Is your child studying for their GCSEs or A Levels?
Reaching their full academic potential just got easier...
YOU'RE JUST SECONDS AWAY FROM THE ESSENTIAL STUDY SKILLS, LEARNING AND SUPPORT NEEDED TO SUPPORT THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR VERY BEST - FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Does any of this sound familiar?
If you answered ‘Yes!’ to these questions then I’ve got the solution.
Let me introduce myself...
My name is Lucy Parsons. When I was at school I had a dream. I wanted to study at Cambridge University. However, I went to pretty average local state schools and didn’t really know how to study. What I did have was supportive parents and the knowledge that I had to get the top grades if I was going to achieve my ambition.
Between year 11 and year 13 I worked out a study system that earned me five A grades at A Level and my place at Cambridge. After a short corporate career I trained to be a teacher and subsequently set up my study skills coaching business and published my book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.
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This is my solution...
An affordable online online hub containing my signature study skills course that will help your child to achieve their grades in the best way for them. It gives you on demand access to a library of workshops and downloads that cover everything you need to study successfully. You also get personalised advice from me through weekly coaching calls and a members only Facebook group.
The club is for both parents and students. It works because your child develops a personalised study system tailored to the way they work, what motivates them and their ambitions.
I've seen first-hand that working with whole families is the best way to achieve success. Afterall, everyone in the family needs to be singing from the same hymn-sheet for the tips and advice to work. And having a neutral voice (me!) diffuses arguments and reduces tension.
As a result, when I work with families as a whole I see something amazing...
Parents stop nagging, students start studying and phenomenal exam results follow.
The Exam Success Formula helped the communication between me and my son because it gave me the opportunity to discuss issues. My son hates me checking up on homework or anything else but with Lucy’s help I have been able to point out that complete lack of communication on his part leads to anxiety on mine and we have discussed how he can let me know he is covering what's needed without me asking annoying questions!
My son's results were stunning and he is so pleased. We know your advice and guidance have set him on the right path and shown him how to tackle even harder exams in the future.
Lucy has a real gift for being able to communicate with teenagers. Like many teenagers, he does not always welcome advice from his parents but is much happier listening to suggestions from Lucy!
Mother of a Year 11 son
How does The Extraordinaries Club work?
Work through The Exam Success Formula
First, work through the 10 Modules of The Exam Success Formula my signature study skills course
Take part in weekly coaching calls
Weekly group coaching calls at 7:00 pm every Tuesday (term-time only)
Take part in the parents only Facebook group
Get and give support in the members only community
Live Masterclasses and Workshops
Take part in these regular club events - £75 each for non-members
Library of downloads and past webinars, masterclasses and workshops
You have exclusive access to all this content
You also get five unique log-ins for members of your family for the price of one subscription
Our son was drifting towards his GCSEs with little enthusiasm but after doing The Exam Success Formula, he is more motivated, more organised and has the tools to lead him to success. Lucy’s course is amazing and we would recommend it wholeheartedly. Above all, it has been fun to take part and we are a happier family because of it.
Mother of a year 11
How much does it cost?
It's £42 per month or £395 for annual membership. You can cancel your monthly membership at any time.
What Lucy offers in The Extraordinaries Club is much better value for money than tutoring.
Mother of a Year 12 Student
My son has just received his GCSE results and he’s absolutely delighted. So much of what he learnt from Lucy has helped and in no small part of what I learnt from Lucy helped me support him (particularly not to nag!). Not too late, he realised that if he put the right effort in, in the right way then he’d maximise his time and get the results. Next steps A levels – the Lucy way!
Mother of a year 11
These are the ten modules inside The Exam Success Formula.
The course will be taught 'live' starting in September and January but you will be able to access the modules, or start the course at any time.
Week 1 - Organisation
Getting organised is the foundation for efficient and effective studying. This week students will set up organisational systems for their time and resources.
- Identify which planning system they want to use and put it into practice so that they always turn up to lessons on time and hand work in when it's due
- Create a filing system for both paper based and computer based work
- Ensure they have all the tools and stationery they need so that they can focus on their studies and not waste time trying to find the right equipment
- Support your child in setting up a planning system
- Role-model the use of planning and organisational systems
- Make sure your child has a study area, storage and all the equipment they need to stay organised and focused throughout the school year
Week 2 - Get motivated
One of the most common complaints I hear from students is that they 'just can't get motivated to study'. In this module we will tackle this issue head on.
- Identify their short and long term personal goals so that they know what they're working towards and why they're studying so hard. This goes way deeper than just to 'get a good job' or 'go to uni'. We are aiming to be specific and precise.
