Articles by Greg Smith


Should students be allowed to go on holiday during term time?

What happens if a parent’s employer dictates their annual leave? Is family time no longer important?

Evidence Home Schooling Works?

On Sunday the TES reported that home schooling breeds broader minds. Anecdotally, I agree with this statement. However, as is so often the case when I read about so called scientific evidence that either supports or opposes home education, this case isn’t really supported by the new report, certainly not in the UK. The report […]

Have Schools become the bully?

Once upon a time, children feared turning up to school because of a bully. For some, it is still a problem. But today, has the system itself turned into the bully? To add some context to the point I am trying to make, I would like to provide a few statistics.  Firstly, according to the […]

The Science of the Winter Solstice

On December 21st at 6.30 a.m. the Sun will rise exactly between two specific pillars at the Temple at Karnak, North Luxor, Egypt. It has done this once every year for the last 3000 years, ever since the temple was built by the ancient Pharaohs’ to the God Amun – Re. Amun – Re was […]

Making the most of Mock exams

When the last lesson is finished and the last TMA based on the lessons marked, and with any issues followed up, it is time to start revision and contemplating the mock exams. The mock exam papers are the last TMAs that you will do and are an excellent opportunity to prepare you for the real […]

Making the most of your Specification

The specification is published by your examination board. It details all the areas of your subject that you might encounter in the exam papers you plan to sit. You will find details of where to download your specification in the introduction section of your course folder. Your specification is referred to in each lesson on […]

Making the most of your textbook

Most OHS courses have a textbook associated with them, often specific to the examination that you will be sitting.  Ordering this textbook is one of the first things you will do after you have unpacked your course folders. Do make sure you order the correct one:  the ISBN number is the best way to check; […]

How to make a toffee apple – The science of Caramelisation

Bonfire night activity – Toffee Apples Recipe: Equipment – kitchen scales, measuring jug, large bowl, large saucepan, wooden spoon, teaspoon, tablespoon, wooden skewers, sugar thermometer or digital cooking thermometer, non-stick baking paper, small bowl of cold water. Ingredients – boiling water, 8 apples of your favourite eating variety, 400g sugar, 100ml water, 4tbsp golden syrup, […]

Making the most of your subject tutor

Making the most of ….. Tutor contact Your tutor can make a significant difference to your studies. Using a distance learning course on your own could feel lonely, but with your tutor on hand to help you have back-up when you need it. During your first phone call, you will start to get to know […]

Making the most of every lesson – Tutor Marked Assignments

Every few lessons you will have a Tutor Marked Assignment to complete. This is an excellent opportunity to cement your knowledge and improve your understanding and exam technique. When you get to a TMA you should look back over the previous lessons before starting the assignment. If there are any parts of the lessons that […]

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