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New to teaching AS Level Human Biology - advice please

Discussion in 'Science' started by keriwalton, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. I have got myself a job as an Adult Education Tutor in September tutoring AS Level Human Biology, but I am primary trained and have never taught (a) adults in a classroom situation, or (b) AS Level! I am to follow the AQA Spec, so I have printed off a copy of this and also a copy of the Scheme of Work. I have three hours, one night a week, for one academic year.
    How do I deliver the lessons? How much stand-up delivery (powerpoints, videos, etc), practical, discussion, etc?
    Do I set some of the spec for the students to learn themselves in their own time, or will 'homework' just be related to what we have learned in class time?
    Does anybody have any ideas on experiments?
    I have a degree in Biology, but this was gained in 1997, and I am a bit rusty!
    Answers to these questions and any other advice would be gratefully received.
     
  2. I have got myself a job as an Adult Education Tutor in September tutoring AS Level Human Biology, but I am primary trained and have never taught (a) adults in a classroom situation, or (b) AS Level! I am to follow the AQA Spec, so I have printed off a copy of this and also a copy of the Scheme of Work. I have three hours, one night a week, for one academic year.
    How do I deliver the lessons? How much stand-up delivery (powerpoints, videos, etc), practical, discussion, etc?
    Do I set some of the spec for the students to learn themselves in their own time, or will 'homework' just be related to what we have learned in class time?
    Does anybody have any ideas on experiments?
    I have a degree in Biology, but this was gained in 1997, and I am a bit rusty!
    Answers to these questions and any other advice would be gratefully received.
     
  3. missmunchie

    missmunchie Occasional commenter

    Hiya
    I had to teach a little AS and A2 Biology in my last supply job, even though I am a Physics specialist. I found it difficult as there are just so many facts to learn.
    I found this site really useful for experiments:
    http://www.biology-resources.com/biology-experiments2.html
    Even though it is more (I)GCSE based it has a lot of useful information and powerpoints etc.
    Try this one as well:
    http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology
    I would also look at AQA past papers.
    You are right in thinking that there should be more independent study in AS and they should read around topics themselves. However, the basic information they need to pass the exam should be provided by you. Do as much practical as you can, if you have a three hour lesson, then I would do at least one hour practical, just to break up the lesson a bit.
    Good luck!
     

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