- Research what it will take to achieve their dreams and their goals so that they fully understand the part that studying for their exams will play
- Create motivational materials that will remind them of their goals and keep them on track, even when things get difficult
- Understand the role of curiosity in keeping themselves motivated
- Reflect on your own dreams and ambitions for your child and how they align with what they say they want to get out of life
- Help your child with their research into their path towards their goals so you can understand what is required of them
- Start to adapt your language and expectations of your child so that you are able to give them the emotional support they need to achieve their dreams
- Encourage your child's curiosity in their studies
Week 3 - Time management and self-care
Time is the most important resource that any of us have at our disposal. If we waste time, it's gone forever. In this week we will think in detail about how to make best use of time to have a life balanced between study, social life and hobbies.
- Determine their priorities, based on the motivations they uncovered in week 1.
- Using their priorities they will create a weekly schedule that reflects both their goals and how they will look after themselves in a healthy and sustainable way
- Understand the root causes of procrastination and how to avoid it in their own lives
- Identify the main distractions in their lives and come up with strategies to avoid or ignore these distractions
- Gain an understanding of the time commitment your child will need to make to achieve their full potential at school
- Work with your child to define your role as their accountability partner to help them keep track through the academic year
- Ensure that you understand the most productive ways to communicate with your child to keep them on track - so that when times get stressful you don't have to resort to the nagging that is all too common in revision time
Week 4 - Create good study habits
Consistency is the basis for any great achievement, whether that's training for the Olympics or getting excellent grades in your exams. This week we will identify the good habits that will support your child to exam success and start putting them into practice.
- Identify their current good study habits, and the bad ones they need to drop.
- Select good study habits they want to adopt to support their success in their studies - every student will be different according to the subjects they're taking and how good a foundation they have to start from
- Understand how to successfully adopt new habits
- Track their new habits to embed them in their daily lives.
- Help your child to identify their current good and bad study habits
- Identify any good or bad habits you have, in both your own opinion and your son or daughter's, so that you can work together on developing better habits
- Be your child's accountability partner as they start to develop good habits
Week 5 - The Mindset for Success
Having a positive attitude towards studying, and understanding that you only achieve great success when you continue to apply yourself when the going gets tough, is vital. This is what we'll cover this week.
- Learn to recognise when they are thinking or talking negatively about their progress so that they can begin to re-programme their thought processes more positively
- Develop their understanding of how effort, applied in the right ways, will always see improvement in results
- Grow their grit - basically become more resilient when faced with difficulties and obstacles
- Decide, once and for all, that they want to succeed so that they put their heart and soul into their studies
- Understand how a positive attitude can be cultivated and encouraged by the people around your son or daughter, including yourself and your partner
- Develop the language that will encourage a positive attitude towards studying and the challenges they're facing in your son or daughter
Week 6 - Learn to love learning
Great students don't walk out of each lesson thinking, 'Tick, I've done that topic now.' They recognise there is greater depth, breadth and context for them to understand. This week we'll explore how to incorporate the thirst for knowledge into daily, weekly, termly and even yearly life.
- Identify subjects and topics that they'd like to learn more about and start searching for resources that they can learn from
- Build extra learning into their weekly routines
- Start keeping a record of their extra learning ready to write their university personal statements
- Understand how you can share in your child's search for knowledge
- Suggest ideas, support and participate in your child's accumulation of deeper and wider knowledge
Week 7 - Revision Planning
All successful revision starts with a solid plan. This week you will discover how to create a flexible, personalised revision plan that will continuously serve your child rather than stressing them out!
- Learn how to create a personalised and flexible revision plan, that is continually evolving, so that they always feel like they're making progress
- Reflect on the learning techniques that work best for them and understand how to creatively apply them to the revision process
- Learn to constantly reflect on the success of their revision activities so that they can constantly adjust and improve them
- Understand how you can support the revision planning process
- Gain an insight into the many different and creative ways your child may be able to revise so that you don't feel like you have to force the way you did it, back in the day, onto your son or daughter
Week 8 - Getting your revision done
Once a plan is in place revision needs to get done. We will talk about how to actually do revision in a sustainable way and how to avoid the pitfalls of procrastination so that progress is always being made.
- Discover their optimum rhythms for independent study so that they can work with what their brain and body needs, rather than against it
- Identify short term motivation tactics and revision break ideas that will keep them energised throughout revision season
- Discover which resources can be used to learn to think like an examiner and make rapid improvements in attainment throughout revision season
- Understand how you can support your child's revision emotionally by asking the right questions that give the information you want to hear whilst empowering you to help your child to progress
- Discover how to collaborate with your child on revision to give them support with their learning when they need it, in the way that they need it
- Draw up a plan to nutritionally support your child through revision and exam season
Week 9 - Exam time and exam review
This week we will cover how to behave and prepare in the last days and hours before an exam. We will also talk about how to cope with two exams in one day, how to cope with a bad exam and how to review exam season once it's all over.
