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Hosted by Nathan McGurl, the Founder of the Study Buddy. Studying at home can be a trying time for students - and their parents. How do they reach their potential? Am I helping or hindering? Should I be doing more or doing less? This podcast talks to a range of experts, parents and students about studying, with practical tips on surviving and thriving in study and revision at home. Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.
 
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In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy hang out with a pair of awkward teens and their pet alien before heeding the Call of the Night and having silly adventures with a vampire! Series Discussed: Call of the Night Vol. 1, Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 1 (Light novel) Assignments for next Episode: Fist of the North Star Vol. 1, Kaiju No. 8 …
 
Teaching and learning are something that has been happening since the dawn of time – or thereabouts. And we do it all the time in non-school contexts, as do our children. But that doesn’t mean, necessarily that the things we need to learn stick, especially when there is an entire world of excitement and interest out there competing for our attentio…
 
There’s something comforting about seeing a teen’s notepad with actual notes inside it! Of course, the occasional diagram has its place too. The written word reassures us that they are working. Simply the more notes, the harder they’re working. After all, that’s how they did it in my day. However there are a number of ways of presenting information…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy check in on Nagata Kabi before joining a bunch of misfit kids in the back of a broken down saloon car for a merry old trip back to the 70's! Series Discussed:My Alcoholic Escape from Reality, Sunny Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Call of the Night Vol. 1, Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 1 (Light no…
 
In normal times, exams can be a cause of stress and anxiety for students. Even those students who have studied and you’d think are well prepared are subjected to the mounting pressure. In fact, these abnormal times are no different. Exams have been replaced with Teacher Assessment and a process that for some feels uncertain and perhaps even out of …
 
The end of the academic year is upon us. For GCSE and A Level students, the worst is now over. Many have finished their courses and looking forward to a couple of extra weeks of the British summer. However, for other year groups throughout secondary school, just over the horizon looms the prospect of end-of-year exams. Typically, schools use these …
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy go to two alliterative extremes - the heat of a burning fire and the deep cold of darkest space! Series Discussed: Fire Force Vol. 1, Dai Dark Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: My Alcoholic Escape from Reality, Sunny Vol. 1 If you enjoy this episode, please consider backing us on Patreon - from…
 
The pandemic has resulted in canceled exams for hundreds of thousands of pupils across the UK. In their place, we have Teacher Assessed Grades; where teachers are using their professional and holistic judgment to determine the level that a student is performing at. On the face of it at all sounds relatively straightforward. However, as we get close…
 
In any normal year, the GCSE and A Level exam period would be starting about now. But, there’s scarcely any need to point out that this isn’t a normal year! You might be forgiven for thinking that in the absence of exams there would be less pressure and a distinct lack of need to revise. However, across the country – but to varying degrees – school…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy have a card-slapping, raingun-firing good time! Series Discussed: Chihayafuru Vol. 1, A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Fire Force Vol. 1, Dai Dark Vol. 1 If you enjoy this episode, please consider backing us on Patreon - from only US$1 a month you get bonus episode…
 
Between finding things that explode or pop or fizzle and trying to not set notes alight with Bunsen burners many of us will have fond memories of Chemistry lessons. But it's not all parlour tricks and safety goggles, there’s a considerable amount of content to be learnt. Between the scientific terms and symbols, it can feel like an alien language f…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy get locked in a school and forced to learn about exercise! How will they survive??? Series Discussed: How Heavy are the Dumbbells you Lift? Vol. 1, A School Frozen in Time Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Chihayafuru Vol. 1, A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 1 If you enjoy this episode, please…
 
As we’re now well into the swing of the Summer term, the end is firmly – and finally – in sight for our GCSE and A Level students. Unfortunately for many, that goal post can still seem a little blurry. We know that, like last year, disrupted and unequal access to schooling has resulted in the cancellation of exams. We also know that teachers will b…
 
Legend tells of students who will settle down to studying – of their own volition! They want to do well - and are prepared to work for it - without it becoming all-consuming. However, up and down the country exam year households tend to be filled with the same sorts of questions: “have you got much homework?” and “don’t you think you should be doin…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy get a hankering for the most dangerous of appetites: Revengering! Series Discussed: Sachi's Monstrous Appetite Vol. 1, Tokyo Revengers Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: How Heavy are the Dumbbells you Lift Vol. 1, A School Frozen in Time Vol. 1 If you enjoy this episode, please consider backing…
 
