Leave nothing
to chance.

Deviate is created for students, by students. Through our offering we cover the most important parts of exam preparation to make sure there are no gaps in your exam preparation.

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650

+ students

90

% rated 4 stars or higher

4

big 4 firms represented

OUR APPROACH

Each step is set up to help you succeed

1) The Fundamentals

You're no. 1.

The first step in consistent elite performance is making sure you have the tools to manage your wellbeing.
In this course we cover mindset shaping, resilience development and the three pillar of wellbeing; sleep, exercise and nutrition.

"Very detailed and interesting facts around sleep, nutrition and exercise".

CAP 1 Student

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2) Prepare to perform

Gain certainty.

Ensure that you're preparing in the most efficient and effective way. We cover learning strategies, how to develop your attention through scheduling, developing motivation through effective goal setting, how to deal with study guilt and how to effectively lay out a schedule while preparing for your exams.

"I found the whole course to be extremely useful and relevant. I especially found the effectiveness of the different types of study to be quite useful."

CAP 1 Student

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3) Perform to achieve

Feel ready.

The last step in our process is preparing mentally. In this section we cover key aspects of performance such as dealing with nerves and emotional responses, how to keep calm in the moment and a range of other preparation suggestions taken from other performance domains like sport, music and business.

"He's so good in conveying the way to address the stress before, during and after the exams."

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Deviate is for anyone who wants to...

Teaching lifelong skills

These skills are transferrable to all domains. If you learn how to perform under pressure for exams, what else could you use those skills for?

Innovation

We want to come up with new comparisons of how elite performers actually do what they do. How does a single sport athlete's preparation compare to that of a student?

Growth

Unsatisfied, not dissatisfied. The skills learned will help you grow in other areas of your life.

Looking after yourself

First and foremost, this is about you and your long term wellbeing. Psychological skill development plays a role in a person's subjective wellbeing, the more mental skills you have, the more adaptable you are to manage your long-term wellbeing.

Research

Research is the bedrock. It offers guidance on what has worked at large scale and what is likely to continue to work. Technology changes constantly, humans not so much.

Efficient use of time

Some signal in a world of noise would be nice, that's what this is. We take all of the research and condense it down into

OUR VALUES

The customers who love Deviate are also in love with...

Developing life long skills

If you learn how to perform under pressure for your exams, you can transfer these skills to other domains such as public speaking.

Innovation

People who love Deviate are innovators. They fill the dishwasher, and spend the afternoon wondering if there is a more innovative way to do it

Personal growth

Deviants are unsatisfied, not dissatisfied. There's a big difference. One is a hunger for improvement, the other simply impatience.

Themselves, in a healthy way

If you're not in a good place, how can you expect to help anyone else? Wellbeing maintenance takes knowledge and practice, two things our users love.

Being research orientated

Psychological research is the bedrock of all of our content. It offers guidance on best practice and informs us on what has worked at large scale.

Being efficient with time

Our aim is to do the work for you. A clear signal in a world full of noise. We won't hang around with our explanations.

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OUR APPROACH

Each step is set up to help you succeed

Stage 1

The Foundations

Mindset shaping

Consider your mindset as the lens through which you see the world. In this section, we decipher common misconceptions and take the first step on the journey to consistent elite performance.

Resilience development

A fundamental part of all performance is dealing with setbacks and understanding strategies to deal with them in the future.

Wellbeing management

You're the most important part of all of this. Sleep, exercise and nutrition offer the foundations to any good long term wellbeing strategy so we deep dive into the research to offer practical steps to implement today.

Stage 2

Prepare to perform

Learn how to learn

For all the time we spend trying to learn content, have we ever really considered the different strategies that are available to help us learn? In this section we consider 10 of the most common strategies used by elite learners and expand on which ones are most appropriate, and when.

Maintain motivation

Goal setting is plagued by generalisations. The main feature of goal setting is to create a blueprint to navigate the complex world of achievement but also to help develop and maintain motivation. In this section we discuss motivational myths and how to change your goals to help you stay motivated.

Scheduling for efficiency

The days of studying as much as you can are gone. Quality over quantity has long since dominated domains such as sport and music, yet exam preparation is in the midst of catching up.

Stage 3

Perform to achieve

Mental skills 1 - Identify

Identifying issues is the first step to dealing with them. Student suffer from poor attention, the impacts of emotions or how to manage unhelpful thoughts while they're preparing to perform. We help students develop the mental skills to identify these issues.

