My LET Story: Jade Leonor

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Licensure Examination for Teachers - September 2013 LET Topnotcher Jade LeonorJade, a UP Diliman graduate, is Top 2 among PRC’s national September 2013 LET Topnotchers.

She shares her Licensure Examination for Teachers  journey below — from the “discovery” of her topnotcher-potential to the finished and very real result. Sometimes, students just need a caring friend or “coach” to show them that they are capable of bigger things than they imagined 🙂


If you asked my former professors about me, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t remember anything. Or if they did, the memories might not be as pleasant as I’d want them to be.

I have faults, and I’ve had my share of failures. I failed exams, and even failed some of my major subjects. I don’t have a perfect transcript of records. I don’t have a long list of credentials and achievements. I don’t have an impressive résumé.

I’m not sharing these for you to emulate my wrongdoings. I’m saying, don’t let your failures define who you are. I may not have been an outstanding college student, but I’m proud to say that I decided to do better. I strived to be better.

And now, please allow me to share with you my LET journey and how it changed me.

I’ve had various tutoring experiences, but I felt that I wasn’t prepared to handle a whole class yet. After having failed so many times, I felt lost and insecure. I wanted to be the best teacher my future students could have so I needed to redeem myself. I needed to believe in myself again. And what better way to do that than to do what I’ve failed to do before – to be the best student that I could be.

I earned my professional teaching certificate in UP Open University, and then enrolled at MindGym Philippines to prepare for the LET.

Being a topnotcher never crossed my mind before – not until I met Mo/am Alice. I took a diagnostic test and got a pretty decent score. I instantly became one of her top bets. I felt something inside me sparked a little. Hope, maybe. Hope that I could actually do better, and think bigger.

So I attended all our review classes, answered the drills in our workbooks, and participated in the learning activities. I gained my confidence back little by little. I was motivated by my parents’ and coaches’ (and even my classmates’) high expectations. I didn’t want to let them down.

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A couple of weeks before the actual exam day, we had a mock LET. I wasn’t satisfied with my score. I was feeling down and pressured. The LET day was fast approaching and I felt that I hadn’t done enough, that I wasn’t ready yet. I should have acquired more review materials. I should have studied reviewers for engineering board exams. I should have done more drills. I should have had better study habits. I should have… Yes, I should have done so much more. But at that point, I could only hope for the best.

The week before the exam, I did nothing but drills – lots of them! I still didn’t get perfect scores, but doing so made me feel equipped for the exam. During my study breaks, I occupied myself by reading inspirational stories of LET topnotchers.

LET day came and I tried to stay calm. When I couldn’t decide which answer to choose, I prayed and wrote certain bible verses on my test booklet. I asked for God’s guidance, and I knew He was with me. After the exam, I decided to let go and let God.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my LET journey is having the “Yes, I can!” attitude. I aimed high and did my best to achieve my goal. I believed that I could do it and claimed it. And in doing so, I have restored my self-esteem. My LET success is a door to a new chapter in my life. Now, I am ready to move forward and endeavour to be the best teacher that I can be.

About Jade Leonor

Jade, a UP Diliman graduate, is September 2013′s nationwide top 2 LET examinee.
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