20+ Motivational Exam Quotes for Students

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Being a student is tough. There is no way around it! You have to have an education and you have to get your GCSEs. Sometimes it can be hard to get motivation to revise. This is especially true during your real exams which determine your final grade. After years of hard work, you may find it too difficult and want to give up. However, this is not the right mindset! You must push through.

If you are really struggling and want that little boost to keep you going, check out these motivational quotes!

1. ‘I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it’.

This quote is by Art Williams. He built an insurance business which became one of the fastest growing companies in modern business history. This message highlights how all of your hard work and revision seems awful during the process.

However, you must think about how amazing it will feel once you have completed your exams and got the grades you want and deserve.

2. ‘You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there’.

This quote is by Edwin Louis Cole. You need to remember that failing is a part of life.

If an exam goes badly or you feel as if you haven’t revised enough, it is not too late! As long as you get up and brush yourself off, you are unstoppable.

3. ‘You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step’.

This is by Martin Luther King Jr, one of the greatest leaders in the civil rights movement. Remind yourself reaching success cannot be done in one go.

It is achieved by doing the little goals first and taking those first steps, in order to reach your potential. I believe in you!

4. ‘You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending’.

This is by C.S. Lewis. Remember that even if you haven’t revised for the whole of the year leading up to your exam, this can still be changed!

If you start revising now and try your best, you will smash all of your exams. Remember to step back, take a breath, and focus hard.

5. ‘Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose’.

This is by G.K. Nielson.  It can be easy to believe that you are not naturally intelligent. However, you need to realise that success in exams is due to hard work and not natural ability.

You can always develop your skills, including revision. If you are struggling to know how to revise, check out this article from Think Student for some tips.

6. ‘It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in day out which makes a difference’.

This is by Jenny Craig. She points out how revising for your exams needs to be done consistently. Even if you only do a little bit at a time, you are winning! This is because consistency is key.

Developing a good routine is beneficial no matter where you are in your educational journey.

7. ‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world’.

This is by Nelson Mandela. Remember that even though your exams seem tough, they are the key to your future. You can use your grades for jobs and applying to university.

You can use your education to change the world if you try. Stay focused and keep working hard, you’ve got this!

8. ‘You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you’.

This is by Barack Obama. You may be worrying about exams because you have failed in the past.

However, you must use these failures as lessons. If you do this, there is no question that you will succeed. The best skill a student can have is making successes out of their failures.

9. ‘Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed’.

This is by Robert Kiyosaki. Even if you feel as if you need to give up, don’t! If you keep on going, eventually, you will be the winner and smash your exams.

Failing is a learning curve, and there will be a point where your failures aren’t so big and scary. Embrace them, and use them to push forward.

10. ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’,

This is by Nelson Mandela. This can be applied to both exams and revision.

Revision piles up and seems impossible to complete and weeks of exams can seem unfeasible to finish. However, it can be done, so you must never give in. Perseverance really is key, take it from me!

11. ‘There is no substitute for hard work’.

This is by Thomas Edison. Remember that you need to work as hard as you can for exams. They do not last forever. Therefore, work as hard as possible, with some breaks of course, and you will reach your full potential.

Hard work might seem like a chore in the present, but your future self will be so grateful for your effort.

12. ‘Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginable ones which are unconquerable’.

This is by Theodore N. Vail. You need to remove the negative thoughts in your head which only speak of failure. If you remove these, then you will fly through your exams because your worries won’t get in the way of your potential.

Remember, the only thing holding you back is your self-doubt.

13. ‘Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going’.

This is by Sam Levenson. As already stated, revision can seem to take forever! However, there is no point watching time go by when you attempt to revise.

Just keep ploughing through that revision and you will reach your goals. It can definitely be hard to organise your revision. Check out this article on Think Student to discover how to make a revision timetable.

14. ‘Always do your best. What you plant now, you can harvest later’.

This is by Og Mandino. Just think about why you are doing these exams. They are the gateway to your future.

Once you have done them, you have built the foundations of your education and can then use these skills to become employed. That’s why it’s important to try your hardest.

15. ‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible’.

This is by Audrey Hepburn. Just don’t quit! Exams are not here to destroy you. Exams are here to show others your full potential.

Remember that exams are not the enemy, and they can be completed. The only enemy is your negative thoughts. You will reach the goalpost eventually, I promise.

16. ‘The ones who win are the ones that keep going after everyone has quit’.

This is by Billy Cox. Even if your friends are giving up and you have a voice in the back of your head telling you to as well, ignore them. You will be the winner in the end.

If the doubt is starting to overwhelm you, take a step back and realise how far you have already come. There’s no shame in taking things day by day!

17. ‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there’.

This is by Theodore Roosevelt. The same idea is presented here. You are your own enemy. As long as you believe that you can complete these exams, then you can!

Check out this article from Think Student to discover what to avoid during exam season, in order to reach your full potential.

18. ‘And you ask “what if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly?’

This is by Erin Hanson. The truth is, if you focus on the negatives and what could go wrong, you won’t be in the right mindset for exams.

You need to focus on what positive things could happen if you try your hardest and get the best grades possible. There’s nothing more you can do but your best!

19. ‘When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on’.

This is by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Even when you are entering the last week of exams, this is not a time to give up.

Keep on going even when the last stretch is in sight. Believe me, I know it is tough. However, you need to keep pushing until all exams are completed and then you can relax.

20. ‘You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be’.

This is by Wayne Dyer. Students often use exam grades as a comparison with their class mates. However, exams shouldn’t be a competition with others – only with yourself.

Compete with yourself every time you do an exam. See if you know an answer you didn’t the time before, and if you consistently do this, success will be inevitable.

21. ‘Tough times never last but tough people do’.

This is by Robert H. Schuller. Remember that your exams will be over. They do not last forever. Just imagine how resilient and determined you will be once they have finished.

You will not only prove to your family and friends but also to yourself what you are capable of.

22. ‘Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do’.

This is by Benjamin Spock. When you get to an exam, you may feel as if you have forgotten everything! However, don’t worry!

These are just nerves and you are smarter than you know. If you want to find out the best ways to calm yourself and want to do during the morning of an exam, check out this article from Think Student.

23. ‘Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is a thief of time’.

This is by Charles Dickens. Procrastination is the thief of revision! Do not fall into its trap. If you tackle this, then you will be unstoppable with your revision.

I know it can be difficult to work if you are unmotivated, but you will feel better tomorrow if you do the work you need to. Your future self will thank you!

24. ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’.

This is by Albert Einstein. Exams can be difficult. You need to work hard but you need to rest at the same time. Therefore, exam season is a balancing act.

Just be consistent and revise little and often. If you do this, you will not fall. Just like with a bike, in life you need to stay on the right track!

25. ‘Do the best you can – no one can do more than that’.

This is by John Wooden. This final quote is the most important of all. Never compare yourself to your best friend’s best, or your sister’s best or your cousin’s best!

You just need to focus on your best. As long as you try your hardest in your exams and know that you have do this, nothing can go wrong.

If you want to discover even more inspirational quotes, check out this list from the Oberlo website.

Good luck with all of your exams!

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