What makes a great educational system?

A very timely article appeared in the Economist today given the upcoming PISA results day on the 6th of this month.  “Learning from the world’s swottiest countries” – a review and discussion of Lucy Crehan’s new book based on research during her gap year from teaching science in a secondary …

This Cos Rhyme Rules!!!

I had a few minutes spare this morning and was inspired by a fellow tutors request for a Cos-rule song. So I had a play around and this is what I came up with. A little rhyme to try and help students recall the cos rule involving sides of a …

The Trigonometric Roundabout

How to differentiate and integrate cos(x) and sin(x). I have recently found that several students struggle to deal with the differentiation and integration of the cos(x) and sin(x) functions. This usually occurs once the integral form of these functions is introduced, and students tend to get muddled as to where …

Fingers in a mess!

[subscribe2] A lively debate on an online teaching forum has spurred me on to think further about the use of fingers and hands in education. In particular the use of fingers in maths and counting. There seems to be a bias against using fingers for counting, yet using hands and …

How to learn better

Good learning is a “bit-by-bit” activity which requires time- it is incredibly important to start learning as early as possible. In essence- cramming is to be avoided at all costs! Quite often we hold off until we “understand it all”; it is better to throw yourself into the cauldron and …