Does tech improve education?

The mix of technology in education is a hotly discussed topic of conversion with arguments being made for both sides. Some say tech is a bad thing for education and some believe that it is a good thing.

The team at Absorb believe that technology is a good thing in education if used in the right way and not just replacing a traditional method of teaching or learning just because it is easier. Not everything in life is meant to be easy and we need to work at achieving goals, breaking new boundaries and learning new skills. That is why we use a blended learning approach with our courses. A mix of course material and tutor support to make the most out of every learning opportunity.

What are your views or thoughts on the subject? We would love to open this discussion out to the wider forum of the web and really get people’s thoughts on this important and ever evolving debate. Read more

10 new A Levels for 2015

With changes to A Level syllabus this year, we now have 10 new A Levels listed on the site.

The new A Level’s are a mixture of AQA and Edexcel courses. You can sit AS exams for the new syllabus courses in June 2016, but the first A2 A Level exams are in June 2017.

The new courses are:

If you want to complete your A Level by June 2016 we still have all the older syllabus courses as well, giving you the maximum amount of choice. These can be located in our Fast Track A Level category. Read more

A 200% Rise In Students Seeking Help For Stress

We all expect exam time to be a stressful period, but new figures released by NSPCC shows a 200% rise in the number of students accessing their Childline service, requesting counselling through exam stress in the last 2 years, triple previous years’ figures. So, are new tougher GCSE and A Level exams causing students to panic more? Are we less resilient learners? Or, are we just better informed about the help that is out there in times of stress? Read more

Did you work out Cheryl’s birthday?

Earlier this week, a mathematical question from the Singapore and Asian School Maths Olympiad (SASMO) test paper, aimed at 14 year olds, boggled the world’s biggest maths brains. Everyone asking, when is Cheryl’s birthday?

Very quickly, the solution came to light, being printed in major newspapers. But soon an alternative answer emerged, making Cheryl’s birthday the math’s equivalent of #thedress – was Cheryl’s birthday July 16 or August 17? Read more

High Costs of Learning

A recent Freedom of Information request issued by the Student Loans Company found that students were being overcharged tax on their student loans by up to £40 million per year. With course fees now running at up to £9,000 per year, many are opting to ditch full-time education and learn as they work, so they can get work experience and not start out life with a huge debt to repay. Read more

Reap the harvest from a single STEM

A recent survey looking at the qualifications of the worlds 100 wealthiest people, found that those who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) reap the most financial rewards, with engineering coming out on top.

In fact, you don’t have to have a degree in these subjects to boost your career earnings. On average, girls who study just one STEM subject at A-Level increase their salary outcome by £4,500 per year, rising to a third increase if two or more STEM subjects are studied. The wage boost for males is slightly less, at 8%.

So, if you want to get ahead in life and in your career, check out our A-levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Statistics or Pure Maths.