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The Student Mindset

A 30-item toolkit for anyone learning anything

By: Steve Oakes & Martin Griffin

Price: CAD $16.95

Publisher: CROWN HOUSE PUBLISHING

Imprint: Crown House Publishing

160 Pages

8.27 X 5.83 X 0.43 ins

ISBN:  9781785833083 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 02/22/2019

In The Student Mindset, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin provide clear, effective and engaging tools designed to help students plan, organise and execute successful learning.

Successful students find a way to succeed. They get the results they want. And they achieve this not by superior ability, but by sticking to habits, routines and strategies that deliver those results.

By cutting through the noise surrounding academic success and character development, bestselling authors Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin have identified the five key traits and behaviours that all students need in order to achieve their goals: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude (VESPA).

These characteristics beat cognition hands down, and in The Student Mindset Steve and Martin provide a ready-made series of study strategies, approaches and tactics designed to nurture these qualities and transform your motivation, commitment and productivity.

The book's thirty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been organised around six key phases of learning so that you can recognise which phase you're in before choosing from the range of tools and techniques to help you get through it. The six co-existing key phases are: preparation; starting study; collecting and shaping; adapting, testing and performing; flow and feedback; and dealing with the dip. At each phase you'll experience challenges and discover new ways of working, and this book's activities have been designed to help you gain control and become a better learner by sharing workload management tactics and revision strategies associated with calm, purposeful study and - ultimately - getting good results. These tools include a range of effective prioritisation, stress reduction, procrastination-busting and mindset development approaches - all neatly packaged into this outstanding practical guide to becoming a successful and confident student.

Suitable for all students.


Steve Oakes is a researcher, an education trainer and an associate lecturer in psychology. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the assistant director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School in Oldham, where he worked with his co-author, Martin Griffin, for eight years.

Martin Griffin has over two decades' experience teaching students aged 11-18, and has been a head of faculty, an assistant head teacher and a deputy head teacher. Martin works with schools and colleges across the UK to design and implement mindset and intervention programmes - and his published works in this field include The A Level Mindset, The GCSE Mindset and The Student Mindset. He is also an award-winning writer of children's fiction, whose books include The Poison Boy - written under the pseudonym Fletcher Moss - and YA thrillers Lifers and Payback. Martin's latest co-authored project is Storycraft, a manual on how to teach narrative writing.



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