GCSE Practice Book 3
Published 15th November 2018. Pre-order discounts until 15th November. Discount for 20+ books. Free digital version with 40 books.
Many students miss out on the 60% of marks for applying and analysing in new GCSE. They find it difficult to figure out unfamiliar situations. Past papers give practice but don't help students learn the deep structure of problems, nor how to solve problems systematically.
The Mastery Practice Book series teaches all students to apply knowledge. Firmly grounded in cognitive science, it uses a 3-step approach to problem-solving, explained through worked examples. with carefully guided practice to make students confident with whatever examiners ask.
Book 3 is designed for the beginning of a GCSE course. It follows on from our successful Year 7 book and covers the key concepts from year 9 (ages 13-14) of our 5-year plan, Blueprint.✔ 40 problem types on 24 different concepts
✔ 40 detailed worked examples
✔ 100's of carefully crafted 'your turn' questions
✔ Hints and answers
✔ Reusable for school use or write on for home use
✔ Based on proven research
Pre-order now and the book will be delivered on publication. Digital version available.
Book 3 is part of a series. Each focusses on Key Concepts in different years of the secondary science curriculum towards GCSE. The concept names and sequence are taken from our 5-year plan, Blueprint.
- Book 1: year 7 concepts, published 2017
- Book 2: year 8 concepts, coming 2019
- Book 3: year 9 (GCSE) concepts, published November 2018
Here is a lit of the concepts that are applied in Book 3 which are generally taught near the beginning of a GCSE course.
- Newton’s 1st law
- Heat transfer
- Specific & latent
- Wave model
- Longitudinal or transverse
- Wave properties
- Periodic patterns
- Subatomic particles
- Atom conservation
- Exo- & endothermic
- Reactivity series
- Potable water
- Product life-cycle
- Stem cells
- Cell transport
- Cell division
- Communicable disease
- Monohybrid inheritance
The first page of each problem is a clear and visually explained worked example. It shows students a 3-step process for successfully solving unfamiliar questions:
- Detect: work out what you need to do to answer the question
- Recall: bring to mind all the relevant knowledge
- Solve: go step-by-step from what you know to the solution
The second page is a set of 'your turn' questions to try. The first is similar to the example to check that students can follow the thinking. Further questions are carefully crafted as stepping stones to build their competence and confidence. There are hints to get students unstuck, and answers at the back.
At the end of a chapter, students are ready for the 'mixed up problem' challenge. Like in an examination, several types of problems are mixed together, but now students have learned the skills of recognising which knowledge to use in each situation.
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