Advantages Sound revision tips, great content, and career advice
Disadvantages No GCSE practice tests.
Ok I lied, school is not cool. To be honest it's boring, tedious and mind-numbingly dull. The same goes for revision. Who wants to be stuck in the house revising, when you could be doing more interesting things.Having said all this, the fact is that without good grades, you stand no chance what so ever, of going to college, or university, and pursing your dream career.
Basically what I'm saying is that revision, is a must if you want to make the grade.
We should consider ourselves lucky, you know, out parents had to be content with pouring over hard-backed textbooks. But we have access to the web, which can actually make our revision that little bit more bearable, and at times more exciting.
Technically S-cool is a revision site, however, there is much more to this site than meets the eye.GCSE's.
If you are taking your GCSE's this summer or winter, I'm sure you will find their revision tips invaluable. S-cool covers, Maths, Biology, Physics, English, Geography, Chemistry and PE.Each subject is explored in depth, as an example, if your clicked on Biology you would be presented with the following concepts, (Enzymes, Cells, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Heart and Circulation, Nerves and Hormones, Nutrition, Defence against disease, Homeostasis, Drugs, Genes and Genetics, Evolution, Fertilisation, Environment and Plant Growth). Not every concept is covered, but a fairly good chunk of it is.
Say you wanted to know more about Enzymes, there are four steps you will need to go through. Firstly, S-cool asks you whether you know what enzymes are, what they do, and optimal conditions. If you are not sure about these topics, you would proceed to step two, which gives you detailed information on the above, after you've digested the information, you then proceed to step three, which is revision questions.Sadly, these are not available yet. The last step, is revision summary, this page sums up what you have just learnt. These notes are there for you to print out, so make sure you print them out!
The layout is the same as the GCSE's, but the big difference is that concepts and ideas are covered more in depth, and there are questions for you to practice your knowledge on.There are also some handy formula sheets for you to print out, and some sound revision and exam advice.
I filled the questionnaire in, even though I know what I want to be. My goal is to be a mathematician. The quiz said a career, as a dentist may be right for me, this is not far from the truth, as I was considered a career along these lines.There is information on summer jobs, which are mainly with Marks and Spencer, and Renishaw. There are links to companies that offer sponsorships, these are Laing, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Arthur Anderson, and also information on sandwich placements.
If that weren't enough, S-cool gives you advice on how to write up a favourable CV, and there is some excellent advice on how to cope with interviews, to ensure you get the job.Discussion Groups.
S-cool even have their own discussion board, here you can chat to like minded people about a variety of topics, such as Universities, Subjects, Revision, Careers, and problems such as Anorexia, bullying and Dyslexia.Most of the people on the board seem to be all right, however, you do get the idiot's, who like to boast how they easily got an A in a subject and never revised at all. This is in reply to someone who is having difficulty in that subject. However, if you ignore these types, there is actually some very valuable and useful information to be found.
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My favourite bit in this section is It'll be alright on the day, basically it says that strange things can happen to our brains, when we are under pressure, and it gives lots of examples of exam howlers.For example, "Queen Elizabeth is the longest Queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. She was a moral woman who practised virtue. Her death was the final which ended her reign."
If this weren't enough, there is a wealth of information, on topics, that concern all students, and they have even thrown in some entertainment. If you look around, you will not find better than this site.
If you are doing exams, I would highly recommend you take a look at this site, and I guarantee you will find something of interest.
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