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How bad is your memory?
How bad is your memory exactly? Do you need to be Brain of Britain to pass your exams? German psychologist,[...]
What makes you feel better?
Do you know what makes you feel better? Everyone needs a way to make themselves feel better; to regulate their[...]
Which tribe do you belong to?
Richard Bandler (co-founder of NLP) famously asks, “How much happiness can you stand?” How would you answer that? And when[...]
Write less, remember more!
Did you know that if you write less, you'll remember more? Well, it’s true! In fact, some therapists encourage their[...]
Think first, act later…
It's often better to buy yourself some time to think first, act later. Here's one of those times. BT OpenReach[...]
How to manage your mind
And why you should! If you can't manage your mind - you can't manage anything! Or at least, that's how[...]
We’re all the same…
Except for those who aren't! We Human beings have a lot in common, and yet there are so many differences too,[...]
We’re getting stupider!
Average IQ is 7 IQ points less each century We've often heard (and probably more than likely due to improvements[...]
How do you learn best?
How do you tailor your revision to the way that your brain prefers to process information? Knowing how makes life[...]
How to be a better learner
I’m often asked how I can help people pass their exams, and usually by people who have failed the same[...]
What if you fail your exams?
OMG! You won't believe this.... but apparently some of you actually failed to read my newsletter last week!! Seriously! Imagine[...]
How to shake off stress
Stress! Who needs it? Well, actually, we all do! But not all the time! We've evolved to use the stress[...]
Silly Season is Here!
You know me! I just couldn't help myself... I mean...! The answer you get is only as good as the question[...]
How to stop your mind wandering
You'd have thought, wouldn't you, that to stop your mind wandering and get anything done, especially in this fast-paced environment[...]
How to get rid of depression
Depression - when you're in it, it's difficult to see that it's a temporary situation, and that, "this too shall[...]
Some strategies for success
1. Find an appropriate strategy Remember what we said recently? You are far more likely to achieve your goal by[...]
Thought for the day
Well - here's a thought for the day! This home video on YouTube is mercifully short, given that you probably[...]
You're not stuck with it, no matter how it seems - there really are ways of overcoming hopelessness. Overcoming hopelessness[...]
Stop praising your kids!
Because you want the best for them! Have you ever wondered why is it that some folks stall at the[...]
They call the wind “Maria”
But it would be safer to call it 'Mario'! Last week's Storm Doris did for me, I'm afraid... A gust-related,[...]
Food for thought
Here's food for thought, for you... Did you know, that eating oily fish is good for you? Yes, of course[...]
How to talk to strangers
You’d hardly think we'd need instruction on how to talk to strangers, would you? Or would you? After all, haven't[...]
Learning is fun! Or is it?
Remember when learning was fun? Building castles in the sand pit, sloshing water from one container to another in the[...]
Good ‘A’ Level Results?
And what to do, if not Many congratulations to the young people celebrating their hard work by getting the good 'A'[...]
Let’s do it – maybe!
We don't need motivation for the things we want to do... We're already doing them!! So maybe the best way[...]
Are you a failure?
Are you a failure? Good! Most people avoid failing, and at all costs, too. But maybe this TEDx talk by Keith Peters[...]
Fancy a smack in the teeth?
I'm told, violence is never the answer, but when you're feeling down, anxious and worried - how would you respond[...]
It’s a sign!
Is it a sign of the times, that the on-going debate won't abate! Which debate? The one among scientists, about the brain[...]
I love being married
"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest[...]
Mastication is good for you!
Mastication is good for you after all! Hey! Mastication doesn’t make you blind, it makes you brainier! Let me explain...[...]
How to be happy
Wanna know how to be happy? I know, I know… It's not the first time I've posted a link to[...]
Ideacide -v- courage
Ideacide -v- courage - what's that about? What a difference 132 years makes What have John Humphreys, Elton John, the[...]
When is being spaced out a good thing? When it speeds up the memorisation process, that’s when! When you study[...]
What cost, improving self-esteem?
After Arnie’s ‘paperless classroom’ debacle, resulting in ingenious, entrepreneurial teenage crims hacking the provided iPads in order to sell them[...]
We all stand together
Years ago, when I was teaching, I arranged Paul McCartney's "We all stand together", otherwise known as the frog song,[...]
Who are you this week?
It might seem like a strange question, except that who we are - changes over time. Not a lot of[...]
Reading University’s world record attempt
I was looking forward to being part of Reading University's world record attempt today, celebrating academic achievement, coincidentally during Brain Awareness[...]
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,[...]
I just don’t get it
You know that moment when you simply 'don't get it'? Well I don't!! Get it, that is... You tell me[...]
The secret of speedy revision
Want to know the secret of speedy revision? Yeah, me too! Only kidding! What do we already know about revising?[...]
Inny or Outy?
Which way's your attention facing? Inny or Outy? We’re social animals and are hard-wired to be with, and to relate[...]
Heavens above: It's all in the stars this week! Q: What's a more reliable predictor of living a long and[...]
You can be glad about that
Those of us of ‘a certain age’ might recall seeing ‘Pollyanna’ on TV many moons ago. Based on the bestselling[...]
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[...]
Stanford marshmallow experiments
You are probably aware of the Stanford marshmallow experiments with four-year-olds in the 1960-70s, studying the tricky subject of[...]
BLAST from the past!
Enjoy all over again, this blast from the past: Anneka Rice's reaction to a Harrier Jump Jet just suddenly appearing[...]
Are you well-connected?
I expect you know that your brain is divided into two hemispheres: left and right. It was once thought that[...]
Years ago, at a networking event, run by Refer On and John Welburn, I connected with Dexter Moscow, who helped[...]
Music to your ears?
Are you one of those people who says that music moves you? Well, this bloke in Vancouver was moved all[...]
Music to my ears!
Thank you and a request... Wow! Thank you! More and more, I'm getting a lot of lovely things said to[...]
Music, your brain and exercise
Apparently, some people have known since 1911 that cyclists pedal faster when listening to music. An American researcher, Leonard Ayres,[...]
Connecting the dots
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that[...]
Don’t go changing
Crossed off something I've had on my bucket list for a long while, and spent the weekend with Paul McKenna[...]
Don’t you go changing!
OMG TESLA! OK! So now I'm going to sound like an advert for the new Tesla electric car. I'm not[...]
How do you measure up?
How can you tell if you really know your stuff for the exam? Well, you’ve got to test yourself, obviously.[...]
Whale just having fun, or warning them to keep away? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u-MW7vF0-Y Whale meet again...'Help' and 'Thanks' in Whale And talking[...]
Heard of the Matthew Effect?
An expression coined in 1968, by psychologist, Robert Merton, it refers to the tendency for early advantage to augment over[...]
Channel 4 documentary I had a 'phone call from a documentary producer, needing an expert on board a pilot (On[...]
Lining up the ducks…
It's all finally coming together, at last! This week has been somewhat eventful!! Channel 4 documentary I had a 'phone[...]
Giving it the swerve!
Having to swerve and brake violently to avoid running over my second snake when cycling by the river, I was curious[...]
The idea of sleep learning probably began in 1951 when a couple of researchers at the University of Washington DC[...]
Narcissism or high self-esteem
Narcissism or high self-esteem? You’re so vain, You probably think this song is about you. Don't you? Don't you? Oh[...]
Rosemary for a better memory
You really can sniff rosemary for a better memory. Seems Shakespeare was on to something: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”And[...]
8 facts about memory
1. Forgetting helps you learn! How? Well just imagine if you never forgot anything. How on earth would you sort[...]
How to make good decisions
Do you know how to make good decisions? Do you know how to make good decisions in the moment? Especially[...]
Choose... And kill off all other options As with all the other 'cide's', it's from the Latin root, caedere "to cut, to kill", Suicide...[...]
I say, I say, I say... What do you do when you can't hear the actors on stage? Genius, or[...]
Don’t you dare…
…believe anyone who tells you, “You can’t”! It’s just their fear speaking. It’s their stuff. “Whether you think you[...]
Set to forget
Have you noticed that you frequently forget what you revised only a few days ago, even though you were sure[...]
Is yours fear or phobia?
Talking of the mysterious workings of the mind, which have you got? Fear or phobia? Do you care either way?[...]
Forgot? No problem!
Rethinking how memory works... Its job is to make sense of the world and keep you safe. It's not bothered[...]
Relationship wrecker #1
Relationship wrecker #1. It's an easy and obvious trap to fall into. Ever been absolutely sure of something, only to[...]
Learning by Doing
Some people learn best by doing. If you’re one of those people, you can do worse than to link things[...]
