If at first you don’t succeed

So it didn’t quite go to plan? Not to worry…

Most people only share their success, and way more people don’t get it right the first time than you probably realise! It’s hard to believe that Michael Jordan was actually cut from his high school basketball team! Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first TV job, and in his first screen test, it was noted Fred Astaire “Can’t act, Can’t Sing. Slightly bald. Not handsome. Can dance a little.”

If you only take one tip from this email, it would be to re-book your exam as soon as possible. The chances are, there are just a few gaps in your knowledge, and the sooner you re-book, the more information you’ve already learned will still be in your head.

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How to pick yourself back up

In the meantime, here are 5 top tips for how to pick yourself up after an unsuccessful exam, and make sure you go into your re-sit confident of your abilities:

Let the emotion out

If you want to sob into your pillow, or scream from a hill top – do it! You’ll find it really hard to move on whilst you are trying to stifle your negative emotions

Identify your areas of focus

The CII will have provided you with a learning statement along with your results. Look through this and understand where you need to focus in order to pass the next time.

Reflect on your exam

If you found that you had less time towards the end of your exam, it is likely that time management may have been an issue for you. It is easy to unknowingly spend an excessive amount of time on the early questions, so try to be conscious of this when taking your re-sit.

Try to put right what went wrong

I know this sounds simple, but if you can easily identify what went wrong, then try and put it right. Maybe you can tell that you didn’t do enough past papers? Maybe you know you didn’t cover the whole syllabus in your revision, or you left your revision too late?

Reconcile with yourself

Accept that you didn’t succeed the first time and try not to dwell on it. Your past hiccup will certainly not dictate the result of your re-sit, so just put that behind you and focus on the task in hand.

We’re with you all the way

You still have access to all our interactive course material. So our advice would be to keep calm, and get right back to it as soon as you feel able to.

If there is anything you would like to talk through with us, then please drop us a note, and we would be happy to help.

We’re with you all the way!

Sam & Grace