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How Exam Performance/ Conditioned Learning Works 

Exam academic performance and Conditioned Learning for CE, GCSE’s and A-levels
Children who are working towards exams are often struggling with overwhelm, hence compartmentalising
information and retaining and recalling learning material becomes a problem, which can very often lead on to
anxiety and mental blocks. Using a combination of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Life Coaching techniques, Child and Teen Therapy can help to maximise learning and revision, to support with achieving the best possible exam outcome.

Maximise learning and memory

  • Identification of preferred learning styles.

  • Establishing and understanding preferred learning style, whether a Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic learner and how best to best utilise your style to optimise learning and revision.

  • Visualisation techniques and memory tricks for compartmentalising learning material, retaining and recalling information, to expand both working and long term memory.

  •  Successive Approximation ie chunking down for overwhelm

  •  Organising revision notes, to fall in line with and develop Preferred Learning Style.

  •  Exercises to develop weaker learning styles

  •  Accessing and building on resources.


  • Creating awareness of resources needed for success, what they look like and how to implement them.

  • Observing and learning how others achieve results, makes it easy to suggest, try and test different approaches, to see what works for us.

  • Simply Ask – encouraging children to write letters, emails or simply ask professionals in the field they wishto pursue, to find out what worked for them or otherwise. (Generally people who have experienced success, want to talk about it and can also offer mentoring opportunities)

  • Visualisation techniques, using imagination to explore alternative and more positive ways of thinking and problem solving, uncovering opportunity of improved mindset.

  • Empowering children by introducing and practising resources, that have already been proven to work, by discerning a sequence of ideas and behaviour that has enabled accomplishment of tasks, hence accelerating learning.

Goal setting

  • Setting goals properly, understanding why you have chosen them and what you need to do to reach them.

  • Breaking down goals in to more achievable steps, to reach and acknowledge advancement and keep up the momentum.

  • Visualisation of future goals and values to stimulate appropriate and aligned forward planning and clear SMART goal setting.

  • Creating short, medium and long term goals, to allow for successful goal tracking, productivity and  motivation.

Productivity and Motivation

  • Establishing cognitive distortions or thinking patterns that are holding you back and feeding self-doubt and learning new more positive ways of thinking, to improve confidence in own abilities and potential.

  • Exploring behaviours that are on a self perpetuating cycle, such as over extension or lack of commitmentand introducing new helpful behaviours that will inspire you and support you in achieving your goals.

  • Scheduling activities to manage your time better so tasks are more likely to be upheld, ie with rewards in between work loads, pairing unappealing tasks with more appealing tasks and assuring a healthy balance of activities.

  • Shifting the balance from the what if’s to the here and now’s. So your time and energy is focussed on what needs to be done today, opposed to concerns about the future of which may or may not ever happen.

  • Preventing avoidance of tasks or situations due to what if’s or fears such as fear of failure, by monitoring exposure and mastering anxiety, by learning from experience that your worse case scenario, is unlikely to occur.

  • Exploring what drives you and what holds you back. Learn to see things from a different perspective, to challenge and reframe any irrational beliefs or unhelpful blocks, broaden your thinking and see things from a more helpful viewpoint.

Diary management and organisation

  • Creating balanced activity scheduling, inline with PACE

  • Learning organisation and time management skills

  • Motivation techniques such as pairing, rewards in between work loads.

Mind control and the power of positive thinking

  • Identifying cognitive distortions, and unhelpful thinking patterns that are holding back from reaching full potential.

  • Re-framing unhelpful thinking patterns and clearing mental blocks. Using methods such as Balancing thoughts, thought stopping and other thought management techniques such as bringing thoughts back to here and now, in order to increase learning potential and reduce unhelpful emotions, such as anxiety.

Shifting to Generative State

  • Learning about Generative state, the optimum state for learning and performing.

  • Using controlled breathing and muscle relaxation to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and hence counter balance ‘fight or flight’.

  • Using various NLP methods to choose and practice more resourceful states.

  • Using Anchoring methods and affirmations to return to or retain resourceful states

What my clients say...........

Child and Teen Therapy West Sussex’s holistic approach has been a game changer for my
17 year old. With A levels approaching, Seb was feeling overwhelmed and was also struggling to find revision techniques that worked for him. Samantha got to know Seb on READ MORE 

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