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how to boost struggling alevel biology students???

Discussion in 'Science' started by tamsyneast, Mar 13, 2011.


  1. Hi all
    A-level biology is new to my school and we have a
    cohort of students who are really struggling with the course (most got
    Us in the Jan paper). I have tried really hard to create engaging
    lessons, and give them diverse and different types of work to do outside
    of the classroom - but they are struggling with concepts, the language
    and are not putting in the required amount of effort. I am running out
    of ideas of how else I can support them to improve, and time is becoming
    more of a pressing issue. Academically they are not that strong and
    range from having A-grade in GSCE 21st Core/Additional Science and Merit
    BTEC
    If anyone has any ideas of how I might be able to get them
    through, that would be fantastic
    Cheers tams
     

  2. Hi all
    A-level biology is new to my school and we have a
    cohort of students who are really struggling with the course (most got
    Us in the Jan paper). I have tried really hard to create engaging
    lessons, and give them diverse and different types of work to do outside
    of the classroom - but they are struggling with concepts, the language
    and are not putting in the required amount of effort. I am running out
    of ideas of how else I can support them to improve, and time is becoming
    more of a pressing issue. Academically they are not that strong and
    range from having A-grade in GSCE 21st Core/Additional Science and Merit
    BTEC
    If anyone has any ideas of how I might be able to get them
    through, that would be fantastic
    Cheers tams
     
  3. It's tough isn't it - the students do badly and we look at what else we can do!!!! But I toatally agree that you want to support them. I am also interested in ideas - I have just produced a schedule of what we are going to cover in the lessons remaining, linking it to the page references in the text books and suggesting that students prepare for lessons by reading through the work beforehand. I also insist that students do corrections to homework and try to give guidance related to exam technique/performance. We have work for them to do on the intranet (with answers so they can check their performance). However, there comes a point when the students have to take responsibility for their performance - and maybe the jan results will serve as a wake up call that they need to do more. Apart from providing more exam-style questions and running revision sessions I am not sure what else you can do.


     
  4. Their lack of effort needs addressing higher up through the pastoral system, form tutor and Head of 6th form. What are their ALPs targets? 21stC isn't the best preparation for A-level and we don't accept BTEC for entry onto any pure science A-level at my school, only for Applied Science. Plenty of past papers, tight deadlines and reporting to form tutor/parents when these are not met usually works.
     

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