– par­ents of girls or boys?

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peo­ple pleasers, putting cul­tural pres­sure on them to put oth­ers’ needs above their own.

This, as a par­ent, brings a whole other set of dif­fi­cul­ties, a dif­fer­ent kind of chal­lenge to the ones some of us have while try­ing to get round the su­per­mar­ket in one piece.

Of course, in be­tween all these sweep­ing gen­er­al­i­sa­tions are a whole mul­ti­tude of fac­tors that I think most of us can con­clude cat­e­gor­i­cally is noth­ing to do with their gen­der. LONGER strate­gic games are a great choice if you want to im­prove attention span. Chess is recog­nised as one of the best brain-train­ing games, and stud­ies show it’s ef­fec­tive at in­creas­ing fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion due to its com­plex strate­gic na­ture. How­ever, it may be a chal­lenge to per­suade young peo­ple to tackle chess, as it’s not the trendi­est of games. More im­me­di­ately en­gag­ing games and puz­zles which may im­prove fo­cus in­clude Risk, or one of the new breed of board games such as Car­cas­sonne or Puerto Rico. AND lastly, whether in­doors or out, en­cour­age reg­u­lar study breaks, ad­vises Graham.

“An­other pre­dic­tor of exam suc­cess is how well stu­dents break up study­ing into short pe­ri­ods,” he says. “Those who do 20 min­utes, then do some­thing else for 20 min­utes and then do an­other 20 min­utes of study, tend to do the best.”

Dr Cullen agrees stu­dents need to chunk, pace and vary re­vi­sion, and points out that hu­man­ist psy­chol­ogy as­serts peo­ple need to ex­pe­ri­ence, and are mo­ti­vated by, achieve­ment, ex­er­cis­ing choice and feel­ing a sense of be­long­ing.

“Suc­cess­ful re­vi­sion should in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for all of these,” she says, “so when sup­port­ing a young per­son’s re­vi­sion, the start­ing point should be to ask them what helps them feel bet­ter when they’re work­ing hard, choose ac­tiv­i­ties based on what they tell you and fac­tor this into their plan.” And a friend of mine has a the­ory about how dif­fi­cult or oth­er­wise kids are to raise: No mat­ter how an­gelic a child can be, they all come with their own, unique chal­lenges sooner or later. In other words, if you have one of those ba­bies who sleeps through the night from two weeks old, don’t be too smug as they’re bound to give you hell when they’re a teenager. All of which proves that it’s a good job we love them . . . even when they’re thump­ing each other.

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