We work with students to equip them with the skills and strategies to feel in control of their studies and to help develop their confidence as independent and proactive learners. We also work closely with parents and teachers to help them best support and develop effective learning behaviours in students.
We teach students how to organise and plan their time, prioritise and manage their workload and keep deadlines. Crucially we also teach students how to learn! As psychologists and educators, we focus on helping students to develop their metacognitive practices, so that they can set themselves clear learning goals, think critically about which learning strategies to use, monitor their own progress, reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of their chosen learning strategy and make any necessary changes.
By having a range of learning and revision strategies in their study toolbox, and more importantly, knowing when and how to use them, we know that students feel more in control of their learning and as a result feel less stressed and anxious by their school experience.
Lucinda qualified as a teacher in 2002 and taught psychology until 2017. She has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology and an MA in Special and Inclusive Education. Since September 2017 she has been working as a Education Consultant in mental health and wellbeing. As well as presenting at numerous conferences and running staff training in schools, she works closely with the AnDY Clinic at Reading University, as a coach on the School Mental Health Award at the Carnegie School of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, Pixel Learning and leads the Oxfordshire Schools mental health and wellbeing network. As a mother of 3 boys, the eldest (15) of whom has ADHD & ASC and youngest (11) of whom is severely dyslexic, she has plenty of personal experience of supporting young people through their school career.
Jo holds a BSc (Hons) and a MSc in Psychology. She is an experienced teacher, having taught in the UK and Australia for the last 12 years. Jo has taught in comprehensives and grammars, in both the independent and state sector, and across co-educational and single-sex schools. Throughout her teaching career, Jo has taught numerous subjects including Psychology, Geography, PE, and Sociology and has held numerous positions including as Head of Department, Head of House, Head of Year and (Acting) Head of Sixth Form. Jo has also worked extensively as a private tutor, tutoring students aged 6 - 18 in the UK, Switzerland and the U.S. In addition to her role at the Study Skills Academy, Jo is currently working as a Psychology Tutor to GCSE and A Level students across Oxfordshire.
Empowering young people by teaching them the skills to make the most of life’s opportunities.
Our core aim is to provide young people with skills that, in the short term, will enable them to reach their full potential in the classroom but that they can take through life and will allow them to make the most of every opportunity. We do this through supporting their learning in and out of the classroom through evidence based study skills, by challenging their assumptions about education and learning and by giving them practical skills that they can take beyond their academic career.
We will ensure that the education and tools that we give our students are good value for money and meet the needs of the learners. We will ensure that these skills can be embedded at school and at home and meet the realities of life. We aim to enhance what is taught in school or college by offering bespoke workshops that compliment what is already there, but by also supporting and educating the whole community: students, teachers and parents.
We want our work to have a meaningful impact on those we educate. By ensuring that our content is engaging and contemporary we know we can make students feel more confident in their approach to exams and lifelong learning.
We are founded on passion and believe strongly in our mission. As teachers, psychologists and mothers we aim to offer the expertise that these elements bring in helping others to make the most of life. We feel the importance of building relationships with young people, adults and communities that we work with is key to success.
We would like to be in a position where our expertise is recognised as valuable and that we are recommended by current clients to others. We recognise the need to evolve as the needs of our clients change and that to do this we must listen careful to feedback. We aim to establish a financially viable business over the next year that allows us to balance our passion for supporting learners with the needs of our families. We envisage a future where we work collaboratively and respectfully with each other, colleagues and clients.
Integrity - to live our lives in a way that we ask others to
Honesty - to be able to recognise and accept our own failings and strengths
Gratitude - to be grateful for what we have and that we have the capacity to work towards the things we do not have.
Empathy - to understand the world from the perspective of others
Openness - to be open to the opportunities that life affords us and make the most of them