Category Archives: Podcasts

On A Levels in 2022, supporting a child with ADHD and the importance of other parents to talk with

In this episode, you’ll hear from Kate. Kate is in the unenviable position of having both her children sitting exams in 2022. Tabitha taking her A Levels and Jude, his GCSEs. Tabitha, like all other A Level students, was the first year of cancelled GCSE exams. Kate tells about the impact that has in addition […]

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 […]

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 […]

At Home With MARGE: Exploring Shimamura’s approach to learning with Nimish Lad

Teaching and learning are something that has been happening since the dawn of time – or thereabouts. And we do it all the time in non-school contexts, as do our children. But that doesn’t mean, necessarily that the things we need to learn stick, especially when there is an entire world of excitement and interest […]

The Balancing Act: Student stress and future progression in the 2021 exam series with Jill Duffy

In ‘normal times’, exams can be a cause of stress and anxiety for students. Even those students who have studied and you’d think are well prepared are subjected to the mounting pressure. In fact, these abnormal times are no different. Exams have been replaced with Teacher Assessment; a process that for some feels uncertain and […]

Project Revision: Project Management skills to help you help your teen with Catherine Walker

The end of the academic year is upon us. For GCSE and A Level students, the worst is now over. Many have finished their courses and looking forward to a couple of extra weeks of the British summer. However, for other year groups throughout secondary school, just over the horizon looms the prospect of end-of-year […]

Constant Challenge: Striving for consistency in Teacher Assessed Grades for GCSE and A Levels with WJEC’s Ian Morgan

The pandemic has resulted in canceled exams for hundreds of thousands of pupils across the UK. In their place,  we have Teacher Assessed Grades; where teachers are using their professional and holistic judgment to determine the level that a student is performing at. On the face of it at all sounds relatively straightforward. However, as […]