How to Deal With a Bad Grade
I have been running a studyblr for nearly seven months, yet I am not perfect. I do get bad grades too (even though they are not necessarily bad grades for everyone but hey everyone’s expectations are different). We’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve gotten a bad grade, your essay didn’t turn out as good as you hoped, the exam was just awful…
But I’m here to help you!!
First of all you have to realize it’s okay, everybody, and I mean everybody fails sometimes. I know it feels awful but what’s important is that you don’t give up!! Don’t let the flawed education system make you beat yourself up.
- Give yourself time to be frustrated! Talk to somebody who will listen and give you emotional support (but maybe stay away from your classmates, they might be going through the same thing).
- It would be good to get your mind off of things and relax doing something you’ve instead of getting right back to studying (I know shocking but you have to destress yourself). But don’t forget to pick yourself up again, we don’t want you to get trapped in a vicious cycle…
- Put your “failing” in a perspective. Is it really that bad? Is it the end of the world? (no, not really) Do you feel like you failed compared to your peers?
- DO NOT MAKE COMPARISONS!! Your academic performance doesn’t reflect your self-worth, focus on yourself. You have to remind yourself you are doing things for you and not for others.
- Identify the cause of this mishap, what was the reason behind you “failing”. Did you study the wrong way? Did you misunderstand the concepts? Was it just ta tad bit complicated? Did you panic during the exam? Did you have problems paying attention in class? Did you not start early enough? Or did you have a problem with the teacher? (it’s normal sometimes it just doesn’t happen with certain teachers)
- Whatever the reason try to identify it and find a solution. But remember sometimes there isn’t a definitive cause, sometimes things happen out of our control.
You might be thinking “Wow, I already knew these stuff, really helpful… How am I supposed to find solutions?”. Don’t worry I got you covered.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher/prof. Most of the time they want you to succeed too! There might be things they can propose to you to improve your grade or tackle the issue.
- Find a study method that suits you and make a routine out of it. There are hundreds of ways of studying, you just have to figure out what works best for you.
- Perhaps a study schedule might help you. If you are like you would probably do better planning out what to do for your upcoming tests and assignments. It will also help you when you are trying to revise subjects that are difficult for you. But remember for some this doesn’t work.
- Do your homework and assignments!! I can’t stress enough how important they are. They help so much with understanding what you have to know. Bonus: your teacher/prof will realize you are willing to make an effort.
- Enter exams with a positive mindset! You will most likely make ridiculous mistakes if you enter with a mindset of “I will definitely fail”. Don’t stress, give yourself a pep talk, drink your favorite drink or eat your favorite snack. You got this.
At the end of the day, several bad grades are not a representation of your intelligence or anything negative schools say. You are not a robot, you can’t be perfect all the time. Don’t stress too much. Sometimes, you just got to fail to be even better!