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“Better than school” – Annette and Erin’s Extraordinaries Club Story

Annette and Erin were some of our founding members of The Extraordinaries Club, from the end of year 10 to year 13, and recently agreed to take part in interview with me.  This blog is a summary of my conversation with them about the lessons they learnt about the Club, themselves and what they took […]

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Back to School Mindset reset

As we head back to school, hot on the heels of the two most difficult academic years ever experienced, it’s worth taking a moment to make sure your mind is the right place to succeed. Let’s review the situation we find ourselves in and think about how we can mentally prepare ourselves for the school […]

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3 Top Tips For New Year 12s to Start the Sixth Form Right

The step up from GCSE to A-Level study is a tricky one, and something that’s under-estimated by students and their parents alike. This means that every year we see students coming to us in the latter part of year 12, over the summer holiday and the beginning of year 13 who have got themselves into […]

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The right mindset for Oxbridge applications

What’s the right mindset when you’re applying to Oxbridge? With only about 20% of Cambridge applicants and 16% of Oxford applicants getting a place, it’s important that you go into the process with a healthy attitude so that you can get the most out of the experience, whatever the outcome. In this article you’ll discover: […]

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“What’s the point of learning Pythagoras?” A parent’s guide to motivating teens to learn things they ‘don’t need to know’

“What’s the point of learning Pythagoras’ Theorem? I’m never going to use it in real life.” That’s what one of the members of The Extraordinaries Club was moaning to his mum. If you’re the parent of a teen studying for exams, you may well have heard the same complaint about any number of things they […]

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How much should you revise in the Christmas holidays?

“How much should you revise…?” is one of the most frequent questions I get asked. Today, I’m going to talk about how much you should revise in the Christmas holidays because no-one wants mock exams in January ruining the Christmas holidays. How much should you revise in the Christmas holidays? The number of hours per […]

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Why everyone should blag their exams and how to do it effectively

The word ‘blag’ has lots of negative connotations. It brings up images of people getting something they don’t deserve through deception or guile. However, the best students are the ones who are confident in blagging their exams. This is probably a huge surprise to all the perfectionists out there, and maybe even more of a […]

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Understanding and overcoming teen trauma from school closures

As everyone heads back to school, each student is taking a different experience of lockdown and school closures with them. For some, this will have been a very happy period, spending quality time with family away from the over-stimulation of school. For others, it will have been very stressful and traumatic. In this interview Lisa […]

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Going back to school with confidence with Claire Jones

With nearly six months out of school because of the coronavirus lockdown, many students will be going back to the classroom for the first time in September. In this episode of The School Success Formula podcast I talk to children’s coach, Claire Jones, about how parents can support their children to go back to school […]

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