List of podcasts

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

#41 Preparing for Exams

#41 Preparing for Exams

For many students, a block of examinations can be daunting. Some students have no idea where to start and what they should work on. The first thing to do with examinations...

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#37 Afternoon Routines

#37 Afternoon Routines

Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all of the...

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#36 Power of Failure

#36 Power of Failure

MINDSET: The Power of Failure To Learn, Problem Solve and Achieve Excellence All too often in our schools the fear of failure paralyses performance. Worse than that, far...

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#35 Kaizen

#35 Kaizen

  Sometimes students think that ‘study skills‘ is just something you need to be concerned with when you are at school. This is not the case at all. For example, most jobs...

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#34 Mindset: Focus

#34 Mindset: Focus

MINDSET: Focus Recent studies reveal:  People who focus, have self - control and delay gratification have better quality lives regardless of social or economic...

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#30 Problem Solving Process™

#30 Problem Solving Process™

Finish this sentence, “If you ask bad questions, you’ll get? Yes, bad answers! Asking the right type of questions to solve a problem or a challenge will help you discover what I call “your next best step”. At times there may not be a solution to a problem or...

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#29 Music while learning

#29 Music while learning

Should you listen to music when studying? In an ideal world we would probably say no music while doing schoolwork except classical baroque / instrumental music which actually can help your memory by getting the brain into a relaxed state. But a good compromise is as...

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#28 MINDSET: How to Change Negative Thoughts

#28 MINDSET: How to Change Negative Thoughts

When you change your negative thinking you look for the good in your life more so. Your communication becomes more positive and your focus is on your strengths rather than your weaknesses. In a better positive state not only do you learn quicker and easier but your...

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#27 Independent learning

#27 Independent learning

Some students take a long time to realise that there are actually two types of work in secondary school. There is the obvious work, the work your teacher specifically tells you to do and that is compulsory: homework, working on assignments, preparing for tests and...

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#26 MINDSET: Creating Vision and Purpose

#26 MINDSET: Creating Vision and Purpose

Discovering your WHY - your reason for achieving your personal best. All too often when I speak with students, particuarly senior students there is a negativity toward the senior years of school. There is often the cultural message that the final year of school and...

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#25 Guidelines for Goal Setting

#25 Guidelines for Goal Setting

Once you start setting your goals for the year, compare them to the checklist below to make sure they are SMARTIES. SPECIFIC: Make goals as detailed and specific as possible. Don’t make broad wishy-washy goals like ‘I want to do better in Maths’, make them very...

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#24 MINDSET: Fixed & Growth Mindset

#24 MINDSET: Fixed & Growth Mindset

Why we quit easily and lack motivation. Perhaps you’re “naturally academically gifted” or perhaps like me you have to work hard at school to achieve good results and even then “good results” may not be that great. Many students believe the reason they don’t get good...

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#23 The importance of setting goals.

#23 The importance of setting goals.

Every year students are encouraged to set goals for the year. But we don’t always explain why setting goals is important. Research has shown that people who set goals (and use them effectively) not only perform better, but suffer from less stress and anxiety and are...

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#22 MINDSET: Identity Beliefs

#22 MINDSET: Identity Beliefs

Why the stories you tell yourself, about yourself can change your life! Stories we tell ourselves? Yes, if you pay attention you’ll notice that every human being runs mental stories about the world, other people, the weather, the list goes on and on. This “self- talk”...

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#21 Evaluating Areas to Improve

#21 Evaluating Areas to Improve

Over the Christmas break it is easy to put all thoughts of school out of your mind and just enjoy the holidays. This is not a bad thing, it is important to have a good break and clear your mind. However when you start back at school again you will probably have...

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#20 MINDSET: The Winners Way™

#20 MINDSET: The Winners Way™

9 Strategies to help you achieve your personal best What’s your definition of a winner? People or teams that consistently achieve their personal best because they are always looking to improve – that’s my definition of a “winner”. Unfortunately there is a myth that...

