Results are round the corner. This may be the time when your result may have made you overwhelmed and paid for your hard work or hings haven’t quite worked out the way you had planned.
Many different thoughts might be grinding in your mind making you restless and worried about your future. You may think that- I’m a complete failure. People are going to think I’m a burden. My friends will not want to associate with me anymore. My parents are going to be so angry…
These thoughts, although understandable, can be very dangerous. They knock down your confidence levels, they impact your ability to think clearly, and they can cause you to get stuck in a very negative headspace.
In times like these, it is important to remember that failure is simply a part of life; and what really matters is not the failure itself, but how you choose to deal with it.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your bad exam results:
Was your grade simply lower than you had hoped, or did you fail to achieve a passing grade? You see, exam failure can mean different things to different people. If you at least managed to pass, try to focus on this as a positive, but even if you didn’t, know that this is certainly not the end of the world. You could probably even pass this year but with bad grade, voila! You’ve got another chance to work real hard and score high that no one remembers this result.
Stop! Just stop comparing yourself to others
Not all fingers of a hand are equal. Don’t beat yourself up just because your friends managed to get better scores. We are all different and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. You have to keep your focus on yourself and your own goals. Your friends have their own paths to follow.
Know that you can do better next time
This is the perfect opportunity to take a serious look at your study techniques. Chances are, there are some improvements that can be made, or maybe you need to try a different study strategy all together. Whatever didn’t work for you this time around can be changed up to ensure that you’re better prepared for the next exam. Just promise to yourself that you’re going to rock the next one.
Failure is normal
What doesn’t kills you makes you stronger. Even the most successful people in the world have failed somewhere along the way. This is because they have not allowed their failures to define them. Learning to deal with challenges head on it the only way to ensure personal growth. It’s survival of the fittest out there, and the strongest contenders are those who are always ready to come back fighting. There are many examples of people who failed miserably but held themselves up strong. Such as Amitabh Bachchan, Dhirubhai Ambani, Narendra Modi and the famous Walt Disney.
Consider your options
A good place to start is to talk to your professor. You might be able to retake the exam, or ask if there’s any extra credit work you could do to make up for your bad grade. If you have to redo a semester, be sure to approach it with a positive attitude, because this is in essence your chance to make a comeback. If you feel like you might need some help, find a tutor, or ask your professor for further study guidance. Just know that whatever the situation, you will always have options, but giving up should never be one of them.'
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