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Podcast Ep. 1 – The Study Success Formula

SHOW NOTES: Episode 1

​​Welcome to the very first episode of the Parents of Hardworking Teens podcast!
I founded Rock Solid Study to help as many students as possible to become happy, smart and successful in their study and I hope this podcast will give you, as the parent, the information that you need to help
your teen boost their grades AND confidence…
AND have you both enjoy the journey along the way.


  • The (hopefully now, not-so-) secret formula for Study Success and the critical element many students are missing.
  • The reason why many hard-working students aren’t achieving the results they could, despite studying more and more.
  • Why more knowledge does NOT automatically mean more marks (and what does).




Hi, and welcome to the Parents of Hard-working Teens podcast!


This is my very first podcast and although it’s traditional for the first episode of a podcast to be all about me and rock solid study and what we’re all about, what I decided to do is just give you something that you really genuinely want, which is helpful information and something you can take away that will make a difference to how you and your teen approach their study. 

So what I’ll do is, I will intersperse my story, who I am and why I’m here and what we do at Rock Solid Study throughout all of the upcoming episodes. But I’ll start off by saying that I set up Rock Solid Study out of a drive to help students get results that match their effort, their ability and create the confidence and self-belief that you as parents (and me as a teacher) really want for your teens.Because I was that hard-working student when I was a teenager, but I never really had a clue about how exams really worked, what teachers or assessors were really looking for and I was always using what I call now the ‘hand in and hope’ strategy.
It was only after becoming not a teacher, but an examiner and coursework moderator, working for state and national exam boards internationally , that I started to understand how it all works.
And since my very first exam marker training day, I have been finding ways to share this knowledge – information that I’m totally allowed to share by the way – there’ll be no answer sheets in the show -notes – with students and parents through my classroom lessons, through tutoring, then through free blog videos, and now through my training and coaching programs and here, through this podcast. 


So let’s start with today’s topic, which is why knowledge and hard work does not necessarily equal great results. So often I get emails, or have conversations with parents where one of the most frustrating things for them is that their child is studying really hard, they’re doing all the things they’re told to by their teachers, doing their homework, revising for exams, researching for assignments but they aren’t getting the results their child really wants, or is aiming for, or is capable of – in other words what they feel they SHOULD be getting given the knowledge they have the the time and effort they’ve put in.
And from my experience, they certainly COULD be getting, because they do have the ability, they do know their subject content.

So, why is it that hard work and solid subject knowledge doesn’t guarantee top results?


It all comes down to one simple yet super-powerful formula. And in particular one key element IN that formula that’s often missing for students – and is what all of my coaching and training is centered around for students.

The secret formula – which I am working hard to make – not so secret – formula for study success is:
Knowledge + Application = Results.

Knowledge plus application equals success.


In other words, students do need subject content, but they also need to be able to apply it in the way the task or question demands and the mark scheme requires.


Because all the knowledge in the world is almost useless when it comes to exams and assessment if your child doesn’t know how to put it across properly. How to apply their knowledge to what the wording of the question or task requires and in a way that meets the descriptors on the mark scheme or success criteria.


It’s basically like having an amazing car – now, I have no idea about cool cars, or high performance cars or supercars, so I’ll let you picture whatever type of performance vehicle you want – but picture it with a super-powerful engine, it’s got an amazing aero-dynamic design, it’s full of all the best accessories, but…

the wheels are missing.
And without the wheels it’s just not going to go anywhere. And it’s certainly not going to operate at it’s true potential. 

And it doesn’t matter how much more fuel we pour in , how much bigger or better the engine is, – or, to apply that analogy – how much more knowledge your teen learns. THAT isn’t the thing that’s keeping the car stuck – or them stuck at their current level of work or current grades.


Another analogy I like to use – you’ll come to hear me use analogies a lot – because I find them really helpful to really relate to concepts.
Another one I like is the skyscraper and how the foundations underneath – the part we don’t even SEE – are so important.

One of the critical design aspects of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – something right near the top of my bucket list – I have a bit of a tallest building in the world geeky fascination – is the foundations that support it. I watched a documentary on it once and quick did you know fact – there are over a hundred-thousand tonnes of concrete in those foundations, and it goes over 50m deep.
Not surprising when you think about what it’s holding up.

Now, again, it doesn’t matter how strong, how tall, how stable the actual building is, how scientifically amazing the design is, if the foundations aren’t just as amazing, if not more, then the building is not going to hold up.


