that everyone is capable of gaining high grades. Hard work alone is not the answer. The way a topic is presented to the student determines their engagement, their grasp of the topic and ultimately their satisfaction. This being the case, there is no substitute for experience. An experienced tutor can make light work of a complex topic in an hour whilst an inexperienced one might take a week and leave the student confused because they have taken the wrong approach. Once this confusion has set in it is difficult to unravel the "spaghetti". So we make sure you leave each lesson understanding everything you have been studying and place a huge emphasis on problem-solving and analytical skills.
Software that aids studying is always very useful especially if it is underpinned by cognitive science and current pedagogical best practices. Schooglecakes.com is a collection of useful tools to help with GCSE maths and science.
Jerome has a 1st class degree in Engineering and his main interests are robotics and computing. Jerome teaches robotics, electronics and computer programming.
If you are interested in robotics, Jerome runs a robotics and electronics class in the summer where you will make your own robot.Windsor Tutorial College
Scientists carried out a study of very able students. These students were able to read a text and retain a lot of the information. Scientists looked at the strategies they used to do this and this was called Strategic Reading. Braincake is an interactive textbook online that allows you to highlight text and answer different types of questions based on a small chunk of content. It makes use of the strategic reading techniques.
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Each year you should be spending 240 hours per subject. This includes contact and non-contact time. If the contact time is replaced with one-to-one tuition, this equates to 40 - 80 hours of tuition so this can be done over 1 - 3 weeks in an intensive course.
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