“I just blank out!” – Exam Anxiety

It’s the week of the Promos! Time super flies. Hmm…please do not mimic the grammatical syntax of that phrase in your exams. This post applies for everyone I suppose…whether you’re in the thick of promotional exams or counting down to your first A level paper on 6th November! I probably should have written about exam…

Good ‘A’ level results = happiness? 

I’ve been thinking about posting this TED talk that I watched recently and with the release of the ‘A’ level results last Friday, it has given me greater impetus to do so since results day often bring with it an upswell of emotions that gets me thinking about what truly brings us happiness? Yes, when…

The final push

Dear JC2 students, This morning as I was walking across the quadrangle, I looked up and noticed the count down chart that said A level exams is 17 days away. I can’t believe how much time has gone by! Some of you, right now, may feel more prepared than others; some of you may have…

Exams and stuff…

The preliminary exams are in full swing (well…actually it’s ending soon) and the rest of you who are not doing prelims are busy getting your Project Work in order and panicking that promos is 30 odd days away. I thought it’s timely to re-post some of the stuff I’ve written before to deal with this…

The luxury of sleep

I like to sleep. Alot. It has always been this way from when I was in primary school right up to now. Someone once told me that when you get older, you need less sleep. Not me. 9 hours of sleep is barely sufficient for me. In university I stayed at the dorm and I…

Techniques for Focusing – Thought Stopping

Sometimes when we get stuck on a question in the exams, we start having ‘runaway thoughts’ like “I’m going to fail this entire exam, I should have prepared for this topic instead of the other one, I’m so stupid, why didn’t I study harder?” etc etc. Sounds familiar to you? Sometimes we’re able to shrug…

Techniques for Calming and Focusing

Exams are literally right round the corner. I know many of you out there are wringing your hands and cramming as much information as possible in these last few days and weeks and guilt-tripping yourself for going online and checking FB and thinking maybe if you’re reading the counsellor’s blog then it’s not SUCH a bad…

Motivation part II – here and now

After writing part I of this motivation series, I took a walk around school and saw a particular student (also in J2) who came to see me three weeks ago. Let’s call her S. Seeing her compelled me to quickly write another post as follow-up to the first one where I encouraged you to remind…

Motivation Part I – reminders, reminders

I haven’t been the most motivated in writing this blog which is ironic considering the current topic is about motivation…and before we know it A’levels is here and the bulk of the papers are next week. So I’m not sure if this entry will be in time for anything…sorry J2s. When I didn’t feel motivated…