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This Star Wars Day, May the 4th 2018, we want you to feel the force…

and apply the power when it comes to your End-point Assessment (EPA).

We have rounded up the most famous Star Wars lines to give you a fresh take on EPA advice.

Remember, EPA varies for each level, sector or qualification. But our ‘out of this world’ advice spans every qualification, in this galaxy and beyond.

Take inspiration from celebrated Star Wars to encourage and guide you through this important phase of your learner journey.

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi”— Leia Organa

The golden rule of learning of any kind is ‘If in doubt, ask for help.’ Help is at hand and you aren’t expected to go everything alone. Asking for help is in fact a sign of strength . To state your needs is an commendable quality.

Your peers, employer, assessor or tutor are all there to support you. Helping you get the most out of your training. They’re on your side and want you to do well. So speak up and utilise their support.

Whether you ask for help with interview techniques, presentation tips, or even basic communication advice. They’re there for you to help get the most out of your learning.

Likewise, you will receive help and support before your EPA and will be given time and opportunity to prepare. Including mock assessments and multiple-choice questions.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” — Darth Vader

Who knew that Darth Vader and George Michael could have anything in common. But they’re both right – ‘You gotta have faith’. Believing in yourself is the first step of your EPA. Without self-belief, are you setting yourself up for a fail?

No matter how much preparation you do, if you don’t believe in your own ability then you’re not doing yourself justice. Especially to all that groundwork and practice you’ve been doing. Believe you can, and you might just surprise yourself.

If this mentality doesn’t come naturally to you, and your default setting is self-criticism, then adopt the mantra ‘Fake it ‘til you make it.’ Forge that confidence, and maybe some of it will rub off on you.

Remember, you won’t be put forward to ‘gateway’ or EPA unless deemed ready. So, if someone else has faith in you, surely you can too?

“Fear is the path to the dark side. — Yoda

Yoda had a point. And Franklin D. Roosevelt, for that matter: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Ask yourself, “What am I scared of?” Often, the answer isn’t what you expect. For instance, before your EPA, are you scared of meeting the end point assessor?

Traveling to the place of the assessment? Having a conversation with someone about your learner journey? When you strip back the thing you’re supposedly scared off, you may realise it’s not as bad as you first thought.

It’s like imagining your worst fear in a silly scenario – a tarantula on roller skates, or a snake in a tutu, perhaps? Simply put, fear feeds fear, so break the cycle before EPA day.

Turn that adrenaline and anticipation into something useful. Channel that energy into excitement instead. What a great opportunity to show off your best work in your portfolio, or present an idea you’ve been working in the workplace.  This is your moment to shine.

Good luck with your End-point Assessment. For further information, our article Understanding Apprenticeship Standards is a helpful resource.