Learning, Memory, Studying Techniques

Play word association football when revising for exams

Old habits die hard, but here’s something new for you: play word association football when revising for exams! You know that lovely definition of madness… repeating the same action but expecting a different outcome? And the aphorism: If what you’re doing isn’t working, then er… do something else! We’ve all been there!!!

Brain, Emotional intelligence, Health, Learning

Who likes a good moan?

We all like a good moan now and again, don’t we? We do like a good moan, don’t we? Well, you just might change your mind after this! When I was at school, which of course was a while ago now, we were taught that the brain stops developing and

Emotional intelligence, Learning

Fixed mindset -v- growth mindset

Are you fixed? Why do toddlers happily fail to walk, and when they fall over, simply get up and have another go? Exactly when do adults start believing that it’s not OK to fail or not be very good at something and therefore don’t even try? What do you know

Learning, Memory, Studying Techniques

4 easy things to improve your memory by 10%

Don’t you just love it when science comes right out and verifies what we already know! According to research (and to those of us who have already been doing it) each of the following will improve your recall by 10%. I wonder what you could achieve if you did all 4…

Brain, General, Learning

The problem with the yoof of today

Cor, lummy, I don’t half feel old when I start talking about the younger generation! Yes, yes. There’s a good reason for that! Please don’t write in! As I was saying, the problem with the yoof of today, is that they’ve grown up in a culture that seems to judge

Learning, Memory, Studying Techniques

How to remember stuff

When you’ve worked hard to get information in your head, it makes sense to do what it takes to keep it there, and know how to remember stuff. The simplest, most reliable way to do this is to test yourself. It doesn’t just let you know if you still know it,

Emotional intelligence, Learning

Increase your ability to delay gratification

So what can you do to increase your ability to delay gratification? And why would you want to? Perhaps because if you want to be successful in life, you need to develop your determination and resilience muscles. Most successful people are good at: Delaying gratification. Resisting temptation. Not letting fear

Emotional intelligence, General, Learning

How keeping going keeps you going

… towards your goal. And what it costs to get you there… I think we’ve inadvertently done our kids a disservice. I also think, perhaps as a backlash against the stricter parenting we grew up with, we’ve attempted to be less demanding of our children, and to protect them from the

General, Learning

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Boris Johnson, that’s who!

Do you by any chance remember the interview given by the leader of one of the RAF Black Buck missions to protect the Falkland Islands during the conflict with Argentina in 1982? The question put to him was something along the lines of, “How do you feel about your old

Learning, Memory, Studying Techniques

Two easy things to improve your revision

It’s useful to know there are two easy things to improve your revision, because in revision sessions, just as in other life experiences, most of us tend to do what we know. And it either works sufficiently for our purposes, or it doesn’t. If on some level it works well