Professor Aidan Moran; Deceased

Aidan was Mindcool's first and most prolific author, a great friend and mentor who will be sadly missed. Jim Gourley
Learn to Concentrate front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Learn to Concentrate

Regular price £9.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

By Professor Aidan Moran Concentration is a practical skill which can enrich our lives considerably. Unfortunately, most of us are probably more familiar with losing our concentration than with effective “focusing” ability.

This recording will explore concentration in three stages. Firstly, it will explain what concentration is, show you how it’s influenced by your attitudes and emotions, and give you some practical tips to improve your listening and reading skills. Secondly, it will help you to analyse and deal with common distractions in your life. Finally, it will present some practical “focusing” strategies which will help you to improve your concentration in a variety of daily situations.

This audio presentation features Professor Aidan Moran who is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in the use of psychological techniques which can improve people’s concentration and performance in academic and sporting situations. It is narrated by Emma Thurston and Professor Aidan Moran.

Cart
Learn to Study for Success at College and University front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Learn to Study for Success at College and University

Regular price £9.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

By Professor Aidan Moran: Going to College or University is an exciting yet daunting experience for many students. It's exciting because you can study interesting subjects, make new friends and pursue new hobbies in College. But it's also daunting because in order to get a successful academic education, you will have to accept personal responsibility for a task for which you have received little or no special training in school. This task requires you to manage your own learning or to become an active, independent and self-motivated student when it comes to planning, conducting and evaluating your academic work. For example, it's up to you whether you go to lectures in the first place. And it's up to you whether you spend your time studying in the library or going to the shops. And it's your business, not that of your lecturers, to make sure that you don't fall behind in your studies. Put simply, if you don't want your free time in College to become wasted time, you will have to master a number of study skills that were not taught in school. For example, you will have to learn to listen and write at the same time while taking lecture notes in class. And you'll have to learn to study effectively - or read with a question in mind. Of course, you'll also have to master the art of getting down to study regardless of the mood you're in. But most of all, you'll have to learn to think for yourself - the true hallmark of an educated mind. Put simply, as you can see, your biggest challenge in the years ahead is to manage your own learning effectively. The good news is that by listening to this audio presentation, you've already taken a step in the right direction. You've realized that you will have to become a driver rather than a passenger in your educational journey. And so, the purpose of this recording is to give you some driving lessons" in learning.

In listening to this recording, you are going to learn how to manage your own learning, and how to get down to studying. You’ll receive practical tips on motivation, managing your study time, learning from lectures, listening and note-taking skills, improving your reading and summarizing skills, focusing effectively and improving your concentration. You’ll be helped to remember and understand what you learn and you will be given practical tips on how to evaluate what you learn and think critically. You are also going to receive tips on planning and writing essays and papers, and finally you are going to be taught exam skills to help you to do your best when it matters most.

Cart
Exam Success front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Exam Success

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Exam Success” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

Like it or not, examinations play a crucial role in university life. They ensure quality control of degree standards, provide academic feedback to students and staff, and above all, assess your understanding of what you have learned from your studies. But exams don’t test knowledge directly. They assess how well you can remember and explain what you know on the big day. Given this strategic challenge of exams, Aidan Moran will give you some practical tips on preparing for, and doing your best in, exams.

The self-help approach provides advice and tips on areas such as; getting down to studying, practical tips on motivation, remembering and understanding, and exam skills; doing your best when it matters most.

Cart
Writing Essays and Papers front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Writing Essays and Papers

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Writing Essays and Papers” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university.

No matter what subjects you are studying in university, you will be expected to write essays and academic papers as part of the requirements of your degree programme. These research assignments are valuable because they train you to focus your thinking on a topic, to write clearly, and to cite appropriate evidence to support your arguments. So, the purpose of this section is to provide some practical advice on planning, researching and writing academic essays and papers. Evaluating what you learn and thinking critically

One of the biggest challenges that students face in coming to College is learning to think critically about what they read or are told. For centuries, the ability to think for oneself has been proclaimed as the main goal of a university education – the true mark of an educated mind. In keeping with this idea, a key theme of this audio presentation is that you have to become an active learner rather than a passive sponge in order to get the most out of your College experience. But critical thinking, or the skill of analysing evidence and arguments in order to form your own conclusions, requires hard work and special training.

So, the purpose of this audiobook is to provide some practical tips on how to develop your critical thinking skills. After I explain what thinking is, and what critical thinking involves, I’ll give you a 6-step checklist of questions to ask every time you want to evaluate a theory or an idea.

Cart
Learning from Lectures front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Learning from Lectures

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

By Professor Aidan Moran Aimed at students in college and university, this new audio single “Learning from Lectures” is taken from the bestselling album: “Learn to Study” by Professor Aidan Moran which teaches students the most important study skills for success at college and university. This audio will cover the areas of: Learning from Lectures, listening and note-taking skills, reading and summarizing skills, and focusing effectively – concentration skills.

