Podcast Archives - Life More Extraordinary with Lucy Parsons

[69] Why bright students fail – and what parents can do to prevent it

If you have a bright and very academically able child, you might be thinking that school and exams are going to be plain-sailing. After all, they’ve got a natural talent for this stuff, so what could possibly go wrong? Well, in the time that I’ve worked as an academic coach it’s actually been some of […]

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[68] What you say matters

How aware are you of the effect of what you say and think? Have you noticed that what you say and how you say it can have a big impact on others? In last week’s blog, I talked about mental health and exams, and I talked briefly about things that I wish parents wouldn’t say […]

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[67] Exams and mental health: how to succeed and stay happy

Are you worried about your child’s mental health? Do you think that studying for exams is damaging their mental health? In this article I’m going to share with you: Why exams can be damaging to mental health – if you let them Why we need to reframe how we think about exams Simple strategies you […]

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[66] Why you’re really nagging your child about revision

Do you find yourself constantly nagging your children about revision? Do you hate yourself for it? Can you see the damage that the nagging is doing to your relationship with your child, but you just can’t seem to find a way through it? In this article, I’m going to explain why you’re nagging and how […]

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[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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[63] How to entice teenage boys into a love of books, with Barbara Band

  How to entice teenage boys into a love of books Today I’m talking with my guest about how we can encourage teens, particularly boys, to not only read more, but learn to enjoy it.   About Barbara Band Barbara Band is an award-winning Chartered librarian with over twenty five years’ experience. Having worked in […]

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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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[61] How one little app can reduce your student debt by thousands, with Myles Jardine

How one little app can reduce your student debt by thousands Today I talk to an enterprising man who, dismayed by the potential debt he would incur by going to university, began to look into alternative funding methods. He now shares what he found with students all over the UK who are looking to go […]

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[60] Teen anxiety: tips for parents and students, with Alex Carling

  Teen anxiety: tips for parents and students Today we’re talking all about anxiety. I hear of a distressing number of students who experience anxiety and I wanted to get a guest in to help.   About Alex Carling Alex Carling is a qualified and practising psychotherapist who specialises in working with people with anxiety. She […]

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