DATE: Tuesday 29 September 2020 – 4pm
ABOUT THIS WEBINAR
This webinar will look at the lesser known (and often confusing) aspects of photosynthesis and respiration which pupils need to understand in order to get A/A* but which are not covered in sufficient detail in either the specification or textbooks.
BENEFITS OF THIS WEBINAR
By the end of the webinar your students will be able to:
- Confidently answer higher mark questions on the roles on electrons, ATP, NADP and water in red-ox reactions in photosynthesis
- Score highly on respiration questions about electrochemical gradients, ATP synthesis and energy decoupling.
- Learn how to avoid the common (and confusing) pitfalls where respiration and photosynthesis overlap.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- All students taking A-level Biology
4.00 – 4.05 pm Welcome and Introduction
4.10pm: Tricky Concepts and Key Studies in Photosynthesis (25 minutes)
- An electron’s journey through a leaf from a flash of light to a bubble of oxygen- interpreting complicated diagram-based questions
- Electron acceptors how they smooth the process along. Questions on which particular ones are used, when they are used and why they are used.
- Final end products, what they go onto become. Long and short answer questions looking at the similarities and differences between the light dependent and light independent reactions.
4.35pm: Tackling Short Answer Questions (25 minutes)
- Cytoplasm, Kreb’s cycle and mass energy production, understanding the intricate details.
- How the energy making process begins in the cytoplasm, then what?
- Understanding what mitochondrial cristae actually really do (and what they don’t!)
5.00 pm: Long answer Question Strategy (30 minutes)
- Structuring answers that examiners will score highly.
- Write succinct answers highlighting common features without being repetitive
- Show examiners you know the subtle differences between the two processes.
Final tips and Questions (10 minutes)
Debbie teachers GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths while at A level she has taught A level Biology and Chemistry. She is also an A level Biology examiner. She has taught for over 18 years including as Head of Department of a large London comprehensive within 18 months of joining the profession and time working in the Middle east as a Science, Maths and IT teacher trainer. She has also worked as a STEM resources appraiser for the National School Partnership.