Here’s why I don’t make new year’s resolutions…

Hey everyone, we’re almost to the end of February. Did you make any new year’s resolutions? And if you did, how is it coming along? 🙂 Some years back, I stopped making resolutions. I don’t know if it’s cos I’m older now and more jaded. Or maybe I’m just tired of setting myself up to…

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…

Boosting Productivity – Can We Really Multitask?

Wow…just realizing that the last I wrote was 29th May! I’m so bad at this…if I’m one of those bloggers making a living through their blog, I would have starved by now. It’s just that time really does fly. After 29th May, I had gone off on a hiking trip in Japan, then July came…

What can we do to let go?

This week at work, I met a couple of students who didn’t know each other but who told a somewhat similar story. A story that you might find familiar yourself. A story of feeling let down, abandoned, and disappointed by people in their lives who were supposed to be there for them, people whom they…

Getting more shuteye NOW!

So I’ve just almost concluded the resilience workshops with the JC2 classes (almost). And one of the things we talked about was how sleep was crucial as it comes to succeeding in school and that young people need about 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep which I wrote about in another post. So after the…

Good or bad, life goes on…exploring post A levels alternatives

It’s THE day. The nail-biting day when students come back to receive their A level results. While I’ve told students that results are not everything, I can’t help but feel nervous on their behalf. When you’ve put in two years (sometimes three) of hard work, naturally you’d hope that your results turn out well. So…

New year, new beginnings!!

I’m just realizing that open house was yesterday and if prospective students were to click into this blog the first post they’ll see is about internet porn! So figured I better write something real quick so they don’t think the YJCounsellor is a weird person. Did you make a new year resolution? Not sure if…

What the internet (and porn) is doing to your brain

Alot of you by now will know that I’m a brain geek. I like to look at how different things (especially lack of sleep as my major obsession) affect the workings of our brain. So yesterday, I was listening to this fascinating podcast by the guy who created the website ‘your brain on porn‘ and…

I had a black dog

I bought this illustration book by Matthew Johnstone recently and he used the clever analogy of the black dog to describe what life is like living with depression. The black dog was a term first coined to describe Winston Churchill’s bouts of depression. With World Mental Health Day round the corner, I thought I’d post…

Just .b

The .b programme is something that I piloted with a number of JC1 students this year. I’ve been meaning to write more about this programme on the blog so more people are aware of what is this .b thing that I’m doing. Huffington Post is having a series on Mindfulness in Schools (which is another…

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…

Level up on your productivity

Productivity is one of the words that start with P that I hear students talk ALOT about. The other is procrastination. Funny how they both start with P and are 5 syllables but take exact opposite meanings. Especially with exams and deadlines round every corner, the question as to how we can increase our productivity…