I thought I would share with you the note I gave my students who are retaking their GCSE Maths and English exams at the moment. Even though I teach Photography there are a number of students in my tutor group who are having to retake as they did not get a C, which is a requirement.
To my lovely students,
You have worked so hard preparing for your math and English GCSE exams and I am so proud of you. I know that you don’t like taking exams (who does?), but even though these are important and you are doing them again – remember that exams don’t define you. It is who you are inside that is the most important thing. Yes I want you all to pass, but what I want more than anything is for you to do the very best you can. As long as you do that it is all anyone can ask of you. Believe it or not, the world will not spinning if you don’t pass, nor will I think any less of you: because we just pick up the books again and keep going.
Try not to worry, it’s easier said than done: but I still remember what it was like walking into the exam room – I survived and so will you.
PS I have cake to celebrate when you’ve finished.