Teaching and Learning: The role of Learning Theory

The Oxford Dictionary defines learning as “the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught”. However, before any teacher even begins to engage in this process with students they must consider learning theory and its effect on the teaching approach they choose. Learning theories allow educators to design learning environments and improve … Continue reading Teaching and Learning: The role of Learning Theory

What are the essential qualities of a good teacher?

“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.” This is a quote from Malala Yousafzai, who at age 17 became a Nobel Prize winning advocate for education. Indeed, Malala’s life story shows the importance of education and lengths people will go to in its pursuit. At the heart of a … Continue reading What are the essential qualities of a good teacher?

Should we ban mobile phones in schools?

Mobile phones today are an ever present part of the world, and ever increasingly in our schools.  Mobile phones have advantages such as safety, but also open a gateway to distraction and arguments. Late last year, the French Government announced it's intention to ban students from using mobile phones in schools.  The ban has been … Continue reading Should we ban mobile phones in schools?

Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife

This is a reblog with some great insights for international students considering studying the UK. In the United Kingdom (UK), there is a sustainable environment in which the success rate for an international student is always high when compared to other European countries such as Germany, France and Italy. There is always an element of … Continue reading Reblog: UK environment and culture for international students — AcLife

Are You An International Student Staying In The UK This Christmas?

Christmas can be an interesting time.  It can be fun and wonderful, or very stressful.  Add to that the fact you are spending your Christmas in a different country from your family and friends, and Christmas can be a difficult experience.  If you are spending a Christmas away from your family here a few tips, … Continue reading Are You An International Student Staying In The UK This Christmas?

An End To Rote Learning?

This is what Dr Ashok Jansari, a cognitive neuropsychologist at Goldsmiths University is suggesting.  Dr Jansari states that pupils do not retain well what they have learned by rote.  Instead he recommends that students use the information immediately. In what has been called the "testing effect", testing students immediately after learning something has been shown … Continue reading An End To Rote Learning?

Language considerations for International Students

When studying abroad it is important to have a good grasp of English, both spoken and written.  Many international students report the difficulties they had writing assignments and essays.  Equally, English courses that focus on reading and writing don’t always focus on the importance of spoken and conversational English.  Both these aspects are very important … Continue reading Language considerations for International Students

Becoming an International student: Advantages and Considerations

Moving to another country to study is a big decision, and one not to be taken lightly.  There can be great advantages to travelling abroad, but these also come with some challenges that need to be overcome.  These are highlighted in a series on international students by the Guardian. Relevance of the University and Degree … Continue reading Becoming an International student: Advantages and Considerations

Global Education Systems; the importance of research before you go

Writer Matt Exell talks about why it is good to be aware of the education system you are moving to. So, coming to a new place is always a difficult experience.  Especially when said new place has a new language, school system, culture and your favourite TV shows aren't available anymore!  Today I'm going to … Continue reading Global Education Systems; the importance of research before you go

The growing workload of Teachers and the sacrifices they make

There are some jobs in life that are considered vocations, not just another job but a true calling in life.  Teaching is one of these.  Education is the life blood of our society, and our teachers are in many ways guiding architects.  However, teachers are continually and increasingly pressurised.  The costs to themselves and the … Continue reading The growing workload of Teachers and the sacrifices they make