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Anxiety and learning:
How to boost students' abilities

A one-day training course with tutor: Gareth Hughes 
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

Why is this course important?

The growing levels of anxiety, depression and perfectionism among our school and university students – exacerbated by the increasing focus on exam results, league tables and immediate employment possibilities – is causing many students to perform well below their potential.

Anxiety massively inhibits academic learning and performance – for some this may present as general anxiety and low motivation. Others experience anxiety in relation to specific tasks, such as taking exams, giving presentations or writing (often developing writer’s block).

By pushing more and more of our young people towards anxiety, depression or self-harming – in some cases even suicide – we are undermining the fabric of our country's future. This is not currently well understood.

However, research has continually demonstrated that it is possible to eliminate these types of anxiety, quickly and effectively – if the right approach is taken.

This wide ranging training day leads the way. As well as examining the various causes of anxiety in young people today, it looks at the crucial links between our emotions and learning and provides you with a range of simple, clear and practical strategies (that Gareth uses with great success in his own work at the University of Derby) to: lower students’ anxiety generally, boost motivation, help students overcome exam anxiety and be able to present well in public, and conquer writer’s block and more...


What you will gain from attending:

  • A clear understanding of how anxiety and stress contributes to poor learning – at any age
  • How anxiety reduces motivation, causes writer’s block, freezes a student's ability to remember what they’ve learned, impacts negatively on exam performance and messes up presentations
  • Essential insights into the links between learning and emotion
  • Five fast, effective techniques to unblock thinking and lower anxiety
  • The common myths that are making our students anxious
  • Practical actions that students can take to start reducing their anxiety right away
  • An understanding of what really motivates students to improve their academic performance
  • A profound, holistic model of learning – in tune with how our brains actually work
  • Tips on how to unlock writer’s block
  • A better understanding of why a good night's sleep helps
  • Case histories – Gareth shares examples from his own extensive work with univeristy students to illustrate key points
  • The importance of mental rehearsal
  • How to help students speak in public with confidence
  • Proven ways to help people overcome exam anxiety
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...

Who should attend?

  • School and university counsellors or anyone involved in supporting students to manage their emotions and \ or improve their academic performance
  • Teachers, lecturers or other education professionals who are interested in creating environments more conducive to learning and helping students perform to their potential
  • Study skills advisors who are interested in having a deeper knowledge of the interaction between emotions, the brain and learning and who wish to expand the strategies they use to help students
  • Anyone involved in supporting students with specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and \ or problems with their mental health
  • Anyone involved in working with or supporting learners and young people
  • Parents wishing to help their children academically or help them prepare for university
  • Students

Course Programme

The 'Anxiety and Learning: How to boost students' abilities' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's programme

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Academic anxiety – what is it and why are our students experiencing it

  • What is academic anxiety?
  • The links between learning and emotions
  • How negative emotional arousal can block academic performance and learning – and how positive emotions can make it better
  • The myths that are making our students anxious
  • What really motivates us – the importance of meeting our needs in balance
  • The difference between being stressed and being stretched

11.00am – Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – So what can we do – steps, strategies and tips to reduce student anxiety and improve learning

  • A holistic model of learning and academic performance
  • Don’t ignore the basics – how meeting physical needs can boost learning
  • The importance of sleep in creating memory and reducing anxiety
  • The difference between relaxation and distraction
  • Don’t think of studying as staring at a screen – developing more productive study routines
  • Writer’s block – why it happens and how to start unblocking it

1.00pm – Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Exam anxiety

  • What is exam anxiety? – signs, symptoms and impact
  • De-arousing the threat – it is possible to enjoy exams
  • It might not descend in a flash – how preparation can create and maintain exam anxiety
  • Taking control – the key to eliminating exam anxiety
  • An exam is a performance – how students can prepare themselves – paying attention to the details
  • The role of mental rehearsal
  • Simple tools to manage anxiety while in the exam

2.45pm – Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Presenting with confidence and summary of the day

  • Why are students scared of speaking in public? – some common misconceptions
  • “It might go wrong” – why this doesn’t matter as much as you might think
  • Projecting confidence and convincing yourself
  • Tips to help students stay calm, speak confidently and make a good impression
  • Overview of the day – key lessons in taking control, to improve learning and performance
  • Guided rehearsal – using what we’ve learned to make a difference

4.00pm — Day ends

Book your place on this invaluable course:

Anxiety and learning:
How to boost students' abilities

Wednesday 30th October 2019                     London

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and email or post it to:
Email: info@hgcollege.net
Post: Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.

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