Category Archives: Exams

Is there something amiss in school examinations?

It’s no secret that students want to get through exams with good marks.  Teachers are in the same position too – after all, there is a lot of motivation for them to have classes full of bright sparks, all attaining … Continue reading

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School entrance lotteries and banding on the rise

School admissions are one of the great mysteries of the modern education system, along with where sports science graduates actually end up, the results of students coming out of private schools… and how Michael Gove still has his job. Political … Continue reading

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Exam Tips: 10 ways to ensure that you don’t make silly mistakes

We’ve made silly mistakes and not done ourselves justice when it came to exam time. Who hasn’t spent too long on an answer to a question? Answered the wrong question? Maybe you couldn’t even answer a single question? These moments … Continue reading

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Are we creating mental health issues with incessant testing?

I’ve raised the issue of testing before as parents are worried about the impact of continual testing on our children. But when the teachers begin to suspect that there’s too much stress for children to handle it makes it all … Continue reading

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Top Revision Tips: Using Mind-Maps

When revision time crops up and you feel daunted by the stack of notes on your desk, there is a handy tool which boosts your memory and makes study a more creative, appealing pursuit. A mind map – a kind … Continue reading

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Geography students: Internships and graduate work – it’s all out there!

Perhaps one of the least talked-about subject areas to study at university is that of geography.  According to the Royal Geographical Society, 30,000 students are currently studying it for a degree and this number has steadily been on the increase. … Continue reading

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Brothers and sisters: Does a rivalry motivate or detract?

It’s safe to say that A Level students are put under some pressure in their time.  Exam results translate into university places – these in turn become (apparently) the premier route into good jobs and secure careers. Failure, it seems, … Continue reading

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My Top 5 Favourite Revision Techniques

It’s always useful to hear the techniques other people use for exam-prep, especially if you’re not so sure what techniques work best for you! It’s important to keep in mind that different revision techniques work best for different types of … Continue reading

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Why do some teachers cheat?

Those of you with an interest in teaching may have seen a very interesting article which popped up recently in the Guardian about teachers feeling under enough pressure to ‘inflate’ grades given to pupils by their Local Education Authority (LEA). Public … Continue reading

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Are exams getting easier?

Record numbers of students have made it to university this year, despite the reduction in applications.  Numbers of people going through the UCAS system dropped by nearly 10% during the last cycle, yet 401,000 students managed to secure a place … Continue reading

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