Help Your Student Become an Effective and Stress-Free Learner

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  • Develop Student Motivation and Resilience
  • Discover Study Skills To Achieve Better Academic Results
  • Boost Productivity
  • Reduce Anxiety

A podcast for teachers and parents who really care about learning ways to help secondary students enjoy effective and stress-free learning.

Episode 43: How to help your student with learning issues

Episode 43: How to help your student with learning issues

Welcome to episode 43 of BrainTree Podcast – Helping Your Student with Learning Difficulties

Episode 43 is a continuation of the last episode where Prue and Rocky discuss how to help students in their studies. This episode will focus more on the learning process of the student and what can be done to encourage students to engage, think and act.

There are no secrets to success; it’s the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. – Collin Powell

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast Rocky and Prue discuss insights about:

  • How it is a constant battle for parents to help their kids when it comes to learning.
  • How personal and learning issues are related to one another and cannot be separated if parents and teachers want to help the student completely.
  • How it is important to encourage the student to seek the help they need.
  • That it is important to look at the whole family to identify issues and appropriate solutions for everyone.
  • How parents can document anything that could help identify where the learning issue stems from.
  • That teachers should not easily give up on students and parents if help is refused.
  • The steps that parents and teachers can do on how to help students with their learning difficulties
  • How to avoid labeling kids with diagnoses to not make them feel that they are defective

News and Updates:

We’ll put BrainTree podcast on hold for few months where we are going to reassess the direction, goals of the podcast and define how would BrainTree help students, parents and teachers in the best way over the next year.

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcasts via iTunes.

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Episode 42: How to Help Your Student When They Are Struggling in a Specific Subject

Episode 42: How to Help Your Student When They Are Struggling in a Specific Subject

Welcome to episode 42 of BrainTree Podcast – How To Help Your Student When They Are Struggling In A Specific Subject

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Prue and Rocky discuss ways on how to help students whey they are struggling with a specific subject and how to find a network of people that can help you.

Quotation for the episode:

“That’s stupid. If I need help, I’ll shout help” -Game of Thrones

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast Rocky and Prue discuss insights about:

  • Some parents don’t know where to find help when their children are struggling in school and many teachers also don’t know how to help the parents either.
  • Because there is so much out there, parents may get more confused.
  • Parents should encourage kids to first ask subject teachers in school when they are having any problems. It is not easy for teachers to always make sure everyone is on the same page especially since they need to cover a lot in a short space of time.
  • It’s helpful for kids and parents to keep a list of questions they have and look for opportunities to ask the questions.
  • Teachers should make sure that they never ridicule children who ask questions.
  • Adults should always be careful about what they say to kids because they never know what the impact of what they will say is going to be for the child. This is a big responsibility!
  •  Parents should encourage their children to learn from peers too.
  • Tips on how and where to find the right tutor for your child if you really need to.

News and Updates:

To find out more about Prue and what she has to offer in this area, visit www.enhanced-learning.net where you’ll find a section for teachers and schools, and a section for parents and students.

There are also workbooks there for study skills, time management, goal setting  and exam prep workbook.  Click here for Parents & Students or here for Teachers & Schools.

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcasts via iTunes.

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Episode 41: The Adolescent Brain

Episode 41: The Adolescent Brain

Welcome to episode 41 of BrainTree Podcast – The Adolescent Brain

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Rocky and Prue discuss the complexity of the adolescence brain and what can be done to help adolescents develop holistically even with the pressures they experience during this developmental stage.

Quotation for the episode:

“Adolescence is as much a perplexing time of life as it is an amazing one running roughly between the ages of 12 and 24. Adolescence is known across cultures as a time of great challenge for both the adolescents and the adults who support them” – Daniel J Siegel

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast Rocky and Prue discuss insights about:

  • Another perspective in the age of adolescence and how the stage could go up to 24 years old.
  • The powerful myths about adolescence and how you can view those myths in a different way and help your adolescent actually go through those myths the right way.
  • Adolescence being a time of great exploration and discovery that even though moods are very bad, this time is still a developmental time for character traits.
  • The healthy mind platter and the 7 things that adolescence and adults alike can practice in order to achieve the full potential of the brain’s development.
  • How to help adolescents learn to accept what they are feeling, including negative emotions so they know how to handle conflicts.
  • How playtime for adolescents is still essential and should not be viewed negatively, especially when they’re just hanging out with friends having some downtime.
  • The fact that teachers and adults have the power to help students assess how much time they spend on different activities, because every activity aids in the development of the brain.
  • Teachers and parents should also go through the exercises to also help them live a better life.
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News and Updates:

Rocky has been thinking about how to help people reduce and manage anxiety and at the same time help a school called Giant Steps.  This school helps students and families with Autism.

He created a resource based on The Tapping Technique – a simple and powerful tool you can use that provides physical relaxation within minutes.

