Don't forget class, end-of-course exams are in just four weeks. If you need to speak with me, please stay behind.
Exams? OH NO! I haven't studied since the beginning of term and this is half of my grade... what do I do?!!
The First Step
Hey, Mr. Nolan. I was wondering if I could talk with you about these exams coming up?
Mr. Nolan: Of course, Sergio, what seems to be on your mind?Sergio: This exam... does it have to be half of our grade? Is there any way it can be less?Mr. Nolan: No.. I am afraid not, it is half of you all's grade,Sergio: Oh okay I was just curious..Mr. Nolan: Sergio, if there is something on your mind.. please explain?Sergio; Well... I'm not ready. I will fail this course if I take this exam.
Sergio has just been hit with a major dose of reality, his end-of-course exam! This could have a serious impact on his grade if all does not turn out well, I hope he figures out a new study plan.
I understand you concerns. I would like you to tell me more about why you believe you will fail?
I don't think.. I know.
Sergio did the right thing coming to Mr. Nolan. But, will he ask for help or simply hint he might need some?
Although you see error, you are doing very well in my class and the exam covers the material you have already conquered. Over the weekend I want you to do three things: Look over our class notes, relax your mind of all negativity, and never stop saying the words, "I know I can". Let's see how you feel Monday. Deal?
Okay, Mr. Nolan. I'll see you Monday!
Sergio came clean after playing off his fears of failing the course. Will Mr. Nolan be able to help?
Mr. Nolan: Good morning, Sergio! How was the weekend?Sergio: I reviewed, gave myself courage, and even quizzed myself and passed them all! I don't know what happened Mr. Nolan, but, I feel great!Mr. Nolan: This is confidence Sergio, something you must always remember to give yourself no matter what the task. Mr. Nolan: Since the exam isn't just yet, remember to keep doing these things as much as possible and boost your confidence.Sergio: Of course, Mr. Nolan, Thank you so much!Mr. Nolan: Great job Sergio!
Though Sergio had no real answer as to why he would fail, he doubted himself immensely and this was taking a toll on his mind. What will Mr. Nolan do?
I know I will. I haven't studied in weeks, I don't focus well during tests, and I believe it in me to fail once the exam is in front of me.
That day, a confused Sergio left school, but did exactly what Mr. Nolan told him. And, as his attitude began to shift, a brand new Sergio walked in class Monday morning...
Sergio learned the only person that can truly reassure him, is himself. No more self-doubt and worry, after the weekend, Sergio was not only ready to pass the exam, he was ready to ace the class!