Eden Hazard, the Chelsea FC football player, does not play in the match unless he trains. Jose Mourinho made that quite clear this week. To miss a training session means you are dropped from the team, at least as far as Mr Mourinho is concerned. I’m sure that plenty of people agree.
The reason for this is obvious: it’s all about commitment and preparedness and mentality. If a player cannot be bothered to turn-up and do the training then he shows he’s not committed; he shows he has a poor mentality; and, perhaps most practical of all, he does not know the plan for beating the other team. How is he supposed to know his role in beating the other team if he does not turn up to train?
Aside from the fact that he’s earning millions a year, he has to turn up to training for really very obvious reasons.
However, it can go further than that. There’s no point turning-up if you don’t train. There’s no point turning-up if you don’t listen. There’s no point turning-up if you don’t commit. There are football players who have been sent home from training because they do not make the effort.
And, do you know what? Same for Eden Hazard, same for you. There’s no point even walking in to the exam hall in 2014 to sit Higher English if you have not prepared. No point whatsoever. It’s all about preparation. A lot of students think the exam is in May 2014. Allow us to correct this notion. The exam is NOW. This is the exam. What happens in the exam is testing whether you have been preparing, training and committing to Higher English throughout the year.
This is something students don’t realise. Higher English is about working throughout the year, not just studying in the couple of months before the exam. It’s a slow process. Ok, you might not have to study every night at the moment, but there are certain things that you should be doing that means you are ‘training’ well.
In football, in business, they have a term called KPI. It means Key Performance Indicators. These are the things you are doing that show how well your performing. So, to stick with the football analogy, if a footballer is making so many tackles on the pitch, then that is a KPI. If he (or she) is completing passes then that is a KPI. KPI’s can be added to and added to until they become a series of targets for people to aim for so that they (and their team) are successful.
Here are some KPIs for Higher English:
- be at class on time
- have all your equipment
- buy your own texts so you can mark them
- listen to the teacher and make notes
- always ask a question (even for practice)
- if reading, always read and put in effort
- do all the classwork in a focused way
- answer every question for written work (never leave a blank)
- hand in all work on time
- ask how work can be made better and listen to the explanation
Grades are obviously a big KPI, but if you’re doing the above, then as most football managers know, the KPIs being attained will lead to goals (grades).
Start passing these KPIs and you’ll be setting yourself up for a good position come May 2014.