Genius Material is the Missing Link!
Genius Material: "Really important missing link to help students change exam failure into success." Brian Hipkin, Dean of Students, Regents University[...]
Stress and Anxiety
What are Stress and Anxiety? Stress is the word we use to describe the arousal of the autonomic nervous system.[...]
Making a stand
Those of you who've read my newsletter about it might ask your spine, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain and circulation why[...]
This week’s news is so ‘last week’!
Happy heart-health! When will the authorities (whoever they are!) withdraw its longstanding warnings about cholesterol? Recently, it’s been decided that perhaps[...]
Seven plus or minus two
It was reckoned by psychologist George Miller in 1956, that depending on circumstances, we can only pay attention to roughly[...]
If it feels like you're peddling twice as hard to stay in the same place these days, it's probably because[...]
Theresa May and George Clooney
Hmmmm... interesting! If you found yourself sitting on a settee, in Roux at Parliament Square, with the UK's Home Secretary,[...]
Sleeping on the job!
How to improve your performance No, not that performance! That's maybe a conversation for another time!! But at work, how's[...]
ICANN and I will!
Goodness only knows, I do my best to manage all the technical aspects of running a business and maintaining a[...]
RIP digital products?
At the beginning of 2015, new VAT regulations came into force in Europe, which I thought I would mention because[...]
How to make a smart mouse
Frankenstein would have had a chuckle. Scientists at Rochester University have implanted Human glial cells into mouse brains. I kid[...]
Google Glasses for X-Ray Vision?
Smarter technology, smarter Humans? Hey! You know me! I love systems and processes and efficiency. I love having the technology[...]
Fermented Food Headlines
Look at some of the many article headlines in the New Scientist over the last few months. Bacterial therapy is[...]
What is fermented food?
Ever asked the question, "What is fermented food?" Numerous cultures around the world have been fermenting food, it seems, forever![...]
More Genius Material?
Photomath Smart Camera Cheating or Genius idea? Judge for yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ3yeq817N4 Mathematical 'aha' moments Genius use of modern technology
Distracted pilots deliver their passengers an hour late. I expect they just wanted to finish off what they were doing[...]
What am I doing up here?
Ever got to where you're going, only to wonder what you're doing there? It happens to all of us! And[...]
This Might Be The One!
Grateful to have known this genius... Returning from holiday, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the death[...]
When you’ve sweated buckets of effort on absorbing information, you need to make sure all that hard work is worthwhile.[...]
Scotland – Prodigal Son?
I'm relieved about the outcome of the vote. How about you? You might have enjoyed the little border control prank[...]
Memories are made of this
Oh dear! My suspicions are confirmed... A study from Fairfield University, Connecticut, has shown that taking photographs prevents us making[...]
Study Technique – Mapping
As you know, I’m a great fan of efficiency and expediency, especially when it comes to fitting your Financial Services[...]
Creativity is a muscle
If you were wondering…(and I know some of you worry about this sort of thing!) ... how great musicians improvise[...]
Congratulations all round?
Many congratulations to the 352,590 students who discovered this week that they've got the 'A' Level exam grades they need[...]
Get out of Jail
Corrie fans will appreciate the frustration and heartache, of the currently incarcerated, Peter Barlow, portrayed by actor Chris Gascoyne. This[...]
The Chimp Paradox
The brain is a complex animal! As I describe in my Automatic Weight Loss online Training, for all our sophisticated[...]
You've heard me say a number of times, it's no good expecting the material you need to learn to enter[...]
I must go to the gym…
It would be nice to think that we had the time, energy and inclination to enjoy rigorous exercise every day[...]
Go with the flow
Last Thursday we went to Douai Abbey for the Eric Whitacre concert. Wow! The acoustics were perfect for their style[...]
How to Learn Formulae
We’re going to see how you can play around with equations in such a way that you remember them[...]
Using a pedometer
Streuth! That was quick! Ordered online on Sunday - delivered on Tuesday! Er... so no excuse not to get on[...]
Perhaps you already know that we should be moving more, and that our sedentary lifestyle is playing havoc with our[...]
Many of us, living in the Thames Valley, and on other low-lying land in the UK are experiencing the most[...]
How to eliminate exam nerves
When you've invested so much time, effort and money, revising for your exam, and you feel under pressure, it can[...]
