Parental/Carer support is extremely important in the academic success of a child and with the new GCSE Science, and its new format, it is vitally important to help your child from an early stage. Achieve in Science has created a website that allows students to have access to a range of high quality resources that support them with their studies. This means that, as a parent/carer, you do not need to be an expert. Instead you should encourage your child to utilise their time wisely. Your support, encouragement and interest can make a considerable difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands of the new GCSE Science.
How can Achieve in Science help?The website hosts hundreds of resources that are designed to support children of differing abilities and who have different interests. These include:
- Lesson Handouts – These are a great tool that allow students to revisit a lesson, read up about a subject prior to the lesson being taught and if they are absent, catch up upon any work that has been missed.
- Flash Cards – These work best when they are printed out. Students can then work with their peers or family members and test themselves on what exactly they know and what they are unsure about. This can then be used to inform targeted revision.
- Video tutorials – There are hundreds of short video clips that go through different concepts. They can be viewed at the pace that is right for the student – Play-Pause-Rewind
- Word Wheels – These can be printed out and used to revise keywords.
- Mind-map templates – These provide a structure to what the student needs to know. The student can first try to complete them without any notes and then go back through them and fill in the gaps, using their notes/resources from the site.
- Test your brain – Revision short be for short periods, regularly. Test your brain is a selection of five questions, which the student should be able to answer. It is important that the student is constantly revisiting previous knowledge.
- Loop cards – These work like dominoes where students need to match a keyword with its definition. If they do this right, then they will form a loop.
- Anagrams – These can be used to increase awareness of keywords.