The pandemic, and resulting interruption to education, has led increasing numbers of parents and young people to think about whether being at school is the best place for them. While, for many of us, this period of remote learning reinforced the need for our children to be in class, others saw it as an opportunity to address the individual educatio…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy go down to THE HOLE for a delicious serving of Gyoza and Violence in Dorohedoro before having a nice long discussion about The Seven Deadly Sins! Series Discussed: Dorohedoro Vol. 1, The Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Sachi's Monsterous Appetite Vol. 1, Tokyo Revengers Vol.…
 
In previous years a student’s idea of success – and many parents – is the grade they get. Essentially boiling down to how they do in their exams. And there is absolutely no denying that getting good grades is, for many, the key that unlocks the next door. But if this global pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that life can take unexpected twist…
 
When we look back at the last year of various lockdowns, it’s easy to see why the usual amount of course content hasn’t been taught. And, with the best will in the world - and heroic teacher efforts across the board - there’s no way that remote learning could be a substitute for being in a classroom. Of course, it follows then that some learning ha…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy settle down with a basket full of goodies to have an Otherside Picnic before being rudely mobbed for their sandwiches by A Couple of Cuckoos! Series Discussed: A Couple of Cuckoos Vol. 1, Otherside Picnic Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Dorohedoro Vol. 1, The Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 1 If you e…
 
Time flies when you’re having fun. But apparently, it also goes fairly quickly when gripped in a global pandemic, enduring various tiered lockdowns, and a feeling that we’re not so much working from home as living at work. And let’s no get started on remote learning…. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since we started this humble pod…
 
In many subjects, it all hinges on the final exam. It’s seen by many as the culmination of 2 or 3 years worth of study. It’s a source of great anxiety in the run-up and often huge relief when they’re finished. However, just like last year, the class of 2021 will not be sitting these terminal exams. Which leaves a rather significant question: just h…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy get all Theological with an angel and a devil and then all emotional, even though they are supposed to be reasonable adults! (Editor note: says who???) Series Discussed: Eniale and Dewiala Vol. 1, Even Though We're Adults Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: A Couple of Cuckoos Vol. 1, Otherside P…
 
There's a universal truth that teens lock themselves away in their darkened bedrooms, headphones on, and within an arm’s distance of a screen – whether that’s a phone, laptop or a video game. This isn’t a new phenomenon. But even with a pre-disposition to languish in their caves, lockdown has curbed what little outside interactions our young people…
 
Growing up in the 80s, there was a real drive to teach children foreign languages at school – something you can still see today with introductory lessons often taking place in primary schools. And although there are fewer students taking GCSEs in modern foreign languages than a decade ago, French, Spanish or German are still popular options for stu…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy Meet in Midland before heading off to enjoy a bit of Beastman communication in Heterogenia Linguistico! Series Discussed: Meet in Midland, Heterogenia Linguistico Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Eniale and Dewiala Vol. 1, Even Though We're Adults Vol. 1 If you enjoy this episode, please consi…
 
There is an insta-perfect perception of remote schooling and revision. It's the one where parents are casually teaching their children quadratic equations; while perfecting cold fusion as a side hustle. In this world parent and child move in some magical symbiotic harmony. And the kids probably even volunteer to put the bins out. Yeah right! The ve…
 
In this episode of ScreenTone Club, Elliot and Andy discover the horrors of the animal kingdom with Heaven's Design Team, before teaming up with another frightning abomination in Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin! Series Discussed: Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin, Heaven’s Design Team Vol. 1 Assignments for next Episode: Meet in Midland, Heterogenia Linguist…
 
The idea that we have a 'best way' to learn - whether it's visually, verbally, via touch or one of another 67 ways is not new. At the same time, neither is the research that debunks this theory. Odd then that not only do we as individuals and parents still hold on to this idea but that the overwhelming majority of teachers do too. Just what is it, …
 
“Could try harder.” “See me after class.” These kinds of phrases epitomised school for a great number of us. And that’s not to say that it was all red pen and crosses because, at the other end of the spectrum, there was always “well done”. It could just be me, but I don’t remember there being an awful lot of degrees in between these two options. No…
 
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