Time is limited during exam season, so this post is short and to the point. A key factor in passing exams is the ability to perform when you really need to, under stressful conditions. Students often over-look this aspect of academic success, devoting all of their energy into revising the … Read More >>
The Chief Executive of UBS recently commented that tolerating mistakes would be a component of the bank’s cultural transformation. In short, the thinking behind this is that if you fear making errors in your work, you will not own up to them when they happen. It also prevents any valuable … Read More >>
Did your son or daughter sit their GCSE or AS-level exams this summer? Understandably, these exams are perceived by students and parents exclusively as a stepping stone to the next level of education. But exam results provide a great opportunity to learn how to become a better student and students … Read More >>
It’s probably not contentious to state that most organisations claim to value performance excellence. To name just one, Barclays plc has ‘excellence’ as one of its 5 core values.
Equally, you would probably have to speak with many Human Resource Directors before you found one expressing a dis-interest in developing… Read More >>
Excelling in academic exams requires a more sophisticated approach than trying hard
It took me 25 years to work out how to learn. Years that comprised school exams, and multiple University and professional qualifications.
For much of that time I no doubt held a mindset that is common to students; … Read More >>
How to sustain resolutions and increase self-control
Many of us use the turn of the year to make changes in our lives. This usually entails doing less of what we believe we shouldn’t do, and more of what we should. Common examples are eating healthier, fitness plans, reducing debt, and … Read More >>
Has competition within academic learning ever been more intense? In their quest to gain entry into top senior schools, children are subjected to ever more demanding exams and interviews, and it goes without saying that parents want the best for their children and will go to great lengths to optimize … Read More >>
Critical thinking and writing skills
One of the most important skills required to succeed academically is the ability to think critically. This skill will not be of much help at GCSE level, yet is a contributing factor in distinguishing the best students from the rest at A-level and above.
A … Read More >>
How do people become excellent in what they do? Why do most elite junior sportspeople, musicians or performing artists never become elite adult performers? More generally, how does potential become achievement?
These questions are pertinent to anyone interested in developing talent, from parents and educators to corporate HR professionals, the … Read More >>