Falling behind in studies? Fix your fail Pt. 1

If you’ve just failed a single test, or you’re so far behind with your studies that you know you’ll never get back on top, you’re probably feeling extremely stressed, overwhelmed and like a bit of a failure. The good news is, you CAN get back on top of things and start achieving again! Here’s how:

Take the first step

Before doing anything, you need to sit down and determine what you can do right now to start fixing things. If you’ve experienced a life event that’s transitional and it has caused you to miss only a few classes or one test, guess what? You have nothing to worry about because a quick call to your tutor will solve all your problems! I’m not kidding – if you’re less than, say, a week’s worth of work behind, you’re wasting your time reading this because it truly is as simple as requesting an extension and putting in the extra few hours a day to catch up. If – on the other hand – you find yourself in the pits of failure, trying to claw your way out and back on top of a pile consisting of month’s worth of work, read on...

Realize it’s just not that bad

When you’re feeling the stress of failure, there’s this sense of urgency that invades every waking hour and makes life an absolute misery. Guess what though? It’s not that bad! You’re still alive and you (hopefully) have a roof over your head and people who can help you through these tough times. To realize this though, you’ll probably need to take a small break before you jump head-first into solving your problem. 

So, this may seem counterintuitive, but give yourself an initial 24 to 48 hours where you’ll forget about all your problems and tell yourself that everything is ok. You need to step back and settle down enough to go into your plans with a fresh perspective. Whether you go to the beach with friends, play video games all day or something else – just distract yourself for long enough to let the stress subside and focus on the other positives in your life.

Get in control

There’s no use finding a solution to your problems if you’re just going to go and get yourself into a position where you fall behind again! You, therefore, need to figure out the cause of your failure and fix that. If the reasons are something completely out of your control,  skip to the next step. For the rest of you, ask yourself these questions… 

  • Did you spend too much time procrastinating?
  • Did you choose to take on too much study at one time?
  • Were you attempting a course that you found too difficult?
  • Were outside influences (that you can change) causing you to feel unmotivated?
  • Were your study techniques ineffective? 

If you answered yes to any of these or a similar question, it’s up to you to work on the thing that’s preventing you from study success.

Join us next time for Falling behind in studies? Fix your fail Pt. 2, where we’ll continue to help you fix your fails with more hints for getting back on board the study train.


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