Dealing With Failure
- Dealing With Failure
- Recovering From the Verge of Failing
In college, everything is a lot harder than high school. Even the simplest assignment could have you throwing in the towel. But working on things that are hard just means you have to work even harder to figure it out.
At some point while you are in college, you are likely going to fail at something. If you’re not used to failing, especially if you come from a high school where you never failed, it could throw you off. Dealing with it isn’t as hard when you have the tools.
Don’t panic. Failing one test or assignment probably won’t destroy your GPA or even your class average.
You may feel like your professor graded your assignment wrong and, if that’s the case, approach them with respect and kindness and I’m sure they will review it, see their mistakes and change the grade.
However, if you have been failing a lot of assignments, it can be hard not to panic. But it’s in your best interests to keep a level head. Contact your professor and ask to set up a meeting so you can talk about what is going wrong and why your grades aren’t looking so good. You can also ask for extra credit assignments to raise your grade.
Often, if you are doing all of your work and your professor sees you are trying, he or she will help you out by recommending you to a tutor or giving you that extra credit assignment you were hoping for.
And if you are thinking about dropping that class, get some advice first. Dropped classes can affect your transcript. Plus, do you want to start over with that course next semester or another year, or do you want to talk to your professor and try to fix the issue now? Don’t beat yourself up trying to pass a class, but at the same time, be smart with your decisions.
A lot of times, people don’t like going to tutoring because they feel like they can figure it out themselves or they just don’t feel like it (I know a lot of us are lazy, including me).
However, if you’re failing your classes and you want to pass, tutoring is a great option. Most campuses, including Angelo State University, offer tutoring programs.
If you don’t want to go to a tutor, try arranging a study session with people from your class, especially someone who seems to be understanding the material. It makes it a little bit easier to ask for help because they may be able to relate to what you are going through and they are working on the same class assignments.
After you see that you need help, take steps so you can be as successful as you want to be in that class. There is always help. If you don’t know where to go, you can always visit the Tutor Center.
One More Try
Sometimes, you may decide to just throw in the towel and give up. Before you do, give it one more try.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you are not going to get the concept of an entire subject in one study session. It takes time and effort, but as I like to say, I believe in you. If you believe in yourself, then you can power through and one or two failed assignments or a low test score won’t mean anything in the long run.
You just need to regroup and ace the next one.