Pretty much everyone starts the new year by setting new resolutions. In reality, with a little thought most would recognise that they are doing a good job already, maybe a little fine tuning is needed. One group I would identify here in particular are the Year 11, 12 and 13 students who are facing examinations in a matter of months. I understand completely the pressures, believe me! Contrary to popular belief, I was once 16 and facing a similar mountain. I think what was perhaps different is that teachers were able to teach on a less encumbered basis and could focus on helping their students achieve their first steps on life’s journey.
It is my early education career which drives me today. Every student matters and it is quite frustrating when politics, and the desire for celebrity and adoration amongst grown adults stands in the way of these students confidence to step out. One of the most asked questions I get asked of me as an educator is What if I Fail? I usually counter this with What if you Succeed? This was, as I remember one that I struggled with at 16 too, a fear of what may be.
The way around this is to work out the steps that you need to take to get to the first stop on your journey. This may be sixth form, college, university….. It really doesn’t matter where it is, you owe it to yourself to know what you need and aim for a little more than that! A buffer adds a bit of choice for you, as Forrest Gump said ‘life is like a box of chocolates’, choice is always attractive.
When you are clear, get your action pack together. This will include books, journals, podcasts and notes, whatever you need. It is all about you and what you need to get prepared. Already you should have started to change your mindset to one of getting anything you want. Most of all, do not get distracted by people and their side issues. Our mindset is centred on these exams.
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It is now all about your success, not your school or college. Let’s get this moving. I am there supporting you.
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