Grade Transformation Blog

Grade Transformation Blog

No.1 in Transforming Students’ Grades

Posts filed under About Us

“I wish we’d had this earlier”

Is the 10 Week Grade Transformation Program right for your teen
and if so,
when’s the best time for them to do it?

Share Button

You don’t know what you don’t know

You don’t know what you don’t know.

You can’t ask about something if you don’t even know that ‘something’ exists.
You can’t change or improve something if you’re not aware that there’s a better way.

One of the best things about live group calls is that you get to hear questions you never thought of asking, but are super-helpful… even life-changing.

I’m hosting a live group Q&A for parents and students on my email list tonight!
See your inbox for your link 🙂


It happens all the time in the student coaching calls I do in the 10WGT.

Mikayla (a 10WGT student) told me that on one of our Live Group Coaching Calls
she didn’t have a question to ask and so wasn’t going to come on.
But, in her words:
“Mum made me. I didn’t think it would be useful,
but by the end of the hour I had over a page of notes…

And it turned out…
One of the tasks another student asked about, I got something really similar a week later, so I totally knew what to do, right from the start.”

That’s the beauty of group calls.

Students get THREE live group coaching calls with me as a bonus when they join the 10 Week grade Transformation Program – which opens just 3 or 4 times a year.

Make sure you’re on my email list to get future invites (plus weekly free tips!).

Just go to
request the free Parent Guide
and I’ll email it to you as well as add you to my email list!

Share Button

How to select a great tutor (but do you even need one?)

If you’ve ever:
– Considered getting a tutor for your teen, but not sure how much it will help (there’s one question to ask yourself/your teen)

– Wanted to know what to look for in a tutor (I’ll give you 3 key qualities)

– Previously had a tutor for your teen, but didn’t get the outcomes or results you’d hoped for (the reason may well be simple – and fixable!) 

then this video is for you!


Share Button

Updates and News for 2021

It’s finally time for me to reveal four
(okay, five) ?
important updates that have been going on behind the scenes over the summer.
Here’s what’s in store for you and your teen!

This year for me, is gonna be all about giving my best ever training, outstanding levels of service and exceeding every student and parent’s expectations.I hope that I’ve done a lot of that already over the years, but we’ve made some significant upgrades and updates that’ll go even further to helping your teen achieve their best ever grades and confidence.

There are 4 important updates I want to tell you about personally. ONE –
is the 10 Week Grade Transformation Program-  the 10WGT.

Over the summer we’ve added upgrades from requests we’ve had, like subtitles on the training videos – the addition of closed captions means your teen now has an additional way to engage with the tutorials by reading as well as listening to my training.

Plus there are added ways to ensure students really get the most out of everything they have access to- like the start-up treasure hunt as a fun and fast way to get started,
direct links to related resources in the Study Vault (my separate mega resource library that all 10WGT students get access to) for deeper-dive training on specific skills or techniques.


This makes the 10WGT the best yet and of course, we STILL have my famous – double whammy guarantee.

Students are literally GUARANTEED success.
That’s how much I know this training works.

Update number TWO –
This is important for everyone to be aware of:
Instead of 10WGT enrolment being open all year round on the website, we are limiting enrolment to 4 strict enrolment times through the year.
I’ve selected the times that I’ve come to know from experience are the most effective for students.

Our first enrolment for 2021 will start on the evening of Tuesday 2nd Feb and enrolment will be open for one week.
So, mark your calendars if you’re keen to get your teen on board!
And if you’ve been considering it or wondering about it, then pay attention in a couple of weeks because I’ll be delivering free trainings, open Q&A and I’ll be giving plenty of information about the 10WGT and the special bonuses I’m also including.

Bonuses like – The Exam Mastery Workshop! Now included with all 10 Week Grade Transformation enrolments – awesome!


What that does mean though, is that the Exam Mastery Workshop and my other mini-training ‘Write Like an A-Grader’ are not available on their own. So I just want you to be aware of that.

