Put students in the driver's seat by teaching them about the science of how they learn and the power of improving metacognition. Integrate the best strategies and a common language throughout the whole school community. Cultivate motivation and a learning mindset for all.
A Tailored approach: What's included?
Survey students; talk to teachers
Start by tapping into what students know. Find out what teachers need.
Student workshops led by a teacher
Each session is tailored for an individual school's context based on prior understanding and needs, including topics such as:
The Science of Learning - how the memory works and how this understanding will help you learn and thrive
The Power of Planning - how to organise your study to avoid overload and procrastination
The Teenager Brain - what every teen should know about their brains
Session timings are tailored to individual school needs
Follow-up suggestions and quizzes deepen and measure understanding
Downloadable workbook serves as an easy-to-follow reference
Sessions are tailored for different ages and needs
Teacher training and parent support
Teacher training and tips ensure teachers model learning strategies in their content areas. Parent workshops help parents and carers support their children at home. These are webinars or in-person training.
Sample Long Courses
Memory, Mindset and Making it Stick
Designed for GCSE & A-level (high school students), these sessions give students a solid grounding in the science of how they learn. Titles and objectives:
1: Memory and Retrieval Practice Power
2. Spacing out Your Study: Spaced Practice and Interleaving
3. The Power of Pictures and Words: Dual Coding
4. Managing Working Memory and Distractions
5. Chunking to Maximise Memory
6. The Power of Storytelling
7. Elaboration (questioning for memory)
8. Handling Setbacks
Designed for Key Stages 2 and 3 (4th to 8th grade) or. Key Stage 5, these interactive sessions build confidence and independent skills.
1. The Learning Journey: How the brain learns
2. Setting Goals: How to set SMART goals and achieve them
3. How Thinking Works: What is working memory & to how to avoid overload
4. How to Make Information Stick: What strategies work best
5. The Power of Pictures and Words: Dual coding
6. Spacing out Your Study: Learn better and save time
7. Fun and Effective Learning Strategies to Use at Home
8. Handling Setbacks
Transition Unit: Making the Move to Secondary School
These sessions are specifically designed for Year 6 or Year 7 students and/or students moving from middle school to high school, based on transition. Transition points in a learner’s journey are important and exciting milestones that have a big impact on self-belief and future academic performance, attendance and positive behaviour, according to research. Equip students with the right learning strategies and mindset for a successful transition.
1. The Best Strategies for Making Information Stick
The most effective strategies all secondary school students should be using to maximise memory
2. The Power of Getting Organised
How to organise revision in secondary to make sure you make the most of your time
3. Managing Your Thinking Space
How to manage your workload and working memory in order to avoid overload
4. What Year 7 said: Advice from Students
Tips from Year 7 students about belonging, making friends and loving secondary school
Motivation and Memory: How to Study and Save Time!
Effective learners not only work hard, they work smart. As part of an on-going Year 11 programme called Memory and Mindset, designed by TailoredPractice, Orchard Park Year 11 students participated in the third of series of workshops to both inspire them to succeed as well as teach them, step-by-step, how to revise at home—from the most impactful learning strategies to creating systems to space out their learning.
The day kicked off with Cameron Parker, a motivational speaker, who told the students, ‘We should focus on the small steps because if we do that the small wins will result in a big win." Then students circulated to different workshops led by Orchard Park English, Maths and Science teachers to guide and simulate what to do when revising at home right down to what to have next to you at your desk to how to know if the revision worked! The workshops incorporated strategies that research has shown to have the most impact on memory and outlined the best resources to use when revising independently.
The day culminated with a session on how to make a revision calendar that is realistic and effective, led by teacher Ian Clarke and Tricia Taylor, director of TailoredPractice. ‘These organisational skills students are learning now will be habits they can use for a lifetime—for school, work and life,’ said Tricia.
Choose what's right for you
TYPE OF SUPPORT
Secondary School, Bromley UK
Pre-recorded workshops; follow-up suggestions for parents and teachers. Students learn in their own time or teachers post sessions on the school hub as part of home learning or a blended approach.
Teacher-taught lesson materials include slides and talking points for the teacher to deliver with confidence. Tailored for different time periods, 30 to 60 minutes.
Pre-record videos, as above, as well as printable booklets covering the same material for students who do not have online access or for alternative option.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you. I honestly convinced myself (apparently my family too) that I was going to completely and utterly fail, but you got me through it all. I got an A and a B in English when we all were discussing retaking them!
Year 11 girl, London