Check it out HERE it’s only $7 and the entire proceeds of the sale go to Giant Steps

Resources:

Tapping technique resource

http://www.rescuetime.com – tracks time spent on different websites

Episode 11: Sleep Patterns

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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Episode 40: How much study to do in the holidays?

Episode 40: How much study to do in the holidays?

Welcome to episode 40 of BrainTree Podcast – “Holidays and Study”

In this episode of BrainTree podcast, Prue and Rocky discuss whether or not students should study during the holidays and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

Quotation for the episode:

“The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet”-Aristotle

Prue points out what students should be doing during holidays and Rocky shares his insights about the following things:

  • Junior students should have the liberty to play and relax during the holidays so they can rejuvenate for what’s to come when classes resume.
  • Senior students have it more difficult because they are going through the most demanding phase of their studies.
  • How to create a study schedule for the holidays.
  • Study tips and how senior students can divide their day to prepare for the coming exams and projects.
  • 4 key things that need attention during the holidays and how parents and teachers can help their students with them.

Parents and teachers have crucial roles in making sure students push through difficult times in order to develop discipline, grit and persistence that they will need in real life.

News and Updates:

To find out more about Prue and what she has to offer to improve students study skills, visit http://www.enhanced-learning.net where you’ll find a section for teachers and schools, and a section for parents and students.

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes

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Episode 39: Guest interview – Australia’s Favourite Teacher

Episode 39: Guest interview – Australia’s Favourite Teacher

Welcome to episode 39 of BrainTree Podcast – Interview with Australia’s Favorite Teacher in 2012 – Mark O’Connor.

In this episode of BrainTree podcast, Prue and Rocky interview Mark O’Connor, a teacher for sixteen years dedicated to the continuous improvement of education. He was awarded “Australia’s Favourite Teacher” in 2012 by the Prime Minister at the time Julia Gillard.

Prue,  Rocky and Mark will discuss how to promote resilience in the students of today and how parents and teachers alike can inspire critical thinking to better prepare students for the real world.

Quotation for the episode:

“It’s too big a world to be in competition with everyone; the only person who I have to be better than is myself”—Col. Potter

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Prue and Rocky discuss with Mark insights about:

  • The pressures on students nowadays and how parents and teachers can help them set goals and understand what they want to do in the future.
  • Why rescuing our students can create problems at school and can take away opportunities to learn resilience.
  • The ingredient of teaching successfully in this fast-changing time.
  • How conversations on learning can help improve the over-all performance of students
  • How parents and teachers can benefit from the new understanding of standards and grading.

News and Updates:

Rocky has been thinking about how to help people reduce and manage anxiety and at the same time help a school called Giant Steps.  This school helps students and families with Autism.

He created a resource based on The Tapping Technique – a simple and powerful tool you can use that provides physical relaxation within minutes.

Check it out HERE it’s only $7 and the entire proceeds of the sale go to Giant Steps

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes

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Episode 38: PERMA – Wellbeing Framework From Positive Psychology

Episode 38: PERMA – Wellbeing Framework From Positive Psychology

Welcome to episode 38 of BrainTree Podcast – “PERMA – Wellbeing Framework From Positive Psychology”

These pages and content have been reproduced with the permission of the Inspire Foundation http://au.professionals.reachout.com/

In this episode of BrainTree podcast, Rocky looks at why it is important to have  wellbeing factors in our lives. The result is a longer, happier and healthier life. Just as exercise and good diet can reduce our risk of illness, investing in our wellness can reduce our risk of developing a mental illness. Mental Health is one of the toughest challenges we face in today’s world. 1 in 2 people will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.

Quotation for the episode:

“I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of wellbeing”–Dalai Lama

Here are 5 elements for wellbeing (PERMA) this is from Martin Seligman, Founder of Positive Psychology.

PERMA stands for:

  1. Positive Emotions
  2. Engagement
  3. Relationships
  4. Meaning
  5. Achievement

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(P) Positive Emotions

This element examines how people optimally experience, predict, and savour the positive feelings and emotions that are part of normal and healthy living and human functioning (e.g. peace, gratitude, inspiration, hope, curiosity etc).

Click HERE to download the “Tracking the good stuff: three good things resource” AND the other PERMA  resources.

Three Good Things

(E) Engagement

Engagement is achieved by becoming absorbed and immersed in your work, love, friendship and social life.
The key to increasing engagement is to identify your strengths and develop a plan for implementing them into your life. Character strengths form a large part of engagement. Finding and applying our character strengths enables us to feel great satisfaction and appreciation of ourselves, others and the world. It helps us to think more clearly, openly and increases our motivation and passion for life.

The website www.authentichappiness.org has varied surveys you can complete to assess aspects of your wellbeing, including character strengths.

Click HERE to download this and the other resources related to PERMA.

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(R) Relationships

The sizes of people’s social and family networks vary greatly. However large your social networks are, it is important to surround yourself with people who make you feel good. Friends and family help give meaning to our lives, fulfill our need to belong, and provide support during tough times. Having positive relationships makes you happier, and when you are happier you are more likely to attract more and better quality relationships. Also, when we are happy we actually contribute to making others around us feel happier too.