Now, why have I made this change to the enrolment opening?
i.e. Only having specific open times for enrolment and not leaving it open for everyone at any time.

It’s so that you and your teen get the very best of me and our team of admin support and study coaches. It means I can best help those students during their time in the program and can best serve all parents and students not in the program at other times.

This ultimately means even more valuable free stuff from me AND even more coaching and training inside of my programs.

Keeping things restrained in this way means I can massively overdeliver (like including the Exam Mastery Workshop for every enrollee) 😉

Update THREE –
I am now – officially – Katie Jones, not good old Katie Price.

I actually got married two and a half years ago (which has absolutely flown by) but it has taken me all this time to gradually change all my name across everything!
Seriously, name changes are a nightmare, especially when it was a sneaky but super-awesome, low key elopement (which I TOTally recommend by the way! It was zero stress and beautiful) – but it took a while to process the overseas paperwork
– (though not 2 years admittedly) –
by which time, I’d kind of just got on with life without the name change.

Anyway – here we are… e.v.e.n.t.u.a.l.l.y.

Katie Jones – Known for being organised and on top of things in life, except my own name.
Which means no more katie.price@rocksolidstudy email…
which leads me nicely to our fourth update:

We have upgraded all of our online systems – our website, our email, the blog.

You’ll see the changes appear over the next week or two.
Some will be obvious. Some won’t look any different but how things operate will be smoother.

The new, beautiful and super user-friendly website will be up in a couple of weeks at:

And our email address is:
You can get admin support, questions answered, requests – everything at that one email address!

Oh – that reminds me!
(This can be the BONUS Final-final upgrade for today) 😉

Update number FIVE!

(And this is one of my favourites!)

As a special Term 1 boost, I’ll be taking and answering YOUR questions every week.
This is one of the new additions I’m loving the most!

Anything you’ve been wondering or would just like to ask, you can do so by emailing them to…
can you guess?…

I know that a lot of parents and students have a lot of questions at this time of year, and I want to give you and your teen as much support as I can.

Now, although I won’t be able to answer every single question, I’ll get to as many as possible, and I’ll pick out some of the most useful and most common, and will answer them with plenty of solutions, tips and tricks here in each of my weekly Sunday blog videos.

There’s no limit on how many questions you can send in so no matter how specific or how random your Q, go ahead and ask me!
Knowing what questions you have will also help me to plan and produce the most helpful future webinars and masterclasses for you 🙂

So – Not 4 but 5 new things – all making everything more streamlined and valuable, whether you’re a member, or on my VIP email list.

Quick summary!…

ONE – Upgrades and additions to the 10WGT to help students get the absolute most out of everything in the easiest ways possible.

TWO – Limited enrolment – only opening 4 times a year – first enrolment will be 2nd to the 8th Feb – with a huge week of free tips, a live masterclass, What Would Katie Say Q&A, enrolment bonuses and lots more. Put it in your diary – 2nd Feb.

THREE – New belated surname
Goodbye Katie Price. Hello Katie JONES.

FOUR – New website (coming soon to a screen near you!) and new email address you can use right away:

FIVE – Ask me anything you want throughout Term 1! Any questions from you or your teen, send them in:
I’ll be answering them in my weekly blog videos.

Can’t wait to see the impact of all these upgrades on your teen.
I’ll keep you posted on everything and see you back here next week!

Share Button

If you could ask me one question

What would it be?

If we could chat over coffee for 15 mins,

– what would you love to pick my brain on?
– what do you feel like other students have nailed, but your teen’s struggling with?
– what insider secrets would you love to get in on?
– what would you love me to train your teen to be able to do?

Drop a comment below or email me and TELL ME!
I’ll be sharing TONS of info based on your wants, needs and wildest (study-based) desires 😉
in the 5 Day Inner Circle –  kicking off Mon 15th Nov.


Share Button

“What would Katie say?”

Rather than posting a video of hand-picked tips and advice for you, this week I’ve decided to to open up my Wednesday evening (27th May, 8pm AEST) so you can get the precise tips, advice or just bend my ear about what YOU really want to know.

