In this article there’s no time for false modesty, from you or me. If you know that your child is better than average in a subject – encourage them to sit the Scholarship exam in that subject.
I wasn’t even going to sit the two Scholarship exams I passed at school. The teachers at school didn’t tell us much about them, didn’t encourage those of us that were able to at least give them a go.
I think at a lot of schools teachers have a lot of kids of very varied ability in their classes, and what they’re concentrating on before exams is just getting through the curriculum and getting as many students as possible to actually pass.
This means it’s up to you…
Somehow my dad knew about the Scholarship exams and he asked me why on earth I wasn’t sitting them. I shrugged my shoulders and gave the standard teenager reply – “I dunno”.
Dad then pointed out the obvious – what did I have to lose?
I would already know the subject because I’d have the normal exam to study for, it didn’t cost anything financially, and I owed it to myself to give it a go. All I had to do was turn up on the day and give it my best shot.
Not to mention the moolah!
If that’s not enough for you, you should know that all Scholarship achievers are handsomely rewarded financially. Depending on how many Scholarship exams your child passes and how well they pass them, they can receive anywhere between $500 and $10,000!!
If I had known this during my Year 13 year I would have taken as many Scholarship exams as possible! Even maths! Maybe.
Go for it!
So tell your kids to go for it!! It’s a great achievement just to sit the exams in the first place, it’s a fantastic experience, and they could be in to win big time.