Gill Molteno - Educational Psychologist & Study for Success Director

Gill Molteno an educational psychologist who offers therapy, assessments, study skills courses and study skills sessions for children and teenagers.

Gill Molteno will be posting information about psychology, motivation, study tips, parenting, stress management, time management, productivity and much more.

Operating as usual 30/05/2020

Pupils create online platform to share study notes

This sounds like a great inutiative: COVID-19 has laid bare the divide in education, between those who have access to online resources and those who don't. Two grade 12 pupils at a school that has been offering online lessons during the lockdown, have created a platform that allows pupils from grades 8 to12, to download summarised stud... 13/04/2020

Should parents be playing catch-up with their kids' school work? - Tonight with Lester -

I did an interview with Lester Kiewit last night on Cape Talk. Here is the podcast. Guest : Gill Molteno | Director at Study for Success | 12/04/2020

The Best TV Series Families With Teens and Tweens Can Enjoy Together

It's a good idea to have family TV nights like we did in the olden days. Here are some ideas. Finding TV shows that everyone agrees on and likes can be kind of tricky when you've got teenagers. It gets even more complicated if you've got tweens and teens, because the same content isn't always


This is a great offer for really useful resources for high school students.

Message to TEACHERS from our CEO, George Eadie:
This is undoubtedly a difficult and uncertain time for everyone in education and we want to make sure that you, our teachers, are getting the help you need. All our study guides are available as e-books to teachers (only) at NO COST. Access them here
For your learners, we are offering 50% off on ALL our e-books during this time (discounted prices range from R29 to R49 per e-book).
Click here for some great tips to assist you to stay on top of things and to support your learners during this time


This is a great free book which explains Corona Virus to children.

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
We want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, we have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful:
Download here:

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Tips for handling teens (and Matrics!) in lockdown

This podcast has beneficial advice for teens and their parents during the lockdown period. Clinical Psychologist, Liane Lurie chats to Cindy poluta about helping teens manage their mental health during lockdown (as well as tackling disappointment, change in school schedule, not being able to see friends, sports, etc.)


This is a great idea during lockdown. DBT has useful, practical techniques.

Our response to COVID-19. Free online adult and adolescent support groups for the duration of the lockdown. To register go to:


This is a great idea during lockdown. DBT uses useful techniques.

Our response to COVID-19. Free online adult and adolescent support groups for the duration of the lockdown. To register go to: 25/03/2020

The 7 emotional stages you will go through as we enter a lockdown

I found this article useful. A clinical counsellor breaks it down, with practical tips on how to cope with family, friends and your own self 08/11/2019

Study finds changes in brain wiring among young children who get more screen time

How much screen time do your children have? Read this interesting article. Young children who spend more time in front of a screen may have changes in brain wiring that relates to language, literacy and imagination, according to a new study. 07/08/2019

Common Sense Media shares 25 great podcasts for kids

What a great compilation. Here's a list of entertaining, informative and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips and more. The best part? They’re screen-free.


I will be running another study skills course for high school students 3-5 July. Email [email protected] for more information. I got great feedback from the parent of a participant last year, "The improvement in my son's marks from before he came on your course and his final matric marks is phenomenal. His attitude and work ethic changed after your course". 03/05/2019

Teen Suicide Spiked After Debut Of Netflix's '13 Reasons Why,' Study Says

This is so serious. Boys ages 10-17 killed themselves at a much higher rate in the month after Netflix's show about suicide was released in 2017. Researchers attribute an extra 195 deaths that year to the series. 14/11/2018

The Question That Will Help Teenagers Find Their Tribe What are the right questions to ask kids in guiding them towards finding a group of friends who will make them feel relaxed and their best selves?


These flashcards are so useful!

☘️Free Homophone Flash Cards and Word mats ☘️
Download now:

The idea all started when I spotted a lovely hand drawn image on Pinterest of there / their. It originated on this blog

Thank you
Mr Mc 25/08/2018

Download past matric exam papers here: now including the February 2018 exams Here's a list of all the matric subject pages where you can find past NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008, to download and practise on.


