Are you a high-flying student who is struggling to deal with an unexpected examination failure in semester examinations? Do your examination results fall far below your expected average? Are you struggling with multiple carry-overs from previous academic session? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this article is well-packaged for you.
Often times, students get discouraged, disappointed and even depressed as a result of poor examination results. Excellent students usually referred to as the A-students sometimes fail a course or two within a semester unexpectedly. Others who could be described as average scholars may still fail their examinations even after putting in much effort to work.
This puts students in a state of distress and most times, students who cannot deal with this challenge end up withdrawing from their academic programme. In this article, we shall give a detailed explanation on how to deal with failure or failures as a student. Read to the end.
Causes Of Examination Failures
To better evaluate how to deal with examination failure, it is important to examine the causes of these academic failures. By pointing out the possible causes of examination failure, actions to improve on them can be more effectively taken. Some of the common causes of examination failure include the following:
Late Preparation: Most times, students wait until the examination timetables are out before beginning their preparations. Reading should be continuous and as such, if you wait until the examination schedules are announced, you may not be able to exhaust all that you should read. Often times, it results in examination failure.
Lack Of Self-Confidence: This often happens when you have fear or doubts about your ability to perform well in examinations. If you lack self-confidence before an examination, you may not be able to give your best in the examination. Fears and doubts present a negative mood which is not good for examinations.
Reading Indiscipline: Reading is an activity that requires discipline. To effectively study and prepare for examinations, you have to put in the right dedication to work and create a good study plan. When you are not disciplined in terms of preparations for exams, you often find the examinations difficult and academic failure will not be far-fetched.
Administrative Mishaps: This could take several forms. It could be a due to missing script, missing results, incorrect entry of results etc. these “unforeseen circumstances” can lead to failures and often times, the student may not be at fault.
How To Deal With Examination Failure
Like every other unfortunate circumstances, examination failure can be greatly destabilizing. The situation is even more challenging if you have not had any previous experience of failure in any examination. The following are ways to deal with academic failures:
Accept Responsibility For Your Failure: Most of the times, students fail to acknowledge their roles in the failures they encounter. They rather blame other people for their misfortune. While it could be possible that parts of your failures could be a result of the actions of others, it is equally important that you recognize your own roles and accept responsibility. This will greatly help you improve on those shortcomings and act better next time.
Re-evaluate and Re-examine Possible Causes Of Failure: To be able to improve and grow from the failure, it is important to carry out a personal evaluation and reflection into the possible causes of the failure. This will help you to spot areas of deficiency and identify practical steps into becoming better and stronger.
Curtail Brooding On The Failure: It is very important to wean yourself off every emotional relic of the incident. Do not spend too much time brooding on the examination results. Doing this will further erode your self-confidence and it could even lead you to depression. While it is important to look back on possible causes of failures, it is important that you do not spend too much time crying over it.
Make Better Success Plans: Subject yourself to discipline and succinctly follow your new plan of action for academic success. It is necessary to devise better plans for study, leisure and rest. This will enable you maintain discipline in studies and efficiently prepare for the next examination.
Take Time Off For Leisure: Take a break from work and activities and recover from the mental stress. You could take a short trip or visit family and friends. This will aid your recovery and it will put you in the best possible shape for the next academic year.
Get Enough Rest: Rest! This is very important. Incorporate rest into your schedule. You are probably dealing with a lot of emotional pressure and as such, you need to give your mind enough rest. Ensure to get regular and sufficient sleep. This helps the mind ease of stress and it further helps you get better.
These ways described above would go a long way in helping you deal with academic failures. If you found the article interesting, share to friends and colleagues who are finding it difficult to deal with exam failures.
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