5 Tips for Success from a GED® Graduate

By Margo Hudson, 2012 Seeds of Literacy GED® graduate and current volunteer tutor

1. Everyone starts somewhere.

Tell yourself that everyone took that first step. You can, too. You are never too old. Remember that what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. You’ll be surprised by what you can accomplish!


2. You can do it.

Start believing in yourself. Find inspirational quotes online. Get them sent to your phone daily. I like to read self-help books and positive messages. Read how people got their lives together. If they did it, you can, too.

3. Study all the time.

I studied all the time. On my lunch break, on my 15-minute break, while I was waiting on my ride. On the bus, on vacation, on my day off. Waiting in the doctor’s office. Waiting for the laundry to finish.

Study every chance you get. Get up earlier. Study 5 minutes before bed. Make it part of your daily routine. Every little bit helps – you’ll be surprised at how far you will get.

Practice doesn’t make you perfect, but it does make you better! One success leads to another.

4. Want it.

It’s hard work! Do you want a better life?

I did. I wanted a better life. Now I have one. I didn’t give up. I wanted it too much.

You’ve got to want it, you’ve got to do it. No one can do it for you.

5. Finish one goal. Then start another!

You can learn to do anything.

After I got my GED, I didn’t stop learning. I read more, and I learned to knit. I took music lessons and now practice every day on my keyboard.

Your world is limitless. Keep going.
If you’re ready to get started toward your brighter future, learn more about taking free GED classes with Seeds of Literacy!
Margo Hudson earned her GED credential in 2012. Since then, she has given back every week as an adult literacy tutor at Seeds of Literacy. In 2016, Margo won the Adult Learner of the Year Award from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, and was invited to give the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This year, she was on Capitol Hill to advocate for adult literacy — from learning about government for the GED test to participating in it!