Click HERE to download this and the other resources related to PERMA.

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(M) Meaning

Belonging to and serving something you believe is bigger than the self. It is the understanding of how your sense of self is driven by a sense of purpose, and that this purpose has greater activation when you contribute to community that is beyond your immediate environment.

Click HERE to download this and the other resources related to PERMA.

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(A) Achievement

This element of wellbeing is where dreams turn into possibilities. Intrinsic motivation is created in the goals that bring meaning in our lives. It is achieving those points that we chose to measure by way of planning, and recording the accomplishments along the way.

Goal Setting Episode

Click HERE to download this and the other resources related to PERMA.

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These pages and content have been reproduced with the permission of the Inspire Foundation http://au.professionals.reachout.com/

News and Updates:

If you want to know more about Rocky and what he has to offer, visit his website at www.humanconnections.com.au.

Also check out the online wellbeing resource HERE

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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Episode 37: Homework Tips for Teachers

Episode 37: Homework Tips for Teachers

Welcome to episode 37 of BrainTree Podcast – “Homework Tips for Teachers”

In the previous episode, Prue and Rocky discussed how parents can make homework more interesting to students and less time consuming. In this episode of BrainTree podcast, Prue is going to cover the same subject but for teachers!

You can force students to learn, to a certain extent, but students aren’t happy and employers aren’t happy. – Sugata Mitra

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Prue & Rocky share:

  • What teachers can do to make homework interesting.
  • How to make homework valuable for students.
  • Emotional states you need to bring to whatever you’re doing.
  • How students can manage their time to stay focused and productive.
  • How to keep students engaged.

News and Updates:

To find out more about Prue and what she has to offer to improve students study skills, visit http://www.enhanced-learning.net where you’ll find a section for teachers and schools, and a section for parents and students.

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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Episode 36: Homework Tips for Parents

Episode 36: Homework Tips for Parents

Welcome to episode 36 of BrainTree Podcast – “Homework Tips for Parents”

Prue came back from an exciting trip to New York, London, Paris and Rome to discuss with BrainTree parents the issue of how to make homework more interesting to students and less time consuming. How can parents get students do their homework without constant nagging from parents?

“The best schools tend to have the best teachers, not to mention parents who supervise homework, so there is less need for self-organised learning. But where a child comes from a less supportive home environment, where there are family tensions perhaps, their schoolwork can suffer. They need to be taught to think and study for themselves” – Sugata Mitra

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, listen to:

  • Thoughts about how the education system could be improved.
  • Students don’t have to learn just for learning’s sake.
  • How to convince students to do homework.
  • Methods for making homework more interesting and less stressful.
  • How to turn homework into a habit for students.
  • Influencing students to get them to do what they should.

News and Updates:

To find out more about Prue and what she has to offer to improve students’ study skills, visit http://www.enhanced-learning.net where you’ll find a section for teachers and schools, and a section for parents and students.

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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Episode 35: The key skill our children need the most – attention

Episode 35: The key skill our children need the most – attention

Welcome to episode 35 of BrainTree Podcast – “The key skill our children need the most – attention”

In the episode of BrainTree Podcast, Rocky and Prue discuss why attention and focus are essential for students and how it affects their study and life. They provide practical methods that definitely help students increase their attention and focus.

Quotation for the episode:

“We learn best with focused attention. As we focus on what we’re learning, the brain maps that information on what we already know making new neural connections”– Daniel Goleman

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Rocky & Prue shares:

  • The Marshmallow test and what does it prove.
  • What effects does technology has on students.
  • Methods to improve attention and focus.
  • Importance of Meditation & Mindfulness.
  • Distractions facing students and how to bring their focus back.

News and Updates:

If you want to know more about Rocky and what he has to offer, visit his website
at www.humanconnections.com.au.
Also,check out his:

Links referred to in episode 35:

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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Episode 34: Influence

Episode 34: Influence

Welcome to episode 34 of BrainTree Podcast – “Influence”

In this episode, Rocky and Prue discuss why telling students what to do lowers motivation and the key communication principles that can motivate and influence students.

Quotation for the episode:

It appears the mere act of constructing a vision of a solution is a catalyst for bringing it about

In this episode of BrainTree Podcast, Rocky shares:

  • Why we can’t make a person do something they don’t want.
  • How telling someone to do something they liked can lower their motivation to take action.
  • The psychological reactance concept.
  • How to build connection and rapport with students.
  • How to communicate to students to influence them.
  • A communication method that influenced people with clinical depression to make positive changes.
  • A series of 6 questions that will influence change.

News and Updates:

If you want to know more about Rocky and what he has to offer, visit his website at www.humanconnections.com.au.

Also,check out his “Accidental Counsellor Training” or read useful information on his blog.

Links referred to in episode 34:

Instant Influence

Psychology of Influence

You can subscribe and listen to BrainTree podcast via iTunes.

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