How to persuade your mum or dad that The Exam Success Formula is right for you

The Exam Success Formula with Lucy Parsons

Maybe you've been following my blogs for a while and you're signed up to my email newsletter. Maybe you hand around my Facebook page or Twitter account hungrily clicking on my tweets to get more inspiration and how-to advice to move you forwards with your exams. And, maybe you've been checking out the information page for my new course for students and parents, The Exam Success Formula, that teaches you the study skills, mindset and habits that you need to reach your full potential. You might even have mentioned it to your mum or dad.

If so, you might be wondering how to persuade them to make such a big investment on your behalf.

Well I'm here to help.

How to persuade your mum or dad that The Exam Success Formula is right for you

1. Explain to them how much you want it

I'm going to make a wild guess about you. I think that you're hard working, ambitious and that you really want to do well in life and in your career. Otherwise you wouldn't read my blog or be signed up to my email list.

My first advice is that you go to your mum and dad and explain how much you want this. I know that if I'd gone to my parents asking for them to invest in my education they'd have said ‘Where's the check book?' They even tried to persuade me to go to an expensive private school for the sixth form even though their annual income didn't come anywhere near the price of the fees. (I didn't want to go so they didn't have to find a way to pay for it in the end).

Pretty much all parents want what's best for you and if they can see you're serious about doing the work to do the very best you can at school then I'll sure they'll try to think of a way to pay for the course.

2. Explain how it's going to help you

Maybe you've just had a set of AS results that you're disappointed with, or you're at the start of the sixth form journey and you're already feeling a bit bewildered by the new expectations being heaped on you. Maybe you're at the beginning of year 11 and you're just determined to do your best and you don't want to leave anything up to chance. Or, if you're starting your GCSE courses in year 10 and have clear ambitions about what you want to study at university and what career you want to pursue and you want to make the best of every single day of your schooling.

Explaining to your parents how this course is going to help you will really help them to make a decision.

These are things you can expect as a result of doing the course:

  • Increased confidence in the study techniques you're using. On the course I'll show you how to make good decisions about how to study, how much to study and when to study. I'll show you how to make the most of revision and be really effective. Knowledge is power and power is confidence – you will be more confident about how you're approaching your studies by the end of the course.
  • Increased confidence in your abilities – by choosing the right study techniques and investing the right amount of time in your studies you will see your grades and marks steadily increase. This will increase your confidence. And confidence is everything when you walk into the exam hall at the end of the year.
  • You'll be more motivated – both because you know what you're working towards and because you can see how well you're doing.

There are many more benefits you'll get as a result of doing this course. Read the information page to see which aspects will make the most difference to you.

3. Put the cost into context

As a school aged student I don't expect you to have £195 sitting in your bank account while you wonder what to do with it. Maybe your parents don't have that much money sitting around either. If they're going to spend that on a course they need to see it in context.

If you break down the cost of the course over it's eight week duration it will be less than £25 per week. This is less than a weekly travel card in London for zones 1 and 2 (£32.10).

It's also a great deal less than working with a quality private tutor for an hour. When I last did private geography tutoring I charged £60 per hour. My brother in law is a physics teacher and he charges £50 per hour. I'm confident that if you implement everything in this course properly you shouldn't need a private tutor. If you do, you'll need them for much less time than you would have done otherwise.

A Reading Festival weekend ticket for 2018 will cost £205. This course will last a great deal longer and have much longer lasting positive effects in your life.

Even a family meal out can cost nearly £100. When I was on holiday in August my family (me, my husband and my seven and five year old) went out for a three course meal and it cost over £80 and that was with the children choosing from the children's menu. For the cost of two family meals out you can do something to make your future more certain.

4. Why now?

The best time to brush up on your study skills is at the beginning of the school year, when you're fresh, keen and motivated. It's also the best time because you want to get a good routine, good habits and the right things in place from the start. This will mean you don't hit a rocky patch in January / February – it's all just steady, consistent work up until exams.

This is my advice for each year group:

Year 10

Do the course now to take all the stress out of the next four years. You will set yourself up for success in every way and not look back. However, this might not be the right time if you're not very mature and can't bear to think two years into the future!

Year 11

It's perfect timing to do the course right now. You'll get everything you need to be properly prepared for your mock exams around Christmas time and then you'll be able to approach your GCSE revision with strength and certainty from February onwards.

Year 12

It's also the perfect time for you if you're just starting A Levels. A Levels are a notoriously big step up from GCSEs and lots of students struggle and flounder. Doing the course will mean that you're working at strength, in the right ways, from the beginning of your courses and you won't waste any time struggling. And, believe me, there is no time to waste in the sixth form. You'll be applying to unversity and then taking your A Level exams before you know it!

Year 13

If you struggled in your AS exams then now is the time to grab this opportunity and up your game before it's too. However, if you got strong AS results and you're very busy applying to university then this course might be a distraction that you just don't need.

5. Tell them what the time commitment is

This course is for parents and students and you'll get the best results as a family if your parent does it alongside you. You will both need two hours per week, plus some incidental time on social media to get the most out of it. However, if your mum or dad hasn't got that amount of time you'll be fine doing it on your own. I'm here to support you all the way!

Over to you

I hope this post has helped you to persuade your mum or dad to let you take The Exam Success Formula. Before you talk to them, get prepared with what you want to say so that they can see you're taking it seriously and really want to do the course. If they've got more questions about the course you can email me, or they can email me themselves on Or, just leave a comment below. I'll be sure to get back to you with an honest answer about whether I really do think the course is right for you at this point in time.

Ready to sign-up?

Just visit The Exam Success Formula information page and look for the big pink sign-up buttons. I can't wait to get to know you better through the duration of the course!

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