We’ve all failed at something in our lives, and though not ideal it is a chance to reflect, make some changes and get back on track. Whether you crammed the night before or studied for weeks and then just blanked during the test, the outcome is the same. You’ll feel like giving up and self doubt will creep in BUT you can’t let this happen nor consume you.
Lots of people have failed their exams, had to re-do a course or bombed in their essay writing. It’s what you do next that will define you, so here are our top tips for moving forward and closing down the pity party for one.
1. Firstly, don’t panic
There is no point in getting yourself into a stressed mess when you don’t have your results yet. There aren’t many people we know who would come out of an exam being like “Yeah, I nailed that”, “That was a walk in the park”, most of us are our own toughest critics and it’s easy to doubt yourself if you missed a few questions or remembered what you could have said after pens down.Keep it together; this is all just an experience which will help you do better for your next exam. Promise.
2. Think about the future
The future is bright people! To clear up any unwanted negative thoughts get a plan in place for a worst case scenario. Can you take the exam again now? Or maybe it’s an option later in the year? Either way, there is always a way to fix things, you just need to decide what works for you.
3. Ask for help if you need it
There is zero shame in asking for help, that’s what your teachers and lecturers are there for. See if there is any feedback they can give you so this doesn’t happen again. Take the initiative of joining a study group or finding a tutor. Remember, if you always do what you’ve done, you’ll always get what you’ve got. So basically you can’t do it the same way next time and expect a different result. So make those changes!
4. Distance yourself from it all
Take the afternoon off, you’ve earned it. Yeah sure, maybe you don’t think you nailed the exam but you are nailing life my friend. So take some time off and have some fun, push it to the back of your mind for a bit. It’s not the end of the world.
5. Manifest success
This whole thing isn’t going to impact you as much as you might think it will. There are always different paths, alternate entries and other ways to get to the same destination. Just be patient and make a plan of action and please, please, please keep positive and manifest success. It’s a just a bump in the road, not the end of the world!
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