- Analyse the reasons behind failure:
Instead of getting depressed and grieving the failure, the most important thing is to look at your failure with an analytical view so as to determine the reasons behind it. Why did you fail? What might have produced a better result? What could you learn from this so that it doesn’t happen in future? Try to find answers to all these questions so that you can improve your result for the next time.
- Change your approach:
This is the next important thing to do after experiencing a bad result day. Tell yourself that next time, you’ll be prepared effectively and would not let this happen again. For this, study harder and learn as much as you can, leaving no stone unturned. Work on the mistakes you made in the previous exam other than the subject knowledge. The mistakes could be your poor time management, lack of prioritisation, wrong selection of concepts/questions, attempting the paper in nervousness, etc. So, identify your mistakes and change your approach towards your exams.
- Be positive for your next attempt:
This is what, can help you rise above the depressing condition. Do not just keep thinking about the failure instead think above it. Bring in the positivity inside you that can help you move ahead with a wide view to success. Just think that it was only a bad day that will not get repeated in future. But always remember, “ Being positive is not ignoring the negative. Being positive means overcoming the negative.”
- Stop fretting about your failure:
You failed an exam, sure you are depressed and want to talk it out to someone. Do it, discuss your issues and thoughts about exam failure it will help you understand better so that you can begin your preparation again. But, don’t stick to negative thoughts related to your exam as holding on to such thoughts is not going to help you in your next attempt for the exam. Instead, it will increase your anxiety. So, if you are still worried about the bad exam result, stop right now! And act to get success in your next exams.
- Follow a different strategy for the next exam:
When you have failed an exam, you are not able to understand at what concept you lacked clarity that you lost your marks in a paper. Just, don’t be stressed and instead, take syllabus for the subject/ exam you failed and start your preparation topic by topic. Also, if you feel that there are some topics which you already know, revise them as well. Do not leave any topic mentioned in the syllabus. Cover all your syllabus, gain clarity on every topic, practice well and appear for your next exam to score well.
- Give your best:
Sometimes, even when you have prepared well enough for an exam, but because you were stressed about the exam result. The bare feeling of scoring low, makes us feel stressed and anxious. Instead of being depressed or worried about the exam, be prepared and confident to appear for the exam and wait for the result to reflect your hard work and dedication.
Remember, failure is not the end of life. Failing an exam doesn’t make you any less intelligent or less capable of achieving success in life than those who got better results. Just think that the failure you had in exams was just another step towards success. Just have the courage and strength to overcome this failure and move on.