How to persuade your child that The Exam Success Formula is right for them

The Exam Success Formula with Lucy Parsons

You may have been checking out the information page about my course for parents and students, The Exam Success Formula, and wondering whether you should sign yourself and your child up for it. You may even have broached the subject with your son or daughter. If you've met with some resistance from them, in this blog post I'm going to help you to persuade them that doing the course will be a good investment for you both.

If you haven't heard about The Exam Success Formula click through to read the information page and see what it's all about.

*** At the end of the post you can download a student fact sheet that I've created especially for you to share with your teen.***

How to persuade your child that The Exam Success Formula is right for them

Objection #1 – “It seems like a lot of work”

What with doing the homework that's set every night and doing lots of extra-curricular activities like Duke of Edinburgh, music lessons, choir and sports practice it might seem to your teen that they just don't want to take anything else on.

How much work is involved?

I've designed the course with busy, highly motivated in teenagers in mind. I know their time is precious (and your time is probably even more precious as a parent) so I've designed the activities to take about one hour per week. In addition to this there is the weekly coaching call, which is scheduled for one hour on a Thursday evening at 7:45. This isn't compulsory and neither parents nor students will have to attend every week (some calls are just for parents, some just for students and some for both at the same time). The coaching calls aren't compulsory, but they're highly recommended. If either of you can't attend live, then you'll be able to watch the recording.

Finally, there is time spent asking questions and interacting in the Facebook group for the course. There are separate groups for parents and students. This time is incidental really – it fits in between all the other things you're doing, just like all social media activities do!

So, for the eight weeks of the course you'll need about two hours per week.

Will the time be worth it?

You're probably wondering whether it's worth the time investment right now. Think about it like this. If you were trying to build a piece of Ikea furniture without reading the instructions, would it all go according to plan? You might be lucky, but probably not.

Trying to study for your GCSEs or A Levels without the necessary study skills, time management and mindset is like trying to build that piece of furniture without the instructions. It's likely to go wrong and waste you a lot of time. You might be lucky and crack the system yourself, but do you really want to leave something so important up to chance?

Objection #2 – “Is this really the right time to do the course?”

Your child might be thinking that it's a bit early in the school year to do this course, or that it's too early in their courses if they're just starting year 10 or year 12.

My answer to this is that this is the perfect time to be learning the things I'm teaching in the course. Particularly for years 12s who are just starting A Levels, they need to hit the ground running. Many students struggle to adjust to the increased independence and more taxing material they have to tackle at A Level. This course will ensure that they start their courses strong. While it's not too late if you wait until later in the year to do the course, it would be a shame to waste several months not doing things quite right. Waiting will also increase stress and worry in exam season.

The earliest I would recommend that your child do the course is the beginning of year 10 and even then, it will depend on their maturity and motivation levels as to whether it's quite the right time. However, depending on the number of people who sign-up for this course I may not run it again so this might be their only chance!

If your child is in year 13 and didn't do as well as they had hoped in their year 12 exams I'd say that it's essential that they jump into the course right now so that they get everything in place to turn their A Level results around. If they're doing just fine, thank you, and in the thick of UCAS applications then the course isn't right for them.

The beginning of year 11 is also an ideal time to do the course – before you get to mocks at around Christmas time and get into proper revision season in February. Really this is the optimum time for you.

Objection #3 – “I can't be bothered”

Most of the students I speak to are highly motivated and really want to do well. But there's been the odd one who just doesn't care.

In the first week of the course we will look at motivation and how studying for their exams, and getting the grades, fits into their hopes and dreams for the rest of their life.

When I've done similar exercises with my private clients it's really helped them to understand why their grades matter in achieving the things they want in their lives. It's made them much more focused and purposeful about their school work.

So, if your child doesn't really understand why they're taking these exams, anyway, this course could be the perfect thing to get them focused and engaged.

Objection #4 – “I'm overwhelmed as it is”

I meet a student every now and again who seems to be being carried along in the fast current of life and doesn't really understand what's happening to them. They feel overwhelmed by just going with the flow and are struggling to take everything on board.

If your child feels this way then the course is the perfect thing to give them a sense of confidence and control over their own destiny. All the students I work with come out feeling both more confident in their abilities and have more faith that they're doing the right things to achieve their potential. This is very powerful in reducing stress and that feeling of general over-whelm.

Objection #5 – “How will this increase my confidence?”

Many students I work with lack confidence, both in their own abilities and that what they're doing in their independent study time is the best way to use their time.

I've seen some amazing transformations in the students that I work with in terms of confidence. This happens firstly because I show they exactly what they should be doing to improve their grades, and secondly, because they see improved results as a consequence of doing the right things. The confidence then just feeds itself.

If your child is lacking in confidence this is the perfect course for them.

Need more?

I've created a fact sheet about the course written especially for your to share with your child. You can download it here. If it doesn't cover all their questions or concerns, don't fail to get in touch! My email is lucy@lifemoreextrarodinary.com.

Over to you

I hope this has answered your child's key objections to taking the course. If they're worried about anything else, please do let me know in the comments below or email me at lucy@lifemoreextraordinary.com. I promise to give honest answers to your questions and help you both to make the right decision for you at this point in time.

Need more?

I've created a fact sheet about the course written especially for your to share with your child. You can download it here. If it doesn't cover all their questions or concerns, don't fail to get in touch! My email is lucy@lifemoreextrarodinary.com.

Ready to sign-up?

If you're ready to sign-up, or just want to see more information about the course visit the information page for The Exam Success Formula. To sign-up find one of the big pink buttons and sign-up there. I can't wait to work with you!

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