ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE
This NEW and fully revised A-level Biology conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day. The conference has been designed to improve student understanding with varied, interactive sessions throughout the day.
Students will hear from a practising research scientist and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from senior examiners for producing examination answers of the highest levels.
The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Experience a unique opportunity to hear from leading experts and examiners in the same event
- Ask questions direct to examiners and a practising research scientist from a leading university
- Gain top level advice and guidance on how to access the higher grades in examinations
- Enhance your understanding of key areas of Biology, all linked directly to the exam papers
- Take part in interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
- Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
|DATE AND LOCATION||London | Tuesday 24 March 2020|
|IN-SCHOOL||You can also book this as an In-School Conference|
Welcome and introductions
10.30 -11.10 am
Paper 1: Succeeding on Biological molecules questions
- Responding to the challenging topics on enzymes/antibodies
- The importance of correct terminology
- Tackling the range of data handling and synoptic questions: explanations of how to achieve full marks
- Review examples of how to tackle questions on the required practicals
11.10 – 11.50 am
Paper 1: Cell Recognition and Genetic information
- Cell recognition and the immune system, structure of eukaryotic cells and methods of studying cells: improving student understanding of these areas
- Ensuring successful explanation and evaluation of key concepts: comparison exercise to demonstrate what examiners are looking for at C, A and A* levels
11.40 -12.00 noon
Break – submit your questions for our experts
Making the right links: how to succeed in Synoptic Questions
- Explore what examiners are looking for in the synoptic questions: applying knowledge, analysing and evaluating well, using Organisms as an example
- Examine example questions in small groups to highlight the synoptic element being tested
- Marking exercise: how students can show examiners their full level of knowledge and understanding
- Examine examples of responses at different levels: discuss their strengths and weaknesses in groups and with the examiners
12.40 – 1.20pm
Paper 2 Energy transfer
- What do you need to know to tackle questions on respiration and photosynthesis
- Practice a range of question styles on respiration and photosynthesis.
- A Focus on common mistakes that students make in the examinations and how to avoid them.
- Importance of correct terminology.
- Students will be taken through a range of data handling and synoptic questions with explanations of how to achieve full marks
- Opportunities for students to ask questions and receive feedback
How to tackle the Maths in Genetics and Gene Expression with confidence
- The key features of Genetics and Gene Expression
- With example answers, our expert examiner demonstrates how to always succeed on maths questions
- Answer example questions and get direct advice on how to get high marks on these
Paper 3: Answering questions on practical assessments
- Utilising the skills learnt in the practical endorsements when answering exam questions, with example answers
- Tackle a range of sample questions: where students gain and lose marks
- Applying knowledge when answering questions on the science behind the practical work
Final Top Tips and Close
- Achieving A and A* – what students need to do to reach the top grades across the papers
- What students can do after today to improve their exam results
Dr Harjit K Singh
Dr Singh is an experienced teacher and senior examiner for A level Biology. She has taught and examined A Level Biology for over 25 years, IB Biology for 8 years as well as BTEC Applied Science. She is a published author of the Key Skills and Knowledge Booster Biology and co-author of Key Skills and Knowledge Booster BTEC Science Applied and Vocational courses. She has presented many biology courses for teachers, student revision conferences and online web conferences. She is also involved in presenting international IB student revision courses.
Michael has been an examiner for 15 years and has worked in post 16 education for 23 years, initially as an A-level Biology Tutor before progressing to Head of Department and finally STEM and Quality Initiatives Manager. He has had a positive effect on student’s aspirations and achievement; his Learner Voice results are always very positive and examination results have been consistently above benchmark for all KPI’s with excellent value added.
As a Head of Department, he completed an ‘Exceeding Expectations’ management training course and is a strong and effective leader. His Science provision was chosen as part of OFSTED’s Good practice survey: Improving Sciences in Colleges. Michael was then seconded to another campus to improve science results and turned around the department within 12 months. During this time his college also reached the finals of the National STEMNET Awards for three consecutive years.
Dr Harry Pritchard
Dr Pritchard is a Research Associate at the University of Manchester in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. His current research looks into the mechanisms controlling the diameter of small arteries which supply different organs throughout the body and is funded by the British Heart Foundation.
One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT