All Posts by Lucy Parsons

[65] The truth about motivation

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from parents is that their children aren’t motivated to study for their exams. Funnily enough, I also hear the same thing from students, with increasingly desperate emails landing in my inbox the closer and closer we get to exam season. The thing is, when people complain about […]

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[64] Should you let your child fail their mocks?

  Failure is a scary thing. I’m pretty sure that you’re listening to this podcast because it’s your deepest desire as a parent to help your child to succeed. But, I’ve seen parents contemplating what to many is the unthinkable in recent weeks: letting their children fail. Today, I’m going to talk about: Our heightened […]

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[62] Why revision is like music practice or sports training

One thing I hear repeatedly from students is that the revision techniques they have tried ‘don’t work’. When I dig a bit deeper, they’ll say something like, “I made a couple of flashcards but they didn’t help.” I then ask, “How many times did you look at them?” And they’ll say, “Oh, a couple of […]

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[54] How to increase your chances of getting into Oxbridge

If you’re applying to Oxford or Cambridge University you’re undoubtedly aware of how competitive it is to get in. But, you’re also clever enough to realise that there are ways that you can improve your chances of getting in. In this podcast episode and blog post I’m going to give you some top tips on […]

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[53] Why we need to think differently about applying to Oxbridge

In recent years it has felt as if getting into Oxbridge has got even tougher. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always been hard with the demand for exceptionally¬†good grades at both GCSE and A Level as well as a raft of high-calibre supra-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. However, in recent years I’ve seen students with exceptional […]

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