Online | Wednesday 10 February 2021
Online | Thursday 29 April 2021
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.