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Success Tips: How To Get Over Academic Failure

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This article is for you if you are struggling to make good grades in school. Inside, I will show you success tips on how to get over academic failure.

Academic failure is a thing that you should be worried about. It is the same thing as scoring bad grades, repeating a class, being advised to transfer or withdraw from a course of study.

It is a thing of shame if you as a student fail in your primary assignment, which is to study well and finish with good grades.

However, it is important to ask if students can do without failure in school?

As human beings, our lives are shaped by several flaws and weaknesses that comes from our personal activities. We are not perfect. We can not survive a day without any activity either.

However, we can live our lives in the most decent and methodical way such that our chances of having a sheer dose of failure will be greatly reduced.

So, as a student who is confronted with numerous demands and expectations and is struggling hard to meet up with them, but at the end of the day finishes with a scoresheet full of red inks and failure, how do you cope with failure?

4 Practical Steps To Overcome Academic Failure

Are you tired of recurring academic failure? Here are the 4 simple steps to overcome failure in the university.

• The First Step is Recognition

When I say recognition, I mean bringing yourself close to a mirror that is big enough to reflect your true image and identify your shortcomings.

For you to get over academic failure, you need to have a deep reflection of your past activities and ask your self questions like, “where did I miss it?” Try to empty your thoughts and lay your answers bare just as they are.

What are those things you think are responsible for your failure in the past semester or academic year? Among these identified weaknesses, which of them can you claim responsibility for or control over?

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Finding answers to the above questions will go a long way in correcting the mistakes you made in the previous academic year.

Your shortcoming, for instance, could be among the following causes of academic failure among university students:

  • Truancy
  • Nonchalant attitude to work
  • Laziness
  • Poor preparation/study pattern
  • Peer pressure
  • Drug abuse
  • Involvement in many social activities and many more besides.

Now that you have identified reasons for your failure, what should you do?

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Embrace Your Emotions.

The next step to dealing with academic failure is by accepting your faults and embracing your guilty conscience.

After recognition comes acceptance. If you really want to recover from academic failure, then you should be ready to acknowledge the role that you played that got you into the academic mess.

Dear reader, you need to come to this understanding that you have a lion share if not all of the blame. So, you must own up the identified causes of your failure with courage, faith, soberness and sincerity.

This will help you to forgive yourself and make necessary corrections. This is because the acknowledgement of your faults will not only humble you but also make you sorry.

• Forgive Yourself

For you to be able to over academic failure completely, you have to forgive yourself of the past things that contributed to your failure.

One thing is to identify your faults, another is to accept them. However, the recovery process is not complete without forgiving your self of the causes of your failure in the past academic year.

Just like the popular saying, “to err is evil to forgive is divine.” When you forgive yourself your past mistakes, your heart will be lifted of the known and unknown burdens and your mind too will be free from the problems that are holding you back.

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In essence, what I am trying to say is that, forgiveness will give you the psychological purging and emotional balance that you need to become a better person. 

You can then chart a new course for yourself and embrace the future with a sound mind. So you see that forgiveness is a bold step you must not jump.

• Re-Strategise

Now that you have known the cause of your failure and have accepted them as well as forgiven yourself, you have to re-strategise.

How do you plan to avoid those causes of failure this time? At this juncture of your life, consider your self as the maker of your own end design as you want it to be.

Truth is, you want to a beautiful future that you everybody will be proud of. Therefore, you have to map out a new direction to follow to come out with good grades in your next exam.

These are the guidelines to achieving good academic grades and becoming a first-class student:

  • Learn from past mistakes
  • Set new goals and big dreams
  • Develop a positive attitude to work
  • Be faithful to your plans
  • Have a workable time-table
  • Network with people of like minds
  • Do not shy away from asking questions
  • Embrace criticisms
  • Be open to positive ideas
  • Celebrate your little successes
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Success is not a feat that can be achieved easily. However, through determination, diligence and self-evaluation, you can reach great heights.

Note also that success is not permanent. There is room for overtaking. So you need to be vigilant, and restless in order to sustain your position in the success race.

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Abegunde Israel
Abegunde Israel is a senior writer and SEO expert. With a B.A degree in English (in view), he specialises in researching, writing, and editing articles. He is a pioneer writer at Naijabanquet and ChristianGists blogs. Some of his articles are also featured on the OperaNewsHub, VacancyApply, and Dailygam websites.
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