Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome

Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome   Sometimes I ask why do we do the mocks? In fact, in recent years I have charted that where I have students in schools which don’t do the mocks, they perform better in the leaving certificate in a few months time. Why? Because they don’t… Continue reading Mocks and the sky falling in, Chicken Licken Syndrome

“Self Reflection, Feedback & Praise in Education – Why Do We Do The Mocks?”

From the very beginning, when I started my own 4 education projects we allotted time every couple of weeks to “Self Reflection.”  This meant that even students as young as 5 were encouraged to think about how far they had come.  Very simple questions like, “what can you do now that you couldn’t before?  What… Continue reading “Self Reflection, Feedback & Praise in Education – Why Do We Do The Mocks?”

Supporting University Level Repeats, Fails & Assignments

University Level Student Support From my experiences as a University Level student myself, my role as mentor and my various positions within a 3rd level University including MBA Faculty Manager, Acting Registrar and Masters Coordinator I know what it takes to get through college! Surprisingly the endless swatting of the course material is a very… Continue reading Supporting University Level Repeats, Fails & Assignments

The Homework Club’s journey into Confidence Club

As We re-locate to Dublin City Centre this August it seems a good time to reflect on All that We have created and achieved here at The Homework Club in just over 3 years.  Our main purpose for re-locating is to have access to many more Students and to focus on what We really love… Continue reading The Homework Club’s journey into Confidence Club

Parents, Positivity and the exams – what are Your roles?

So we forget that it’s not just the exam students who are stressed up and down the country today – so are their whole houses, family homes, parents and siblings – they have been walking on egg-shells for weeks now! There have been many tears since the mock results and some schools may not have helped by sending home… Continue reading Parents, Positivity and the exams – what are Your roles?

Mocks and the sky falling in – Chicken Licken Syndrome

I have written about the mocks before, the top tips of why we do them and how we get through but this year I’d like to write on something slightly different. The “Chicken-Licken-syndrome” where students seem to genuinely feel like the sky is falling in on top of them! The mocks are a test run… Continue reading Mocks and the sky falling in – Chicken Licken Syndrome

Interview on LMFM Radio regarding links between Depression, mocks and Gifted Students

This morning I did an interview with LMFM on the latest press release concerning our findings on the links between Depression in students facing the Mocks and how this effects gifted students in particular. How should we change the Mock exam structure to combat these difficulties that are being created for students nationwide? Link to Radio Interview on LMFM  

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3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks

3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks (Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland, Monday January 23rd 2012). The results of a 3 year Study by Irish Educationalist, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly, reveal a number of links between the rate of depression & gifted teenagers whose talents may or may not… Continue reading 3 Year Irish Education Study Identifies Links Between Gifted Teenage Schoolchildren Battling Depression & The Mocks