Apologies for this post being late, but a lack of inspiration, motivation and time meant nothing went up yesterday, and I thought better late than never, right? Besides, I had nothing to talk about yesterday, and a couple of things have inspired me now to write this post. Those things? A bad test and an English text about optimism.
I went into my lesson this morning not looking forward to getting the results back of the test we’d done last lesson, but I wasn’t dreading it either. I knew I hadn’t done too well as not much of the stuff that I’d studied was on there, but I didn’t think I’d done too badly. And too be fair to me, I didn’t actually do that badly, but unluckily for me I got the exact mark needed to have to retake the test. Yay.
Now, I am generally a good student. Being told I had to retake the test made me think, and I don’t believe I’ve ever had to retake a test before. The problem is that recently I’ve been slacking a bit in this particular subject, evidenced by the fact that I’ve not done too well in the past couple of tests. My teacher is the kind of teacher that sets a lot of tests, we tend to have a small test every week. And what I’ve been doing is just not thinking about them then only picking up my book to check I know what I need to know the night before, usually quite late at night as well. It’s not the best method, I know that, but it’s just what I’d gotten into the habit of doing.
So I have to admit, I was feeling a bit down when I walked into the lesson after, which just so happened to be English. We did a quick starter activity, then were given a text and had to answer a question on it. The text was an article, from a newspaper I think, about optimism, and optimism lessons. Naturally, my initial response was “What a load for rubbish”. I personally think that optimism lessons sound like a bit of a waste of time, but that’s not what hit me. No, what I really took note of what some facts and figures that the article included about optimists vs pessimists. According to scientific research, optimists are less likely to have to take days off sick, less likely to quit a job, and more likely to live a healthier lifestyle.
So what I learnt when reading this articles was that it’s all about attitude.
Yes, I am aware that this is the kind of thing where adults say all the time, and kids pretend they’re paying attention but are really just thinking about how untrue it is and that adults don’t understand, and it turns out that the adults are right and the kids are just stubborn. So yes, I have been told this a billion times before. But reading this article after being disappointed about my test, that’s when the truth of it really hit me. I guess sometimes we just need to learn something ourselves rather than just be told it to truly understand.
Anyway, that’s the backstory for this revelation I’ve had, and now I’m sat at home having finished studying for my retest and feeling really optimistic about the next test I have later in the week, and thinking about the fact that I’m actually going to work for it. I’ve got it planned into my week so I’m going to look at the work two or three times before the test, rather than just glancing at it the night before. It’s strange, but I’m actually weirdly excited to start studying. How about that then?
I’m struggling to put the message of this post into words, but I guess what I’m trying to say is something along the lines of this: keep going. Work hard at things, even if maybe you’re not enjoying them, because you’ll get rewards for the work you do, and who knows, maybe you’ll even start enjoying it soon. And try and be optimistic about things. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I have a test on Thursday, how annoying”, flip it on its head and think “Oh, if I work hard I can do well in my test on Thursday and feel really good about myself!” That probably doesn’t make much sense, but if you can understand what I’m trying to say then try it out, see how it goes! What’s the worst that can happen?
Normally when I get this sudden optimist drive of academic excitement it wears off after a day or so and I go back to studying things late the night before the test, but this time I’m determined. I’ve had a realisation, and I am not going to waste it. And perhaps this drive is not actually me being optimistic, it’s just me wanting to make up for my bad test, but either way, does it matter? No, all that matters is that I’m determined to be optimistic and persevere.
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