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teaching igcse as a non specialist

Discussion in 'Science' started by Shudson830, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Shudson830

    Shudson830 New commenter

    Hi all. I am about to embark on the tricky task of teaching my year 11 son, IGCSE Physics and Chemistry as a non specialist.
    Before the uproar.....this is as a emergency home school measure. It is not a decision taken lightly. I am a very experienced secondary teacher, ( all be it in English / DT!!) and my son is bright and picks up concepts well. He has done well in year 10 but needs to move from B to A grade.

  2. tsarina

    tsarina Occasional commenter

    Hi, I am a science tutor and have found that there are some excellent resources online. Animated videos really help with conceptual understanding but most students need to see them at least twice. Run them through all the way. Then repeat pausing the video to ask questions and explain. Then get your son to write some notes on the topic. Although note taking seems pointless when you have the revision guides and books it does seem to help make things stick, especially if you get him to write his own explanation first, and then give him the explanation from the book so he uses the correct terminology. Then get him to do past paper questions, if he is bright but only getting B's it might be because he is not used to the exam questions. One resource i use a lot is savemyexams.co.uk. When i started using it a year ago it was very cheap to subscribe, but i think the prices have gone up. It's an easy way of getting past paper questions that are sorted by topic.

    good luck
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Download the specification and some exam papers.
    Get a good text and revision guide. CGP also do a handy work book.
    Break down the spec. into chunks.
    Get your son to work through end of chapter questions and CGP workbook pages. Then give him exam questions and see how he's done.
    You're probably doing all of this already.
    I would then consider getting a tutor who can cover the bits you and your son find difficult. If you're lucky you may find someone who can work on an ad hoc basis, although many tutors do like more regular sessions. Key thing with a tutor is to tell them what you need help with - as a science tutor I can guess what the difficult bits are, but it's useful to be able to plan in advance.
  4. bobthechemist

    bobthechemist New commenter

    Chemistry website to use is knockhardy GCSE as it provides excellent PowerPoint presentations for free. Also as mentioned lots of past papers.

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