One of my students left the room this morning, then called me a couple of minutes later. She was in the toilets crying her eyes out because she believes she is going to fail the FCE exam. She is one of eleven students who I currently teach full-time (25 hours a week) ready for the exam on December 10th. They have had three weeks of classes so far. Before coming to Newcastle she had already spent six months working in a hotel on the Isle of Wight.
Last week we did a mock exam and she didn’t pass any of the sections, although she came close in a few of them. As a whole, the class didn’t do that well, but it was to give them a feel for the format of the exam and to motivate some of the lazier ones to do more work outside class. She is doing well and has already improved a lot, but feels depressed because the other students are doing a bit better than she is. She keeps comparing herself to them.
I’ve told her that she’s improving, that if I thought she would fail the exam I would have asked her to change classes, that she should stop comparing herself to other students because she is not them, that she is a good speaker and that I know she is working hard at home, so she will pass.
Any suggestions on what else I can do?
Update – January 2012
In the end, this student passed her exam and was actually only one mark off getting a B grade . She worked very hard and it paid off in the end!