FREE Interactive Revision Video! Structure, Bonding & Properties (GCSE Chemistry)

Hi everyone,

Here is another interactive replay video to help you revise for GCSE science exams. 

Use the bookmarks to skip to points in the video when I cover specific ideas.

The small dots on the video timeline are where the video will pause and an interactive  question will pop up for you to answer which will test your understanding and recall. 

Please watch this space for more such videos, and if you’re interested in taking part in the upcoming webinars please book tickets by logging in and selecting the webinars from our calendar.

I hope you find them useful, and good luck with your exams!

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed 

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FREE Interactive Revision Videos! Energy (GCSE Physics) and Cells (GCSE Biology)

Hi everyone,

Here are another couple of interactive replay videos to help you revise for GCSE science exams. 

Use the bookmarks to skip to points in the video when I cover specific ideas.

The small dots on the video timeline are where the video will pause and an interactive  question will pop up for you to answer which will test your understanding and recall. 

Please watch this space for more such videos, and if you’re interested in taking part in the upcoming webinars please book tickets by logging in and selecting the webinars from our calendar.

I hope you find them useful, and good luck with your exams!

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed  

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FREE Interactive Revision Videos! Electricity (GCSE Physics) and Atomic Structure & Periodic Table (GCSE Chemistry)

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all having a restful and pleasant Easter break.

Here’s something to help everyone revise for their GCSE physics and chemistry exams!

These are the interactive replay videos for the revision webinars I held this week on the subjects of electricity in physics and atomic structure & periodic table in chemistry.  

The attendees who booked tickets for these events were able to participate live, and will continue to have revision support from me 24/7 until their exams are over (not to mention having access to a huge variety of additional resources for each of these webinars, including exam-style questions & mark schemes, revision notes, simulations, etc.).

However, those of you who didn’t book tickets can still use these videos to help you revise. 

You can use the bookmarks to skip to any point in either video (such as looking for segments in which I review specific ideas), and the little circles on the video timelines are where questions will pop up to test your understanding.

I’ll be uploading more interactive replay videos like these here each week, so watch this space for more videos!

I hope you all find them useful.  Good luck to you all in your revision!

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

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Upcoming GCSE & A-Level Revision Webinars

Worried about your science exams in May/June?

Aiming for a level 7 or above in Physics, Chemistry or Biology at GCSE or A/A* in A-Level Biology?

Following the success of last year’s revision webinars and the excellent feedback I received from students, I’ll be running a series of events this year starting in the second week of the Easter holiday.

This year’s revision webinars will be even more feature-packed, tailored and in-depth, covering GCSE physics, biology and chemistry as well as A-level biology topic-by-topic.  There will be more focus on exam technique, and access to exclusive revision resources!

If you’re interested, please read on…

The most revision webinars you'll find anywhere.

Covering GCSE Physics, Biology and Chemistry and AS/A2 Biology topic by topic, and preparing students to excel in their exams in May/June 2019.  Suitable for students of all major UK exam boards and specifications.

