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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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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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Good news?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can we all remember what it was like waiting for results? Was it as bad as thinking about the impending exams,or worse,  I wonder? My husband claims that he still has nightmares about exams and I wouldn’t like to say how many years it is since he was in school! Sometimes, as adults, we forget how stressful exam results are because we have had so many other stresses in our lives since the event. For those teenagers who have got the results they wanted, all is well and they can look forward to the next big thing but for others it is probably all a bit confusing. My particular concern at...

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Moving on…

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Hasn’t the academic year gone quickly? For those facing exams the end of the course is in site and many are counting the days till the last exam and the end of Year 13. For others though it has been a long hard slog through Year 12 and the thought of exams is, well, rather worrying. For some pupils it is the age old problem of not enough work because independent study is a difficult concept to grasp. Why is it, that when teenagers are feeling at their most sociable, that teachers and parents expect them to work? It’s all very unfair, at least, from the teenage point of view. Some...

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Motivation…it’s not the how, it’s the why.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I used to think it was HOW a student learned which was important and then it dawned upon me it was WHY they learned which made the difference. For years I analysed the learning styles of girls in Year 12 in an independent school and they were usually pretty much to a girl, self motivated. Then I noticed a shift and more and more were self motivated and thereby hung a tale. In the past self motivated students had stood out like sore thumbs: there was Claire who was notorious for her absences from lessons but still gained A grades in her exams and Tom who missed loads of lessons but waited for...

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Walking the dog; the importance of exercise for teenagers and elderly

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Walking the dog; the importance of exercise for teenagers and elderly

Image from www.publicdomainpictures.net My old dog reached the end of the line last year and I spent months without another mutt. It was difficult deciding what to get but I knew I needed a dog. Eventually a rescue dog found us and I clipped on his lead, slipped on my trainers and we were in business. Everyone knows exercise is good for them but actually getting down to it is another matter. However, with a dog sitting on the stairs waiting for a walk it is difficult to ignore so I’ve got a physical prompt to get me out of the house. Exercise can help so many conditions, apart from the...

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