Book review – The Brain Box by David Hogson and Tim Benton


I really really love this book and highly recommend it for anyone still studying for something! It’s full to the brim of hints,tips and great strategies for revising and writing essays/reports. It focuses more on self-discovery revolving around your attitude towards work. I would compare this book to curing a disease rather than curing the symptoms of a disease (like a true medical sciences graduate). It tackles the important aspects of studying like your mentality and motivation rather than feeding you empty techniques like I have seen in other study books.

Moreover, there are still useful tips like the revision timetable planner that I found particularly helpful and interesting ways to make revision more memorable eg. Using music.

What’s best about this book is I have met one of the authors at an educational event and he was an inspiration to get motivated to teach as well as learn. He even managed to teach us a random list of Grammy award winning films using one of the techniques. I can still remember quite a few… Silence of the lambs… Dances with Wolves… Forrest Gump… Gladiator… I haven’t seen half of those!

It’s £9 on Amazon for 196 pages that may revolutionise your life.

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Resources

General revision:

GetRevising.co.uk – Great for organising your workload and designing creative resources to keep you on track

RevisionWorld.com – Amazing site that outlines the key information for each GCSE and A-level unit for easy revision

S-Cool – I used to use this when I was in school… Same as before, good breakdowns for GCSE and A-level units

BBC Bitesize – A classic revision tool for secondary school subjects that goes over the basics and has fun quizzes and games to keep things interesting!

The Student Room – A place to share your thoughts with other students about homework, university or just general student life!

eRiding – A huge database of random resources for both teachers and students across a range of subjects (can be a bit awkward to navigate through).

Edudemic – Helpful articles on how to get through school both as a teacher and a student! Also focuses on educational links with technology.

Careers resources:

Prospects – Brilliant website full of info and more resources about every career under the sun and all the details you could possibly want about how to get there too.

iCloud – A set of first hand experiences within different careers to get some reviews and ideas on whether it would be for you.

The National Careers Service – Lots of help on how to get started on finding and securing the career that is right for you including university choices.

Science revision:

Flash Bang Science – Quirky company that offer fun experimental methods and quizzes to test secondary science knowledge.

Super awesome experiments to try:

Plastimake – Crazy material that you can mould with your hands into anything and be super strong, but can also return to original material to reform!

Butter experiment – It may sound boring but making butter in a jar may be more fun than you think! Wonder how long it would take to make cheese…

Points of interest:

Good Magazine – Infographics – A subsection of a magazine that deals with statistical representations as infographics. Has some interesting science articles too.

Duncan Shotton – Super cute sticky notes that act as bookmarks that may be useful when reading masses of text books!

TED article – how to give more persuasive presentations – Great article with hints and tips on how to present yourself more effectively.

Guardian science blog – The Guardian do a great series all about science bloggers writing one-off pieces for the master blog of them all! *life goals*

Bad Science – Ben Goldacre is a man of many talents. From being a GP, academic, blogger and most importantly an advocator for abolishing misleading statistical info he writes great pieces relating to stats and medicine and even has a book (which is also fantastic and hilarious)!

Design Thinking – Provides some stunning resources and posters for school life

Teachers specific resources:

Doddle Learn – Cool resources for teachers although can be costly.

Educake – Paperless, online assessment tools to completely revolutionise teaching!

Science Fix – Blog with tonnes of videos on easy science experiments to repeat in class.

Teacher Planner Co – Incredibly beautiful and practical planners just for teachers! You can personalise them too!