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#19 5 Tips for last minute study

#19 5 Tips for last minute study

FIND OUT FAST: Be very clear what you need to learn and what will be tested. It is impossible to start your study until you are sure what you have to know. Find out as much as you can too about the exam format and the style of questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your...

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#17 Critical Thinking Skills 

#17 Critical Thinking Skills 

There are many things students can do to develop their own critical thinking skills.  Critical thinking is your ability to think clearly and rationally, reflecting and developing your thoughts. Sometimes we can get a bit lazy with our thinking and we only consider...

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#16 Wellbeing Factors That Elevate Performance

#16 Wellbeing Factors That Elevate Performance

There are numerous wellbeing factors that elevate performance. In this summary I’ll focus on four of the most important wellness activities that will increase your mood and quality of life and with that your effectiveness and performance. Two important points to...

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#15 Learning Collaboratively

#15 Learning Collaboratively

We are all different in the way we prefer to learn. Some students like to work in groups, and others prefer to work alone. Some students like to discuss things over Skype or messenger and some like to work together in person. There is a reason why we have the saying...

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#12 Meditation & Mindfulness

#12 Meditation & Mindfulness

New Research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students' well-being, social skills and academic skills. Mindfulness Meditation “Mindfulness” meditation is one of the more popular...

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#11 Helping out a stressed child

#11 Helping out a stressed child

Many parents feel powerless to help when their child is stressed and overwhelmed about their schoolwork. It is not just senior students who experience this level of stress, research indicates that for some students this starts as early as Year 7. If your child is...

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#9 Making the most of feedback

#9 Making the most of feedback

Throughout the year you will have been receiving feedback from your teachers about your assessments. But are you making the most of this feedback? Many students are too focused on what mark they received and neglect to make the most of the feedback they are given....

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#8 Ask Better Questions Get Better Answers

#8 Ask Better Questions Get Better Answers

If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes to determine the proper questions to ask. Albert Einstein. What colour is your house? You thought about the colour of your house right? Here are more fun questions. What...

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#7 Resolving conflict around homework

#7 Resolving conflict around homework

Some of the most common arguments at home (related to schoolwork!) lead to statements like this: “Stop playing computer games and do your homework.” “I told you, get off your phone, I can see you are on Facebook.” “Why haven’t you started your homework yet?” “What do...

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#6 Emotional Resilience

#6 Emotional Resilience

I believe one of the most important skills you can learn is emotional resilience. Emotional resilience is not about suppressing or pushing down or away “negative” emotions but more how you manage your emotional and mental state. Are you feeling sadness, fear, doubt...

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#5 Carrot or Stick?

#5 Carrot or Stick?

Are you a ‘carrot’ or a ‘stick’ person? Knowing whether you are motivated by avoiding pain and the pressure of consequences or by achieving pleasure and rewards can help you (and your parents) work out the best way for you to be motivated to do your work for school....

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#4 Creating Positive Habits

#4 Creating Positive Habits

How many times have you said or perhaps have heard, “I’m just not motivated to (fill in the blank)”. I’ve come to discover that motivation is overrated! Sure we need it, especially to start a task or a project or a new wellbeing habit like exercise. Often we know what...

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#3 Building concentration skills

#3 Building concentration skills

BUILDING CONCENTRATION SKILLS Many students find it difficult to concentrate and stay focused when they are doing their schoolwork at home. So what can we do to improve concentration levels? Try these top tips: IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT: Have a good hard look at the...

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#2 Starting your day for success

#2 Starting your day for success

 STARTING YOUR DAY FOR SUCCESS No one knows what tomorrow will bring. We can’t control every event or circumstance we experience and respond each day. However the happiest most successful people on the planet Design their Day! Why The Morning Is So Important Your...

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#1 Top habits for students

#1 Top habits for students

TOP 5 HABITS FOR STUDENTS Recently I was asked what I thought the top 5 habits were for students in their last year of school. I came up with this list below, then realised wouldn’t it be great if all students had these...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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