The academic performance & exam preparation programme
for schools & universities
This programme for exam preparation and academic performance provides students with tools and simple coping strategies to reduce anxiety, be more focused, get confidence and ultimately perform better and achieve higher grades while improving their overall well-being.
Both students as well as teachers and schools are under increasing pressure to achieve good results and raise their standards; hundreds of schools in the UK are currently being targeted under new guidelines for improvement, many converted to academies.
Many students experience anxiety and fear of failure – of not being able to retain or retrieve information learned. Many also experience different levels of stress and anxiety around the prospect of having weeks’ or months’ worth of study and revision as well as writing essays, assignments and/or dissertations in higher education. In fact, the number of young people receiving counselling for dealing with exams rose 20% in 2016. Students often hold onto and identify with their perceived weaknesses rather than strengths and talents, and are easily discouraged by time pressure, negative self-talk and beliefs, criticism or minor set-backs. These affect their study-skills and often prevent them from performing at their best.
The Department for Education has recently joined forces with NHS England to launch a multi-million pound mental health pilot scheme for hundreds of schools. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Mental health is a key priority for this government and for me personally. The development of character, resilience and good mental health is vital alongside academic success in equipping young people with the skills needed to fulfil their potential.”
This programme for exam preparation helps change students’ negative thinking patterns, creates a positive mind-set and replaces negative feelings and self-talk with calm, focus and confidence. I help students by using deep relaxation, Mindfulness, concentration and confidence building techniques which allow them to become in charge of their emotional and mental state and remain focused and confident while under pressure, whether while studying, writing assignments or taking exams.
Mindfulness is already being used in schools all across the UK as the government looks or ways to improve the education system. This has more recently also taken off at universities, as there has been an increase in the number of students pleading special circumstances in exams, failing to attend them because of stress or reporting mental and emotional difficulties. This programme offers many of the benefits as Mindfulness does, with the added advantage of being an even more specifically directed and targeted approach, getting results even more quickly.
This programme and techniques will add real value to both students and teaching staff. It can be used not only for exam preparation and academic performance, but as tools for life. The programme increases overall focus skills, confidence, self-worth and self-esteem, social skills and well-being in other areas too, in and outside school. It will provide students with tools to become more in charge of their own mental and emotional state, in the educational setting as well as any other life-situations.
What exactly will your school and students gain from the exam preparation programme?
On this programme set over 3 or 4 sessions (depending on your specific needs and challenges in your school), pupils and students will:
- Become aware of any negative thoughts and negative or critical self-talk.
- Learn techniques for letting go of those thoughts and focusing on positive images of success.
- Feel more relaxed, as well as become more aware of their own ability to relax.
- Learn how to easily access positive feelings of confidence and other resources whenever they need or want to.
- Learn how to remain calm under pressure and more easily be able to retain and retrieve information.
The exam preparation programme can be extended by additional services and sessions I provide. These benefit your school and students adding extra value by offering a more holistic approach:
- Enhancing learning strategies. These are not specifically used for exams but for overall performance as well as life-skills.
- Boosting performance and public speaking skills.
- Improving motivation.
- One-to-one sessions with students who need extra support.
- Stress releasing sessions and confidence building for teachers and staff, whether in group setting or one-to-one.
- Ongoing support and regular access to my services.
I would be delighted to discuss this with you further so if you’d like to raise the performance levels at your school please get in touch for more information or to schedule a meeting.