This Programme is designed to help students and their teachers prepare for exams using relaxation and concentration techniques
Stress in students can lead to poor academic achievement, apathy, depression, behavioural problems etc., and at a time when schools are increasingly under pressure and both students and teachers face higher levels of stress. It is perhaps appropriate for the schools to consider alternative approaches to address these issues.
In September 2013 a research study carried out by Edge Hill University, the University of South Australia and the AQA exam board found that teenagers who stress about doing well in their GCSE exams are likely to get lower results than peers who remain calmer. The study was based on a survey of 325 pupils.
It is estimated that one in ten children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a mental health difficulty – this is around three children in every school class. Giving children the right help early on can set them up for life, teaching them resilience and perhaps even valuable life skills.
This programme has been used in schools and educational establishments for over three years, with great success, using a simple approach that manages stress and develops the students own ability to use mental skills for success.
INITIAL TRIAL WORK
Initial trial work of this protocol and approach was tested by offering complementary sessions in two schools; both went on to book further sessions.
Teenagers and students are under increasing study and exam pressure.
It is common for pupils to latch on to their weaknesses rather than their talents and strengths and young people can easily be discouraged by negative criticism.
Whether the student is at School, University or perhaps studying a new skill for their profession it can be a stressful time. Many face concerns over the fear of failure, or not being able to remember what they have learned and to apply it on the day of their exams.
For some it isn’t just the anxiety or ‘nerves’ at the time of the exam but very often it is weeks or months ahead. They feel that while they are quite confident in the subject they are being tested at any other time, their “nerves” will cause them to ‘let themselves down on the day’.
Many people struggle unnecessarily during the run up to exams with their focus and attention due to excessive tension and lack of self-belief. Whilst a certain amount of anxiety is natural around exam time, for some students it is crippling, and very damaging.
However, these students can learn to overcome their anxiety, grow in confidence, and feel comfortable in exam conditions. This isn’t magic, or trickery, but simple, concentrated techniques which allow an individual to take control of their emotional state and remain focused and confident whilst being challenged.
My aim is to give the students simple coping strategies that they can utilise to reduce their anxiety levels and perform at their very best.
All this can lead to much better academic performance and far greater emotional well-being for the student.
THE EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME
The Educational Performance Programme is conducted over a three week period. Three one-hour sessions are designed to bring about a positive change to a student’s mind-set, to give them a set of ‘mind management tools’ that can help them focus on success instead of focusing on negatives and failures.
This is not a short-term fix, it is creating skills for life, in that if that student uses the ‘tools’ they will develop lifetime habits for being calmer, more resilient to pressures and always perform at their very best.
The Programme includes a support CD, which the student is asked to listen to each day and which will reinforce the calmness state and rid the student of any build-up of the day to day stresses.
USING HYPNOSIS WITH CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
Hypnosis works in children and teenagers in a very similar way to how it works with adults.
When our body relaxes comfortably and the mind is in a calm, ‘day dreamy’ state, we are said to be in a light state of hypnotic relaxation.
Children experience this kind of state many times a day quite naturally; when they are waking from sleep or falling asleep, or just becoming absorbed in thought or in imaginative play.
In this kind of state the inner part of our mind is really receptive to positive suggestion and can come up with creative solutions to problems.
Usually children from ten upwards (sometimes several years younger too) are quite happy to close their eyes and relax and enjoy a guided daydream packed full of positive suggestions for them to ‘act out’ in their imagination.
Session 1: is designed to make the student aware of the negative thoughts they personally have, aware of any negative ‘self-talk’ and give a technique for dumping those thoughts and focusing on a positive/success image. It also makes them aware of their own ability to relax.
Session 2: gives the student copying strategies and teaches a way of instantly recalling feelings of relaxation and calmness that they can access at any time.
Session 3: rehearses the exam day itself whilst in hypnosis. Mental rehearsal is essential for being calmer on the day itself, because you are prepared for it, and the more you mentally rehearse seeing yourself in that exam calm and relaxed, the calmer and more relaxed you’ll feel about it.
If you feel that your pupils might benefit from this programme or if you would like to discuss the matter further or to arrange a meeting, please click here to contact me or telephone 01344 761032 or email email@example.com