Hi Emma! Did you ever failed in an exam? How did you cope with it? You are such an inspiration for me, best wishes from Italy!
Hello! I think I’ve failed some in the past, but more like year 8-9 when it didn’t reaaaally matter if I did or didn’t so at those times it didn’t have a massive impact on me. I’m sure I was stressed and sad at the time, but it wasn’t a “oh my gosh, have I just failed my entire senior year?” kind of moment! More recently, I’ve had exams that I’ve done lesser than expected and being disappointed with the results I achieved. Here are a few things that I did:
- look back at the exam - it is so important to see what you did wrong and what contributed to you failing. Generally looking back at an old test and reading what you wrote will make you go “omg what the hell was I writing” and you’ll get why you missed out on the marks. It is usually an easy way to understand where you’re possibly going wrong.
- talk with your teacher - asking for help can be hard but worth doing if you’re struggling! Most teachers will be willing to go through your exam and show you what went wrong, what they marked what they did, and areas for improvement.
- do some honest reflection - being self-critical is either really hard or really easy, there isn’t much of an in-between. But here, evaluate the lead up to your exams. Did you study properly? Did you focus on areas that you didn’t upstand? Were you distracted during your study time? When you look back and decide if you are a) 100% happy with how your study went or b) feel like you let yourself down in terms of not studying enough/effectively, you can start to move forward and change those habits.
- identify what went wrong in the exam, beyond incorrect answers - again, be really self-critical. Was it that you couldn’t recall the information? Did you fail to understand the question properly, and therefore write the wrong thing? Was your time management terrible? If you can figure out these problem areas, you can use your time between exams to practice and sort them out!!!
- have some time out - “I just failed an exam! Should I really take time out?” Yes! When you find out you’ve done worse than expected, there is a lot of emotions involved. I’m usually feeling sorry for myself and upset. It is sometimes best to take this time out - whether it is for some self-care, time with family or friends - before you start being critical of your performance. You should look back with a fresh set of eyes, not ones that are upset and defensive.
- put things into perspective - failing an exam is a big deal, obviously more so if you’re in a penultimate or final year. However, in most cases, failing can be rectified - either in credits or resitting, but if not, it acts are a wake-up call. You can figure out what went wrong and how not to let it happen again. I started my studyblr because I was sick of doing poorly in exams and getting 66% in my English trial exam was a big wake-up call that I needed to take more care.
I hope this helps! Thank you so much xx