Mental skills 2 - Strategise

Now that we've identified common issues, we turn to performance strategies to deal with them. Specifically, we discuss how to use relaxation techniques and imagery to prepare to deal with any scenarios that may arise.

Preparing for exam day and exam week

Proactive versus reactive. Mental preparation for exam week and each specific exam day can be the difference between dealing with setbacks and allowing them to derail you mid performance. We cover what if scenarios and help students make plans to deal with them.

OUR APPROACH

Each step is set up to help you succeed

Stage 1

The Foundations

Mindset shaping

Consider your mindset as the lens through which you see the world. This is the first step on the journey to consistent elite performance.

Resilience development

A fundamental part of all performance is dealing with setbacks and understanding strategies to deal with them in the future.

Wellbeing management

Sleep, exercise and nutrition lay the foundations to any long term wellbeing strategy. We deep dive into the research and how it can be practically applied to everyday situations.

Stage 2

Prepare to perform

Learn how to learn

Students go through their whole lives without realizing that different demands require different strategies. We delve into the most common learning strategies and discuss how useful they are, and when to deploy each one.

Maintain motivation

Goal setting is plagued by generalisations. The main feature of goal setting is intertwined with motivation. In this section we deep dive on motivational myths, and how to change your goals to help you stay motivated even through extended periods.

Scheduling for efficiency

The days of studying as much as you can are gone. Quality over quantity has long since dominated domains such as sport and music, yet exam preparation is in the midst of catching up.

Stage 3

Perform to achieve

Identify

How to manage attention in a pressurised environment, dealing with emotions and how to manage the dialogue that occurs in your head.

Strategise

How to use relaxation techniques and imagery to prepare for and deal with any what if scenarios that may arise in the final exam.

Final preparations

Mental preparation for the exam day can form a fundamental part of the performance, as it allows you to consider what if scenarios and make plans on how to deal it should it arise. Be proactive, not reactive.

"I really enjoyed this training..."

"I found the material really interesting, particularly about learning how to control your environment and how to react proactively instead of reactively. I really enjoyed this training, and think its a very useful one to have for all students taking exams"

Rebecca, 24

our PRODUCTS & RESOURCES

Our latest free resources

GOAL SETTING

A free goal setting template

In this 3 part email series - you will receive a goal setting template pre-filled with a sample goal and a 3 part email series to explain how to utilise it, especially when dealing with set-backs.

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LEARNING STRATEGIES

Learn how to learn: A review of 10 Strategies

Subscribe and we'll send you our review of 10 learning strategies which outlines how to be as efficient as possible while also showing which common strategies to avoid.

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STUDY GUILT

Dealing with study guilt: A 3 step process

In this 3 part email series - you'll receive a flowchart on how to deal with study guilt plus a 3 part email series explaining how best to utilise this to rid yourself of study guilt.

Coming soon
STUDY GUILT

A free goal setting template

In this 3 part email series - you will receive a goal setting template pre-filled with a sample goal and a 3 part email series to explain how to utilise it, especially when dealing with set-backs.

Get access now
LEARNING STRATEGIES

Learn how to learn: A review of 10 Strategies

Subscribe and we'll send you our review of 10 learning strategies which outlines how to be as efficient as possible while also showing which common strategies to avoid.

Get access now
GOAL SETTING

Dealing with study guilt: A 3 step process

In this 3 part email series - you'll receive a flowchart on how to deal with study guilt plus a 3 part email series explaining how best to utilise this to rid yourself of study guilt.

Get access now

about the founder

Performance psychology is my passion.

I'm here to share this passion with you. I want to help you develop skills from sports psychology to enhance your exam preparation and performance.

I am a chartered accountant and sports psychologist. Qualifying from a big 4 firm, I also have industry experience as the Head of Finance in a venture capital backed FinTech lender ($26M Series A). After leaving this role I returned to University to complete a masters in sports, exercise and performance psychology and I currently work as a sports psychologist.

I am hoping to combine both strands of my experience to help you enhance your exam preparation and performance.

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FAQ's

Advice and answers from the Deviate team.

What is this course about?

This course will help you accelerate your preparation for exams by teaching you fundamental skills taken from performance psychology. It will give you tools to study efficiently, deal with set backs and perform when it matters most so you can be certain you have left nothing to chance.

By the end of the course, you will have a personal wellbeing strategy, a plan to deal with adversity, a range of adaptable learning strategies to prepare for any type of exam and a toolbox of performance strategies to lean on when you're performing under pressure. By becoming a skilful learner, you also become a skilful performer. The tools within this course transcend to other domains - students have gone on to use the skills in this course to improve their public speaking, sport and musical performances. Armed with those assets, you'll be able to navigate the complex road of consistent elite performance.

