Author Archives: olivehickmott

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, specialising in showing people how they can create their own health and learning

The Elephant in the (learning) Room

What is the #elephant in the learning room?  Its something that everyone in education knows about but nobody talks about.  Well actually there are 3 connected elephants: People learn visually, especially small children. These are the pictures they makeup and … Continue reading

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Where has all my energy gone?

Are you searching for increased energy and restored vitality: whether you have occasional exhaustion or have been running on empty for some time and have developed major fatigue.  We’ve all of course experienced those feelings of extreme fatigue, for example, … Continue reading

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Learning to Visualise

There are many ways to learn about visualising; here is the one I printed in Bridges to Success.  You can find the whole book here. Bridges to Success  – How to Transform Learning Difficulties, available in physical form or on Kindle … Continue reading

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Learning difficulties and being ungrounded

In short, being un-grounded is akin to driving a bus whilst sitting on the roof; exciting but not exactly effective! As any school teacher would agree, learning is impossible without focus, concentration and creating an effective learning state.  What most … Continue reading

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Improving handwriting

On the subject of writing, I have collected some diverse examples of things people do and simple ways they can improve their handwriting: Some people prefer to write in capital letters – in business, this is taken as shouting. Some … Continue reading

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Special needs pupils being failed by the system ‘on verge of crisis’

For someone who works with bright, creative children and their families who think and learn in neurodivergent ways, the attached article is deeply saddening. In summary: Children with special needs are being failed The system is “on the verge of … Continue reading

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Which words should be the first to spell

High-frequency words should not be the first words to learn. Read on to understand why. Reading goes through 2 basic steps: Phonics is used to break down a word and then blend it together and pronounce it.  Sometimes because of … Continue reading

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