Science programmes

What science programmes do we offer?

Our programmes focus on helping learners in the following ways:

  • boost their confidence through practice and targeted support
  • improve exam taking techniques
  • stretch those learners looking to achieve top marks
  • and create a habit of regular revision, the only way to really improve

We have the following 2 types of classes:

  1. Regular weekly classes – attending once or twice a week
  2. Exam Prep classes – 1 month prior to exams

How do our weekly science classes work?

Did you know that if we teach you maths – there is a 5% chance you’ll remember it? Whereas if you practice by yourself, there is a 75% chance you’ll remember and master the maths topic. And if you work together with another learner – there is a 90% chance you’ll remember the work. (Source: National Training Laboratories, Bethel, Maine)

This is why our classes are run as follows:

  • 20-30 mins for re-teaching concepts and working together to solve a problem
  • 30-40 mins for group work, where learners work in pairs & help each other. Our tutors walk around to give targeted support where learners need it most, focusing on where learners are going wrong.
  • 15 mins for individual work, where learners practice. It’s like a test

Tell me more about your Exam Prep classes?

We run these programmes for 1 month prior to exams in June and November. These classes are focused on practicing past exam papers so that our learners are well prepared to write their science exam.

We have prepared past exam paper questions from National and Provincial past maths papers. Learners are expected to complete the questions in class, we allow learners to work in pairs depending on the level of the class. Tutors then debrief these questions with learners afterwards – giving tips and tricks where appropriate. Tutors also give tips on exam techniques and timing.

Dates for exam prep:

* June exam prep: starts on 29 April
* Nov exam prep: starts on 30 September

What homework do you require?

Science website – loads of extra questions
Brighter Futures use an advanced science website in our classes – www.everythingscience.co.za. When you join you get access to this website, which has 1,000’s of questions to practice across Gr10-12. We can track your progress and will send you and your parents regular feedback .

We expect our learners to do ~40 questions a week for homework. Our results show that learners who practice this many questions showed significant improvement.

Why is there so little teaching in the class?

It’s often easy to do a science question when it’s just been explained to you. But when you try by yourself or with a friend – suddenly you see all the things you didn’t quite understand. Learners must struggle a little to achieve in maths & science. So we don’t spoonfeed or given answers immediately. Rather tutors motivate & reinforce concepts.

Learners work together in our classroom to solve problems jointly and teach each other. Research shows how important group work is in maximising learners’ retention and understanding of science. Our tutors walk around to target their support where learners need it most.

Exam Prep classes

* June exam prep: starts on 29 April
* Nov exam prep: starts on 30 September