14 reasons to join The Extraordinaries Club
It's the beginning of the academic year and if you/your child want to take your/their exams seriously there is never a better time to start than now.
If you're wondering how to increase your child's sense of purpose, self-discipline and determination you should consider signing up for my new club for parents and students, The Extraordinaries Club.
So what is it? The Extraordinaries Club is an affordable online club for families providing year-round support in helping students to reach their full potential at school and in life. It incorporates my very popular course, The Exam Success Formula, but it's SO much more than that. I've designed the club to be a complete support package for families: you'll not only get access to the course but to weekly coaching calls with me, a library of webinars, downloads and other great resources, and ongoing support from me and other members in the online community.
Read on to discover 14 reasons why you should sign up for The Extraordinaries Club.
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1. You'll get everything you need in one place
There are amazing resources on both my blog and podcast to help students and parents with their study skills. However, they're not in a very logical order and if you follow all the links you'll probably just get sucked down a rather confusing rabbit hole.
In The Extraordinaries Club, I've selected the most important information that you'll find on my blog, along with other things that I've never published anywhere, and put them into a logical and digestible structure for you to consume in a user-friendly way.
2. You'll learn everything you need to know about how to succeed in exams
I've spent years developing and experimenting with the things I'm going to share with you in the club. It's basically my life's work. It worked for me when I was at school and got my five A grades at A Level. It's worked for my clients, and not just in terms of getting results like 10A*s and 2As at GCSE. One AS student went from having daily panic attacks when she had her GCSEs to not having any at all during her AS exams because she was so confident about the quality of her preparation. Another student went from being very under-confident in herself and her abilities because of a learning difference to getting an A* in her English Literature coursework.
The system I'm going to teach you works. Otherwise I wouldn't be teaching it.
3. It's focused
Your time is precious. Everyone has busy lives and I know just how much time students should be investing in their studies to reach their full potential. Therefore, I've designed the course so that you can get through the material in roughly one hour per week. It's up to you whether you come along to the weekly group coaching calls and participate in the online community. I'd highly recommend you make the most of these opportunities, but it's up to you.
4. It's all about empowerment
I feel very strongly that students and parents need to be empowered with the knowledge about what it really takes to succeed in GCSEs and A Levels and to be given the tools to make this success happen. It's unfortunate that many schools don't lay all this out clearly to students and parents. But that's why I'm here, to fill the gap.
When you're empowered with what I've got to teach you in The Extraordinaries Club then it will only be your commitment and determination that stands between you and the top grades. I firmly believe that everyone has the resources at their fingertips to succeed – they just need to know how to use them properly.
5. It's cost effective
The Club costs £350 for annual membership or £35 per month if paying monthly. (Annual membership works out at just over £29 per month.)
This is much cheaper than working with me on a 1:1 basis. My 1:1 coaching packages start at £500 for a six-week course.
You will also find that high-quality private tutoring for specific subjects will cost a minimum of £40 per hour. The last time I offered private geography tutoring it was at £60 per hour. By learning how to study properly your child is much less likely to need subject-specific private tutoring.
6. You can learn at your own pace
You can join the club on one of the official start dates in September and January or start it at any other time to suit you. An email will go out each Saturday morning introducing that week's module. You have a full week to complete the activities before we move onto the next one. I will post reminders and motivational tips in the online community, but if life just gets in the way you can come back to it at another time. The materials will also remain available in the club so you can come back to them at any time.
7. You'll get answers
If you've got questions like:
- “How much time should I / my child be spending on my/their studies each week?”
- “How can I / my child squeeze every mark out of every exam paper?”
- “How can I make sure my child is doing enough revision without nagging them until I'm sick of my own voice”
and many others, you'll get them answered either through the course materials, in the community or on one of the coaching calls.
My goal is to make sure you have at least a clear direction of travel (if there isn't a clear cut answer to your question) or certainty as a result of every question you ask.
8. You'll get daily access to me
I'm going to be very available to you inside the club. Every weekday, I'll be in the online community (there are separate areas for parents and students, as well as a joint area) and you'll be able to ask questions and get coached by me on the weekly coaching calls. I'm not just going to email you once a week and let you get on with it – I'm here for you.
After the initial course has finished, you'll still have regular ongoing support from me through our coaching calls and the online community, as well as the additional masterclasses and workshops.
9. You'll find out how to get yourself (or your child) motivated
The second module inside the club is all about getting your child motivated to study. After all, if they don't know what they're studying for or where it's all going, they're going to be very resistant to doing the work. This is the major tripwire that all students have to get over if they are really going to achieve highly.
10. You'll learn how to manage your (or your child's time)
Time management is essential if you want great grades. In the club, my priority will be teaching you how to manage your time as effectively as possible to achieve your goals and dreams.
11. Find out how to make a personalised revision timetable
My approach is all about personalising the study experience to your needs. You will find out how to make a personalised revision timetable that's also flexible enough that it doesn't overwhelm you. Parents will learn how to support the use of this revision timetable and together you'll come up with ways to communicate about your studies so that no-one gets (too) stressed or miserable. After all, you love each other and want the best for each other. Am I right?
12. Have the confidence to choose revision techniques that work for you
I want you to feel empowered to choose the revision techniques that work for you. Not just this term or this year, but on an on-going basis. Your approach will, and should, change according to your subject, the style of exam you're taking and your age and stage. You will be confident about how and when to adjust revision techniques as a result of being part of the club.
For parents, you'll understand why your son or daughter isn't using the same techniques that worked for you back in the day and comprehend their reasons for doing things differently.
13. Learn to think like an examiner
If there's just one thing I want you to leave the course with, it's a clear understanding of how to use the publicly available materials such as past papers, mark schemes and examiners' reports to learn to think like an examiner and milk every mark out of every single exam paper.
This is essential stuff for hitting the very top grades.
14. Meet, learn and vent with like-minded people
I've done literally dozens of online courses and one of my favourite things about them is the community that springs up around the course. I've made many digital friends who I've got more in common with than the people I see day to day in my ‘real' life.
There will be three areas in the online community: one for parents, another for students and a third joint area. In each group, and on the exclusive parents' or students' coaching calls, you'll be surrounded by people on the same journey as you. You'll learn with them. You'll laugh with them. You'll help them and they'll help you in return. Most importantly, you'll have somewhere to go to express your frustration or difficulty, and have people to pick you up and help you through. You may be lucky enough to have lots of people like this in your own life, but so many of us are intent on keeping up appearances these days that you may not be so lucky. I want the online community to be a safe place where you can be really honest and expect help and understanding from me and the other participants.
Are you ready to find out more?
If you're keen to find out more about The Extraordinaries Club click through to the information page. If you like what you see then sign-up. Courses start in September and January, but you can join and get started at any time. If you've got further questions then please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a comment in the comments section below.