Why should I take this course now?

Have you ever thought about how you learn? Or how your motivation can change over time? Or how to perform under pressure? Most students have not. They're uncertain as to what the best approach is. The majority of students have one way to learn and apply this to every learning situation, which leads to them blaming their own intelligence for their poor recall or understanding of information yet quite often it is their fundamentals holding them back. The same can be said for areas like motivation or performing under pressure. You no longer need to read dozens of books to find the most utilised strategies as they're hosted online in forums, research papers and in blogs. But they still require filtering and application to go through how best to utilise each one in relation to your exams. In the future, we will look back at this moment and wonder how students who spend so much time learning, were never formally taught how to learn different types of information, how to look after their wellbeing and how to perform under pressure. This course covers all of that, along with practical examples of how other students implement these strategies but also how you can take these skills with you into the world after exams.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

This course does not have any formal prerequisites. With that said, you will have the best results in the course if you can devote the time and energy needed to develop your skills. Above all, this course is about taking action and being certain that you left nothing to chance. The lessons and exercises provide a step-by-step roadmap to preparing and performing under pressure. The more aligned you are with that goal, the better.

What deliverables will I walk away with?

This course is all giving you certainty that you are preparing in the most efficient way possible. By the end of the course you will have (1) a range of learning strategies ready to deploy depending on the requirements (2) an overview of the science of wellbeing (3) a collection of tools to deal with performing under pressure. You’ll also have a repeatable process for identifying, analysing and deploying strategies to deal with a large range of adversity, turning these moments into opportunities for growth.

What kind of exams is the course geared towards?

Right now, the content is aimed directly at chartered accounting students as that is where my experience lies. A range of students from law, tax and finance have taken this course and utilised the lessons to apply them to their own scenario. Learning, wellbeing management and performing under pressure transcend all domains, not just exams. It just so happens a lot of my examples will reflect my experience of professional exams. There are a range of examples taken from sport, business and music to frame the content in a relatable way. People are starving for quality information about these techniques and the majority of the feedback is how transferrable the skills are. Do you think you'd be more nervous sitting a professional exam or singing in front of 50,000 people?

How much time can I expect to spend on coursework?

The course is designed to be 5 hours in total with 2-3hrs of video content and 1-2 hours of exercises. Students who break the course up over 3 weeks tend to get the most from the course. The material in the course is dense but it is very practical with plenty of takeaways. I suggest to students to start with prepare to perform, which allows them to structure their study plans to maintain motivation and efficiency, move onto wellbeing management and then finish with the preparing to achieve section.

Couldn't I find this material online for free?

The Internet is littered with excellent advice about learning, wellbeing and performing under pressure. In fact, you can find much of it on my website for free. I encourage you to check it out. With that said, the majority of what you find online is superficial. It’s written by content marketers who are paid for mass appeal and quantity, not quality. Many of them are paid by the word, which means they have an incentive to rant and ramble. Even if they give you the “right answer,” it’s not worth very much without the structure and support needed to implement what you learn. Rather than spending years of your precious life searching for and reading those articles, you will find the best information distilled here into a coherent and actionable framework. Better yet, you’ll have a global community of students who can support you, if you wish to avail of it. By the end of the course, you will have a research based approach for learning, wellbeing and performing under pressure so that you can get the results you've earned.

What's included in the tuition?

This course takes place online, so no travel is required. With your tuition, you’ll have access to all the pre-recorded video lectures, recordings of any live cohort sessions, downloadable exercises and summary notes, and a private online forum where you’ll interact with your peers.

What's your refund policy?

You win, we win. This investment is 100% risk-free. If you watch the video lessons, complete the exercises and don’t pass your exams, we’ll happily refund your full payment or offer you extended support, whichever you prefer.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Don't just take our word for it.

"Patrick has dispelled a lot of the imposter syndrome I've felt around exams for most of my life. He provides a great platform for the entire exam process. I only wish I came across Deviate sooner!"

Deirdre (FAE)

"Patrick provided lots of good tips for scheduling study and
approaching exams. On top of that, he delivered them in an entertaining and relatable way. I have newfound confidence for my exam approach."

Emma (CAP 1)

"Patrick is extremely knowledgeable and has an impressive background. He makes the content relatable by combining the latest research with relatable tips and strategies from his time doing the exams himself. I have finally found a study system I can trust."

Michael (CAP 2)