Just like, your teen’s results aren’t going to be as high as they’re aiming for if they don’t have those foundational skills to APPLY all the subject knowledge they have.
And don’t mistake that word foundational for basic.

These skills and strategies are actually pretty simple to LEARN and develop, but they are foundational because they are essential, they’re critical to your teen achieving their potential and doing it sustainably and confidently.


How I like to put it to students is that ‘they need to be able to SHOW THEY KNOW.
 THIS is where so many students fall down. Where they lose out on what might often be easy marks for them. They focus all their time and effort on learning more and more subject content. Writing more and more notes or revision cards, watching more tutorials, reading more textbooks.


And this is totally understandable.

For two reasons.
Firstly – all curriculum document and syllabus information is mainly centred around the content. The topics that need to be covered.

And secondly – students are hardly EVER explicitly taught the skills and strategies needed to APPLY their knowledge effectively. And this is not the schools or teachers fault either.

The truth is that syllabus content and the curriculum doesn’t include these skills. They often include subject-specific skills, but not the skills of exam technique or how to effectively research, or note-take or revise actively rather than passively or how to perform under time pressure or stay within word limits or dissect the wording of questions or figure out exactly what IS the difference between appropriate and discerning on marking criteria. I actually heard a teacher say recently that kids are kind of just expected to absorb these skills by osmosis.
Now these are all things I’ll be covering in future podcast episodes, so definitely stay tuned and subscribe or follow this podcast.
But schools also don’t have the time in class to teach these skills, what with all the subject content and the bulging curriculum they have to cover. Teachers almost always cite ‘time on timetable to cover all the content’ as one of the main challenges in teaching today.

Plus, there are only a small percentage of teachers out there who have experience in writing or marking external assessment pieces, so don’t actually have that knowledge to be able to pass it on even if there was time. 


The trouble with this is, that Students who have not mastered the skills of application will often find themselves getting disappointing results.


And so then they think: 

“the information I wrote was wrong” I simply didn’t give the right answers, or…
“I’m just no good at this particular subject” those thoughts and beliefs that they’re just not good at History, or they just don’t get Science.
“I didn’t put in enough information” I didn;t have enough detail or enough facts and figures or just didn’t write a long enough answer – that is a VERY common one – the idea that they just have to write more STUFF next time.

And so naturally,  when these thoughts occur, what happens next is:
They decide they need to learn more content, more information, memorise more facts and stats.

If it’s an exam they then feel like they need to revise harder and longer next time in order to store and then regurgitate all that additional and correct information they think they need to learn.

And if it’s an assignment, exam, oral presentation or anything really they think “I just need to write longer answers”. This is what I call the spaghetti approach – throwing all the spaghetti at the wall hoping that some of it stick – writing in as much information as they can hoping that some of it will get them some marks. And some of it will, but it isn’t necessarily answering exactly what the Q is asking and it is also the way to end up running out of time in exams or going over word limits in essays and assignments.


BUT – My experience as an exam marker and coursework moderator has shown that these disappointing results are actually more often because the student simply didn’t respond EXACTLY to what the question asked or They didn’t apply their knowledge in a way that accessed all of the marks available.

And I didn’t know any of this stuff as a student.

I didn’t know the skills and strategies for ultimate success. And so I went about my study throughout my own education the HARD way. I spent a lot of time and effort on things that gave virtually zero pay off when it came to exams, coursework and results. All those things like doing wider reading around the subject, expanding my vocabulary, reading or watching the news… all those bits of advice when students are already doing all the required tasks, the set homework, including the extension tasks.


Now that’s not to say that I did badly as a student. I actually got very good grades through high school, college and uni. I was a solid B grade student, getting a couple of A’s here and there, (and the odd C+ on a bad day), 

But I did it the hard way.
I certainly didn’t have a clue as to how exams worked or examiners operated, I didn’t even think about it as a topic, let alone realise that there were ways that I totally legally and legitimately could find this stuff out and use it to my advantage. I took the long and winding, steep road to good grades.

And the thing is, these same actions, these same struggles – I see so many students in the exact same position still today.
I see so many students working really REALLY hard, striving for great results, and very often CAPABLE of those great results but not achieving them. OR they’re getting top results, but sacrificing their mental health through stress or anxiety, sacrificing a life balance or their hobbies because they’re spending all hours on their study, and parents are struggling to help, because you aren’t across all the subjects or haven’t read the latest novel or studied the current Shakespeare play. 


