Learn As You Fail
If you can make it through college without failing a test, congratulations.
For the rest of us, failing is a nice little reminder we are not perfect college students. Have you ever tried to study for an exam and it seems as if things just kept getting in the way? For example, LIFE!
I failed a test the other day and not by a couple of points, but by a landslide. My total score for that test was 45 percent. Why? Because I completely forgot we had an exam. I am juggling 15 credit hours, an internship and two jobs. I was so lost in other things it just completely slipped my mind. And I am also frustrated because I should have known everything on that test.
However, I’ve learned failure can be a good thing.
If you take failure as a positive reinforcement to improve yourself as a person, then you’re doing great. Besides, if we don’t fail as human beings we tend to let our ego inflate.
So here are a few things to remember, next time you fail:
Dust Yourself Off.
OK, so you failed. It didn’t kill or maim you. Granted, your pride is a little damaged but you can recover from that. When I failed, I didn’t give myself a chance to feel sorry for myself. I forced myself to move on because I have other classes to work on. Do the same — don’t let yourself fall into a rut. Shake it off and move on.
Talk to your professor and be honest about why you failed. When your professor sees that your track record is good and you had one slip, he or she will understand, trust me.
Unlike high school where an F gives you a chance to do makeup assignments, you don’t always have that luxury in college. But you may help your professor find an opportunity to improve his or her teaching skills. If you reveal that you particularly struggled with a concept or lesson, your professor may come to realize that a lot of your classmates had the same trouble. Meanwhile, if your professor can help you grasp the concept, you may be better prepared for a comprehensive final that might be looming in your future.
Seek Out Resources.
Failure is not the beginning or end to anything, it’s just a part of life. The great thing about Angelo State is there are so many services available to be a successful student. There is this blog to help you navigate your education. There are seniors who have experience with what you’re going through. Professors here want to see you succeed as a student. There’s Supplemental Instruction. You name it, and someone on campus can help.