Posts by francesgreen

Striking a balance

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve just filed my article for this months Monnow Voice on striking a balance when it comes to study. It is easy to underestimate the damage stress can  cause when exams or deadlines loom. In the article, I recall that the sound of a lawnmower and freshly bruised grass has me right back behind a rickety desk, window open and the helpful gardener creating a din while I try to recall the intricacies of Perkin Warbeck and Lambert Simnel, or photosynthesis. At weekends we would lie in the meadow, working on our tans and kidding ourselves we were revising. It was a long time ago but the...

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New Year – new you?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Its raining and the first day of the new academic year. Not a good start. before the end of the week, Summer will be a distant memory but there is so much else to look forward to. A new term is like a new exercise book, a blank sheet ready for your best work. Time for reflection: what went well last year and what was not so good? From the beginning of term sort out your work life balance. No one wants you to be consumed by schoolwork but neither do you want to run yourself ragged involving yourself in too many activities. One of my clients was always behind with her work and her teachers...

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What is it with boys and study?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

  Are boys more troublesome than girls when it comes to study? There have been loads of books about encouraging boys to learn and lots of theories about why they don’t engage but  there is probably no one solution. Much of my experience has related to girls as I worked in a single sex school and only had dealings with boys in sixth form. Since moving out of school many of my clients have been boys. Most have been charming but lacking the desire to work! I’ve spoken about fear of failure before and this is often a major consideration when dealing with teenage boys. After years of dealing...

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New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New year resolutions are easily broken and the reason is – they are often unachievable. We set the goal post too high or too far away. We say we will shed 2 stone, which may be desirable if overweight but we might be better saying we’ll eat healthily and exercise more and as a consequence lose weight. Students might say they want to get straight A’s in every subject which is a very good aim but it depends where your starting point is. How much pressure will you need to put yourself under? How do you perform under stress? Do you need to lower the bar a little and move it up...

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Peace and goodwill to all parents this Christmastide.

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I have to pack my Christmas parcels early to send to family overseas. Last Monday my friend and I went to Cribbs Causeway, thinking we were ahead of the game but we were so wrong. The shops were heaving and the queues for lunch were epic and its only November! The Christmas spirit was sadly lacking by the end of the morning. For students Christmas has the ultimate excitement of lots of parties and hopefully present too but the downside can be the thought of exams. For many socialising is much more important than poring over revision notes and who can blame them? 90% of my clients have...

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