Since the Middle Ages, the lecture has been the most popular teaching method in universities. It’s efficient, flexible and can be inspirational in the right hands. But taking good lecture notes is a very difficult skill for at least two reasons. First, because lecturers tend to speak faster than listeners can write, taking useful lecture notes can be difficult for some students. The problem here is that note-taking requires you to switch attention rapidly between listening and writing. And since you probably never received any training in this multi-tasking skill at school, it’s not surprising that you may find yourself struggling to keep up with what the lecturer in saying in class. This problem is made worse by the fact that many students mistakenly believe that they have to write down every single word uttered by the lecturer during class – a false assumption that we call the sponge approach to learning. Research shows that top note-takers are highly selective in what they write – they sift what the lecturer says for the main ideas rather than trying to wrote down everything. The second difficulty that many students experience during lectures is a loss of concentration. This mental switch off happens mainly because it’s difficult to stay alert during a lecture if you’re sitting passively for a long period of time.

When combined, these two problems make it difficult for students to get the most out of the lectures that they attend. And so, in this audiobook, I’ll suggest some practical strategies that will help you to turn lecture attendance into an active learning experience rather than an empty ritual.

Cart
Learn to Win at Golf front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Learn to Win at Golf

Regular price £9.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

By Professor Aidan Moran: This audio presentation is designed to help you to do your best when it matters most in Golf. You will learn to prepare properly, focus effectively, develop solid routines, deal with distractions, visualise success and cope with pressure situations.

Professor Aidan Moran is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan is an expert in sport psychology and an adviser to many of Ireland’s leading professional athletes and players.

He has a special interest in golf.

In helping you to learn how to win at Golf, this recording focuses on the “mental side” of golf. When all else is equal, it is often mental toughness that determines who wins.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf -1 Course Management front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf -1 Course Management

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

One of the best ways to improve your game - apart from practising technical drills and swing mechanics - is to work on “course management” - a strategic aspect of the game that involves thinking clearly and playing the right shot at the right time as you navigate your way around the course in all weather conditions. Effective course management involves making the smart shot choice each time you stand over the ball.

Contains nine special tips to improve this strategic aspect of your game, and a short visualisation exercise.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 2 Pre-shot Routines front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 2 Pre-shot Routines

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Have you ever wondered why golfers like to prepare for every shot in the same methodical way? For example, they always line up their target and set-up their shots in a consistent manner and they take the same number of practice swings each time. In golf, this preferred sequence of preparatory thoughts and actions is called a “pre-shot routine”. Its main objective is to help players to clear their minds and warm-up their bodies so that they can focus completely on producing a comfortable and consistent swing. Such consistency is crucial for success in golf. As Gary Player, a 9-times Major winner, remarked: “the most important thing in golf is to have the same swing every time”.

Contains instruction on pre-shot routines, pre-match routines, post mistake routines and a short visualisation exercise.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf 3 - Concentration front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf 3 - Concentration

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Concentration, or the ability to focus on the task at hand while ignoring distractions, is crucial for success in golf. This is true because golf is a “stop-start” game in which at least 90% of your time on the course is spent doing something other than hitting the ball. And because there is a lot of walking and mental “down time” between your shots, a multitude of distractions can arise and divert your focus from the present moment. For example, a sudden noise or movement from a playing partner could upset your swing or you may find yourself thinking too far ahead as you face a putt. And like most players, you probably find it difficult to forget about a missed opportunity that occurred several holes back. Unfortunately, each of these distractions could prove costly to your score.

Contains 6 special tips to improve concentration in your game, and a short visualisation exercise involving a short putt.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 4 Developing mental toughness front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 4 Developing mental toughness

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Although sport is played with the body, it’s won mainly in the mind. That’s why mental toughness, or the ability to enjoy and thrive under pressure situations, is the key to sporting success. So, as a golfer, how can you develop mental toughness? How can you prepare your mind to enable you to play consistently to the best of your ability? In this section, we introduce you to the mental side of golf – and give you some practical tips on developing mental toughness.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 5 Enjoying your Golf front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 5 Enjoying your Golf

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

According to Mark Twain, golf is a long walk punctuated by many disappointments! If this description matches your experience at present, then maybe it’s time to re-discover your enjoyment of the game - that sense of excitement and fun that you had when you started to play golf. Unfortunately, the “many disappointments” that we encounter in golf can sometimes cause us to develop a bad attitude to the game - one that involves exessive self-criticism and negative, “all or nothing” thinking.

This short audiobook will give you tips on enjoying your Golf and also includes a visualisation exercise to reinforce your development of mental toughness.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 6 First Tee Nerves front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 6 First Tee Nerves

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan.

Standing on the first tee of a competition can make even the most experienced of golfers feel nervous. For example, Justin Rose, a Major winner who has represented Europe in three Ryder Cup teams since 2008, admitted that he gets anxious every time he stands on the first tee of Ryder cup matches. As he said: “you never get accustomed to it. You don’t do it often enough to get comfortable”. This idea applies to all golfers – regardless of their ability level. Clearly, one reason why we feel nervous before our first shot in a competition is because we don’t play often enough in that situation. And because we want to get off the first tee as quickly as possible, we tend to swing too fast, which may produce the bad drive that we had feared. But take heart, almost every player feels anxious before a competition. And there are a number of practical steps outlined in this short audiobook which you can take to overcome this problem.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 7 Handling mistakes and setbacks front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 7 Handling mistakes and setbacks

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan.

