Getting exam results can be a stressful experience even if you do better than expected. But it can be devastating if your marks don’t live up to your expectations - whether they’re yours, your family’s or someone else’s. Remember, exam results do not reflect your worth and they won’t stop you from doing what you want long-term.
Success is not linear, and although it can be frustrating when things don’t work out as planned it doesn’t mean we have to give up on our dreams. There may be things you can do like taking a supplementary exam, transfer between courses or makeup subjects in the summer semester. Speak to your Academic Advisor or a Student Support and Success Advisor for advice on what the next steps are.
An important part of learning from failure is understanding why we might have failed. Some common reasons are:
Taking too much on - Fitting study into a hectic schedule can sometimes be a hugely overwhelming task. Deciding what your priorities are, time management and having the ability to step back and say no is key.
Not liking your course - You might like your course at the start then realise it is not for you. It is ok to change your mind and look at other subjects that appeal to you more.
Not keeping up - Everyone has different learning styles and speeds. Identify your style and seek support or help from your lecturer or tutor to help resolve any issues. Your speed of learning doesn’t reflect anything about your intelligence or ability
Health issues - If you have a physical or mental health problem, it can sometimes make exams more challenging. If it is impacting your study seek professional help and speak to an Equitable Learning Facilitator.
Not able to complete the course - For whatever reason, sometimes we just have to bow out of a subject that’s not working well. It is nothing to feel bad about.