2018 has been an exciting and busy year here at Learning Science, and we feel like there’s a lot to celebrate! Here’s a roundup of our top seven highlights from 2018 and a sneak peak into 2019.
Here at LearnSciHQ, we’re working hard on developing new interactive resources to expand our chemistry library. Over the past year we’ve had requests including electrochemistry, NMR, IR and TLC resources. That’s where we’re focusing our efforts this year, and we’ve got a sneak peek for you here.
If, like us, you’ve a few more miles on the clock than most of this week’s UCAS clearing candidates, cast your mind back to 2001, the year many of them were born.
2001 delivered a dip in the UK birth rate. There are approximately 200,000 fewer UK-born people turning 18 this year than last. The birth rate dip lasted till 2002, so the picture will be the same for the 2020 cohort, before bouncing back with a 400,000 increase in 2021.
What does the birth rate dip mean for universities in this clearing cycle?
Ryan Cornwell, a Biomedical Science undergraduate from University of the West of England, joined us for a summer internship. We asked Ryan what he had found most interesting during his time with us, and if there were any other insights he’d be taking back to his studies.
Summer. Cricket on the radio. The scent of freshly mown grass. Ripples of laughter from distant beer gardens. And… the small matter of fixing all the things on your to-do list before the new academic year begins, and we go around again.
With the dust barely settled on the exam room tables it feels a bit drastic to be whipping ourselves into action for the new academic year to come. But as we know, the hardest part of the job is usually starting it, and the sooner we start, the easier things become.
So, if your to-do list includes ramping up your pre-lab resources or helping students cement their learning post-lab, we’d better get cracking.
Edison, arguably America's greatest inventor, knew the value of failure. He made over a thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Later when asked by a reporter, ‘How did it feel to fail a thousand times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn't fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps.’
We help students learn science. It’s in our company name. So unsurprisingly eyebrows rise when we tell people we help students fail. Shouldn’t our mission be diametrically opposed to failure? No. Failure should be embraced.