Ready Steady Study!

Our study programmes answer the question: how do we study? They empower students to study effectively enabling them to reach their full potential.

Ready, Steady, Study – Key Stage 3 & 4

This course provides students with the attitudes and confidence to study. It sets out tried-and-tested techniques, strategies and approaches to support revision, and details the key steps required to effectively plan and manage learning and revision time.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Attitude and confidence.
  • Techniques, strategies and approaches.
  • Preparing the mind, body and environment.
  • Planning and time management.
Advanced Study Skills – Higher and Further Education

This course provides students with highly effective thinking and learning techniques, strategies and approaches that will allow them to reach the depth of understanding required for advanced-level qualifications. It shows them how to strengthen their memory, develop their higher-order thinking skills and how to manage their stress and build resilience.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Attitudes and confidence.
  • Memory and deepening understanding.
  • Higher-order thinking skills.
  • Managing stress and building resilience.
Parent Study-Skills Programme

This course provides parents with practical strategies to support their child in preparing for exams. As well as exploring how to provide the right emotional support and positive learning environment, parents also learn how to directly support their child in revision and learning processes.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Strengthening mindsets.
  • Putting in place the right elements.
  • Creating the best learning environment.
  • Getting involved in the learning.

Student Development

Our student development courses will energise and empower students with the skills and drive they need to achieve in school, work and life.

Recall

Developing Memory Skills

Memory demands for students are huge! They are constantly bombarded with new knowledge in multiple topic areas in which they may or may not be interested. Additionally, they are expected to both learn and demonstrate the mastery of this knowledge on a weekly basis. Thus, an effective and efficient memory is critical for school and exam success.

This course will focus on the development of students’ long-term memories. During the session they will develop practical methods and strategies for remembering key information, lists and the processes they will need to call upon during their lessons and in exams.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • The difference between working memory and long-term memory.
  • How to overlearn material.
  • How to use visual images and other memory strategies.
  • How to read to enhance memory.
  • How to care for the mind ensuring a properly functioning memory.
Time

Developing Time Management Skills

We all know that time is a limited commodity and this is especially true for students who have many competing demands for their time such as part-time jobs, sports, hobbies and social lives.  Finding the right balance is at the heart of success in their studies but many students find it very difficult to achieve.

By taking time to arrange their priorities students can give themselves the best chance of staying on track and being organised during exam periods, which in turn can help reduce stress levels and make the difference between success and failure.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Auditing the demands on their time.
  • Understanding the main time-wasters they encounter.
  • The personal dispositions required to better manage time.
  • Setting priorities moving forward.
  • Planning for successful time management.
  • Online tools and resources available to help manage time better. 
Lead

Building Confident and Inspirational Leaders

Students are increasingly being asked to take up leadership roles on student councils or committees. Many are unsure about taking up these roles or lack the confidence to take control when in the role.

This fun, practical and interactive course is for those students holding leadership roles or prospective leadership roles in student councils, as prefects or in any other student-leadership teams. This workshop takes them through key skills associated with leadership including communication, meetings, problem-solving, negotiation, persuasion and conflict resolution – all necessary skills for life and work.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Leadership roles and responsibilities.
  • Key features of effective leaders.
  • Emotional intelligence and competency.
  • Building the self-confidence to be a leader.
  • Essential skills development.
Present

Building Presentation and Public Speaking Skills

Being able to present and speak in public is an essential skill for students as they apply for further studies and move into their future careers. Although we ensure opportunities are set aside to practise presenting, we rarely take the time to reflect on how well they are developing. This course allows time for that reflection, leading to improvement.

It doesn’t matter if students are just starting out or regularly give presentations, this course will help them develop.

Students will be shown how to present with authority and gravitas delivering powerful presentations that capture the attention and imagination of all those listening. They will be shown how, through their words and actions, they can influence, motivate or persuade their audience.

This course will be filled with lots of practical strategies and approaches that they can take away and use. We will also let them into a few secrets that will allow them to deliver presentations that will make a real impact! 

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Communication techniques forinfluence and persuasion, with examples from actors, political leaders and television presenters.
  • How to develop scripting and storytelling techniques that make everything you say more engaging and memorable.
  • Ways to avoid the common mistakes of poor visual aids by learning how the experts use compelling slides, props and flip charts to bring everything to life.
Peer Mentor

Training for Students to Support Fellow Students

Older students are increasingly being asked to work with, guide and support the learning of younger students even though many are unsure how to do this. Although they may be willing, they can lack the confidence and skills required to make the experience a positive one for the mentee and for themselves.

This course will take them through the mentoring process helping them understand and appreciate the role of the mentor. It will develop the essential skills and attributes of the mentor and provide them with a staged process for working with their fellow students.

The majority of the session will be interactive, following the structure of stimulus, activity or engagement followed by discussion and reflection. Throughout the session students will be involved in role plays that will seek to develop their skills as mentors. They will be given the opportunity to practise with each other and reflect on their experiences.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • The approach of a mentor.
  • Developing the mentor–mentee relationship.
  • The attributes of a good mentor.
  • Successfully handling the first encounter. 
  • Outline of the essential skills of a mentor.
  • The structure of a mentoring session.
  • Dealing with confidentiality.
Mindfulness

Building Resilience, Focus, Concentration and Happiness

It is agreed by many that students today are under more pressure than ever before. Some cope well and others struggle. They find it hard to rest from the stress and strain of their studies, social lives and family issues. Their minds can become clouded and congested.

Mindfulness offers them a means of regaining some control – respite! Through mindful reflection, corrective thinking and appraisal of their self-talk they can slow things down, regain perspective and become better at cognitive control, self-awareness and emotional regulation.

This course will give students some of the tools they need to remain calm, increase their attention levels and be better able to focus. It does this by helping them pay attention to the present moment through simple breathing and meditation practices that increase awareness of thoughts and feelings and reduce stress and anxiety while boosting levels of attention and concentration.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Understanding the mind and its control on emotions.
  • Exploring our self-talk and turning negatives into positives.
  • How we can’t always believe ourselves, and rethinking our own story.
  • Breathing and its calming effect.
  • Practising mindful reflection.
Momentum

Building Self-confidence and Motivation

Maintaining the drive, commitment and motivation to work hard at their studies can be difficult for many students. Some find it hard to even get moving and others struggle to stay the course. They can lose their way, become distracted, face obstacles and lack the confidence to succeed. 

The aim of this course will be to help them:

  • Gain greater understanding of what motivates and demotivates them.
  • Maintain personal drive and ambition until they reach their goals.
  • Get started and begin to transform their outcomes (which in itself leads to greater motivation).

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Setting your targets.
  • The reality check (understanding where you are starting from).
  • Lessons from the driven and motivated.
  • Taking on a powerful growth mindset.
  • Setting out options and overcoming obstacles.
  • Resilience in the face of adversity.