All Posts by Lucy Parsons

[48] Overcoming bullying and bereavement to get the grades and into Oxford with Beca Read

A few days after results day a few years ago, a student reached out to me to say she’d gotten into Oxford University, but felt uncertain that she would fit it in. Beca had a tough upbringing losing her mother, brother and being bullied at a state school – would Oxford University fulfill the dreams […]

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[47] Exam Season SOS: How to help a child who hasn’t started to revise with one week to go

Exam season is bearing down on us. If your child hasn’t yet started to revise you need to read / listen to this because I’m going to share with you my tactics on how to make last-minute revision count. But, first, a word of warning. I do not advocate last-minute revision or cramming. It is […]

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[46] How to help your child overcome perfectionism with Lisa van Gemert

With the exam season fast approaching, it’s easy for students to set themselves high standards. For the perfectionists, it gets particularly overwhelming. A former perfectionist, today’s guest is Lisa van Gemert. We explore the destructive nature of setting unreasonably high standards, and what can be done to overcome these habits. About Lisa van Gemert As […]

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[45] How to stop social media from ruining your child’s grades

If your child cares more about completing their Snapchat streaks than getting their revision done and making the most of their potential you’re probably tearing your hair out in despair. In this post I’m going to give you some handy tips about how to stop social media from ruining your child’s grades. How to stop […]

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[44] Using Social Media Safely In Our Connected World With Simon Aston

1/10 young people access the internet between midnight and 6 am. Where and how do you draw the line with your children using social media and the internet as a parent? In this episode of The School Success Formula, we are joined by Simon Aston, Northamptonshire’s Online Safety Officer, as he shares how the power […]

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[43] How to use short-term motivation to get your child to revise

When it comes to studying for exams, I find there are two kinds of students: Those who are highly self-motivated and driven to do their best, like I was back in the day Those who find it really hard to get motivated and are easily distracted, like my sister who you’ll know about if you’ve […]

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[42] How to improve your child’s vocabulary with Sofia Fenichell

An expansive vocabulary not only gets you far in education, but in everyday life too. This week we are joined by Sofia Fenichell, a true wordsmith who has set up a whole business around learning a wider vocabulary. On the show, she shares vocabulary-learning hacks and how parents can best support their children through the […]

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[41] How to help your child achieve balance in revision season

One of the things I hear parents ask most often is, “How can I help my child have a balanced life and also get great grades in their exams?” This is a great question because it shows real awareness amongst parents that it’s important to achieve balance for both your child’s mental and physical wellbeing. In […]

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