So join me for:

“What would Katie say?” ?

*Live Q&A* for you to ASK . ME . ANYTHING!

I’ll give you a clear and specific answer, based on my 13 years as an award-winning high school teacher, national exam marker, coursework moderator and scrutiny panel member.

This is what I do all day, every day
and luuurvve to talk about with keen and supportive parents, students and, well… anyone who’ll listen!

Check out my personal invite, I recorded just yesterday in the moment I decided to do this!
And then CLICK HERE to get your link to the Live Q&A Room.


Share Button

It isn’t even that difficult

As we get ready to release the brand NEW 10 Week Grade Transformation Program (2. 0),
whilst a lot is new and has been upgraded and
even more amazing training added,
when I went back to the original info I wrote for students about the 10WGT almost 4 years ago there’s literally nothing I would change in that description!

I was expecting to cringe my way through it
(as you do when you go back and read something you thought was good way back when, but then later… well… not so much)
but when I read it, I was actually like “Wow, this is goooood!”.
It totally nails everything the 10WGT is and everything the 10WGT does.
Because of course, the key concepts and the core purpose of the program HAVEN’T changed at all – so I’m sharing my fave snippets of that description with you here:

Fact: You could easily raise your grades in any exam, essay or assignment if only you knew the untold secrets to exam success.

Did you know that most students will never get the marks they should in assessments, assignments and exams, even if they study hard?

(In fact it doesn’t matter how hard they studied, even if they worked harder and longer than anyone else).

Why? Because they are not fully skilled and confident in things like understanding command words, selecting and structuring content, and knowing what the markers are specifically looking for.

In my experience as an exam marker, national coursework assessor and award-winning high school teacher – and now – exam board scrutiny panel member and school workshop leader –  I’ve come to realise that it is NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU KNOW, it’s all about how well you put it down on paper. 

But: Teachers just don’t have the time to teach these skills along with all the content laid down in the curriculum they have to cover. Plus, most of them aren’t trained examiners or assessors and so don’t have this insider knowledge.

Pretty depressing, right?

But here is the good news – well in fact it is brilliant, awesome news… This ALL means… that

You Are Better Than You Think!

Your grades can be higher than you ever imagined.

You can have access to more career and life opportunities.

All with less stress.

Yes, it is possible to achieve fabulous results whilst feeling cool, confident and in control.

And the best bit is…

My online 10 Week Grade Transformation Program means you can easily discover all these secrets and master all of these skills. It isn’t even that difficult. In fact it’s a lot easier to perfect things like ‘exam technique’, structuring extended responses and giving examiners what they want, than it is to learn lots more subject content.

Now, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work – this isn’t a magic fix that’ll happen overnight. But what it does mean is that you can become highly skilled in the strategies required for amazing results, and when you do, you’ll have these ‘super-powers’ forever!


The 10 Week Grade Transformation Program is for you if:

You Sometimes Feel:

  • Like you’re drowning in homework, notes, assignments or revision

  • That there are some subjects or topics that you just never seem to do well in

  • That you don’t know the best way to organise your time or tasks in order to get things done efficiently

  • Lacking confidence in some aspect of your academic abilities

  • That you don’t know exactly HOW to make your work better even after it’s been marked

  • Unsure if you’re ‘doing it right’ when answering exam questions or writing assignments

  • That you work hard but still wish your results were better?

And the 10WGT is for you if You Want:

  • Expert help and support to give you the skills to be confident, organised and motivated in your school work

  • To feel positive and in control of your study, your exams and life at school or college

  • To know exactly how to tackle different types of tasks and assignments

  • To know PRECISELY what ANY exam question is really asking 

  • And able to respond in a way that will earn you the MOST MARKS with the subject knowledge YOU have

  • To know exactly what ‘exam technique’ is and what ‘command’ and ‘trigger’ words are

  • To set goals beyond anything you ever thought possible, and actually achieve them!

