Celebrating 100 episodes: the 10 most popular episodes of The School Success Formula
There are now 100 episodes of The School Success Formula podcast. The first episode was published on 27th June 2017 so, in case you weren't listening back then, here are the top ten most popular episodes ever published.
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Top 10 episodes of The School Success Formula podcast
1.  Successfully stepping up to the sixth form with Martin Griffin
In this episode of The School Success Formula I interview Martin Griffin, a former Head of Sixth form with twenty years of teaching experience and co-author of The A-Level Mindset about how students can successfully make the notoriously tricky transition from GCSE studies to studying for their A Levels.
2.  Dyspraxia: how support a child with dyspraxia with Rosaline Van de Weyer
Often overlooked and misdiagnosed – dyspraxia affects 1 in 10 in the UK. In this episode, we’re joined by dyspraxia and neurological expert Rosaline Van de Weyer, to learn more about the condition. We uncover how as a parent you can best support your child, learning strategies for students, and how schools have improved with more multi-sensory learning techniques – and even how a smartphone can help you!
3.  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 the brightest students that I've worked with who have been most difficult to help. And, the trouble is, they come to me when the problems are so entrenched that it's virtually impossible for me to help.
4.  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 how to increase your chances of getting into Oxbridge.
5.  What no-one’s telling you about what GCSE and A Level examiners are really looking for
In this episode, I let you into a great, big, fat secret that your child's teachers and their exam boards have been keeping from them. In fact, your own teachers and exam boards almost certainly kept it from you. I only found out this secret in the last few months from the little clues they scattered throughout exam papers and mark schemes, and today, I'm going to share it with you.
What I can promise is, that if you and your child fully take in what I explain to you here today it will make the world of difference to your child's marks and their ability to access the higher grades.
6.  9 Reasons Why Your Child Isn’t Revising and What To Do About It
One of the most common concerns I hear from parents is that their children just won't start revising. It always comes as a cry for help with so much pent-up frustration. However, there are a number of reasons why your child might not be revising so it's not always easy to give the solution. In this article, I'm going to help you to understand the nine most common reasons that your child isn't revising and let you know what you can do about each of them.
7.  Improving your child’s focus and concentration, with Dr. Thomas Dannhauser
The ability to concentrate is the key factor in determining overall school, university, and career success. It is, therefore, crucial for health and wellbeing.
8.  How to manage your teens’ behaviour with Anne Goldsmith
In this episode of The School Success Formula I interview Anne Goldsmith. Anne is a qualified teacher, a Positive Behaviour Consultant, a Parenting Coach and the mum of a fourteen year old boy and eleven year old daughter. Her business, Behaviour First Consultancy, solves the problem of challenging behaviour in schools and homes creating happy teachers, staff, children and their parents. Through improving children’s behaviour she can improve their learning, progress and results and ultimately transform lives.
9.  3 Ways to Improve Your Exam Technique Fast
The first obstacle that many parents like you face is supporting your child to actually start and then continuing revising. I've talked about this in other episodes (Episode 22: 9 Reasons Why Your Child Isn’t Revising and What To Do About It; and, episode 37: Consistency: the key to excellent exam results).
However, if they start revising but keep seeing disappointing results it's really hard to keep their motivation high and their revision plan on track. What they really need help with now is improving their exam technique, and fast.
In this blog post I'm going to give you three key ways that your child can start working on their exam technique and begin to see improvements really rapidly.
10.  How to help your child overcome perfectionism with Lisa van Gemert
In exam season, it’s easy for students to set themselves high standards. For the perfectionists, it gets particularly overwhelming. A former perfectionist, today’s guest is Lisa van Gemert. We explore the destructive nature of setting unreasonably high standards, and what can be done to overcome these habits.
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