Forget highlighting and rereading your notes. These are old and ineffective ways to study. In this session, students will learn highly effective study strategies from cognitive psychology.
Note: Two versions of this talk are available (a lower and senior school version).
Year 11 Transitions
Year 11 can be a shock to the system. Winging it no longer works. Effective strategies are required. In this session, students will learn how to make the transition to senior school a smooth one. They will walk away with practical strategies they can implement immediately to make life easier.
"I can't be bothered . . . I’ll start tomorrow”. Sound familiar? Why not start today? In this session, students will learn about the psychology of procrastination, how to identify their own procrastination patterns and practical strategies to help them get started with their work/study.
Preparing for exams can feel overwhelming and stressful. But it doesn't need to be like this. There is a better way! In this session, students will learn how to avoid last minute cramming and effectively prepare for exams.
The Habits of Happiness
We are living in challenging times with so much uncertainty and sadness in the world. But there is a lot we can do to make our lives better. In this session, we explore the psychology of happiness and tiny habits for enhanced wellbeing.
If your students are so close to the end but they're struggling to find the motivation to keep going, this session is a winner! This session gives students practical strategies to set goals, motivate themselves at any time and cultivate solid habits that stick!
How do you make information stick? In this session, students will learn simple but powerful strategies to enhance their memory, cultivate better brain health and improve their focus.
The Power of Sleep
Sleep is critical to our wellbeing, memory and ability to learn. Yet approximately 70% of students are chronically sleep deprived. Students will learn about the importance of sleep as well as simple ways to get more and better sleep.
Being organised helps students feel more in control and less stressed. It also saves students time! In this session, students will learn how they can organise their study space and digital space to optimise learning.
Here's what people have said about the presentations Jane delivers:
"We have had many guest speakers discussing study skills but none were as helpful as you. For once I was fully focused and interested in your presentation, everyone was. I'm really grateful for the awesome tips you gave us. Congratulations on actually making a difference in the way teenagers study today"
- Year 10 Student, Corpus Christi College
“It was great to hear how many students went home and spoke to their parents about your presentation. I’ve also received fabulous feedback from our staff – yours really is the best Study Skills presentation I have seen!”
- Head of Year, Wesley College
Dr Jane's presentations are based on a combination of cutting edge research and personal experience, particularly her years studying at university.
She speaks regularly on the following topics:
- effective study strategies (e.g. dual coding, active recall and spaced practice)
- how to avoid last minute cramming and prepare for exams
- memory techniques and brain health
- combating procrastination and perfectionism
- cultivating better focus and minimising distractions (particularly technological distractions)
- the psychology of habit formation (specifically the Tiny Habits method)
- strategies for developing resilience
Most presentations run for 50 minutes or one hour; however, they can be shortened or lengthened to suit your school periods and schedule.