So, that’s why I’m going to be sharing all of my tips, insights and experience.
I’ve worked as a high school teacher for 16 years now, including winning a national teaching award and being a Head of Department and Head of Faculty BUT I can tell you that the thing that has made the BIGGEST difference to how I help students achieve their very best results AND confidence in their study has been as a result of working with national and state exam boards, which I’ve done internationally for over  10 years now. Being an assessment moderator, an official exam marker a scrutiny panel member and and writing panel member, from ATAR to IB, to GCSE and NAPLAN. That’s what has shown me that the APPLICATION part is missing from many students’ skillsets and that gaining those skills is what slots that missing piece of the puzzle into place and literally catapults students to success.

Now I’ll be going into exactly what I’ve learnt from those experiences and what I continue to learn from them every single year here on this podcast, so as we wrap this first episode of the podcast, I’ll quickly summarise the key thing I want every parent and student to know about study and that’s the study success formula: knowledge plus application = success.

success comes from yes having the subject KNOWLEDGE – and most students DO have that – but success also comes from being able to APPLY that knowledge in the way the question or task demands and the mark scheme requires.

So, step one (another thing you’ll get to know about me is that I love actionable steps and knowing what to do and getting it done – just ask my husband – if we even talk about or come with up with a little project around the house or garden, he knows that means that same day there’s going to be a trip to Bunnings).
So, Step one – take a look at where your teen might be missing a piece of the formula.
Do they need to work on learning more subject content or memorising more facts and stats to build their knowledge, or is it more that they’re not quite applying that knowledge effectively? Are they uncertain on exactly HOW to do that. Because whether its the knowledge or the application that’s lacking, both of those are totally fixable – the knowledge by using text books, or online tutorials or a subject tutor… and the latter with skills, techniques and strategies – some of which are super-quick and simple.

So, if you’d like to get started with some of those skills you can go to the website: and request the Free parent Guide where I’ll share the three huge mistakes I see even smart students making and how to solve them. Plus you can get all the notes from this podcast on the podcast menu there too.


So that’s enough for the first episode, I hope you enjoyed it. It has absolutely been my pleasure to be here with you and to begin this process of sharing with you what we do at Rock Solid Study. Thank you for being here with me, take care and I’ll catch you next time.


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“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?

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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!

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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!


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Why are his grades dropping?

Has your teen ever done the same amount of work,
produced the same quality of work,
only to get a worse result?

Here’s why that might be:


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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!

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The second best time is NOW

If you feel like there’s not enough time to make a difference to your teen’s results, then THIS is for you.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist and planner (okay, a bit of a control-freak too) so I totally get it when you WISH an opportunity had come up at what felt like a better time.

However, even if you wish your teen could’ve mastered their exam technique and learnt how to revise strategically months or even years ago, does that mean that they can’t benefit from the opportunity to grab these skills right now?

Is ‘late’ better than never?

P.S. Here’s the other video I reference in this video!…
Is it too late?

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The ULTIMATE skill for nailing exams

What’s the ULTIMATE skill in nailing exams?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, as we get into exam season, and I’ve come up with what is, officially, my favourite exam skill.

Favourite in terms of the skill that gives biggest bang for buck.

And one that’s very specific.

Watch the video (or scroll down for the written version) to find out what it is and how your teen can get it!


Hopefully you know by now, if you’ve been following me for even a short while the ‘Not-So-Secret Secret’,  that there’s more to exams than just subject knowledge.

That even if your teen knows EVERYTHING there is to know about a topic, it (unfortunately) does not guarantee them a top grade in an exam.

In fact, I coached one of my Next Level students on exactly this, this week. 

He’d written an essay with heaps of great knowledge, vocabulary, examples. 

But he hadn’t fully identified the FOCUS of the essay question and therefore hadn’t tied his points to that focus clearly enough to get the result he’s capable of.

And I see this EVERY year as an examiner. 

Students who I can tell from their answers or essays, are obviously smart and have clearly revised and done everything they were told to.

BUT they haven’t been trained in exam technique. 

There are 6 elements of exam technique and the one skill that is my absolute favourite is a cross over of two of them.
Well, actually three of them.

Conquering command words and mastering mark schemes are the two main ones, and time management would be the third.


The skill I’m talking about is:
Being able to write the most succinct answer that gains maximum marks.
In other words, how to cover each criteria on the marking guide, with the least amount of words.

It’s rare to see them but when I do, I get SO excited.
It requires a solid understanding of command words – and the trigger words that go with them – and it’s massive help with time management.

