There’s a good chance we’ve already met. Maybe on LinkedIn or FaceBook? If not, say hello and let’s get connected. But, if you’ve never met me before, you’re probably wondering who I am and so what!
In the education business since 1982, I am a Memory and Mindset Coach and I’ve helped thousands of teenagers and professional people pass exams, often in Financial Services and other professions driven by certification, such as aviation, medicine, engineering, I.T. and law.
As a young student, I had no idea what I was supposed to do to learn the sort of stuff I was presented with in the classroom.
I mean, why would I? We’re not taught how to learn, just what.
Fortunately, my endeavours were enough to allow me to go on to two universities and become a teacher. But it was by no means a slam-dunk. I was lucky.
And, it was while I was in the classroom, attempting to educate the next generation, that I realised just how woefully inadequate our learning and teaching strategies can be.
I discovered early on that it was no use simply repeating myself when a child raised their hand to ask for clarification. If they didn’t ‘get it’ the first time round why on earth would they the second? I needed to find a different way to explain it... to ‘hit the spot’.
This led to my ‘aha’ moment. The moment when I realised we’re all different, and we learn differently. We process information differently, and store it and retrieve it in our own, unique ways.
That’s why one method of learning might work for one person but not for another.
Over the intervening years, and especially from talking to so many people in Financial Services, I began to realise just how much time and energy is wasted by not knowing exactly how your brain prefers to learn.
And, given that we’re hard-wired to forget and most of us have no idea how to keep information in our heads, once we’ve learnt it, the vast majority of the effort we make to learn is a complete waste of time.
Finally, I began the research which eventually led to my being able to help thousands of clients, young and old, to discover their own preferred way of learning, automatically cutting out hours and hours of struggle and disappointment.
I've been known to take exams just for the fun of it! Seriously! And when I have, I've achieved top marks. And by top marks, I mean, 100% or very close.
Every single time.
I'm not telling you this to brag. There’s nothing extra special about me. If there were, I'd have aced all my exams at school and university.
I didn't know then what I know now.
The difference is simple.
I now know how my brain prefers to learn. I know what I need to do and just as importantly, what not to do to get information properly into my brain. What's more, I know how to keep it there.
That's the difference that makes all the difference.
Because of what I now know, and thanks to my teaching skills and experience, I am having the best time enjoying countless success stories of people whizzing through the very same exams they failed multiple times before.
Unfortunately, most professionals find me only after they’ve failed the same exam over and over and relies they've got to find a better way.
Far too often an Adviser will tell me something along the lines of they’ve got 3 exams to go. They’ve failed one of them twice and the other two, four times each!
If only they’d found me before they’d wasted so much time. Because now, they’re exhausted as well as miserable. They’re on the verge of giving up on their goals and their self-esteem and confidence has gone through the floor.
And that breaks my heart, because once you know how to get information into your head and then keep it there, your learning is transformed. You spend half the amount of time you used to spend, studying and your exam score will be around the 80% mark. Every time.
I look forward to exam time, because I just know that my clients have what they need to do themselves justice.
You can imagine how rewarding it is for me when my clients' ‘phone calls, emails and letters start arriving, full of gratitude and excitement for the future.
And that’s what I love about my job and why I do what I do!
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