Education in Chemistry

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Measuring energy changes


Get practical with students and arm them with the skills and knowledge they need

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Targeting science capital

By Louise Hussein

Simple ways to increase students’ enthusiasm for science

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Five ways to promote independent learning


How to help students take responsibility for their own learning

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Encourage shy pupils to participate


How to include reluctant speakers

  • Bright sparks

  • The blueprint reaction

  • The glow stick reaction

  • Oscillating magic?

  • Lighting up oxygen

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Enhance explanations of intermolecular forces


How small prompts can result in big leaps in student understanding

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Which is best: practical or simulation?


Students interact with practicals and simulations differently, but does one approach come with better learning outcomes?

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Animations boost learning


And reduce cognitive load

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Metacognitive motivation


How it can positively influence students’ beliefs in their own abilities

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Tackling spectroscopy


Get your students reading spectra like pros

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Can health and safety training ever be sexy?

By James Gaynor, David Donaghy

Maybe not, but it’s vital

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Academy rewards


Academies and their reliance on non-QTS staff

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A year in the prep room


Technicians telling it how it is

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Why A-level chemistry might not make doctors better


Is chemistry at A-level essential for medical school?

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How to be brilliant


By admitting to failing occasionally

  • Measuring energy changes

  • Applying practical knowledge to unfamiliar contexts

  • The periodic table

  • Atoms, molecules and ions

  • States of matter and particle theory


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Microbes and renewable energy turn carbon dioxide into edible protein

A new process uses microbes and renewable energy to make proteins for human consumption

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Thank the Nobel prize winners for your mobile phone

Start a lesson with the Nobel prize-winning chemistry involved in lithium-ion batteries

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Cheaper and simpler to study in Ireland

Why Republic of Ireland universities appeal to UK students

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Catalyst metal recovery adds greener notes to whisky production

Magnetite nanoparticles recover copper waste from whisky manufacturing process