FAILURE in Exams is NOT the End of the World. Learn how to face it.

Learn how to face failure
Sometimes it can be very difficult to predict the outcome of your exams, whether you be in secondary school or even university. This is probably because, exams are arguably one of the most feared things in education for students. Whether a student is confident in their abilities in their chosen subject(s) or not, exams can often both predictably and unpredictably bring out the best, and more than often, the worst, in a student.


If the worst does happen, failing your exams can be one of the most devastating experiences for a student, especially when they were not expecting to fail their exams.

One way to cope with exam failure is to talk to people. Talk to your family, talk to your friends, discuss the options you can take now that you have had your exam results back. One thing you must remember is that failing your exams is not the end of the world. Exam failure is one of the many hurdles you will have to surpass in your life, and there are always possibilities to learn and rise above failure. After all, I'm sure most of you have heard the saying ‘failure makes you stronger'. Funnily enough, it really does. It gives you an understanding of what it means to fail, to lose, to receive a negative outcome that you may not have expected to get.

A common worry amongst students who have failed some of their exams, is that they will now never be able to get the job they wanted after graduating, or even the university degree they were first opting for. Wrong. You should never let exam failure force you into believing that you now can not achieve any of your dreams. Sure, some things will be harder to reach, but that does not make them unreachable. Failing exams does not make you any less of a person, any less intelligent, or any less able to achieve what you want to, than those who may have gotten better results in their exams than you.

How to deal with your Exam Results- Tips for students

The students should:

  • Assess priorities, assets and difficulties
  • Follow a normalized routine atmosphere at home.
  • Should not imagine extreme consequences and worst situations.
  • Should not magnify failure or demean themselves.
  • Contact the teachers or counselors on feeling low or anxious or disinterested.
  • Develop alternative coping strategies and de -focus from the pain.
  • Learn to be positive.
  • Learn to relax.
  • Talk to family and friends.
  • Stop worrying. Result is not the ultimate decisive factor.
  • It is more important to choose the next options.
  • Find out and update with wide and varied career choices. Invariably the decision should not be based or influenced by the friends.
  • For an average performer or below average, skill based/vocational courses are best choice.


Students in distress can contact these helplines provided by various boards:

* Central Board of Secondary Education -- 1800-11-8002 (24/7)

* Department of Pre-University Education - (080) 23468740 / 23468741 (24/7)

* SSLC - (080) 23312244 (till March 31 from 3pm to 5 pm/ also April 1-13 from 9am to 2pm)

Always Remember: In such a situation is to remain true to yourself; remember who you are, what your strengths are, what you are capable of doing, and what you want to do, and you will get there.

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