Tuesday 8th December 2009 by C. Freeman
The Year 11 students had training in goal-setting and motivational techniques in preparation for their exams next year. Jay Shirley, an educational trainer from Positively MAD, told them how to break their goals down into achievable steps and then plan and review their progress.
He interspersed his talks with visual props and illustrated how much of an average lifetime is eaten away by necessities. We spend up to five hours eating, five years in the bathroom, one to two years being ill and up to seven years standing in queues! Add to that the third of life that we spend asleep and it shows that everyone needs to make full use of their available time.
Jay said: 'At the end of all the calculations what they're left with is their life and what they do with life is up to them; no-one else can live it for them, that's why goal-setting is so important to get where you want to be. I got them to set three targets to achieve by Christmas, Easter and next summer. It's an on-going process and something that they can keep reviewing. It also shows what they are capable of achieving by using the power of their mind.'
During the lecture Jay also emphasised the power of listening, concentration and positive thinking and gave the students motivational phrases such as: 'The first place to practice being successful is in your own head.' Jay, who had previously run a Super Speed Study Skills course for the Year 10 students said: 'It's always a pleasure to come here, you know the students are going to be good, they're going to concentrate, you're not fighting to get their attention and I'll be back here in March to speak to the Year 11s in the run-up to their exams.'