Hello all, I have recently taken over Year 12 and Year 13 Biology (AQA exam board). Year 13 are the ones that are most concerning to me as I feel I am not delivering lessons that fit my students and I have a mental block as to how to best proceed. I have spoken to the students for their feedback and they say that they would like the lessons to be more engaging, have more pace and that they would like to know exactly what they need to know for the exams. Given that Biology is rather content heavy and there are lots of notes to go through I would like some tips on how to better do this. However, this is also on the backdrop that some students were on their phones and generally not having good learning behaviour. So I had to spend some time reminding students of how to behave (something I was not expecting for Year 13 students!) which affected the pace and such. Normally I can come up with solutions but I am for some reason stuck with this and would like some advice. 1) Given the large volume of content to plough through, how do you best deliver this? I have ideas about making it more independent and giving students reading material so that they come prepared for lessons so we can focus on assessment. 2) What is engaging for Year 13? I am trying to also get them used to the lecture-style as this is what they are going to experience at university and like it or not, it's something that takes getting used to. They seem to be under the impression that the lecturer is going to have lots of handouts and materials to support them and that they can keep asking for clarification or to go back or such... from my experience of uni, this isn't how lectures work (in my day at least!). 3) Students seem to think that if I deviate from their textbook it's wrong or irrelevant. They treat it like a bible! I have given them other examples from the exam but they are not really getting the idea that just because the book has one example of a carbon cycle (for example) that this is the only one they need to know and not to be able to apply it. Help needed?