Oh my god they are only back to school and Dr Eddie is talking about the Leaving Cert.
Yes but why, read on. When I think back to my secondary schools days in the CBS Portarlington a memory that sticks out was a visit by priests working in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
These men talked about equality, human rights, equal opportunity – they were truly inspiring.
When All Ireland teams tog out they are putting into practice all the goals they made that brought them to Croke Park.
In Operation Transformation my role is to inspire five Leaders and through them, a nation to achieve their health goals.
So why is it that when it comes to the Leaving Cert many students don’t get ‘fired up’, in fact they are more often likely to tune out and turn off?
Too often, Leaving Cert students try to learn study skills too late into 6th year.
Too often I meet poorly motivated exam students.
Too often they are unsure about their options and have poor vision for their futures, and are stressed because of these factors.
This year I committed to changing this for Leaving Cert Students with an affordable Motivational and Study Skills Seminars, (details on Dr Eddie Murphy Facebook page or www.dreddiemurphy.ie).
So how do you go about supercharging someone to reach beyond what they and others believe is possible?
These concepts based on the science of psychology work for Leaving Cert Students as well as on health behaviours - stopping smoking, increasing your exercise, and changing your diet.
Before behavioural change there is a need to change attitude. You need have a strong vision where you want to go. This can be difficult as a 17yr / 18yrs old Leaving Cert Student. Nevertheless what is difficult is not impossible.
I intend to build a vision that is based on what most students want – freedom, independence, opportunities and hope. Often people TELL 17yr / 18yrs what to do. This way of communication often leads to rejection. My stance will be to INVITE students to open themselves up to make better choices today if they want a life tomorrow filled with freedom, independence, opportunities and hope.
Goal setting, small and medium goals is central to getting on track and keeping there. Set out SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable Achievable, Realistic and Targeted.
Creating a sense of urgency around this helps to effect change. Additional key areas are planning. I am reminded of the old but true saying ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’. Planning, organisation and routine are essential for the Leaving Cert student.
Then, I think it’s about making a commitment. If something was easy then everyone would do it.
I know that most adults would not want to go back to their Leaving Cert. Too often it was a bruising experience. Yet looking back with experience, would you have welcomed being inspired to take on the challenge and learning practical study skills? If so, tell your children, relatives and neighbours about these seminars.
I intend to succeed in my goal of inspiring Leaving Cert students to be motivated and inspired to transform. Leaving Cert students who have options and strong visions of their futures, who have SMART goals that will put them on track, who are stress free, happy and confident.
Next week I will discuss the advantages of learning study skills early to remove some pressure and improve exam performances.