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Educational podcasts for kids

Podcasts, even though a fairly new phenomenon, are certainly something to embrace when it comes to learning. Not only are there hundreds of specially produced podcasts for kids and teaching out there to choose from, they’re free to listen to and an excellent learning tool in the classroom or at home. They can be used to deliver a certain subject, explain topics in a new way, or just provide an alternative teaching method. As they continue to grow in popularity, we thought we would choose our favourite educational podcasts so you can share them with your students!

What is a podcast and how can I listen?

A podcast is very similar to a radio show. Each channel has episodes, which are all usually in audio-only format. Lengths of episodes really vary and can be as short as two minutes or as long as an hour. Normally, each podcast channel will have a rough schedule and produce a certain number of episodes per week. Again, this can range from daily to monthly.

Podcasts can be accessed and listened to via a smart phone or tablet using a podcast app or directly through a desktop or laptop computer. Normally listeners will subscribe to their favourite podcasts, meaning any new episodes will directly show up on the app. For more detailed information on listening to podcasts check out this handy article.

To make it easy for you, we’ve picked out our favourite educational podcasts suitable for kids to listen to at home or in the classroom.  

1.Good for Reading/Book reviews: Book club for kids

Age: 9-14 (but can be appropriate for most ages)

Overview: Each episode of this podcast follows a different group of kids who spend time discussing a young-adult book in detail. Most episodes also feature a celebrity reader and a brief interview with the book’s author. This is a perfect podcast for kids who are really into reading and need some new reading recommendations, or for those who need a little encouragement to read more regularly.

Give this episode a try: Episode 41 – Foxheart by Claire Legrand

2. Good for Science: Tumble

Age: 6-12 (but can be appropriate for most ages)

Overview: Tumble is a science podcast that shares stories behind science discovery, exploring how science works as a process. Covering a wide range of interesting topics from dinosaurs, the quest for the edge of the universe, the deepest part of the ocean and everlasting batteries, it really will appeal to kids and be a great and educational listen.

Give this episode a try: The Call of the Antarctic Dinosaur with Julia Clarke

3. Good for Ethics: Short and Curly

Age: 7-12 (but can be appropriate for most ages)

Overview: This ethics podcast all the way from Australia investigates relevant dilemmas for kids such as; is it okay to lie, and is it okay to fight back against a bully? It’s a really informative podcast, that’s relatable and a perfect addition to a lesson covering general wellbeing or ethics.  

Give this episode a try: Why can’t children vote?

4. Good for History: How Stuff Works: Stuff you missed in history class

Age: 7-16

Overview: This bi-weekly podcast explores a huge range of fascinating historical world events, perfect for kids (and adults) who have a passion for history. Each episode is short, interesting and packed full of fun information, perfect to add to the end of a history lesson! Covering a huge variety of areas such as Marie Antoinette, slavery and even the history of Halloween! A quirky series bound to be enjoyed by students and teachers!

Give this episode a try: The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

4. Good for Maths: The Math Dude

Age: Any

Overview:  The Math Dude podcast is ideal for kids or teens struggling to understand maths. Host Dr. Jason Marshall provides clear and easy to understand explanations of maths terminology, principles and even gives simple tips for solving basic algebra. We guarantee this podcast is going to strengthen your student’s basic skills and help them understand the language of maths!  

Give this episode a try: How to think about division, Part 1

5. Good for Teens: 411 Teen

Age: Teenagers

Overview:  This podcast hosted by Dr. Liz Holifield is a fantastic recommendation for teen audiences. Each episode features in-depth discussions on areas such as resume writing, smartphones, gender issues and violence. An excellent channel, full of helpful and useful content that’s sure to engage even the most distracted teen!

Give this episode a try: 411 Teen: Total Package Girl

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Last-minute revision tips for exam success

Exams can be the most daunting time of year even for the most hardworking students. With multiple exams to revise for, a busy school schedule alongside lots of nerves, the weeks during exams can be extremely overwhelming, so much so, that it can have a negative impact on exam performance. At Tutor Doctor, we know how crucial the week before an exam is, especially with feeling prepared and knowing what to cover. We’ve put together some last-minute revision tips to ensure exam success and help students feel calm and collected during this high-pressure period.

Know the Syllabus

Our number one tip for exam success is knowing what’s included on the syllabus for the particular exam you are studying for. Often teachers will have a basic set of objectives their students are required to achieve. Ask them if they can provide you with a copy or see if they can provide you with specific syllabus details. This will help you narrow down the key areas that need to be studied, meaning you can focus on revising topics that are going to be in your exam rather than material that isn’t necessary.

Past Papers

Past papers are going to be your new best friend during exams. Often schools have these in abundance, so ask your teacher if you can have a couple from previous years. Complete them under timed conditions, this way you become familiar with the format, are aware of the time constraints and get used the type of questions that are going to come up. It’s great practice for identifying areas you may be struggling with as well as confirming how much you actually know. This makes it much easier when doing last minute revision as you can spend more time studying the things you find trickier. When it comes to completing past papers, always remember to read the question carefully as the way a question is worded can easily confuse students. If you’re struggling to understand, break the question down or come back to it later.  

Talk about what you’ve learnt

It’s important to schedule in verbal revision discussions in the weeks leading up to your exam. Whether this is with your friends, family or a teacher – just half an hour explaining a subject out loud with no notes gives you a fantastic opportunity to test yourself and consolidate your revision. From here if there are areas that you’re not quite sure on, you can easily adapt your revision to cover this, meaning when it comes to the real thing, you’ll ace it! Another top tip is to not talk about what you’ve learnt with friends in the corridor 5 minutes before heading into the exam. This will only send you into a panic worrying about all the things you don’t know, when in reality you know so much more than you think.

Exam Technique

Remember, exam technique can be just as important as having great subject knowledge – in fact it can make all the difference between getting a good and great grade. In the weeks before, it’s always helpful to practice and perfect your exam technique. Areas to focus include carefully reading questions and instructions, as well as considering timings and roughly how long you have to spend on each section. Many students run out of time during an exam, meaning they miss out on crucial points. For more tips to boost exam performance, check out our blog post here.

Don’t overdo it!

We know that in the days leading up to your exams, revision is going to be priority. However, it’s important to not overdo it, as this will only cause exhaustion, stress and overload your brain which isn’t going to help. Remember to take regular breaks, try 50 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Scientific research indicates that doing this means you have a much higher chance of remembering what you’ve just been studying. It’s also a great idea to take an hour off to relax- try going for a walk, reading a magazine, meet up with a friend for a chat or just spend time around the house with family members. You can then return to revision with fresh mindset! 

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