My proven system has led hundreds of students to success already and it can work for you too.


So, if ANY of this sounds like your teen, then definitely go check out the 10 Week Grade Transformation Program 2.0,
and take advantage of this once-only opportunity to be able go through it in REAL TIME, with me checking in each week and all of our new students, as we all kick off together.

This time next week, we’ll be in it, doing it.
So let’s make this an amazing week, and I hope I get to meet you and your teen if you decide to join me inside the 10WGT 🙂


Share Button

“A Must-Read For All Parents”

Download your copy of my ‘behind the scenes’ Parent Guide revealing the

‘3 HUGE Mistakes Even Smart Students Make in Exams and Assignments’

(And How to Fix Them Immediately So Your Teen CONFIDENTLY Achieves Their Best EVER Grades)


Share Button

Well, this could be awkward!


I’m sticking my neck out here and fully expecting a few unsubscribes this week.

Because I’m going to make things a bit uncomfortable for a few minutes :/

(Just warning you!)

And just so you know, this is something I’m totally guilty of as well.

So, watch or read on to join me in this awkward conversation!


Here’s the thing.

I’ve had a lot of conversations with parents over the past week while I ran my Exam Special webinar event, and while some were totally diving into the content and telling me about ways their teen has already enacted it the very next day, for others… there was some resistance.
And it may not immediately be recognisable as that, but that’s exactly what it is.
And I’m pretty sure there’ll be many more parents out there feeling the same thing, so I want to address it head on.

When they were talking about their teen getting the study skills they know they need, or getting the full training on exam technique, some would say things like,
“Well, we’ll just see how the rest of Year 11 goes first, and then we might look at doing something next year”
“I think I’ll get him an English tutor for now and then if his confidence doesn’t improve, then maybe I’ll get him on to watch this webinar next time you run one.”

And I totally get this situation…

The concepts and training I teach go beyond the accepted traditions of learning more content and having subject-based tutors.
And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with either of those, if you know that understanding specific subject knowledge is the thing holding your teen back.

BUT – and here’s the part that can be challenging for ALL of us… if those
“I’ll just do this first”, or “I’ll just wait until” statements and stories we’re telling ourselves are actually,
(if we really dig deep and get really honest with ourselves), just excuses to put off what we know we really need to be doing,
or help us put off accepting the uncomfortable truth of things…
then they’re not only not helping, they’re actually holding us back.
They’re holding you back from experiencing a life of less worry or concern over your teen and their study.
And stopping your teen from finding out what they’re truly capable of and discovering that confidence and pride that’s inside but hasn’t had a chance to break free and be experienced YET…


I did this myself in a big way back at the start of this year.
I held myself back and – #confession – I held other teachers back, and students back.

Yep, I said this was uncomfortable…
Believe me, it’s not fun writing this down in public.

But I recognise it now. And that’s the thing…
It can be hard for us to really see this clearly for ourselves at the time, but on reflection, it’s SO clear to see.
But only once we’ve taken the action we’ve been avoiding.

So here’s my confession…
I had plans to create an online program for schools to deliver to their students, similar to my 10 Week Grade Transformation Program.
In fact I’d had this plan in my head for about a year before I did anything about it. Because I know that many teachers aren’t aware of the importance of exam technique – I certainly wasn’t until I became an exam marker in the UK, even though I’d already been teaching for 4 years and even won a national teaching award by that point!

Anyway, I already knew that schools needed this, teachers needed this, and although I was already training students in this in my online programs, I wanted to be able to help as many students as possible and working with schools is one way to increase the number of students I can help.

I was already delivering in-school workshops, but making the program was a big project and then putting it out there and marketing it was, psychologically, an even bigger step. It’s a lot more corporate than the way I share my knowledge and programs with parents, like I do with you, and I’m not from a corporate background.


So, I decided: I needed to read a few books to prepare and equip myself for this.
One of them was the famous ‘Dare to Lead’ by Brene Brown.

