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Virtually Tutoring- where to get started

New to virtually tutoring? Not sure what to look at first? Take a quick look through this post to get some ideas on where to start! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog if you want to know when I post new content (button on the left!)

I’m Dr Nicholls. Virtually Tutoring Dr Nicholls I’d like to start by saying welcome to my blog! If you want to find out more about me then take a look at this Prezi. In my blog I aim to give support to biology students and their parents outside of the traditional classroom setting.     As well as teaching I am also a mentor and virtual tutor so my blog has a mixture of

  • Study skills tips
  • Revision tips
  • Support in studying GCSE and AS/A level Biology
  • Updates and information on the latest Biology news and research pertinent to the biology specifications and challenging students to move beyond the specification

To help you decide where to start reading here is a guide to some of my popular posts on these topics.

Study skills tips

Revision tips

1. Revision tips

Biology revision plans outlines the stages you should build into a revision plan and has an example to download for GCSE

Making a revision timetable gives an overview of making a timetable for all subjects with a recommended web site to use

Best revision tips is possibly my most important post as it outlines the research underpinning my revision suggestions. I followed this with another post when the BBC reported on the study.

My post on some revision tips gives some tips from others

How to revise series

1. Why revise

2. Where should I revise

3. When to revise

4. What to revise

5. How to revise

Finally some help if you’ve left revision a bit late! Help I don’t have time to revise it all!

2. Mindfulness to help you study and revise more effectively

Mindfulness

I did a month of mindfulness (MOM) before exam season to encourage my students to give it a go so there are various MOM update posts you can read on my mindfulness page. You might like to read some of the following posts if you want to work more effectively.

What is mindfulness?

7 myths about mindfulness….. busted!

20 benefits of mindfulness

Establishing a new habit

5 books on mindfulness

30 free guided meditations

5 mindfulness courses on iTunes U

5 mindfulness blogs

10 mindfulness podcasts

Worry casts shadows

More benefits of mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Mindful activity e.g. walking

STOP and practice mindfulness

3. Tips on dealing with exam stressExam stress and diet

It is important that students recognise and deal with exam stress. Have a look at the mindfulness posts too.

Symptoms of exam stress

Exam stress tips- better sleep

Dealing with exam stress- diet

Exam stress tips- exercise

4. Productivity

I have worked with many students on improving their productivity- the aim is to work smarter not harder. This is something I’ve studied a lot myself! I plan to write a lot more posts in this section. For now you can check out my first ever post on beating procrastination.

Check it out!Biology in the news

I try to tweet any Biology news (@Nicholls_Dr) as well as sometimes writing about it here.

Stem cells, cannibalism and zoonosis

Check it out!

Immortal organisms, who wants to live forever.

GCSE Biology in Science

As well as looking through the posts above check out the links on my Pinterest boards. You will mainly be interested in the boards starting with GCSE then the topic name. There are two boards for each topic, one has links to relevant theory, web sites, games, animations etc. and the other is for related experiments and how science works for the topic. If you find Biology interesting then have a look at the news boards and you can also follow me on twitter Virtually Tutoring @Nicholls_Dr. I try to tweet any news and studies relevant to the Biology specifications I teach.

If you are struggling to understand a particular topic you could also watch the relevant videos from mygcsesciene.com for core, additional and separate sciences.

I also wrote a post explaining GCSE additional science which outlines the exams involved and what to learn. Do subscribe to my blog by email so that you get notifications when I add posts. My focus over the next year will be to add more content to help you understand and revise GCSE biology in science.

A level and AS level Biology

As well as looking through the posts on study skills tips and revision tips above check out the links on my Pinterest boards. You will mainly be interested in the boards staring with A level then the topic name. Independent learning and reading around your A level subjects is really important. You should follow me on twitter Virtually Tutoring @Nicholls_Dr. I try to tweet any news and studies relevant to the Biology specification.

If you are struggling to understand a particular topic you can often find useful explanations on YouTube. I am hoping in the next couple of years to produce some video tutorials for our specification on my channel

Do subscribe to my blog by email so that you get notifications when I add posts. My focus over the next year will be to add more content to help you understand and revise A level Biology.

  2 Responses to “Start here!”

  1. What wonderful resources. The science GCSE has so much information that students have to learn. The Q notes break it down into manageable chunks. I can see my year 10 son’s confidence growing as he works through them and consolidates what he has learned. Brilliant! Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you for organising my Year 11 son’s science studying. He is doing Triple Science. The personal ISA preparation feedback was so useful and the personal colour coded revision timetable is perfect. I am sure that his grade for Science will be higher because he has signed up for this virtually tutoring programme. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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