Posts by Nigel

Why is the brain so negative?

What’s your brain’s main job?  Seems a pretty straightforward question. What do you think it is? I think your amazing brain’s main job is to keep you safe – not to keep you happy or chilled out note – but to keep you safe. And secure.  And as you are still here it’s done a…

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(Nearly) all you wanted to know about what stress is

What is stress? Stress is a word that’s thrown around an awful lot but what exactly is it? I’ve been involved in trying to help people enjoy their teaching more for many years and enjoyed many discussions focused on trying to understand this word. Needless to say, there are an awful lot of definitions but…

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How emotionally resilient are you?

D I’m sure you’ll not be surprised to learn that there are lots of scales available to score a person’s resilience level. Many are much longer and more detailed than the one I offer you below, but I like the simplicity and ease of use of this one. Score your response to each of the…

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What does an emotionally resilient person look like?

Here’s a few characteristics that many resilient people have in common: self-awareness – you are able to recognise and convey both your thoughts and feelings easily and know where they come from. This means you can empathise easily with others and know how you influence other people with your feelings. positivity – your positive self-image,…

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21. Exam advice – see success

Dear Isaac, Picture the scene. Really picture it. You could try sitting still, closing your eyes and really getting into this scene. As if you’re there. (You have to read it first!!) You’ve worked hard for your exams. Really hard. Harder than you thought you could. Certainly harder than your parents expected. You sat in…

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20. Exam advice – what to do in the exam room

Dear Isaac, Before the exam be sure you know: which exam is when and where what topics are in each exam how long each exam is and how much time you have for each question. For example is it a mark for every minute? know well which question you should be starting after a quarter,…

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19. Exam advice – take it easy

Dear Isaac, Breathercises…Breathing techniques are some of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to calm your mind so you can revise efficiently and sit your exam with focus. Here’s a few to try before and during both revision sessions and the exams themselves. Do them as often as you wish – the more you do…

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18. Exam advice – move it

Dear Isaac, Adding some movement into your revision routine is a total no-brainer. Why? If you work your body your brain will respond by releasing chemicals to help you sleep better, ease your worries, boost your concentration and improve your thinking. In short, learning becomes easier. And this is what we want.H 6 ways exercise…

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17. Exam help – more on food

Dear Isaac Continuing with your diet points. Your “No thanks!” foods  I know this list has some of your favourite things on it. But remember you can eat them when your exams are finished in just a few weeks. And if you can’t stop yourself before then, remember the 80:20 rule. Eat well for at…

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16. Exam help – food

Dear Isaac, You’re like a car – put the wrong fuel in you and you’ll not work well. You’re the same. So, if you want to revise well and perform in the exams fill up with the proper fuel! My  best advice to you about diet (and I want to talk about this today and…

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