Parents have asked me to run my study skills course again. It will be running in the July school holiday for Grades 8-12. Grade 7 students are also welcome. See the brochure:


School Psyched,Your School Psychologist

I resonate with this article. They quote Roahl Dahl who said, "If you are going to get anywhere in life you should read a lot of books".

“New research published from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading to your kids, even after they can read for themselves, pays dividends for them and you.”

Via The Gottman Institute


School Psyched,Your School Psychologist

This is a useful article about slow processing speed.

"In this article I will explain what sort of struggles children with slow processing speed experience; where slow processing speed comes from; how it can be identified; and what students, teachers, and parents can do to reduce or eliminate its impact."


School Psyched,Your School Psychologist

These are great ideas to encourage your children to read. I also feel libraries are magical places.

"There are lots of simple ways parents can signal to kids that reading is a rich part of life without forcing them to read."

Via The Gottman Institute 03/05/2017

Bill Gates reveals the 'safe' minimum age for kids to get a smartphone

This is very interesting! You know our culture's tech obsession has gone too far, when even the man who created the modern computer industry says we should get our kids offline.


Paper Video

All high school students and their parents should check out this brilliant app for Maths, Physics, Life Sciences, Accounting & Natural Sciences. It's also a funny video :)

Had a great time showing Suzelle DIY our brand new Subject Maps!

To get the ultimate extra teacher for Gr 8-12 Maths, Physics, Life Sciences, Accounting & Natural Sciences, simply visit


HuffPost Parents

Children are keen to use social media at younger ages. These are good tips, especially the one about keeping the computer the family uses in a central place. This means parents can keep an eye on what their kids are doing.

8. Put the computer in a central location.



Don't Text While Parenting...

You might want to rethink using your smartphone in front of the kids.


GoZen: Anxiety Relief for Children

This is a useful technique for anyone who's feeling anxious about "What if" questions.

Did you take paper napkin challenge #3 on Mindfulness? Try it now! 19/01/2017

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

This is a very interesting study on how to help teens stay away from smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and taking drugs. It makes sense. Thanks for sharing Nicky Abdinor - Inspirational Speaker In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Why won’t other countries follow suit?


Childhood 101

This is a lovely reminder of how children love the tiny moments with their parents.

"“What’s your favourite memory from this year?” I asked my 8-year-old on New Year’s Eve.
“When we made the apple muffins together and found the worm inside the apple,” came the prompt response.
Not your sleepover birthday party? Not your hip hop concert? Not our trip to Europe at the beginning of the year?
Nope. Nope. Nope. “Although I did like our after-dinner walks on Tuesdays,” she said.
The little memories are her favourites. They are the ones that mean the most."
Love this list of everyday rituals from Bron at Maxabella Loves. How many do you do with your kids? 11/12/2016

Who are Generation Z? The latest data on today's teens

This is an important article which says our young teens need more "real-life contact and interaction". Sexually fluid, socially anxious, politically engaged, connected but lonely: what do we know about modern teens?


Intentional Parenting

I love this idea...

The loveliest parenting trick you should steal from the happiest country in the world.


These are useful tips for reducing test anxiety...

Let yourself be excited rather than anxious.


The ABC's of School Psychology

What do school psychologists do? They are school-based mental health professionals that support the well being of youth through a variety of roles, including...



Research in cognitive science and psychology is giving us a clearer understanding of the link between stress and performance, and is allowing experts to develop specific strategies for helping kids manage their fears. 04/11/2016

How to Deal With Digital Distractions Some students can tweet and take a test, some can’t. Know thyself.



I teach and use many of these techniques...

"If you're good at learning, you have an advantage in life."



Nice ideas for reflecting on a session of learning...

Ideas for wrapping up a lesson so students have a chance to consolidate what they've learned.





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