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Solving problems using experts’ decisions

25 March 2019By

New research demonstrates how decision trees help students apply their knowledge

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Critical thinking in the lab (and beyond)

24 January 2019By

Improving existing practicals

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Explaining electrolytes explicitly

17 January 2019By

And why it’s necessary

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The effect of mentoring on teacher retention

14 January 2019By

Could mentoring be a good way to retain more chemistry teachers?

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Organic chemistry: encouraging problem solving, not goal scoring

14 December 2018By

How less really is more when it comes to learning


Retaining knowledge from practicals

27 November 2018By

Research shows how a novel pedagogy aids the retention of learning over time

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Oscillating magic?

25 February 2019By

Wow them with a colour change reaction

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Lighting up oxygen

8 January 2019By

Excite your students with chemiluminescence

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An icebreaker for thermodynamics

15 November 2018By

Your students can learn a lot of chemistry from watching water freeze

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The rainbow flame demonstration

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How to do it safely

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How to teach states of matter and particle theory


Progressing from macroscopic to the microscopic world of the particle

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How to make lab work safe


Encourage students to assess risk effectively

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Chemical formulas and equations


What is the point of chemical equations?

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Monitoring reactions


Encourage students to observe and measure reactions

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Separation techniques


Distilling the essentials of separation

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Reduce cognitive load to build knowledge

20 March 2019By

Structure tasks to improve learning

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How to help students decode science vocabulary

13 March 2019By

The keys to understanding the language of chemistry

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It's an ant's life

11 March 2019By ,

Ant colonies – a goldmine for chemists

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Why practical work builds reasoning

6 March 2019By

Develop students’ deductive and inductive skills

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Revisiting knowledge to improve recall

27 February 2019By

How to help pupils build long-term memory

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Why reflection is better than grades

20 February 2019By

How responding to feedback improves results

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