Are you worried about your pupils revising for their science GCSE?
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In 2012 when I made the first of my GCSE science videos on Youtube, there were very few, if any people are doing GCSE science videos. That fact, combined with students connecting with the teaching style, meant the channel grew fast.
Fast forward to now, and there is a lot of choices when it comes to getting help for GCSE science. One issue that remains, however, is finding quality resources produced by teachers, for specific exams boards, that have exam question practice as well as good video tutorials that have exact and concise content.
When building our website, the key for us was doing what we know best. Creating a set of comprehensive resources, all in one place, that can be used to learn and practice everything needed for GCSE science. We are also very aware that students have different gaps in their knowledge compared to each other and that students learn in different ways.
The Science Break takes these differences between students into account and gives students the flexibility to learn what they need when they need it, whether it is the entire course or just a few topics here and there. There are carefully explained videos, many of which contain exam practice. There are multiple-choice and short answer questions for every single video and revision notes sheets. And coming soon, topic tests that give real exam-style questions, with answers and associated guidance. The Science Break has been created with the foundation of a lot of experience combined with a lot of work to bring you one of the top GCSE Science revision resources on the internet.
So how does it work?
All the videos are listed by subject and topic and can be found quickly, easily and can be viewed as many times as needed. Videos can be watched in interactive mode where there are in-built multiple choice questions and short answer free-response questions. Or they can be viewed without the interactivity and at up to 2x speed. It might sound strange to think about watching at double speed, but it is a very highly requested feature! A quick word about the multiple-choice questions. Each video has 6 of them, each with five options to choose from; This was carefully thought out. The purpose of the multiple-choice questions is two-fold.
1. It gives the student an idea of the content of the video but importantly, it provides the student with learning ‘hooks’ that help maximise recall of the video content.
2. The questions reappear at the end of the tutorial so that the student has a second go at them, having seen the tutorial. At the end, the student gets a before and after score, an explanation of the answers and a summary of the total score for the video assessment. There is a ton of learning is just doing the multiple-choice questions.
And furthermore, there are going to be multiple choice questions in the real exam. So this feature alone is excellent practice.
The video tutorials themselves are carefully planned, recorded and edited by a very experienced and very successful secondary school science teacher.
This from a parent after the 2019 results: “All 9s! The only 9s she got. All thanks to you.”
and this from a student: “thank you for creating the website, I’ve found it incredibly helpful.” Sudina who got grade 9, 9, 9 in 2019.
Coming very soon are topic tests written to assess, at exam level, whole topics. ‘It’s not good enough to have a test for each video and say that there are exam-style questions. Exam-style questions never test a narrow set of content. They go cross-content, so the topic tests provide real practice for exams. And they all come with detailed mark schemes that include guidance about the answers.
You can see that there is a lot of help for GCSE Science here.
But ‘that’s not all. Notes sheets that accompany each video allow students to work along with the video and have a quick reference or flashcards to recap on the topics.
Excellent teaching, revision notes, practice questions and answers all help to ease the burden of learning GCSE science.
And there is more. Our awesome revision planner which helps students to plan and keep up to date with their work.
So, of course, the question is how much.
And no, ‘that’s not an ongoing monthly cost – ‘it’s a one-off payment for a whole ‘year’s subscription.
So, grab an access code and head over to TheScienceBreak.com and sign up. ‘We’ll send you instructions on how to sign up (although it is very easy).