More interaction & Engagement
These webinars are truly unique in the level of interactivity they provide. We use simulations, modelling software and other tools which deliver learning experiences uncommon or impossible in a real classroom. Questions will "pop-up" on your screen, and you'll also be able to see how your answer compares with those given by all the attendees (anonymously, of course!). You'll ask questions, "up-vote" other students' questions, which are then answered in order of votes. All your revision resources and even your "replay" recording will also be interactive!
Webinars tailored to fit the exact audience!
When you book your seat, you can specify which aspects of that topic you find most challenging, and when you receive your exam questions pack, vote on which ones you felt least confident about. This all allows us to craft a revision webinar ahead of time to be much better tailored to the needs of the students attending, and not just yet another one-size-fits-all "lecture with Q&A at the end".
A deeper approach
GCSE & A-level science revision webinars usually aim to improve your "general exam skills, or "cover" revision for a specific exam paper. However, the time constraints of a single webinar and the high prices of tickets have prevented most students from getting truly comprehensive, in-depth revision of their whole course using online revision events... Until now! Our webinars each provide up to 2.5 hours of focus on a specific topic (e.g. forces in physics, or calculations in chemistry), representing enormous flexibility and value for the motivated student.
More than just a "replay video" afterwards!
Even the recording of the event you'll receive will interactive! When replaying the webinar recording, interactive questions will pop up to test your recall and understanding, making them so much more powerful as revision tools; you'll be actively engaged, not just passively watching! The recording video will also contain handy bookmarks so you can skip to specific ideas or skills without having to watch the whole thing or manually seek for them.
Check out an example from last year
Keep everything... including your teacher!
After the webinar ends, you'll be able to continue to ask questions about the topics covered through a private chat and comments page, where your teacher will provide ongoing answers and advice on all the ideas and topics covered in the webinar. Not only do you get access to the most unique, advanced, and powerful revision resources, but you also get to keep your teacher to support your revision all the way up to your exams!
So much more for so much LESS!
You may have noticed that most GCSE & A-Level revision webinars don't come cheap, and we believe ours to be superior in so many ways! Despite providing so much value, our webinars will always be much more affordable. This is because we believe in making access to next-generation online education within the reach of as many students as possible, not just the more affluent ones. You could book a seat for all our webinars covering a full GCSE or A-Level subject at a lower cost than the price of a SINGLE webinar from some other providers!
  • After booking tickets & registration (prior to the event): Students will receive a pack of exam style questions to try at home before the event (to be covered during the webinar).  Attendees also receive access to a a private attendees-only page on the website.  Here they will be able to vote for which topics to be covered by the webinar they find most challenging, and which of the exam style questions they found most difficult.  This will allow the teacher to more precisely plan and structure the webinar to meet the needs of students.  This private page will also be useful to students after the event (see below).
  • First 5 mins of the webinar: Sound check and introduction, overview of what will be covered and outcomes of attendee pre-webinar polls (to determine which ideas, skills and exam questions will be covered in order of votes)
  • Next 55 minutes: In-depth teaching to revise the specific webinar topic.  Your teacher will use slides, animations and simulations, together with interactive “pop-up” questions and live polling to cover the key ideas and subject knowledge of the webinar topic.  Detailed explanations will be given for all “pop-up” questions.  Students will be able to post their own questions throughout,  and “up-vote” the questions asked by other students (to be addressed by the teacher during the Q&A session).  Your teacher will also focus on exam skills relating to the webinar topic;  we will review the exam questions students received in their webinar pack to highlight key exam techniques and pitfalls to avoid in such exam questions, and how to maximise marks.  Students can continue to ask questions and “up-vote” the questions asked by others (to be addressed by the teacher during the Q&A session).
  • 5 minute break.
  • Next 55 minutes: Detailed teaching of subject content continues (as described above).
  • Option for extension: Students will be able to vote for whether the teacher should continue the webinar for up to an extra 30 mins if they would like the teacher to go on with the subject teaching further.
  • 5 minute break.
  • Last 30 minutes: In-depth Q&A session where teacher will address the questions posed by students throughout the webinar (in order of votes by whole student audience).
  • After the webinar: Full mark schemes for all exam style questions, the interactive webinar recording and whiteboard notes, together with other resources (such as interactive quizzes) will be available within  48 hours of the end of the webinar at the private, attendees only web page.  Students can continue to ask questions using the live chat and comments functions on this page so that their teacher can continue to support their revision of the webinar topic all the way up to their final examinations!
Please note that the above format/structure does not apply to our FREE “Taster” webinars;  these are 1 hour sessions which cover randomly selected topics from a full science subject for 35-40 minutes with a 15-20 minute Q&A session. 
 
Free “taster” sessions are intended to give our clients a sense of the interactivity and format of the full revision webinars, but do not offer the personalisation, revision/study resources (exam questions, quizzes, replay video etc.), access to private resource pages or ongoing access to your teacher.
  • Attendance requires at minimum an internet connected device with a web browser (Google Chrome is recommended), however for the best user experience  we recommend downloading and installing  the free “Zoom” application on your device. 
  • Attendees can access the webinar on any desktop/laptop computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection, whether using just an internet browser or by installing the Zoom application on their device.  However, for the best possible user experience we recommend students use a desktop or laptop computer with a wired (ethernet) connection, and preferably a broadband internet connection.
 
