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Exam anxiety: How to keep calm during exams

Exam Anxiety: Before the exam Get good rest Avoid exam anxiety by getting a good night’s sleep before every exam day. You might be tempted to stay up cramming until late, but it is usually a mistake. You will think better and be calmer in your exam if you are properly rested. Have an early

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Procrastination: Help your child get on with their work  

Procrastination – what is it?   ‘Procrastinare’ The Latin meaning putting forward until tomorrow Procrastination is putting off a task that needs to be done.  It may seem hard to believe but procrastination hasn’t always been seen as a negative behaviour (Van Eerde, 2003).  In the 1600s procrastination described thoughtful decision making which produced better outcomes. Psychologists have found

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Revise for your Exams: 5 study tips that really work

When you revise for your exams, the most important thing to remember is to use active revision techniques.  If you try simply to read over the material and remember it, you will find that very little of the information goes into your memory.  What you need to do is find ways of engaging actively with your revision

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Neuroplasticity: how does it help your child learn?

In my previous blog we explored lifestyle factors that can help your brain support your memory. In this blog we will discover what neuroplasticity really means and what research shows us about how we can try to improve it. The brain is a muscle The brain is a muscle the more we use it and

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Discovering technology for language learning

Technology for Language Learning

When I was teaching Italian at the University of Hull a few years ago, one of the recurrent questions students asked me was – “Vincenzo, how can I improve my Italian?”. Years after, in one of my EFL DipTesol training sessions the other day, Simon (the trainer) asked us: “How can we help students to improve their

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Support your child’s memory

This is the first of two blogs on how you can best support your child’s memory. In the first blog we will learn about how important lifestyle factors lay the foundations for good memory acquisition, retention and recall. In the second blog we will learn mnemonic strategies to help manage the large quantities of information

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