On preparing for success – examinations, revision and high aspirations


As we enter exam season, I am revisiting earlier posts and lingering over the words of Abraham Lincoln – “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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It is that time of year again, fast approaching the examination season, where GCSEs, A levels, and any number of other qualifications are being assessed, measured with judgements pending. My daughter has begun today her revision plan for forthcoming GCSEs, and so my thoughts turn to these momentous occasions.

How best do young people prepare for these significant milestones, yet still retain a sense of balance, of enjoyment in life, whilst holding onto high aspirations for future success?

In my research for this post, I came across the works of the French philosopher, lawyer and diplomat, Jospeh de Maistre, (1st April 1753 – 26 February 1821), whose comments on the need for steady and hard work are as pertinent today as they were in his life-time, writing around the period of the French Revolution.

There are no easy methods of learning difficult things; the method is to close your door, give out that you are not…

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Independent Education Consultant (SEND) delivering local, regional and national services to providers within the public, private and third sector. Passionate about creating the context for positive change working with and on behalf of children, young people and their families, the conference and public policy sector and training organisations. An eclectic mix of clients includes schools and other educational settings, museums and heritage, service children and British Armed Forces support organisations and providers across the public, private and third sector. Educational writer, blogger and philosopher and aspiring screenwriter, inspired by drama and literary adaptations.

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