14Mar/20Off

Self Isolation Education Service

I've joked all week that I'm watching the world catch up with us! For the last 7 years, my speciality has been working with teens who self isolate in their bedrooms - now everyone else is doing the same...

Now that I've worked through our own current students this week and made sure they have enough material, a plan to stay sane and a way to think outside the box while not all developing cabin fever! I'm opening up the idea to others ...

The reality is I work in 12 countries across the globe online (I have done since 2012) I've never set foot in many of them. Yes, I can tell you everything about your child from working with them online which many have now experienced. I work with students currently from 5 years age to early 20s in this way (adults too).

The object for me is to always create a personalised plan. At the end of the session for the students to understand who they are, how they learn best, how they work best and most productively. What sort of areas they would excel at working in the future. How to create calmness and good mental health - Which currently is critical given the stress of mass media, the anxieties present for everyone and the massive upheaval to everyone's lives. I and the team have joked we are all set for this - but many of us are natural introverts too!

I always aim to share as many resources as possible with my students. But also for them to be tailored to who they are! There is a lot out there if you know where to look and many free options.

So the service includes; the usual personality profile of the learner, the study ways, the plan, the resources (variety is crucial), the ways to relax & have balance, the career plan, and my speciality ongoing continued contact so you all have someone to talk to and help you navigate. There is no point just dumping lots of information into your inbox if you don't have a guide. I pride myself in still being in touch with the very first student I took on this time 11 years ago!

Dr Naoisé O'Reilly

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I'm also fully aware that the only people making money in the country currently are selling hand sanitizer and toilet rolls - so I'm offering much-reduced rates to work with families!

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3Mar/20Off

Testimonial for Naoisé O’Reilly

Naoisé was lovely to work with and helped my daughter understand more about her learning and the way she thinks. It was very helpful to talk through subjects and choices and feel confident about our decisions. Naoisé helped my daughter's focus and have direction with regard to school subjects and activities. She also helped us take a more holistic approach which is what is important for my daughter's and should help her achieve her goals. Irish mother, March 2020

9May/12Off

Ireland as a land of Learners

One of the great difficulties of education is we try to fit everyone in to the same box - it's generally accepted that this doesn't happen but - there's the "but" how else can we teach the masses?

Well that's the 1st mistake - thinking about the "teaching". If we instead look at the learners - the students and look at the world from their perspective we may begin to not only accommodate everyone but have them reach their full potential. Most of all have them be happy and enjoy doing it!

So if we take the learning nation of Ireland - what are they like?

Well we have a nation of sociable chatterboxes that have a huge number of successful athletics when you think about the size of the country.  We make an impact wherever we go. We are also very generous again for the size of Ireland we contribute hugely in charity donations, peace keeping and volunteer work . We are hugely proud of anything irish!

So in simple terms that makes us Auditory, Kinaesthetic learners that need huge amounts of encouragement and praise. We really care about what everyone thinks of us, so like most other parts of the world we are a largely extrovert society. We need to work with others in social settings.

The hugely interesting fact about auditory learners is that they don't need to just listen - they need to talk as well! The idea of them starting school at 5 and learning to be quiet is ridiculous. We work our way through so much in Ireland by gossiping. The chatty taxi driver, the toilet queue or the local shop. It makes us able to cope with the weather if nothing else. One of the real difficulties with being an auditory leaner (besides just being in trouble for talking all the time) is the rambling way we work - there is no structure. This is the most common difficult many of our students have - especially all the talky kinaesthetic boys who are brilliant on the sports pitch and feel rubbish at everything else in school - they simply have no idea how to structure an answer or to focus their thoughts on to the page. It's ok to write the way you talk too.

The best way to work with auditory kinaesthetic learners is through role plays - this is sociable group work that allows us to talk out scenarios - we get to put ourselves in the situation - we all do great in this part of the oral exams! We are a country with lots of political views - it's important for us to get to talk about these! Students drop off the chairs when we ask them what they think - but it is so much easier to write about what you feel, especially when this is what matters to you when your kinaesthetic. Normally boys just get to run this off on the sports pitch rather than working through it in English or History class!

It's equally important to allow us to talk about it in our own way - The Irish have a great "gift of the gab" - the wit that has a name for every object, landmark and sculpture! We talk about creativity and innovation - this is a wonderful example of innovation with words! We can express any situation as a joke.

We have always been gifted story tellers - young kids who start school before they are made to feel self conscious about talking have this in bucket fulls.

We are hugely competitive - hence the sports heroes - the mark we leave what ever we have set our mind too ... Competition is such a great way to inject energy to any learning environment.

There is a pride deeply engrained in Irish and as a result we can never cope with being made a fool of in public - we may try to joke and slag our way out of any situation but it hurts deeply. Everyone I have ever spoken to in this country has a school story where they lost face - they never forget!

This is why we have to focus on the learners always - the real people we are helping to grow and develop. Every one is different but we all fall into patterns of behaviour that can be accommodated but you can't just take an education model from one country to another and expect it to work - especially since the models are always developed for the teachers and governments not the students. I have really begun to feel like The Lorax - who speaks for the (trees) students! There are very simple patterns and learning styles but you have to look for them and you have to use each nations strengths and values to achieve what is important for them!

Dr. Naoisé

 

   

Introduction

Welcome to the Confidence Club

One step closer to fulfilling a personal dream of mine - "to make school a happier, creative, more successful and enjoyable place for all students, regardless of their differences"... Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

There is always a balance between making long term changes in education and supporting those people currently in the system!

One of the many reasons why Students attending The Homework Club become so successful is because of the awareness they have of their own Potential, Personality and Learning Style and how these effect their own educational success. Every Student at The Homework Club is set-up to work to their best abilities within the environment through an initial interview.

The Confidence Club now offers this service to everybody, especially those restricted through distance and who aren't able to attend our classes at The Homework Club.

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