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Posted on: October 9th 2023

How To Succeed In GCSE Science

Our Year 11 students are currently studying the topic of acids and alkalis in Science and are exploring what is meant by a one direction or reversible reaction, so that they can understand the concept of pH and how it relates to strong and weak acids and alkalis. 

As you can see in the images the students use suitable indicators to show the presence of hydrogen or hydroxide ions in different amounts so that they can understand the principles of strong and weak acids. The blue bottle experiment (nothing to do with flies!!) explains how a reaction can be reversible and is great fun and highly visible. Having reviewed these experiments we then prove that strong acids react more vigorously than weak acids using a simple concoction of calcium carbonate, washing up liquid and acid!!


The real key to success in Science is to take time to understand and explain key concepts. Practical work in class is the best way to do this followed by trying to understand and explain in your own words.

Telling a story about concepts in Science is also a great way to learn Science.

Having been in class and understood and learned key ideas the next step is applying this to practice GCSE questions and referring back to the mark schemes.

Flash cards also support learning as does reviewing and revising topics that were taught in Years 9 and 10 on a regular basis.

It also goes without saying that the completion of high quality homework will definitely support all students to reach their potential in Science. 

In conclusion everyone can succeed in Science and we are proud of the progress that all of our students make in the Science department. Science teachers are always available to help and students can speak to the teachers if they need further explanations or help with their homework.