To the girl crying in the exam,
Don’t: it isn’t worth it.
It is an exam. It doesn’t judge what kind of person you are or how special your life is.
The question may seem daunting but remember, everyone starts at 0. You can only gain marks, not lose them.
Write about what you know. Use the skills you have been taught. Impress the reader with YOUR voice even if you don’t fully answer the question.
Exams are meant to make us nervous. Everyone feels the same. You are putting more pressure on yourself than anyone else will ascribe to you.
Be your best, not the best.
I am a mum, I was willing you to succeed in the same way as I would my own children. To dust yourself down and carry on.
I was so proud of you walking back into that room, facing your demons as much as you were facing the exam. That told me more about you than any exam grade ever will.