- Create a plan for how to spend the last 24 hours before an exam to ensure that they're properly prepared and are relaxed, well-rested and ready to do their best
- Understand how to prioritise revision and self-care in the thick of exam season to get the best possible grades
- Prepare to stay mentally strong throughout exam season so that they can cope with the set-backs and disappointments that might come their way
- Have a framework with which they can review exam and revision season so that they can always improve their performance next time around
- Work with your son or daughter to create plans for how you both want the last 24 hours before an exam to look and feel
- Gain an insight into the rigours of exam season and how you can support your child mentally and physically to get through it
- See how you can work with your child to review their revision and exam performance and improve over time
Week 10 - Revision Techniques
One of the questions I get asked most frequently is 'How do you revise?' Schools just don't seem to teach it to their students. In this module I go through many different revision techniques, in detail, so that your child knows how to use them to their full advantage.
Learning with Lucy has been such an informative and motivating experience. The biggest benefit for us was the neutral part she played when posing all the questions and initiating the discussions. The weekly content was in concise chunks, so no module was overwhelming and they all led to the most efficient way to plan and revise. There was a lot of scope for your child to personalise their journey and suit their individual learning styles. At every opportunity Lucy was encouraging each child to take the lead in their own life. She is so passionate about their success. I highly recommend this course.
Mother of a year 11
Lucy went above and way beyond our expectations during the course and set my son on the correct path for a fulfilling future. The psychological aspects have helped enormously with goal setting, removing resistance and helping him to realise he needs to be organised with his time and has improved his focus. Lucy equipped me not only with tools to help him, but enabled me to enhance our relationship through the whole process with the communication tips. One of the best investments I've ever made. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Mother of a Year 8 Student
As parents we think The Exam Success Formula was fantastic and thought provoking. As a family we learned how to communicate better and have fewer arguments. It empowered our daughter to voluntarily revise for her exams which was unheard of before the course. Her GCSE results are proof the course works, we are delighted!
Mother of a year 11
What will you get out of the club?
My goal with The Extraordinaries Club is to give your family a sustainable road-map that you can use to help your child to achieve the best grades possible, as well as the ongoing support you need throughout the academic year.
My advice will ensure that:
- Your child has clear motivations and goals
Students will have clearly identified their 'why' for taking these exams so that they're deeply motivated to do well. They will also know the grades they need to move on to their favoured next step. Parents will know how to keep them on track to achieve their dreams.
- Both you and your child have a positive and resilient attitude towards your studies
Students believe that their understanding and grades will always improve through effort applied in the right way and parents know what language to use to support them and reinforce their positive attitude.
- Your family has a clear framework for managing time
Students know how much study they should be doing, when they should be doing it and when they should be resting or having fun so that they get the best grades and maintain their stamina throughout the school year. They also know how to avoid procrastination. Together you will have built an accountability system that works for both of you - without you having to resort to nagging (well, hardly ever).
- You all have good study habits and know how to lose the bad ones
Students have laid their foundation for success over the long-term rather than relying on short-term and very stressful techniques like cramming. Parents will be confident that their consistent effort will pay dividends in the exam hall so that you don't have to worry so much.
- As a family you work together to deepen and broaden your understanding of subjects being studied
And, maybe, students will have even fallen in love with some of them so that studying becomes a pleasure rather than a chore. As a parent, you will be able to share in their accumulation of knowledge and understanding through experiences and discussion.
- You have strong revision strategies that work for your child and their subjects
They will have identified, and have the tools to continuously identify, the revision techniques that are working for them, and have the confidence to change things that aren't working. You will be able to stop worrying that they're doing things incorrectly because you have confidence in the revision process that they're going through. You will also know how you can most effectively help them with their revision and when to get out of the way.
- Your child knows how to prioritise so that they stay focused
Students will stop the overwhelm and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their revision by always knowing where they should be focusing their attention. Parents will easily be able to communicate with them about where they're at in their revision so that you know they're on target.
- You all have the insight to approach the exams in a happy and healthy way
By understanding their own rhythms of concentration and how to re-energise themselves students will be able to prepare for exams in a happy and healthy way. Parents will be able to keep them on track with the nutritional and emotional support that they need.
- Your child has the tools they need to learn to think like an examiner
Students will have the confidence to efficiently and effectively use them to prepare for their exams and continuously see improvements in their attainment. You will be able to help them to reflect on their progress and focus on remaining areas of weakness.
- You can all learn the lessons of mocks and previous exams to do better next time
So that students can improve their revision and exam preparation year after year and continuously get better results. Parents will be able to support them with these review activities and hold them accountable to their insights.
And, that you, as a parent, are fully prepared to support your son or daughter every step of the way, without the nagging, melt-downs and confusion that are typical of many families in exam season. My goal is essentially to bring you and your child closer together so that you're a united team throughout the exams, and you're both stronger and happier as a result.
