August 29


How to Find Time to Prepare for Your Cambridge C2 Exam in 2021 (Even if You Have a Busy Family and Work Life)

Imagine … by the end of this post, you’ll be able to pass the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam this year, all because you learnt one important word, and the specific reason why this word is so crucial.

Don’t believe me?

If not, keep reading, because all will be revealed.

How to Find Time to Pass Your C2 Exam in 2021 

Let’s be honest. You have a busy family and work life. Or a busy social and study life.

Whatever keeps you busy, you have only 24 hours in a day. Just like everyone else.

And now you’ve got to prepare for the Cambridge C2 exam. But where do you get the time?

Well, this is what you need to do:

Start Saying “No”

Now, this is not an easy thing to do. But it’s absolutely necessary.

If you say “yes” to something as challenging as passing the C2 exam, you’ve got to say “no” to many other things in your life.

It may sound harsh, but the fact is: you won’t be able to pass the exam if you only say “yes” to the C2 exam.  

You see, people think focus means saying “yes” to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. 

It means saying “no” to the hundred other things you can do. You have to pick carefully.

So when you say “yes” to the C2 exam, you’ve got to start saying “no” to many other things:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Block the internet on your devices
  • Put the TV away
  • Follow only one expert/book/course at a time
  • Work less hours
  • Decline invitations from friends and family

When someone asks, “Can you do this for me?” or “Can you go to this event?” your default answer must be “no”.

You’ll have to tell them, “No. I’m sorry. I can’t fit anything else in, my schedule’s full.”

Your Family and Friends Will Understand You  

These are unpopular things to do, no doubt.

Some of them might not be possible, so you have to double down on the things you CAN do.

What’s worse, your relations with the people around you will suffer.

But the people who love you, your friends and family, they will understand you. So they let you be you.

And when you reconvene after you’ve passed the exam, they will be downright impressed with your achievement.

So, start saying “no”.

Not because I said so, but rather because it will work wonders for you. 🙂

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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    • Thank you for your comment, Sarah. I’m happy to read it helps! It’s not always easy to say ‘no’, but ultimately it will works wonders for you. 🙂

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