Reasons Why Students Fail Courses or Experience Exam Failures
Failing a course or the fear of failing an exam is something that affects most students at-least, a majority. It extends the duration of your study, hence, shouldn’t be taken likely. There are lots of reasons why students experience academic failures and come out sad after seeing their results.
Poor performances could be as a result of financial struggles, poor reading strategies, unpreparedness before taking the course, fear and wrong mentality towards the course, distractions, stress, lack of zeal, nonchalance, lack of interest… and most of all, ‘ignorance and laziness’.
There are a lots more, but the purpose of this article is to respond to that question, “after failing a course, what next?”
You might have faced some level of difficulties in a particular course that leaves you with these questions:
- What will I do after failing a course?
- How can I get a good grade in this course despite my dislike for it?
- I have failed a course often times, therefore, how can I rise above this status?
Then this article is specifically designed for you. The number “Seven” stands for perfection. For this reason, seven practical steps will be revealed here to lubricate this motion – I call it, the comeback.
Overcoming Steps To Take After Failing A Course
1. Avoid excuses and Never put the blame on anybody.
Excuses tends to justify our actions whether wrong or right. Most often times we end up repeating the same excuses overtime. This in all full force stops us from seeing a reason to change because it blinds and then binds us even without knowing. Lastly, it limits us and make us remain in our status quo. Individuals who are fond of giving excuses often end up repeating the same mistakes. Self-excuses acts as a friend in disguise unknown to the victim of its repercussion.
On the other hand is the aspect of blame. As I often say, “there’s no healing in blame“. Excuses and blame discourage growth. Learn from your mistakes.
2. Don’t lose your confidence and build your interest
Yes! It is normal for someone to feel down and hopeless after failing a course, most especially when such individual put so much efforts towards curbing it. Meanwhile, you shouldn’t lose your confidence because it will only cause you more harm. Over confidence is harmful.
Be strong, strategize and see it as an opportunity to try again.
3. Never assume you are a failure
As it’s often said, “failure is an event and not a person”. You should not see yourself as a failure no matter what happens. It’s a wrong ideology to define yourself based on your present circumstance. One can only be a failure when he falls and refuses to rise again. Always see yourself as a successful person. Successful students see opportunities where others see oppositions.
Associate with people of good grades
You are experiencing carry over (failing some courses), yet, you follow friends who are below average. How do you expect to improve?
Walk with the wise and you shall be wise. Mingle with those students of higher grade. This will help shapen you to achieve your goal. The result we produce is greatly influenced by the level of friends we keep.
To be smart, follow smart friends. To have good grades, be humble and learn from friend who have attained that score you desire. Envy and jealousy are cankerworms that will tear you down and keep you in anguish.
5. Change your mindset towards the course
Poor mindset towards a course will definitely kill your interest. A course will remain tough if you see it as so. Remember, Successful students see opportunities where others see oppositions.
In as much as it’s advisable to spend more time with those courses you struggle with, there’s also a need for striking balance so that it won’t affect the other courses. That’s the beauty of having a timetable.
Fall in love with the course, build your passion around it and see yourself having distinctions.
6. You should consult your adviser
He/she could be your course adviser, a counselor, a Prof, a mentor, a senior colleague.. etc. He can guide you on how to be a successful student, and also assist you in any way he can (based in his experiences). Share your challenges with him or her and make adjustments for change.
Get the right materials. Review the syllabus. Cultivate the habit of developing effective note-taking strategy. Ask questions and be active in class activities. Take your tests and exams serious because it will be used in calculating your GP.
“Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a definition of insanity” – Albert Einstein.
7. God and the place of priority
Finally, with God, all things are possible. There’s a need for prayer. Ask for His Spirit of success and graces to overcome. For by strength shall no man prevail.
Live a life of balance and priority. Disengage yourself from excess activities that will leave you stressed or threaten your academics.
Thanks for reading.