We realised that due to the stresses and anxiety that exams bring, our relationship with our son was deteriorating and we needed an intervention. This is where we researched and sourced outside help and found Lucy and The Extraordinaries Club.
Lucy discusses and guides us in our approach towards our son’s learning, how we communicate with him and how to ask the right questions. Good practical advice is given which works. The club has a great supporting community. We still get caught up by the situation and through the coaching sessions can discuss, come up with a plan and gain confidence that we are supporting him in the way that he needs.
Our son felt very lost in the challenge of revising and exam preparation. The Extraordinaries Club gives him the chance to realise that he is not the only person thinking and feeling this. Lucy discusses strategies and provides workshops which aids his learning. He felt that he would only just pass his English Literature and was awarded a grade 7 in his recent mock exams, a fantastic achievement for someone who believed they were never going to be any good at English.
Parent of Year 11
My daughter hadn’t received any information from school about to how to revise or organise revision. She has Dyspraxia which means organisation, some subjects and exam papers are more challenging for her and this makes the correct type of revision essential for her to achieve her long term dream of going to university. I don’t know of anywhere else that can offer the kind of personalised support we have received from Lucy, the strategies and the encouragement. It has been a godsend for me as I wanted to help my daughter prepare for such an important milestone in her life, but didn’t know how. We receive much more than just revision guidance and Lucy really listens to the needs of the group and tailors her support accordingly.”
Mother of a Year 11 Student
Feel calm, confident and in control next exam season
What's the price of not just feeling, but knowing, that you and your son or daughter are confident and in control in revision and exam season?
Having seen the stress, doubt and fear that many people encounter when faced with exams, I know I wouldn't want to be in their position.
I never felt like that. I always felt calm and confident when I went into exams, and my clients feel the same. This is all down to the right kind of preparation. You can have this, and the future prospects that great grades open up, when you join The Extraordinaries Club.
In just two months my son has more direction and he feels he is becoming better prepared and more confident as he gains the necessary tools required to study more effectively. My son now has strategies in place to become more organised and to manage his time better. If he starts to veer away from these then he can revisit the videos, blogs and even the Coaching Calls to help get back on track and keep motivated to reaching his goal.
As the Extraordinaries Club is aimed at both parents and students we are now both singing off the same sheet - whereas before this wasn't the case. I also know that if it was just me making the suggestions and giving him advice he wouldn't take it seriously. Lucy has a way of engaging with the students and they do listen. As a parent I feel that Lucy genuinely does care about how well our children perform and she is passionate about delivering the different methods and coping strategies to them.
Having just attended the first Year 11 Parent's Evening, I can honestly say that it felt as though we were discussing a completely different boy from the one we had at the end of Year 10.
Parent of Year 11 student
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Working with Lucy for a year and a half taught me skills I will use right through university. I learned to manage my time, stay focused and prioritise. Lucy helped me structure and tailor my lifestyle to make the most out of my studying, even when things got tricky. I learned a lot from Lucy about consistency, and she helped me to get through the times of the year when it is easy to lose focus. Somehow she managed to help with broader study and life skills, as well as very particular, specific problems. I don't think I'd have the grades I do to my name today without Lucy's support. Lucy helped me not only to get the most out of academic life, but to improve my leisure time too. I learned how to keep calm and be completely in control of my workload all year round. I will use the techniques she taught me far into the future, and some well beyond the classroom. She always believes in me and encourages me, but is nonetheless firm and frank. I am proud to have worked with Lucy and that she took a gamble on me as her first client.
Year 13 Student
Stop the guessing game. Use tried and tested study strategies that work and take the stress and anxiety out of supporting your child to reach their potential.
The “student only” calls have given my daughter a massive boost in confidence and improved her wellbeing hugely. She has focussed her effort and, using Lucy’s advice and guidance, put the effort in increasing her double science from grades 5/6 to 7/8 in her November mocks. She is so pleased with herself and can see that doing the revision does make a difference. She is really motivated and is feeling good – a very different place to where she started only three months ago.”
Mother of Year 11 twins
As a parent, you often feel at a loss as to how to offer practical help and solutions to some of the issues we had at home with regard to revision, homework, expectations of the school, managing our expectations etc and you can feel alone in this. The Club has helped enormously and given us so many ways to deal with different issues as they arise and we don’t feel alone anymore. When my daughter used revision techniques suggested by Lucy for a Chemistry test a History test she did so much better than usual. As a family, we would have no hesitation in recommending the Club to anyone, we are so glad we found Lucy!”
Mother of Year 10
The Extraordinaries Club is a great way to get more in-depth, personalised help in the form of workshops, coaching calls, chat forums and specific topics. Both students and parents are supported on how to survive the exam years. Highly recommended if you want to help your child achieve their potential while retaining your sanity!”
Parent of Year 11 Student