[48] Overcoming bullying and bereavement to get the grades and into Oxford with Beca Read

bullyingA few days after results day a few years ago, a student reached out to me to say she’d gotten into Oxford University, but felt uncertain that she would fit it in. Beca had a tough upbringing losing her mother, brother and being bullied at a state school – would Oxford University fulfill the dreams she’d hope for since the age of 8?

Beca joins the show to share her moving story about how she found strength through adversity, achieved her dreams of getting into Oxford University, and the importance of having ambitious goals. We also hear Beca’s advice on bullying, keeping nerves at bay during exams and results days, and how to feel settled at university.

For Beca, studying and exams are her “happy place” – a place to escape and grow.

What we discuss on the show:

Why she was put off telling family and school that she was being bullied

How her home environment and family network supported her studies

How to stay mentally strong during exams

Making new friends at university

Advice on how students should tell someone if they’re being bullied

How parents and teachers can support children who are being bullied

How Beca developed a love of learning

How to overcome adversity and achieve amazing grades in your A Levels

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Over to you…

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Useful links

My book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.

Ten Steps to Exam Success download.

Supportive Parents, Successful Students facebook group

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Contact Lucy by email: lucy@lifemoreextraordinary.com


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