Exams can be an extremely daunting time for students regardless of their ability and skill levels. Revision is proven to help improve your chances of passing exams and allows you time to revisit topics that may have been taught a number of months ago to refresh it all in your mind.
Some people plan their revision in weeks if not months ahead of time. They will work out all the subjects they need to revise for and split the revision period up in to blocks for each subject. This can take quite a bit of planning time but can often mean that you make sure you fit all the revision in. Other students prefer to pick and choice when they do their revision and what subjects they revise for. Often students will leave revision until the last minute. This is often not advised by schools or the education department but for some students it still can work well for them and is definitely better than doing none at all.
In the UK, teaching jobs are very productive and come with loads of opportunities. They are also among the most rewarding and noble profession. Besides the typical academic qualification like post graduate diploma or degree, you must also be able to deal with students of complex attitude.
That being said, a qualified teacher doesn’t always land in the position that he or she most wants. Traditionally primary teaching jobs UK were the province of chance: you found work as you could and accepted your lot. Now, though, independent teacher recruitment agencies are supplying a new route for temporary and full-time teaching positions across the country and in particular Hinckley. Continue reading →
With the school year about to come to an end, it is the right time to evaluate your teaching practices and make some new school year resolutions. You may be having a whole new class and this is the perfect time to analyse what happened the previous year and take from it the good and the bad.
If you found that there was a particularly way you taught a topic that worked well then you will want to make sure that you use this again. If there was something that you did that didn’t work well you may need to rethink about how you teach it and try alternative ideas. Ideally every week you should go back through your weekly plan and highlight lessons that worked well. You can then carry these lessons forward to the next year which will also save you time when it comes to planning.
We recently carried out some research to find out which unis are amongst those that are the hardest to get in to when applying for a position. The university league table for entries for 2017 show that Cambridge uni and Oxford uni are the two hardest uni’s to get in to in the UK, this will probably come as no surprise, but then following on from these two Imperial College in London, Durham and St Andrews also make it in to the top 5. Cambridge uni was given an overall score of 1000 out of 1000 when looking at factors such as student satisfaction, employment opportunities following the course and research quality.
Oxford closely followed with 998 – only 2 points behind with the other three following a little further back between 927 and 938 overall.
When deciding on what uni to go to, you should take all of this in consideration but also the particular course you want to study and the reviews and ratings that it has been given by students who have already completed the course.
With the year 6 children recently taking their SAT exams, it has again come in to question as to if they are too hard. Many teachers feel that there is a lot of pressure out on students to do well during these exams and that as the papers are getting harder the pressure increases.
It is not only the students that are under pressure when it comes to exams but also the teachers. Not only do they worry as to if they have covered each topic in enough detail as is needed for the exams but also as to if they have taught it in such a way that all the pupils can understand it and most importantly, remember it.
Exams are a good way to measure progress of individual children and also to see how a school is achieving overall, but maybe it’s time to take a step back and remember what education should really be about.