I still remember one of the best examples I saw of this.
It was around 3 years ago probably now, but I still remember it.
It got full marks with about half the words of most other responses. 

I had to read it over 3 or 4 times to really check that I was definitely marking it correctly. That it really did satisfy all the criteria, and once I was certain it did, I was like – ‘Oh, that’s brilliant’.
I can’t recall the exact Q now, but it was a comparison, so had some very specific trigger words and this student had used them really well in their answer.

And if your teen can master the skill of giving the examiner exactly what they need to see and do it in the least words possible – or close to – then they’ll not only maximise their results, but also won’t run out of time in the exam. (Time being something that isn’t such an issue in the middle years, but is definitely an issue a lot of students have in Year 11 and 12).


That’s why I’ve already developed a ‘Most Marks, Least Words’ Challenge as a specific activity in the Exam Mastery Workshop and it’s why I train students in identifying and understanding command words, using trigger words AND the whole exam time management system in the 10  Week Grade Transformation Program.

Because ALL of these skills can be learned and actioned in your teen’s very next exam.
They aren’t talents you’re either born with or you aren’t.
They’re like driving a car.
We can all learn them, and once you’ve figured each thing out and how to do them, together, you’ve got the skill of nailing exams – and got it forever.



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7 Step Checklist – for parents with ATAR teens

With many students at least starting their Term 2 with online learning / alternative learning / (whatever your teen’s school is calling it!)  – I’ve created a 7 Step Checklist for Parents of ATAR teens, with specific and instantly actionable, strategies to help parents help their teens, withOUT needing any subject knowledge OR any nagging!

If you haven’t already got your free copy, go now to:

And THEN… share that link with any other parents who are also in this same position right now. 

I guarantee they’ll thank you for it 🙂

(And I will too – scroll down for your thank you gift that’s just waiting to be forwarded from my inbox to yours).


The 7 Step Parent checklist is a download I created to help parents, specifically of ATAR teens through out this time, but this will be super-helpful whatever high school year your teen is in. I even had a parent of a Year 7 student tell me they’d just picked TWO of the steps and they had got loads just out of those. 

It’s NOT about the general stuff everyone already knows – like ‘have them set up a quiet study space, or don’t be checking their phone every 5 minutes’

You don’t need me to tell you that. 

And it’s not about where to go and download a heap of printable worksheets. This isn’t like primary school – things are DIFFERENT for senior students. They don’t always want mum or dad helping and even if they did, YOU can’t suddenly become an expert on Y12 Chemistry or a ninja at essay writing. Not to mention figuring out the success criteria and marking rubrics. 

That why The 7steps are specific and instantly actionable, covering the the nitty-gritty details, like:

  • the TOPIC and FOCUS method for tackling essays
  • the missing key to taking efficient notes in a way that makes the information they’re learning go in and stay in their brains,

right through to:

  • the proven system to manage their time AND their focus, so that tasks don’t end up taking twice as long as they should because they’re getting distracted… or because they end up on the wrong track with the task 🙁

And I want to gift this to as many parents as possible because I KNOW this situation is a unique opportunity for students to get the skills, techniques and strategies they’ve likely been missing all this time, but didn’t realise because they were just too busy with everything in school, sport or work.

This situation is truly an opportunity for them to get ahead and achieve better than EVER before to actually become stronger, more confident and more effective as a student.

So head on over to and I’ll deliver these 7 steps straight to your inbox.


And then – share that link with any other parents who are also in this same position right now. 

I guarantee they’ll thank you for it 🙂

So much so that if you share this on your social media profile, then take a screenshot and send it to me – you can just reply to this email – and I’ll gift you my essay title swipe file for you and your teen.

1) Share the page where others can grab the 7 Steps Checklist:
on one (or more! ?) of your social media pages/posts/profiles.

>> Optional!… Add a note/description. Feel free to use one of these if any feel right for you:
~ Downloaded this checklist recently and thought others might find it useful too.
~ Home-schooling teenagers?! Ummm… nope! I’ve got this up my sleeve – no subject knowledge (or nagging!) necessary!
~ Anyone else wondering how their teen’s gonna go with home-study-online-learning? Found this super-informative to keep things as smooth (and successful!) as possible ?

2) Send me a screenshot of your shared post in an email (just click ‘reply’ to any of my emails or to:

3) I’ll email you back with the Essay Title Swipe File – wrapped up in a digi-bow ??



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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 🙂


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