Firstly let me apologise for the terrible pun, I just couldn’t resist! I have recently travelled to France and as is the case with most travel at this moment, it was far from smooth.
You know when you have one of those days that everything just doesn’t go right? This was my experience for the whole four-day trip. It started at the delightful Birmingham airport where the queue for security was out the airport door. I may be British but I do not love to queue, far from it! An hour and a half later we got through to find our flight had been delayed. This then meant we missed our train connection in Paris. The train we eventually got had no seat reserved and the temperature was similar to that of a furnace. Heat and I do not mix so I was in grumpy gnome land central.
We left the house at 7am and arrived in Rennes at nearly 9pm, to find our hotel room’s air conditioning was not working. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I was hot, tired, and now thoroughly irritated. My first reaction was to take this irritation out on the poor receptionist, but after (quite a few) deep breaths I thought really what was that going to do other than make both of us feel bad? So instead I put on my big girl pants and decided that I was going to try and make the best of it, and this attitude continued throughout the trip, even when we left the passports in the hotel safe and didn’t realise it until we were 2 hours away (more on this another time)
Why am I telling you this? Because this is exactly the attitude you have to have in your exams. Things are not always going to go your way. The question selection might not be what you revised the most, or wanted to be on your paper. Perhaps you get caught in traffic on the way to your exam, or your wifi is not working as it should. Remember this, it’s not about what is happening to you –
It is about your reaction to the situation
If you give up, you’ve already failed. Instead, just like me on my trip, you need to try and make the best of it. Think about what the question could be asking you, use the case if there is one, and when in doubt use common sense. Do your best, it is all that anyone can ask of you.
Remember the only thing you can control in life is your own reactions. Use this self-awareness to pass even the most difficult exams