Name: Stuart Hayward
Twitter name: @stuartteachphys
Subject taught (if applicable): Science
What is your advice about? Teaching A level science
- It’s a cliche, but at the start they really are year 11s in mufti. Spend more time than you expect on routines, how to do basics and monitoring in the first term. You will make the time up later.
- A good overall GCSE grade can hide big gaps (especially if their GCSE includes controlled assessment). Do diagnostics on individual topics.
- The core / PAG practicals are not the only experiments they will need to know in the exams. Look in the specification for “describe the methods to…” statements (or similar).
- If you can, avoid using past paper questions for assessment the first couple of terms. Students will need to build up from paragraphs to full essays, or single calculations to full problems, and it takes time.
- If you are teaching physics or physical chemistry, use http://www.isaacphysics.org. It’s great.