26th March 2020
I hope that everyone is keeping well and safe and no-one is going crazy being home all the time.
Today, CXC announced that CAPE examinations have tentatively been postponed to July 2020 and that the format has been changed. In most subjects, the exam will consist of the SBA and a Multiple Choice Paper. Please see the press release at https://www.cxc.org/may-june-strategy-2020/
That means that students must attend immediately to their SBA and ensure that it shows their best work. Unfortunately, my help is this area is limited because teachers have very different views on what the SBA should contain. I am happy to assist students with keeping their work within the stipulated word limits so long as that is possible. I will put up on the website information on the SBA (or IA as it was previously called) that can assist students with the paper. I am aware that, in some schools, the deadline for submission of the SBA has already passed; perhaps parents will be able to negotiate an extension in light of the new deadline for submission which apparently is the end of June.
With regard to the Multiple Choice paper, all students should have the Multiple Choice past papers which they should study closely. I will also prepare more multiple choice exams that you can use for practice. I will have the usual Crash Course day-long workshop before the multiple choice exam but we will need to wait to determine the days on which it will be held.
I know that some persons paid for classes in advance and I, therefore owe them for the classes which did not take place. If this is acceptable, I would like to wait until the crash course and then all accounts can be settled. If people prefer some other arrangement, please email me.
I also need to let you know that, from 1st April (unless events dictate otherwise), I will be starting a new full-time job. Because of the disruption of school and the altered exam structure, my job will have little impact on this year’s students since the crash course will be held on Saturday or Sunday. Times and days of classes next year will clearly be affected and I prefer to wait until I am settled into the position before making any plans for the new school year. I can say that, although numbers will need to be smaller, I will give priority to students who are already in class and who have attended class regularly.
If you have any questions or need clarification on anything, please do not hesitate to email or call me at 357 3524.
I hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this challenging time in the life of our country and world,
Registration is now open for the Revision Courses in Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies.
These courses are designed primarily for repeaters but are open to persons who are not doing regular lessons. Persons attending regular lessons cannot attend except for individual sessions for which prior permission must be given. At the end of each course, participants have the option of joining regular lessons.
Caribbean Studies Revision Course runs for nine consecutive Saturdays (excepting Saturday 22nd February) beginning Saturday 11th January 2020. Each class will run from 1.30 - 4.30pm. The cost per class is $120.
Communication Studies Revision Course runs for six consecutive Sundays beginning Sunday 12th January 2020. Each class will run from 1.30 - 4.30pm. The cost per class is $120.
Registration forms with further details for the Caribbean Studies Revision Course can be found here.
Registration forms with further details for the Communication Studies Revision Course can be found here.
I have been told that there is no school tomorrow (Monday 23rd) because of the bad weather that was experienced today.
I am, however, having class at the usual time. I know that there may be one or two of you who may have been adversely affected and will not be able to make it but I am sure that, by tomorrow afternoon, most areas that were not flooded will be back to normal.
If you cannot make it tomorrow afternoon, please consider coming to class on Wednesday afternoon at 5.30 OR Thursday afternoon at 3.30 OR Saturday morning at 7.30.
If I did lessons with you last year, do I have to register again?
Yes, you have to register again because classes this year are on different days and times and I need to know what class you want to attend this year. Please do not simply show up expecting that there will be a place for you.
Can I change my day after I have registered?
Not a problem but you need to send an email first so as to ensure that there is room in the class you want to switch to.
If I can't come to class on my chosen day, can I go to another class?
Again, not a problem. In Caribbean Studies, new topics begin on Mondays and the same topic is done in every class for the week. Unfortunately, if you attend class on Saturday and miss that class, you will not have the opportunity to attend another class unless you have planned beforehand. In Communication Studies, in the first instance, we spend six weeks on each Module but new passages are studied each week, beginning with the Tuesday class.
What happens if too many people register for a particular class?
I keep a daily check on numbers and let people know when a class is becoming full and when registration is closed for a particular class. I try to keep classes between 20 and 25 students. In my experience, students learn as much from each other as from me so it is helpful to have a pool of students. Individual progress is monitored through the weekly essay and weekly multiple choice papers.
Will classes cover the topics being done in school?
Classes cover the entire syllabus in numerical order switching weekly between Modules One and Two. Every school uses a different method so classes will not follow the pattern used by your teacher. It is possible to get help with work assigned by your teacher but that has to be done on an individual basis through email.
Can I get help with my I.A.?
Absolutely but this has to be done on an individual basis since every school (and sometimes every teacher within a school) has a different interpretation of the requirements of the IA. I can offer suggestions but, ultimately, your teacher has the final say. I will occasionally spend some time in class on issues surrounding the I.A since it counts for 40% of the mark.; the first class (in the week of 16th September) deals with the I.A.
Do you give notes?
Every student gets a binder of notes at the first class. The binder is purchased for $200 and is added to each week. I also hope to have sections added to this website with additional notes which will be available to students.
Will I get the notes if I miss a class?
Yes but it is your responsibility to collect the notes at the start of the very next class you attend. I cannot walk around with copies of notes from classes three or four weeks old.
Can I purchase a binder if I am not attending lessons?
No, the binder is only available to students attending either lessons or the Revision Course.
I got a binder from a friend of mine who was in a previous class. Can I use this?
Yes, although some notes may have been revised.
Registration is now open for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Please note that there is no online registration. Registration is by email ONLY.
Please read the Terms and Conditions and download the registration form, fill in the details, then attach it to an email. If you are unable to fill out the downloaded form, send the required details in the body of the email. These details are
A copy of the form with the required signatures should be brought by the student to the first day of class.
Please click on the relevant links below. You can contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (357 3524) if required.
Terms and Conditions (PLEASE READ FIRST)
From April 1st, Daniell's Institute of Learning is moving to a new venue: Hamilton Holder Street opposite the Woodbrook Youth Facility so we are moving with them. It is a two-storey brown building on the corner.
If you are coming from Ariapita Avenue, turn down De Verteuil Street (towards Wrightson Road) and it is the first corner on the right. The brown buiding is ahead of you on the left.
If you are coming from Wrightson Road, turn up at the traffic lights and it is the second corner on your right. The entrance is on the side street.
All the students have been told and know where the place is. There is NO NEED to call me.
The purple cross marks the spot.