Studying for an exam is hard work, and most students will have experienced the pressure to cram as much learning as they can into a short space of time. During my undergraduate and postgraduate study days I remember spending long chunks of time chained to the library study desks before an exam or piece of coursework was due. It turns out that relying on big blocks of study time might not be the best way to do it after all. There has been a lot of research in the last few years done on the most efficient and effective ways to study, and something which comes up time and again is the concept of spaced repetition. A popular method which has spaced repetition at it’s core is the Pomodoro Technique.
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As we enter the last week of school across the country, teachers and students begin to meet on common ground, putting aside their disputes and sharing the same warm optimism for sunshine this summer. At this time of year, teachers often feel worn down from the endless lesson planning and emotionally drained from the constant pressure to hit and exceed targets in all shapes and forms. For teachers in particular, the summer holiday is a a much-desired (and in most cases, much-deserved) break from well, teaching.
As a teacher of science, here’s a reminder of the top 12 fun, light-hearted and hilarious funny teaching experiences – from my own experiences and those shared by other teachers.
Every year, thousands of bright-eyed teenagers start a 5 year journey to becoming doctors. In the beginning, their excitement is palpable: they want to learn as much as they can about the human body and mind, what can go wrong and how to save lives. But at some point, that excitement and desire to learn for it’s own sake is replaced by the pressures of passing exams and ‘getting through’ the course. Why is that, and what should we do about it?