Category Archives: Podcasts

Ep 9 Testing Times: Retrieval Practice and its role as a GCSE study technique with Kate Jones

As parents we’re often confronted with situations where our teens will tell us: “I don’t know how to” or “I’m just no good at remembering this”. From our own experiences too, we might have found that we’ll recall some things very easily even from school; the rhyme about Henry VIII’s wives. But other things seem […]

Ep7 Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing in teens approaching GCSEs with Omari Eccelston-Brown

We all have different ways of coping with – if not managing – stress. Perhaps it’s the variety of situations we’ve experienced that make us more or less adept to managing pressure. But our young people have had limited opportunity to experience or deal with the kinds of pressure they now find themselves under. So, […]

Ep5 One Size Won’t Fit All: Autism and SEN in studying

Sometimes it can seem like teens get pushed through a cookie cutter template. But it’s important to remember they are all individuals. Each young person is unique and will approach things in a different way. We seem to have comfortably adopted a view that ‘normal’ exists – albeit within certain parameters. And this is how […]

Ep4 Motivation: how to get it and how to keep it.

We’ve all been in a situation where we have something that we need to do, but can’t quite bring ourselves to get on with it. Whether it’s cleaning the car, tackling the under-stairs cupboard or sorting out insurance renewals, there are some things that are difficult to get enthusiastic about. And that’s so often the […]

Ep3: Hitting the ground running or easing in gently.

In this Study Sessions podcast episode Nathan is talking to Barnaby Lenon – and Iain Kilpatrick. We look at about how best to approach the year that will have to end in a ‘grade’ for yr 11 and yr 13 pupils. We’re following 6 very different students as they work towards their GCSEs in summer […]

Well-being in students: External pressure and internal coping.

In this episode we’re talking about well-being and mental health. Natasha Devon MBE and Dr Dominique Thompson talk to Nathan McGurl, founder of the Study Buddy.We’re following 6 very different students as they work towards their GCSEs in summer 2021 in this 2nd season. Each week I’ll be catching up with each of them in […]