10 Benefits of studying in a group

image of students studying in a group

Many students ask me whether they should work in groups when preparing for tests or exams.  My response is yes and that there are at least 10 benefits of studying in a group if planned at the outset.  Such sessions can be really useful if prepared for and done well.  […]

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Why do students cram when it comes to exams?

Why do students cram when it comes to exams? images of students in an exam

So let me ask you why do students cram when it comes to exams?  With mid year exams around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere and final exams in the Northern Hemisphere approaching, I thought it was a good time to have a discussion around cramming and exams.  In my […]

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Students and experiencing the dip

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Many students actually experience ‘the dip‘ from time to time.  Parents will usually be the first to notice and won’t necessarily always be able to put their finger on exactly what is happening. So what is ‘the dip’? Usually students have the desire to want to do as well at […]

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How to select a Secondary School

I regularly get asked by parents what my thoughts are in relation to selecting a secondary school for their child.  My initial response is usually to do your research and then to go with your gut feel.  Usually what you think and feel will be the right choice and spot […]

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Answering a question with a question

Have you ever come across the term ‘answering a question with a question?’ In my early days of academic life coaching I remember Leslie Josel, an academic coach herself based in the US, discuss this in a webinar I participated in.  This has stuck with me since that time and […]

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How to avoid procrastinating over school work

procrastinate now and panic later

This would have to be one of the most common challenges my students face and need assistance with.  The urge for students to put things off can be strong, especially when there are so many more exciting or interesting things they can be doing. Getting your child started on homework […]

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