Every day, golfers experience frustration, anger and embarrassment on the course as a result of the missed opportunities, mistakes and other misfortunes that they encounter on the course. For example, on any given hole, you could miss-hit a tee shot, find a bad lie in the rough, or miss a short putt – getting one bad break after another and saying “poor me, it’s just not my day!” If you’ve had similar experiences, then here’s a simple question. Do you currently have any practical techniques for responding to mistakes and setbacks in golf? If not, how can you expect to play well?

Remember - it’s not what happens to you on the course that matters, it’s how you react to it that counts. Research shows that in order to achieve success in golf, you must be able to learn from your mistakes and setbacks and be able to put them behind you quickly and efficiently so that you get on with the job at hand. If you don’t do this, one of these misfortunes could trigger a negative spiral in your mind whereby your mistakes lead to frustration … which, in turn, leads to more mistakes, more frustration and ultimately, a very disappointing round. There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 8 Increasing your Confidence front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 8 Increasing your Confidence

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

Golf is often described as a “confidence” game because in order to play to to the best of your ability, you need to believe that you can execute key skills such as driving, chipping and putting accuratey when it really matters. Unfortunately, if you’re like most golfers, it’s all too easy for your mind to dwell on the flaws in your game and what you did wrong rather than on what you enjoyed or did well on the course.

However, by keeping track of small and gradual improvements in your game, your self-belief will grow and build resilience in the face of pressure. That’s why Jack Nicklaus claimed that confidence is the golfer’s “primary weapon” on the course. And he should know. After all, he has won more Majors than any other player in history. In the last of these victories, at the 1986 US Masters in Augusta when Nicklaus was 46 years old, he birdied 6 of the last 9 holes to win the tournament by one stroke. Subsequently, in his autobiography, he said that “a genuine belief in yourself is the top requirement for winning golf tournaments”.

Not surprisingly, this observation applies to players of all levels. For example, sinking a difficult putt early in a round can generate a psychological momentum which carries you through later holes – perhaps even until the final green. By contrast, missing a short putt can sow the seeds of self-doubt in your mind – and erode your confidence on the green for many holes afterwards. Clearly, it’s not just your skills that are tested in competitive golf … your belief in those skills is also challenged.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 9 Performing under Pressure front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 9 Performing under Pressure

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

What does the word “pressure” mean to you? If you’re like most players, you associate it with feeling nervous or apprehensive about something, having negative thoughts, and experiencing a variety of unpleasant sensations like rapid breathing, a pounding heart, butterflies in your stomach and trembling hands. And that’s just on the first teebox! But joking apart, what do you really know about performing under pressure in golf?

Well, many players believe both that pressure is inevitable in golf and that there is very little you can do to overcome it. But both of these beliefs are wrong. Firstly, there is an important difference between pressure situations and pressure reactions. To clarify, although pressure situations – like facing a 6-foot downhill putt to halve a hole in matchplay - are inevitable in golf, your anxious response to them is not inevitable.

In this audio presentation, Sara is going to explain the secret of performing well under pressure - how to do our best when it matters most. In the first part, she will explore what anxiety or nervousness is, where it comes from, and how it affects your performance in golf. After that, she will provide some practical tips on how to control it so that you can perform well in pressure situations.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Cart
Mental toughness in Golf - 10 Putting Well front cover
Mindcool

Audiobook: Mental toughness in Golf - 10 Putting Well

Regular price £3.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

Putting is one of the most important, difficult and frustrating skills in golf. Let’s consider each of these points in turn. Firstly, it’s important because it accounts for at least 40% of all your strokes on the course and also because successful putting can boost your confidence and generate momentum. For example, sinking a 15 foot putt on the first green makes you look forward to tackling the second hole – whereas missing a two foot putt usually has the opposite effect. And remember – a two inch putt counts as much on your card as a 200 yard drive. Secondly, putting is difficult because it requires a combination of technical and mental strengths. That’s why, although putting looks easy – it’s hard to do well. For example, to be a good putter, you need good eye-hand coordination, solid technique and, above all, precise perceptual judgment. Judgment is necessary in order to gauge the line or path of your putt – a task which is made harder by the fact that golf greens contain lots of slopes and undulations, many of which are subtle or disguised. So, to be good on the green, you must be able to assess the “break” or degree of swing in a putt across uneven greens. Thirdly, as well as being important and difficult, putting is frustrating because a mistake here it can undo all your good shots on the way to the green. For example, how often have you had the experience of landing on the green after several good shots only to ruin your score by three-putting … or even worse?

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Cart
Mental Toughness in Golf Set of 10 front cover
Mindcool

Mental Toughness in Golf Set of 10

Regular price £29.99 Listen immediately
/
Tax included.

Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this set including: Concentration; Course management; Developing mental toughness; Enjoying your golf; First tee nerves; Handling mistakes and setbacks; Increasing your confidence; Performing well under pressure; Pre-shot routines; and Putting well.

Padraig Harrington: "This is mental toughness put in simple terms"

Cart