Keep Calm and Carry On

Here in the UK for sure, and potentially in other countries across the globe, school exams have just begun. Over here, these results can affect a student’s further education placement and available course options, as well as other aspects of life into the future. I know, from experience, that schools often place a lot of pressure on their students to do well, and although I recognise that these exams are important, there’s more to life than educational tests.

Yep, you guessed it: it’s time for L to go motivational…

exams are stressful: long, difficult, challenging test papers in school hours, endless evenings and nights of desperate revision at home. But stop, just for a minute, and consider. Sure – these exams are important, whatever they determine or affect, because, as a minimum, they have an impact on your self-asteam. Think about this though: can a series of numbers and/or letters sum you up as a person?
I argue that they can not – they can’t even come close to doing so. Each and every one of you are amazing, talented and kindhearted people, inspirations in your own right. Just because, for example, maths isn’t your forte, you’re no less of a good person, and I think that schools forget to include that bit in their endless speeches and assemblies about tests.

By no means am I saying don’t work hard. Go for it – revise, test yourself, learn whatever you can now, because however much I dislike it, these results will have some affect on your future at some point. Prepare yourself as best you can, and walk into that exam room confident, head high and ready to kick that exam board’s backside. At the same time, however, remember that you’re more than a list of letters, numbers or a combination of the two. You’re made up of thoughts, experiences, ideas, opinions, talents, feelings, positive qualities – the list goes on -, and if you can tell me how those traits are reflected in a science test paper, I’ll never blog again.
*I like blogging, so if you can do that, don’t tell me!*
Knowledge is a lot more than just facts and statistics. True knowledge is the possession of opinions, ideas and thoughts, new concepts and ideas to make the world a better place.

good luck to absolutely everyone who has an exam coming up. I whole-heartedly believe in each and every one of you, and I know that you can do it. Go kick those board’s backsides, peeps!
Also, remember that if you ever want to talk, whether it be about this or not, you can always email, Kik or tweet me, and I’m always happy to chat! It’s easier when you talk to people about things…

L XX

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