STEM Courses

Dreaming Spires Science and Math: Getting Real

The primary aim for our STEM courses is to show how science and math are more than just facts and formulae to be memorised, but skill sets to acquire and put into practice. 

In other words, the courses are about the very foundations of the subjects, the concepts that, once mastered, opens up possibilities of excellence.

Science and mathematics should inspire wonder.

Do our courses lead to exams? The answer is that, while we don't teach in the way one might expect for a straight revision course, we do cover all the concepts in our science courses that are on exam specs, and we use questions from past papers in our homework assignments, so while it may seem at first that our approach is avoiding the issue, it's actually just a longer and deeper way to the answer than you might find in a textbook.

When it comes to science labs, we demonstrate as many as we can in our online webinars because some of our students are living in Africa or other countries where supplies are hard to come by; however, we also provide easy-to-follow instructions for doing labs at home, too.

What about exams and the maths course? This course is not aiming at GCSE-level exams. Instead, it's more of a pre-A-level course. Our tutor is a university teacher whose aim is partly to fill the gaps for our students that he commonly sees when interviewing candidates who otherwise know formulae but lack understanding.

He also wants maths to be fun! How is that for a novel concept?!

As all Dreaming Spires courses, we avoid textbooks and use living books instead. These are modern, well-written and engaging books like The Hot Zone, A Briefer History of Time, Napoleon’s Buttons, or Gardner's book of mathematical puzzles, conundrums, and game theory. 

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