Individual Seminar Topics for Teens

Getting It Together: Students Guide to Getting Organised and Getting Motivated

Students who are most successful at school are students who:

  • Make the best use of their time,
  • Know how to motivate themselves
  • Can resist distractions
  • Have short and long term goals
  • Feel positive about their ability to learn

In this presentation students learn exactly these skills. They learn how to organise their time, become more efficient in homework sessions, become more independent learners and more adept at thinking and planning ahead.

But this is not the “same old - do more homework” message young people have heard for years. This is a presentation which incorporates interesting psychological research which explains exactly how to get the best results. It includes practical and useful suggestions students can implement immediately.

This is a fast paced presentation packed with humour, stories, relevant examples and is pitched exactly to where teenagers “are at”. Students will be engaged, interested and will not be bored.

Past comments made by students regarding this module:

  • It was good that we were told how, the best way to study, not just that we should study
  • Kirrilie helped me get into the mindset to do work.
  • You are young - you can relate to us! Plus you made it fun, and made me laugh.
  • This made me really think about my study habits
  • I learnt how to get more organised and it was effective and to the point
  • This has opened my eyes to different methods of study and organisation
  • This has helped me calm down about Year 12 and understand that you can get on top of things.
  • This made me remember that I CAN do it - not just on an academic level but on a personal level as well.
  • Kirrilie showed me how to be self-motivated
  • This was a great way to start Year 12.

This session generally runs for approximately 45 minutes. Follow-up lesson plans to this seminar (to be used in smaller home groups and co-ordinated by teachers) are also available.  

This seminar is suitable for Year 11 and 12 year levels (a mature, high achieving Year 10 group may be an appropriate audience, please contact Kirrilie to discuss).

This seminar is also part of the Brain Training for Teens package, for information about this package click here: Brain Training for Teens

The Science of Learning and Memory (Revision that works)

Students generally do not know how to revise and actively learn information. Students also delay revision because they believe (a) it is boring, (b) it doesn’t work and (c) they have more important school work to do. When they finally get around to starting to revise for exams, they then revise in ineffective ways.

This seminar addresses these problems.  We talk about the psychology behind how we learn and remember information, and how to transfer information to long term memory.  Students leave the seminar inspired to start effective revision immediately, they understand how revision can actually be interesting and they know how to revise in a way that works.

Again, this presentation incorporates data from recent psychological research on memory and learning, and explains exactly how to get the best results without hours of study. It includes practical and useful suggestions students can implement immediately.

I just wanted to touch base and thank you again for your presentation this morning, it was fantastic! The feedback I have had from staff and students has been extremely positive and I am sure it will be very beneficial towards the students achieving as best possible result as the year progresses.
— Patrick Harmer, Nazareth College

Past comments made by students regarding this module:

  • I believe I will do better in exams now
  • I really liked learning about revision and methods for revision
  • I think all year 10s and 11s should attend so they know what they are up for the next year
  • Thankyou - I’m not so scared now!

This session generally runs for approximately 45 minutes. Follow-up lesson plans to this seminar (to be used in smaller home groups and co-ordinated by teachers) are also available.

This seminar is suitable for Year 11 and 12 year levels.

This seminar is also part of the Brain Training for Teens package, for information about this package click here: Brain Training for Teens

Calm and Confident: Managing Stress and Tough Times 

Studies show that more than 1/3 of secondary school students in Australia experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression at some point during the year.    For some, their stress is related to exams and assignments.  For others, it is related to struggles with friends, family, sleep, relationship problems and mental health struggles.

This seminar teaches students how to cope with difficult emotions - stress, sadness, worry, frustration and anxiety - both those emotions related to study as well as those related to life struggles.  We talk about how to cope with all kinds of emotions, what happens in our brains and bodies in tough times - what NOT to do (no avoiding, escaping, denying, panicking) and how to get through.

We teach teens how to put in place practical stress management strategies themselves, how to lower their physiological stress levels and how to deal with difficult times calmly and effectively.

Past comments made by students regarding this seminar:

  • The seminar on stress gave me a push to get stuff done.
  • This has helped me calm down about Year 12 and understand that you can get on top of things.
  • I learnt how to deal with stress.
  • I feel like I can cope with more stuff now

This 45 minute seminar is suitable for Year 10, 11 and 12 students.   Some Year 9 groups may also be suitable, please check with our presenters.

This seminar is also part of the Brain Training for Teens package, for information about this package click here: Brain Training for Teens

Smart Social Networking

Young people are the greatest users of the internet in Australia. Most teens use social networking and many check Facebook at least once a day.  Whilst this brings many benefits, it also brings about new challenges. Cyber-bullying is on the rise. Students get addicted to spending time on the net, at the expense of family time, homework and physical exercise.

In this seminar students learn about how to effectively and safely communicate using social networking sites and email. This session is designed to reduce the incidence of cyber-bullying and help students know what to do when they feel upset by a cyber-conversation.  It encourages students to think about the amount of time they are spending on social networking sites and to think about how they prioritise their time.

Comments from audience members who have attended this seminar in the past include:

  • Kirrilie is very funny and I learnt a lot
  • She really knows what we are doing on the net and gave some good ideas
  • I feel relieved that other people are going through the same things as me
  • This 50 minute seminar is designed for students in Year 8-12.

All of the seminars listed above are available as "one off" sessions. However, they can also be grouped together into the Brain Training for Teens Package

Brain Training for Teens Package 

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