As a student, my notes were often all over the place.  Memorably, my English teacher once asked me to please take English notes in English class, rather than drawing architectural plans on square-ruled paper while he lectured.  My response was “I get an A in this class, so can you leave me be?!”  Despite that, note-taking was indeed something I took seriously – I used my notes as my main revision tool in every class through High School, University Undergrad and Grad School (and graduating with honours!).

At HomeMadeEducation, we encourage all of our students to make their own notes … this article is a good reminder of why.



SummerTime ‘Exam’ Studies

So, it’s the summer.  September seems like ages away now.  You have probably wound down much of your learning, but in the back of your mind you might have a few niggly “But we could just get a bit of a head start on …” type thoughts.  If that’s the case, here are a few top tips to get a head-start on GCSE/IGCSE/A-Level topics without it seeming like formal learning:

a) Find newspaper articles related to your child’s upcoming subjects.  Almost every day, you can find online articles in The Guardian/Times/BBC about biology, sociology, English and more.  They make interesting reading and show how the subject is relevant in every-day life!  Here is a great business one:

b) Pick up a few ‘general interest’ books that cover the subject in an amusing, visual, or more engaging way than a textbook.  There are many for sale on websites like TheBookPeople for under £10 … this psychology book is fascinating and only £3.99:

c) Browse the ‘Education’/’Learning’ pages from various museums and organisations and you will find a range of interesting resources and materials you can explore and use over the summer, such as this one from Cadbury:

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