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Hi Sam,

I am in college in my first year and I am studying GCSE English because I failed it. I have a exam on the 3rd may coming up and I am really stressed about it. In the exam I need 39 marks to get a C and the paper is out of 50. I do not know how am I going to do that.

I am very stressed about the exam and I really need your advice to help me.

Thank you.

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Hi there,

Exams can be a really stressful time. It’s natural to feel worried about what’s going to happen. When there’s pressure to get things right after not succeeding before, it can make things extra hard. But trying to focus on this exam on its own, and forgetting about what’s happened before, is really important.

Teachers are there to support you with how you feel, as well as with exam revision. You can ask them for help with this. There may be some extra support that they can give you or you may benefit from some practice papers to help you feel less worried on the day. It may also be helpful for them to know how important this is to you, and the worries you have around this exam. 

It might also help to have a think about how you’ve revised for other subjects and exams in the past, and whether this is something that you think might help in revising for your upcoming English exam. We’ve also got some revision tips to help.

Exams are really important, and you should always try your best. But there are many different ways to get into a particular career if your exams don’t go as well as you’d hoped. The national careers service has a lot of really good information about different paths that you can take to get specific jobs.

It’s important to remember that your exam results are just one part of all the things that make you who you are. You can be proud of trying your best for this exam. The message boards have some tips and advice from other young people who may be in a similar situation – this might also be something that you find helpful. There are also some revision tips for English GCSE you might want to look at.

If you want to talk about this a little bit more, the counsellors are always here to support you.

Take care,

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