On focus, the gap to GCSEs and helping without interferring

In this episode, you’ll hear from Barbara and her experiences with her teen daughter, Laura.  Barbara and her family moved to England from Portugal in 2013. You might think that cultural and language issues feature among Barbara’s concerns for her GCSE facing teen. Well you – and I – would be wrong! The issues that […]

The Study Session Podcast Returns with Season 3 – Good habits for GCSEs

The Study Sessions is back on the air for a third season. Join us as we explore ways of helping parents to support their teenage exam-facing teens. Not just surviving the exam period, but thriving in preparation! At least, that’s the dream! Throughout season 3 we will focus on the real experiences of parents, students […]

What’s happening to GCSE and A-level exams in 2022?

Today (30th September 2021) has been a big day for exam announcements in England . Ofqual has made three significant calls that affect students sitting their GCSE, A-Level and vocational exams in 2022. For many months students and their parents – and indeed teachers – have been wondering what changes might be made to courses […]

GCSE and A-Level Exams in 2022

Given the disruptive last couple of years, there’s still a number of questions about what will happen this year for GCSEs and A-Level exams. Will there be exams or teacher assessed grades in 2022? Everyone – government, Ofqual and the exam boards – is very clear that there is every intention that GCSE, A-Level and […]

Growing Motivated: How we can develop and encourage motivation in our teens with Mark Enser

“Studying’s boring. I’ve already done enough. The test’s not for ages. The teacher told us it wasn’t important. What’s the point, I’m rubbish anyway?” I could go on with the list of typical student reactions to the prospect of revision. Not only have I heard them from my own children and other students, but I […]

Note Bene: Distilling and organising notes and ideas for effective studying with Oliver Caviglioli

There’s something comforting about seeing a teen’s notepad with actual notes inside it! Of course, the occasional diagram has its place too. The written word reassures us that they are working. Simply; the more notes, the harder they’re working. After all, that’s how they did it in my day. However, there are a number of […]