– parents of girls or boys?
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.