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  • Exam imageButterflies in the stomach! Judgement Day! Am I prepared? Will I do well enough to be accepted for my first choice at University? Or to proceed to the next level of my Cambridge studies?

    These are the feelings, thoughts, and questions that go through your mind (and stomach!) as exams approach. These final weeks of preparation are crucial, and can easily make a difference of 20% to 30% on your final result; but what do you do when you sit down at your desk to revise? How do you prevent your mind from wandering as you page through your text book and your notes? How do you use your time effectively so that you are not like a boxer punching the air?

    Here are some guidelines to help you ensure success. They are especially applicable to subjects like mathematics and physics, but will be useful for other subjects too.

  • certificateYou have enjoyed homeschooling your children, but suddenly you realize that they are needing to leave the school room and enter the world. What proof do they have that they have a solid education behind them? What will prospective employers and tertiary institutions accept as valid schooling leaving qualifications? As a friend of mine's son pointed out to her, "No university or employer is going to accept me because my mom says I can do it!"

    Children going to school in South Africa write the National Senior Certificate (NCS) exams at the end of their twelve years of schooling. These exams are commonly known as the 'matric' exams and they will determine whether a child can continue to study at tertiary level (either at diploma or degree level) or not. But what about homeschooled children? What certificate do they obtain at the end of their schooling?

  • girl microscopeThe Cambridge International IG biology course (Code 0610) is a comprehensive course that covers many interesting and exciting topics. It is designed to be a practical and relevant study pertaining to the student's own environment and circumstances, so keep South Africa's beautiful and diverse habitats in mind when you work through the course.

    A student will appreciate the study much more if they have a good foundation in the study of biology built up over the earlier school years. Cambridge International recommends that students have met the requirements of the key stage 3 of the national curriculum for England or a local equivalent. Using the English key stages as a basis and my own experience in teaching the IG biology syllabus to my own children and others, I have compiled the following list as a suggestion for what students should already know before starting the IG biology of the course. Some of the material can be introduced as early as Grade R, but the material needs to be developed to at least a Grade 10 level before starting on IG.

    The list is by no means exhaustive but aims to give a general idea of the subject matter that should have been dealt with before starting on IG biology. This may help some of you to know what to look for when evaluating biology textbooks and curricula for the earlier grades.