Strategies for Exam Stress: Finding Calm Amidst the Academic Storm

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The clock is ticking, the pages seem endless, and your mind races at a mile a minute. Sound familiar? It’s a scene that countless students can relate to. Exam stress, with its sweaty palms and racing heart, is an all-too-familiar demon for many. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are effective strategies […]

The Cornell Note Taking System: A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Study

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Every student understands the importance of comprehensive notes, but not all note-taking strategies are created equal. Enter the Cornell Note Taking System – a structured, systematic approach to capturing and reviewing class information. Developed by Walter Pauk at Cornell University, this method not only assists in note organisation but also enhances recall and comprehension. Cornell […]

The 3 Most Effective Revision Methods: A Deep Dive

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Introduction In the academic arena, not all revision methods are created equal. To truly grasp and retain complex subjects, it’s essential to harness effective revision methods that align with how the human brain learns best. Whether you’re a dedicated student or a supportive parent, understanding these methods can offer a direct route to academic excellence. […]

Harnessing the power of goal setting to boost GCSE and A-Level grades.

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In this article, we will cover: Why set goals? Broadly speaking, as humans, we are goal oriented. Whether that goal is to hunt and gather enough food to survive the day or to become a CEO. Once we have set a goal, typically we focus our efforts and work toward achieving that goal. However, with […]

Crafting an Effective Study Schedule: Tips for Maximising Your Academic Potential

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In this post, we’ll explore: The Importance of a Study Schedule Before diving into the “how,” let’s discuss the “why.” An effective study schedule: Crafting Your Ideal Study Schedule: A Step-by-Step Guide Staying Consistent and Avoiding Burnout Adjusting to Changing Academic Demands Conclusion: An effective study schedule is not just about allocating hours to subjects […]

Best Apps to Help with Maths Revision: An Academic Performance Coach’s Recommendations

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Points Covered: The Digital Age of Maths Revision In today’s tech-driven era, harnessing the power of digital tools can profoundly influence a teen’s academic journey, especially in challenging subjects like GCSE and A-Level maths. As an academic performance coach, I’ve seen the transformative impact of integrating the right tools into the revision process. With a […]

The Pros and Cons of Using Preply for Your Underperforming Teenager: An Academic Performance Coach’s Perspective

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Points Covered: What is Preply? Preply is an online platform that connects students with tutors across various subjects and languages. As technology influences the way we educate ourselves, platforms like Preply have become increasingly popular, offering the promise of personalized education at your fingertips. But is it suitable for your teen, particularly if they’re underperforming? […]

How the Pomodoro Technique Can Transform Your Teen’s Study Habits

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Points to be Covered: Introduction Greetings, concerned parents! In my years as a teacher, head of sixth form and an academic performance coach, one tool that has proven exceptionally effective in helping teens manage their study time is the Pomodoro Technique. In today’s post, I’ll explore what this technique is, why it’s especially beneficial for […]

4 Simple Mindset Shifts That Helped My Clients’ Teens Go from Failing to Thriving

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Points to be covered: Introduction Hello, dear parents! Are you grappling with the challenge of a struggling teenager? You’re not alone. Over my career, I’ve worked with countless underperforming teenagers as a teacher, head of sixth form and academic performance coach. One crucial area I focus on is the role mindset plays in academic success. […]