There is no disappointment bigger than receiving your results and learning that you did not pass the exams. Academic setbacks are a normal side-effect of being a student, so, do not be discouraged and depressed for too long! You can overcome practically any academic setback if you learn from past mistakes and create a strategy for the future. Try again! Here are a few helpful guidelines:

Allow yourself to experience emotions

It is normal to feel a range of uncomfortable emotions when you “fail” a course. From embarrassment, disappointment, and sadness to worry anger and self-pity, you might experience them all, and that’s ok. Although there is no point in beating yourself up, there is a lesson in understanding why you fell short of your goal. Confide in a loved one or contact the student support services at your chosen institution if you need a willing ear. Reflect on this and give yourself time to recover. The best thing you can do is learn and grow from this.

Identify possible causes

The first step to recovery is determining why things did not go as planned. Could a current personal relationship be impacting your studies negatively? If your extracurricular commitments (sports, partying, or simply hanging out with friends) are too distracting, make a to-do list and stick to it. Doing this will improve your time management skills. Resolve these issues before they hamper your success any further.

Create a plan of action and a routine

You can create an action plan now that you have determined the factors contributing to your problems. Generally, an action/study plan will enable you to split your studying into manageable chunks and outlining your daily tasks will allow you to know exactly what to do and when to do it. By doing so, you can memorise information more effectively and reduce your stress levels. Keep in mind that the nature of your problem should determine your plan. Get someone to help you stay on track, if necessary. Establishing a routine is also essential. This can be accomplished by making it a habit to study at the same time and place each day.

Remember, no academic “failure” affects your true worthiness!