Making learning science actually work for students
The key to unlocking your best-ever exam grades this year
Meet Your Exam Study Expert: William Wadsworth
A Cambridge University trained memory psychologist, William specialises in putting the science of learning into learners’ hands.
His approach is a winning blend of rigorous, evidence-based science and unique, highly pragmatic ways to make it work for real students, amid the messy reality of being a teenager today.
William is a regular speaker for students, parents and staff, trusted by leading independent, grammar and high-performing comprehensive schools across Southern and Eastern England.
His research includes the largest-ever field study on student approaches to learning, in collaboration with the world-renowned Washington Memory Lab.
He is the author of Outsmart Your Exams, and through the Exam Study Expert blog and his award-nominated podcast, William’s advice on how to study effectively is followed by one million students in over 150 countries every year.
Revision & Exam Technique Workshops for Students: Study Skills for Academic Success
Help your students achieve their full potential in exams as we emerge from the COVID pandemic, by equipping them with study skills that work.
Work with William to design a bespoke workshop perfectly tailored to your learners’ needs: whether they’re just discovering the science of learning for the first time, or are old hands looking to hone their study skills.
Packed with interactive activity, live “experiments”, demonstrations and discussion, Exam Study Expert revision / exam preparation workshops can cover one or more of the following four pillars, depending on your needs:
- Mindset Mastery: from the power of growth mindset to managing stress and pressure.
- Smart Study Habits: advanced productivity strategies to get more done in less time, and unlock deeper focus and concentration.
- Effective Revision Techniques: discover how memory really works, then apply it to effective revision strategies. We go deep here, workshopping the details of how to use these strategies well, drawing on William’s extensive field experience helping real students revise effectively.
- Outsmart Your Exams: how to score the marks when it counts, with the science of high performance and exam technique secrets.
Revision technique / study skills / exam technique workshops available for Year 7 / 8 (transition to senior school) Year 9 / 10 / 11 (GCSE success), Year 12 /13 (transition to Sixth Form and A Level excellence), as well as for University / degree level learners.
Teaching & Learning Keynotes and CPD (Professional Development) For Your Staff
CPD / Professional Development for teachers that brings the science to life in a fun and lively way, and above all, offers seriously useful takeaways.
- Psychology of Memory Keynote: deep-dive on how memory works, and what it means for teachers and learners.
- Science of Teaching & Learning: new ideas both for the classroom, and also for students’ own study / revision, helping to make evidence-based practice into common practice through William’s deeply realistic and pragmatic approach.
- Building Effective Independent Scholars: we might have already told learners about effective ways to study, but how to make new habits stick? Find out how!
Talks for parents
Revision happens at home, so getting parents on-side can hugely helpful – and is a great way to keep parents feeling valued by the school community. Revision workshops for parents might cover:
- Educating The Teenage Brain: how the teenage brain works, and the role parents can play in supporting learning, from the science of sleep to smart revision routines.
- GCSE / Sixth Form Success: how to support your son / daughter in their revision, including what to look out for in their study habits, how to coach good mindset, and how to help them manage the pressures of exam week.
What are people saying?
School Revision Technique / Study Skills Workshops
“William put together a cumulative study skills programme for multiple year groups, which has been very well-received by not only students but also their parents.
His deep subject knowledge and engaging, interactive style have proved a winning formula, and learners are already reporting a positive impact on their independent study and test / exam revision.”
“William has been a pleasure to work with, as we’ve planned the Sixth Form exam study sessions.
His expert knowledge was gratefully received by our cohort and they most certainly gained some valuable tips on how to cope with the up and coming exams and assessments, in terms of revision techniques and strategies for the exam hall. I’d certainly recommend him.
Really interesting, learnt new things and new methods of revision – such as memory journaling, which I am now using to revise. Very interactive and engaging.
Informative, very interesting, eye-opening.
I most enjoyed the fact that there were some different tips about revision compared to the other revision talks I have had in the past. I will definitely be doing more retrieval work!
It was all amazing! I learned so much.
Really great advice on new note-making strategies. Would definitely recommend it. How he combined the science with his advice was really cogent.
I will definitely be using all the retrieval practice tips. Thank you very much!
A very engaging seminar, providing new useful revision ideas that will help me to revise more effectively! The practical advice will go a long way in helping us all to revise better and not necessarily longer! Big thank you to William for his time and advice 🙂
It got the audience to participate which is a great touch to help people engage with the ideas that are given.
It was very fun and I liked the activities.
I would say that the workshop explained to me things that I initially thought were complicated, but in a simple way.
My favourite part was the design and diagrams on the presentation, and how it involved us, rather than just giving information to us.
I really enjoyed how engaging the teacher was, and how I didn’t feel bored at any point.
I think that particularly in end of year exams, it will help me guide my revision instead of doing what I fancied and not being that effective.
I will reread less and use flashcards a lot more when revising.
It has already shown an impact in the way I do my homework.
I will be much more organised about my studying – this has helped me a lot.
I will now plan out when I will do what revision and how long for, so I can get it stuck in my brain, but at the same time not overwork myself. I will also use the retrieval practice and spaced learning techniques when revising.
Teaching Staff Professional Development (CPD)
“William captured the interest of all staff. He explained, in simple terms how the brain works with regards to memory and then gave some exceptional examples to provide evidence for his points. He gave staff a number of practical ideas to take away and I am in no doubt the staff will share his thoughts with their students. He was an excellent presenter and I would highly recommend him!”
“Thank you William for such an interesting and informative talk on “educating the teenage brain” which was helpful for parents with children of all ages and even us adults! We really enjoyed learning the science behind the different ways to help our children study better and for the practical tips you gave us to use at revision time. It was fantastic, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you again soon!”
“I wish all staff development could be as useful interesting and relevant as this was!”
“Excellent training – best I’ve had in quite some time.“
“This session was fantastic, excellent to get some clarification on interleaving, thank you.”
“Thank you – so informative – looking forward to helping my students move forward!”
“Lots of useful ideas and very clearly presented.”
“Absolutely fantastic. I ditched another session I was booked on to come to the second half!”
“A brilliant session, really thought-provoking – great to combine the theory with practical ideas for the classroom.”
“This will really inform our curriculum planning this year. It was good to have such a clear and succinct summary of the theory behind effective learning. It also highlighted the need to do more around the concept of desirable difficulties.”
“A fantastic start to the PD Day, William’s session led to lots of positive, learning focussed discussions in our department meeting. It has helped at the macro and micro level – staff are considering how to adapt their lessons, and we are exploring ways to adapt our faculty curriculum.”
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