74 episodes

Hosted by Nathan McGurl, the Founder of the Study Buddy.

Studying at home can be a trying time for students - and their parents. How do they reach their potential? Am I helping or hindering? Should I be doing more or doing less?

This podcast talks to a range of experts, parents and students about studying, with practical tips on surviving and thriving in study and revision at home.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

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Hosted by Nathan McGurl, the Founder of the Study Buddy.

Studying at home can be a trying time for students - and their parents. How do they reach their potential? Am I helping or hindering? Should I be doing more or doing less?

This podcast talks to a range of experts, parents and students about studying, with practical tips on surviving and thriving in study and revision at home.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

    On trying not to be that overbearing parent

    On trying not to be that overbearing parent

    There’s not a parent amongst us who doesn’t want their child to do well. Them doing well gives them more options. It will raise their self-esteem and confidence. And often, from our point of view, it’s what we know they are truly capable of…. But is there a danger at some point do we become more invested in them reaching these arbitrary exam-driven goals on their behalf and lose sight of who they are actually for? Is there a risk that we begin to feel responsible for their achievements?

    This week's guest is Katie, mum to two teens, with her eldest taking his GCSEs in the summer.

    This is a fantastically honest and open episode. Katie shares her concerns about Liam's revision habits and her seeking counselling to understand her own responses. There is no holding back in explaining how she got caught up effectively believing that her son's results were a direct reflection on her. 

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers about GCSE and A Level exams in 2022. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing GCSE and A-Level revision in the run-up to exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.


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    • 41 min
    On being more effective in supporting a studying teen

    On being more effective in supporting a studying teen

    As we ring in the new year, we’re often symbolically determined to make a fresh start. For thousands of students, there’s renewed vigour – if not enthusiasm – to revise. And a correlated number of parents who are promising to make sure that they do. But you can’t expect a change by doing the same things, so what is it that’ll make this year’s study resolutions stick?

    This week's guest is Lee Elliot Major. Lee is the Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter. He's also the author of "The Good Parent Educator".

    Lee discusses the ways in which parents can support their teens. Amongst other issues, we hear about the parenting dilemma around involvement and the importance of nurturing self-esteem.

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers about GCSE and A Level exams in 2022. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing GCSE and A-Level revision in the run-up to exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.

    • 26 min
    On target grades and school reports with David Didau

    On target grades and school reports with David Didau

    The end of term reports are in. In many households, this can hold more sway over Christmas harmony than Santa’s naughty and nice lists. But are we right to put so much store in them? By which I mean the predicted grades not Santa's lists, obviously.

    This week's guest is David Didau. David is Senior Lead Practitioner for English at Ormiston Academies Trust. As well as running his blog – The Learning Spy – which is widely recognised as one of the most influential education blogs in the UK, he turns his hand to training and consulting. But that’s not all! He’s also the author of a number of education and cognitive science books including, “Making Kids Cleverer”. 

    In the episode, David talks us through how target grades are determined at the end of key stage two. He explains why this is an imperfect system and lacks real meaning in terms of goal setting to students and parents. We also talk through the information that parents really do want when it comes to their students and how to find it out.

    For those of us outside the world of education, this could be quite an eye-opener.

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers about GCSE and A Level exams in 2022. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing GCSE and A-Level revision in the run-up to exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.

    • 37 min
    On wanting to do well but struggling with motivation

    On wanting to do well but struggling with motivation

    This week's guest is teen, Emily. She's taking her GCSE exams in 2022. She talks openly about motivation (or lack of)  even though she knows the exams are important. She also explains why she wouldn't mind if exams were cancelled.

    It's great to have a teen perspective. Often, as adults, we have a more jaded view of the world. In listening to Emily you appreciate that teens don't necessarily consider things in the same way. It's a refreshing and honest look at studying and revising. And Emily does well to overcome the awkwardness of talking to her dad on the podcast!

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing revision in the run-up to GCSE and A-Level exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.

    • 24 min
    On approval, self worth and learning from our experiences with Sanjeev Bhaskar

    On approval, self worth and learning from our experiences with Sanjeev Bhaskar

    We’ve all done that thing of saying or doing something to our children we promised our younger selves we would never say or do. It’s the gradual but undeniable transformation into our own parents. But is that such a bad thing? After all, doesn’t it come from a place of good intention and concern and brought to life with the benefit of our own experiences?

    This week our special guest is TV's Sanjeev Bhaskar.  As well as being instantly recognisable for his many roles on TV (Unforgotten, Kumars), in film (Paddington 2, Yesterday), and stage (Spamalot), he is also a writer, presenter and the Chancellor at Sussex University. Critically, Sanjeev is also the dad to a GCSE facing teen boy.

    In this episode, Sanjeev shares his own teenage experiences, studying subjects he didn't enjoy, and how that shapes his outlook and approach with his own son. In a wide-ranging chat, Sanjeev talks about finding his own path and giving and seeking parental approval. We also talk about how life can get in the way of our calm responses as well as how, as parents, we look for ways to support.

    It's an open and strikingly honest look back at his younger days right through to his parenting role today.

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing revision in the run-up to GCSE and A-Level exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.

    • 47 min
    On successful habits and study skills

    On successful habits and study skills

    It’s been quite a while since many of us have taken an exam, so it’s understandable that we might have forgotten some of the best practices. To be honest I suspect a significant number of us may not have been especially au fait with those best practices at the time either! That can make it tricky when we’re trying to nudge our own teens along. Especially if along the way we start to focus more on the results than the habits and behaviours they need along the way – and beyond!

    This week's guest is Kim Constable. Kim has been teaching for over 15 years in both the UK and Europe. She shares a phenomenal number of resources on her website around study skills, useful for parents and teachers alike – hecticteachersite.wordpress.com

    The episode looks at the difficult situation that exam-facing teens find themselves in. Kim explains that it isn't just knowledge and skills that will help students in the approach to GCSEs and A levels, but also their approach, attitude and behaviours. A really useful and upbeat episode full of great advice!

    In this third season of the podcast, Nathan - founder of The Study Buddy - will be talking to parents, students and teachers. Sharing these real-life experiences will confirm we're not alone and should also provide plenty of advice and tips when it comes to supporting our own teens.

    If you would like to take part in a future episode please drop us a line: hello@thestudybuddy.com

    The Study Buddy is an innovative method for managing revision in the run-up to GCSE and A-Level exams. For more information about The Study Buddy's approach to organising study, time management and revision skills visit thestudybuddy.com 




    Produced by Pineapple Audio Productions.

    • 46 min

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