  • Purchasing a ticket will reserve this time-slot for the student in our virtual classroom.  You will receive a confirmation email from us which will contain a registration link.  
  • The student must register for this session at that link to verify their identity and complete the booking process.  Please do this as early as possible;  you simply need to click the registration link and fill in some details.
  • After registering for the lesson, the student will be automatically sent a final email containing your unique webinar link;  at the time and date for the event, simply click your unique webinar link, and you will be taken to the webinar.  You will have  the option of attending the webinar via your web browser or via the Zoom application.
  • If you plan to attend via your web browser, we recommend using Google Chrome.
  • For the very best experience possible, we recommend installing the free Zoom application in advance of the webinar on your device, and making sure you have tested your microphone and webcam prior to the event.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us on 0800 999 1337 or by email at [email protected]
  • Please do not share your registration link  or unique webinar link with anyone else;  doing so violates our terms of use, and will result in forfeiture of all access without refund.
  • Please take the time to familiarise yourself with our student community rules, terms & conditions (see links at foot of this page).  We expect our students to behave in an appropriate and civil manner towards others, and have a zero-tolerance approach to inappropriate behaviour on the website or during webinars.  Such behaviour or actions will result in an immediate and permanent ban of the offending user(s) without refund.
  • Please also ensure that your internet connection, devices and software are working properly prior to the event to ensure that you can access the event.  We do not take responsibility for attendees’ software and/or hardware configuration, and accept no liability for attendees being unable to attend due to issues relating to their software and/or hardware configuration. 
  • Should you wish to cancel your reservation of a seat booked for a specific webinar, please do so giving at least 1 week’s notice for a full refund.  In the event that you cancel giving less than 1 week notice, please be advised that your ticket price includes a 30% non-refundable booking fee.  Refunds take up to two working weeks to process depending on method of payment, card issuer, etc.
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Notice of server and code updates over the next 48 hours

Hi everyone,

Please be aware that I’m doing some upgrades to my server hardware and code updates over the next 48 hours, so occasionally some parts of the site may not appear to work as they normally would;  in particular, I’ll be updating the quiz engine, so some of the quizzes may be affected, but please be patient and everything will be back to normal (only better) shortly.  Thanks in advance for your patience!

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

New revision resources for ABS students

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I updated you all here, because I’ve been hard at work creating some new unique resources for you all on the website.

These include four new interactive courses which cover the whole content of advanced level biology, GCSE physics, GCSE chemistry, and GCSE biology.

While these courses are under construction, I’ve given exclusive access to these courses to GCSE and advanced level students attending Acland Burghley school and the LaSWAP consortium of schools; when the courses are complete these courses will be published and made available to private students.

These courses include my new advanced quizzes – these quizzes employ advanced machine learning algorithms hosted on external server neural network which actively analyse student learning behaviours on the website as well as performance on previous quizzes to decide which questions each student is presented with on successive attempts at each quiz, in effect learning how each student learns to better tailor their experience of the interactive activities on the website and accelerate their learning.

These advanced quizzes also contain detailed feedback and explanations on each question to aid students in their learning and revision.

I believe these advanced quizzes are the most detailed, rigorous and powerful study/revision resources found anywhere online for GCSE and advanced level science students, and over the course of this academic year I’m aiming to complete all of the necessary quizzes and other interactive content to fully cover all three sciences at GCSE and biology at advanced level. I’m going to try to cover advanced level chemistry and physics during the the next academic year.

So far, the following lessons in the following courses contain both these advanced self marking and self differentiating quizzes, as well as other interactive and unique learning resources:

Make sure you are logged in before clicking these links so that you can easily navigate to the resources and quizzes.

I will update you all here on a weekly basis to let you know about new resources available in new lessons.

I will also create a demo page shortly containing some demo quizzes for students who do not have access to these courses, to give prospective students an idea of what to expect when these courses are complete by the end of this academic year.

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

Upcoming GCSE and A-Level Exam Revision Webinars!

Hi everyone,

I trust you all had a restful and fun Easter holiday.

It’s that time of year again for students in year 11 and year 13 – the lead up to the final exams!

For those of you revising for GCSE’s, it’s even more important than ever before to prepare effectively for exams since 100% of your final grade is dependent on your performance in these exams.

Following the success of the YouTbe revision webinars I did last year (for last year’s GCSE and A-Level students), I’ve now scheduled 16 upcoming live revision webinars!

These will cover the full course content for AQA GCSE Physics (8 Webinars) and AQA A-Level Biology (8 Webinars), and allow you to cover everything in your course prior to the final exams in May/June.

There are only 100 seats available at each of these webinars, and most of these are reserved for members who are students at Acland Burghley School and the LaSWAP consortium of schools (who do not need to book tickets), so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment!  (Please note that the YouTube livestreams of these events are free but non-interactive, and do not provide the revison and study materials for the sessions)

Details of these upcoming webinars are below, but can also now be found on our Online Lessons Timetable (where you can see the dates and times for these webinars and book tickets, etc.)

GCSE Physics Revision Webinars

This is a series of 8 webinars designed to cover/revise the full content of GCSE Physics in time for the upcoming 2018 final exams!