I looked up the ones I thought I wanted and needed online and added them to cart. It quickly came to over 200 bucks.  And I was like, ‘hmm, that’s more than I was expecting’.

Now, of course, on reflection, for those people’s wisdom and teaching, it TOTally isn’t a lot of money; but that was the first step in me holding back, right?!

It had nothing to do with the money. What it really meant was: if I didn’t order the books, I couldn’t read them and therefore I couldn’t start on the schools project yet.
Urgh, it seems so crazy now, but yes, if I really dig deep, that’s what was going on.
I was just putting more self-inflicted hurdles in my path to delay the uncomfortable tasks I wanted to do, but also was avoiding doing.
Yep, crazy alright!


So, guess what I did next…

I looked the books up on the council library database*
(so I could save myself 200 bucks of course –  but ACTUALLY so I could delay the process juuuust a bit longer!).

*Positive side note  – this was the start of me re-discovering how awesome libraries are! Almost all of them were on the database!

So I requested all the books and then waited for weeks, some of them for months til they became available.


One of them I was really keen to read, but when it actually came through, it sat on my shelf for the entire two weeks.
I didn’t even open it.
Because I ‘didn’t have time’.

I was working on other things, I was coaching students, I was planning and delivering monthly student seminars to my GTZ Members, I was training with the QCAA to become an examiner and panel member for the new Senior Exam System… there’s always PLENTY to fill my time with.

Of course I could’ve MADE time, but two weeks later, I returned it.
Hadn’t even opened it.

In the mean time,
one of my good friends called me out on all this.

That’s the kind of friendship we have.
We massively support each other but we also know when to challenge each other  – in a helpful way.
I think that’s a rare type of friendship, but it’s so valuable and I feel very lucky to have it.

Anyway, she asked me what I’m really waiting for.
She’s a high school teacher herself and told me how much her school and her students needed this info and training.
We talked about my conversations with parents like you who’ve asked me in wonderment why schools don’t teach this stuff.
She told me about the money her school was already spending on a program nowhere near as good as what I had planned.
And then she asked the waitress for a pen and started writing my to-do list on a serviette.
With dates and deadlines.
(You can see why we’re friends) 😉
I still have those notes.

And I agreed to, as Nike says – just do it.

Now, I still wanted to ensure things would work perfectly – or very close to – I’ve never had anything go 100% perfectly – and so my small Rock Solid team and I decided we’d launch to a small sample of schools, so we could make sure we could deliver everything at a really high level and iron out any issues easily.

And then we got to work.

A month or so into progress, guess what popped up.
Yep, the notification that the ‘Dare to Lead’ book I’d had on reservation for months was now ready for me at the library.

I collected it.
I read a few pages.
But it wasn’t really connecting or resonating.
It wasn’t what I was hoping it would be.

Although I’m actually not totally sure exactly what I WAS hoping for or expecting. Super-hero powers, unicorn glitter maybe?

So I skipped ahead and dove into a couple of chapters I liked the sound of.
Still wasn’t doing much for me.

I’m sure the book is great.
It’s had rave reviews.
It’s just not what I needed right then.

And that’s fine – because I’d already started.
I’d taken the leap (with a loving push on the backside!).

But could you imagine if I’d waited
til I’d read those books before I got started on the project?

I’d be here now, still not started.
Because I still haven’t read those books.

The schools who are running my online program right NOW (yep, it’s out there and everything’s running great!) wouldn’t have that info and training to deliver to their students.

Those students wouldn’t have the skills and strategies they’re learning and honing and their Term 3 results and Finals wouldn’t be as good as they’re going to be as a result of it.


So, if you’ve been thinking of taking action that’ll catapult your teen’s confidence or results,
or will make them more effective in their study,
but putting it off for whatever reason,
then I’d encourage you to dig deep and consider what you’re really waiting for and whether it’s really serving you or your teen.

What would it mean if they just got started now in the 10 Week Grade Transformation Program?…

What would it mean if they registered this year for the Exam Mastery Workshop?…

Rather than waiting to see how things go, wanting to try something else first, or wondering whether it will actually work.

