Bad grades. Game over or blessing in disguise?

Where’s the fun in getting things right the first time? OK – sorry, if you didn't achieve the grades you wanted this year, you’re probably in no mood for light-hearted rhetorical questions. I certainly wasn’t after AS levels results day. However, I want to give you a little glimpse of the future and show you how bad grades can actually be a blessing in disguise.   To start off, no matter what your grades are, it is not game over. You can turn this situation around. Why should you believe me? Because I turned my D's and U’s into straight As, secured a place at a top university and wrote and sold 15,000 copies of a book showing others how I did it. Also, having mentored thousands of students, I know a...

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Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…

Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…   There’s nothing more irritating than sitting your A-Levels, while also listening to university students complain incessantly about how easy and irrelevant sixth form was in comparison to their “real” undergraduate work. But if I’ve learnt anything from being at university, it’s that A-Levels do matter- and that doing well is important. So if I could go back in time and tell myself anything, above all, it would be to take them more seriously. And to completely disregard the twenty-something year olds that told me otherwise.   The reason why working hard on your A-Levels, and your GCSEs too, is so important- is primarily because you establish a good work ethic. Yes, grades are essential to securing...

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