Study Skills Academy

UPCOMING COURSES FOR PARENTS:

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Growth Mindset - Primary and Secondary (separate courses)

Children with a growth mindset put in more effort, choose more challenging tasks, persevere for longer on difficult problems, seek more feedback and see mistakes as learning opportunities. These learning behaviours are the key to successful learning. Therefore, teaching your child to have a growth mindset from the youngest age is incredibly important and can impact their whole approach to their learning. In this workshop, we will teach you about what it means to have a growth or fixed mindset and offer you practical advice on things you can do to encourage a growth mindset in your child. 


This workshop will be run twice and tailored for parents of either Primary School-aged children, or Secondary School aged-children. 


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Teenage Brain - Screens, Sleep and Study

One of the greatest challenges of modern parenting is how to navigate the minefield that is mobile phone and technology use. Modern scanning techniques have given us an insight into how the brains of teenagers respond to the effects of screen use. Research has uncovered the impact it has on sleep patterns and mental health, as well as the knock-on effects on the ability to study. This workshop allows parents to discuss these issues, and learn some practical strategies for managing screens at home. This is quite simply something about which every parent should be aware. 


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Anxiety and Exams

Everyone gets anxious before exams.  This workshop looks at the biological mechanisms behind anxiety and why it can become problematic. We discuss how we can harness and manage our natural stress response to improve performance and reduce the anxiety before and during exams.  We give parents practical tips for helping their young person manage the stress of exam season.


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Revision Skills - Key Stage 4

Revision is an art and there are all sorts of ways to do it, but what worked for you may not work for your child.  This workshop gives parents an overview of how memory works and practical revision strategies that their children can use in preparation for their GCSE exams, as well as how to reflect on current revision strategies to ensure that revision is efficient and effectivee

Revision Skills - Key Stage 4

Revision is an art and there are all sorts of ways to do it, but what worked for you may not work for your child.  This workshop gives parents an overview of how memory works and practical revision strategies that their children can use in preparation for their GCSE exams, as well as how to reflect on current revision strategies to ensure that revision is efficient and effective.


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Other services we offer:

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One-to-one tutoring for your child

The Study Skills Academy has directly helped dozens of students improve their learning habits and study strategies through one-to-one tutoring. Tutoring has real impact, allowing us to tailor the support we offer to the individual needs of your child and you will see them make enormous progress in a very short-space of time. The tutoring relationship is a special one; we are able to build rapport quickly to form a positive working relationship, yet we are not a parent or a teacher, so are well placed to tell them the things that you can't, or which you try to but they won't listen! Your child may need weekly sessions to help them get organised and keep on top of their studies, or perhaps termly sessions, or even a one-off; whatever you think your child needs, and you know them best. Importantly, we know we are able to help teach them the skills that they need to be an independent, reflective and effective learner. 


Key areas we focus on in our tutoring are: 

  • Organisation & putting structures in place to keep students organised
  • Planning time to meet deadlines
  • Teaching strategies to help students consolidate what they are learning in class
  • The importance of consistent revision and how to prioritise it
  • Memory improvement techniques
  • Essay planning and writing - being a critical thinker
  • How to write effective revision notes 
  • Revision strategies - how to learn and remember
  • How to be a reflective learner 


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Support for you the parents

The Study Skills Academy can also help you, the parents feel more confident in your ability to support your child’s learning. Our unique experience as psychologists, teachers and parents best places us to offer advice and practical solutions to help you support your child so that they can thrive academically and cope with the demands of school and exam pressure. We can offer small-group bespoke workshops for you and your friends, as well as one-to-one support in your own home covering a range of areas: 


Transitioning to Secondary School:

Moving up to secondary school is a big step for your child and the expectations are high with regards to what they will be able to do and achieve. We can help you to help them prepare and feel confident as they make this transition. 


The GCSE years:

GCSEs mark the first significant exams for students and juggling this many subjects can be difficult and stressful for the whole family! We can support you by helping you to embed effective work practices at home and by teaching you the skills and strategies that your child will need to successfully navigate their GCSE courses and exams. 


Starting A Levels:

A Levels can come as a shock to students and parents alike. The high demands and the specific nature of the courses can leave many parents feeling unsure of how to support their child, but there is plenty that you can do: We can help equip you with the skills, language and knowledge to guide and support your child through these challenging years. 


Examples of topics covered:

  • Important conversations to have with your child about their school work
  • How to manage their screen-time effectively 
  • Helping your child organise themselves, their study time and their notes
  • How to help your child plan their revision
  • How the brain works - how to help your child maximise their memory
  • Embedding healthy habits - eating, sleeping, exercising, relaxing
  • How to manage stress levels during exam time
  • Understanding specifications/syllabus and how to use these
  • Decoding exam language



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