These revision webinars are most suitable for students studying AQA (new spec) 9-1 Physics with upcoming final exams in May/June 2018 (but suitable for all spec’s/exam boards)

Each webinar will be from two to three hours long (depending on student questions and interactions, time taken for students to complete interactive exercises duing webinar, depth/breadth of discussion, etc.), and is designed to cover the entire content of the GCSE specification on specific topics while allowing students to ask questions, solve problems, and take part in interactive exercises.

 

The series of webinars is listed below (please click the links for dates/times and topics covered):

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Kinetic Theory
  4. Atomic Structure
  5. Forces & Motion
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism & Electromagnetism
  8. Astrophysics & Cosmology

Students who book tickets and register will be able to specify questions to be covered ahead of these sessions, and will also be given a study/revision pack of resources for each webinar they attend via the Zoom application, which include lesson slides, notes, exam questions and mark schemes for example, to aid students in their revision and study.

A-Level (AS and A2) Biology Revision Webinars

This is a series of 8 revision webinars designed to cover/revise the full content of AQA Advanced Level Biology in time for the upcoming 2018 final exams!

The series of webinars is listed below (please click the links for dates/times and topics covered):

  1. Biological Molecules
  2. Cell Biology
  3. Energy in Biological Systems
  4. Exchange & Transport
  5. Genetics, Variation & Biodiversity
  6. Control Systems
  7. Genetics, Evolution & Ecology
  8. The Control of Gene Expression

These revision webinars are most suitable for students studying AQA (new spec) AS/A2 Level Biology with upcoming final exams in May/June 2018 (but suitable for all spec’s/exam boards).

Each live online revision lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed to the Invisible College YouTube channel, but the YouTube livestream will not offer any live chat or interactivity – passive viewers on YouTube will also not be given access to the lesson’s revision resources.

Only students who have booked tickets and registered for these revision webinars will be able to participate in a fully interactive manner via the Zoom application (see these instructions for new students on how to download, install and use Zoom, and please read our terms of useterms and conditions of businessstudent rules and privacy policy before booking a ticket; by purchasing a ticket you agree to these terms, conditions and policies).

In other news, I’ve also Launched the Invisible College YouTube channel.

I’ll be uploading free lesson videos and also live-streaming some of my lessons to YouTube in the future, so please subscribe and watch that space 😉

I look forward to working with you all soon, all the best to all of you for your revision!

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

December Update

Hi everyone.

As many of you know, I’ve postponed many of the scheduled live lessons over the last few weeks due to having to attend physiotherapy sessions for a back injury.

However, I’ve been hard at work publishing many new course modules, most of which are for Advanced Level Biology but also many for GCSE physics, biology and chemistry. 

All the interactive course modules now have the lesson PowerPoint slides on the pages for each lesson, for you to use as revision resources.  You can also download the lesson PowerPoints to use offline.

I’ve started to include many homework assignments and interactive quizzes for the lessons in the interactive course modules.

For example, the module on Advanced Level Cell Biology now has interactive quizzes and homework assignments for all its lessons, as well as a challenging 80 minute end-of-course exam!

I’ll be adding more interactive quizzes, homework assignments, and lesson videos to all the published course modules over the the holidays, so by January all the lessons will have lesson videos as well.

Please do leave comments and suggestions, which are always welcome.

I’ll also update the calendar with the upcoming scheduled lessons from the beginning of next term.

Have a wonderful winter break everyone, and please check back for new content as I add to the site over the coming weeks of the holiday season.

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

Welcome to Invisible College version 1.7!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had an enjoyable and refreshing half-term break.

I’ve made several updates to the website and added a bunch of new features, and I give a brief overview of these in this video.  I’ve also added a number of interactive course modules, so please watch this video for details and keep an eye on your emails for discount codes for these course modules.

I’ll be posting a short video every week here on the blog from now on to keep you all updated – please make sure you’ve also signed up to our email newsletter to be kept up to date with new discount codes and exclusive offers!

I look forward to seeing you all in the virtual classroom 🙂

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed

Server Upgrades to Boost Site Performance

Hi everyone,

I’m upgrading the server hardware and doing some server-side code optimisations over the course of the next few days which will massively improve this website’s speed and performance for users.  This may mean that there may be some occasions when certain parts of the site appear not to be accessible or seem to not work as they should.  Please bear with me while these upgrades and optimisations are completed, and hopefully your experience of using the site will be noticeably improved.

Other than just improving the general performance of the site for users, these upgrades are going to make possible the new functions of the site which I’m currently working on, which will be released in version 1.7.0 at the end of October.

Thanks for your patience everyone, and please check your emails and this blog regularly for further updates.

Best wishes,

M. Ahmed