I’ve recently noticed the number of people who say they are hopeless in regards to studying and passing exams. As you will find so many opportunities for improvement now it seems a real shame if a limiting belief is holding you back. Steve’s story is an excellent example of the and how it doesn’t need to be that way.
When I first met Steve, he was extremely upbeat about all of his recent achievements, but when it came to a class that he still hadn’t finished, you might hear the vitality draining away as he described the home study involved including various assignments and a thesis Jamb expo 2022. He’d set himself a 6 months deadline and had in fact squeezed the assignments done, however the thesis was a challenge that he hadn’t been able to overcome and it had been stopping him finishing the course.
I asked him to tell me about other studying situations and how easy or difficult he had found them. It transpired that whenever he was at school, his father had told him in no uncertain terms precisely what he expected Steve to reach in his exams. The pressure Steve felt under resulted in him failing every one.
Years later he managed to pass various exams when he wanted to accomplish it for himself, but although he ultimately did well, he said that he always found them difficult, and had a belief that he would always struggle with studying.
Talking via a strategy to get his thesis finished, he decided to create down his thoughts and feelings about his school days, and remember the successful results he’d had since leaving school.
He also made a decision to develop an affirmation to be repeated morning and night such as for instance “I thrive on my learning achievements” to begin changing his thoughts around studying, and then visualise his family and friends congratulating him on finishing his course.
Steve felt so inspired, that he got his thesis finished within a week and felt a good sense of achievement. Once we analysed why it had been so very hard in order to complete, he became conscious that the true problem had been the idea of spending all of the period at his PC, which had made him feel under pressure, in the same way he had felt when he was at school. Then he realised that passing the course really was very important to him and worth enough time, but he had to get means of which makes it a more enjoyable process. By having regular breaks and giving himself little rewards, he successfully completed his thesis and went for another course, but this time with the belief that he could take action!