Promising spring exams

I don't enter many students for exams, mainly because I specialise in adults who don't wish to do them but also because it's important my students have reached the playing level of the exams they're taking.

I hear all too many stories of poor results and failures from students elsewhere who weren't ready for the exam they took. And what is the point of passing an exam, even with a high mark, if you can't play at that level in reality?

Congratulations to the first of my current exam students who took their exams this month. Adult student, James Bell is studying for Grade 5, which he hopes to enter in the summer. But first, James decided he would go back to Grade 1, which he passed before coming here two years ago, to see if he could push up his previous mark.

And that's precisely what he did, coming up with a high Distinction of 144 marks. IT consultant, James received my news at home yesterday, while suffering from a nasty bout of flu. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery and good luck for his Grade 5 entry.

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