Why is it harder to remember answers during an exam?

I wished I had learnt how my brain worked when I was at school…

If the brain is so incredibly sophisticated and powerful, then why can it let us down when we need it the most?

Now imagine: It’s exam day… you’ve done all the revisions and prepared really well, but you feel stressed.

This is what happens:

  1. Your brain receives a stimulus (the exam is here).
  2. The exam is perceived as a ‘threat’.
  3. You get sweaty palms, your heart pounds
  4. You are struggling to remember the answers you knew so well
  5. You feel panicked

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What if exams were testing Curiosity or Empathy?

New tests have been announced this week for 11 year-old and a new national league table for 5 year-old is being suggested by the government as the latest initiatives to raise educational standards across the board…

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Cool at School

So how was your first week at school, what adjectives would you use; interesting, fun, awful, exciting, frightening, creative, inspiring, motivating, boring. Whatever the adjectives, if they aren’t positive, how could you make it slightly better, so that experience a better time there.

Today I was passing a whole gang of new college students around the 16yr mark and a lot of them were smoking and swearing, by their attitude I suspect they thought they were cool!

However,  about 3 of them were neither smoking nor swearing, yet still part of that group as they were walking along together.  I was really drawn to those 3 because they seemed so confident, just being themselves not needing to prove how cool they were.  Interesting isn’t it when you  really observe people’s behaviour what’s really going on!

By the way here is a link for some cool resources for school you may want to download.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/

Let us know what you are up to at school any helpful unusual tips or stories!

Dare To Be Different

Welcome to HappierAtSchool, the blog to help teenagers being more confident and achieve their true potential.

There’s a myriad of things to learn at school; Maths, English, Science, Art, IT, the list goes on.

But what about ‘being different’…maybe because you have some health problem, learning difficulty, stutter, very shy or just ‘don’t fit in?’

This can make you feel so awful, lowers confidence and self-esteem and can make you feel very lonely. These are just some of the things that happen when you are going through school/college years.  I know, I was one of them, incredibly shy, quiet and unconfident, except with my best friend (yes I did have one).  However, deep within myself I wanted to be Continue reading