Where will they be this time next term if you did take action and took a leap?

And like I say, I know this might feel uncomfortable.
And I know this has been a longer blog than usual!
But I can tell you that waiting or filling time with unnecessary steps is NOT the answer.
It’s not going to take away the discomfort you or your teen might currently be experiencing.

So if you need a friend that’ll give you that reality check, or the ‘firm but kind’ kick in the butt, then I’m happy to be that person 🙂

If you wanna chat about it, drop me an email and we’ll set up a time for a friendly chat on the phone,
and until next week, let’s take action to make this a fantastic week!

Katie 🙂



Share Button

The KEY to all study problems

Did the construction workers go about building the Sydney harbour bridge without a proven framework, a clear strategy and a set of step-by-step instructions and stages?

Of course not.

And even if they did AND managed to produce a functioning bridge by making it up and figuring it out as they went,

it VERY likely wouldn’t have been completed in the most efficient, smooth or stress-free way.

So it’s no wonder students struggle to write an essay or assignment or even just answer a few topic questions, when they don’t have a clear strategy or step-by-step breakdown of how to tackle the task.

And it’s no wonder they don’t get the best result when they don’t have a clear vision of what the successful outcome will include or look like, how it will address all the criteria and how to make it happen.


A “problem” is simply a gap,

an open space between point A and point B.

And almost always, it’s an open space you can bridge.

For example, a problem a student might be given in Maths is the gap between the scenario presented and the solution or answer.

Or a more general study problem your teen may face in English might be

‘how do I write an essay on that?’

And the gap is the structure and content that makes up that essay.

Either way,

they need to build a bridge to cross that gap and arrive at the solution or a successful end result.


So the focus on achieving better results with less stress, is really about the bridge.

Did the construction workers go about building the Sydney harbour bridge without a proven framework, a clear strategy and a set of step-by-step instructions and stages?

Of course not.

And even if they did AND managed to produce a functioning bridge by making it up and figuring it out as they went,

then even though it might be a successful outcome,

it VERY likely wouldn’t have been completed in the most efficient, smooth or stress-free way.

So why would your teen do the same?

It’s no wonder that we struggle to get ourselves from start to finish with a task or assignment if we don’t have a clear strategy, step-by-step breakdown or a clear vision of where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

As I tell everyone,

it’s not just a case of working harder.

If a team of engineers and builders just kept laying more and more bricks,

or working longer hours every day,

or putting more and more bolts between the steel parts,

does that guarantee a better bridge?


A clear template, a set of steps, an order of tasks and even an example of a successful bridge built in the same way somewhere else,

that’s what’s  going to make the job a lot faster, easier and produce a more successful outcome.


That’s why I’m all about providing students with these tools and strategies.

Giving them the simple yet super-effective tools, checklists and tricks to make their writing sound amazing in my Write Like an A-Grader training

Giving them a complete system for study success in my 10 Week Grade Transformation Program,

from note-taking to what to do in the final minutes of an exam. From Motivation and organisation to the template for an analytical essay at the highest cognitive level of evaluation.

And dissecting model responses and mark schemes in my annual live Exam Mastery Workshop.

I really want to get across one thing…

That a problem or a challenge,

simply shows that there is a gap.

And there is a solution,

a strategy,

a template

or a skill

that will bridge that gap, no matter how big or small.


If you’d like to talk to me about any of the gaps or problems that are stopping your teen from being Happy, Smart and Successful,

then I’m making some time available in my diary these next couple of weeks to chat to parents so that I can see what students are most struggling with at the moment and tailor my upcoming content to be as helpful as possible.

In return I’ll give you my feedback and tips on how your teen can bridge those gaps.

Just drop me an email ( referencing this blog and I’ll send you a link to book in a time for a free and casual chat 🙂


Okay, hopefully chat with you soon!

Now, let’s go make this week, a fantastic week!


Share Button