Better Sleep Video
You are in the right place to watch the Automatic Weight Loss, Better Sleep Hygiene video. You'll notice that it[...]
Advanced Thinking Workshop
Watch this introduction to Emotionally Intelligent Communication and find out what it can do for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIBzl3yRdfI If you know[...]
A Matter of Interpretation
Well, It's a matter of interpretation, isn't it? there was a particular and exciting stretch of a few months, a little[...]
Using iPads in Schools
Knowing how hard it is for schools to make their budgets go far enough, and knowing how expensive iPads are,[...]
Exercise to boost brain power
Exercise boosts memory and cognitive performance - so says new research. 10-40 minute bursts of activity immediately boosts concentration and focus - probably[...]
MindMaps – some ideas
Do you already use MindMaps or have you been meaning to find out more about them - how to make[...]
Under Cover – sleep positions
OK! So sleep's important for our mental health, immune system, for maintaining a healthy weight, for consolidating new information when we're learning... There[...]
From Neurons to Networks
Every time you talk to a child, they create new connections in their brain. How does technology impact the brain?[...]
More about good brain food
More news about good brain food... Fault Lines - Fast food, Fat profits: Obesity in America Obesity in America has[...]
Brain circuitry & PTSD
Finally, it seems, there are some indications that people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, invalided out of the military, are[...]
Thinking –v- Believing
The more we think, the less we believe! Well, in God anyway… Apparently, we humans use two separate cognitive systems[...]
The brains of autistic children usually show more excitement for inanimate objects than for their mother's face. But in the[...]
Are you feeling sleepy?
Bui Ha Duc and Xiaoping Li of the National University of Singapore, have been studying the physiological changes in the[...]
Little children, sweetly sleep…
Little children do indeed sleep sweetly. In fact, according to Gareth Gaskell at the University of York and Anna Weighall,[...]
Sticks and Stones…
You remember the old saying: Sticks and stones will break my bones, but calling names won't hurt me. While now[...]
It's official! Older people only need to be mildly deficient in vitamin B12, to be likely to experience cognitive decline,[...]
Are you too old to learn?
I've bet you've used that excuse before! They say, don't they, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I[...]
Biggest revision mistakes: Stress
You can’t think straight when you’re stressed and anxious. You’re not supposed to think straight when you’re stressed and anxious![...]
Why we forget
Your brain automatically tends to let go of older information in favour of more recent information. On top of that[...]
Get the picture?
There are as many ways of making revision notes as there are people making revision notes! The trick, as I've[...]
RO4 exams and stress
Balancing a busy professional life with a home and family life is quite enough for a person to handle, but[...]
Stress and the RO4 exams
Do you already know just how difficult it is to concentrate on your R04 exam revision when you’re feeling stressed?[...]
Best Brain Food for RO4 Exams
As you can guess from the picture here, weʼre going to be talking about food. More specifically, about food thatʼs[...]
Stressed over R01 exam?
If you're feeling stressed over your RO1 exam, you're hardly likely to be revising efficiently. So the sooner you get[...]
Little head, big brains!
What do you do if your head ain't big enough for your brains? Answer: stuff it down your trousers! Well,[...]
How to combat exam nerves
It’s understandable and perfectly natural to experience some anxiety about exams, and unpleasant as it feels, it can serve as[...]
Think your way to better grades
Thinking positively and believing in yourself will help to counteract the fear you might feel when confronted with that oh[...]
More sleep, better memory
Going short on sleep does you no favours whatsoever. Planning, problem-solving, learning, concentration, working memory and alertness all suffer. IQ[...]
Chew Gum to get Better Grades!
Evidence has arrived from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle that people who chew gum throughout tests of both long-term[...]
Eat Less – Remember More!
Eat Less – Remember More! You’ve probably heard that a restricted-calorie diet for mice makes them live longer. Some people[...]
Get better grades
Do you get better grades by using an effective revision strategy, or are you one of those people who doesn't[...]
Ever find yourself so snowed under that you just don't know where to start? What is your strategy for getting[...]
Snails take power naps too!
Are power naps good for snails and other animals too? Great pond snails sleep for 10% of their life. You[...]
What state are you in?
How does what state you're in relate to state-dependent learning? On the subject of state-dependent learning, in other words, being in[...]
I can do it, so why can’t he?
My lovely husband has a fantastic auditory memory so he easily remembers what he hears. That explains the continual stream[...]
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