Rising Over Failure
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It’s needless to say that everybody who has attended school has at one point or another failed an exam or quiz. Whatever the reason may have been, whether it was procrastination, exhaustion or overwhelming personal problems, it has happened to all of us and may have a decent percentage of happening again in the future. However, there may be some hidden benefits to this horrible chance of performing poorly on an exam. First, let us stride past the gritty beginnings. Once you anticipate what grade you may receive, there is always that fluttery feeling of anxiety, a cold sweat breaking along the forehead, an aching twist in the stomach. Then, when you see the mediocre letter or number score painted in crimson marker, as if it’s mocking you, the nauseating sensation of weakness and self-pity ravages all other emotions from the mind. All I can say is that we have all experienced that feeling, but it is hardly the end of the world where everything falls apart into an irreparable mess.
Back in the last paragraph when I said that there is at least one benefit to the chaos of flunking an exam. There is always the experience of learning how to move past it and learn from the mistakes you make. From what I have endured in school, there is the chance to ask the teacher for advice, or even possibly to see about any tutors available on the campus. While it may sound tedious to go to other teachers after classes, it is truly a helpful tool to consult the tutors since they specialize in the subject that you may be struggling with. In my past experience with tutors, they give out more specific guidelines to studying for tests and tips on how to research for difficult assignments. It may take an extra hour or two out of the day, but the extra effort will always be worth it once the grade in the class slowly increases into a more acceptable number. Overall, as overly sentimental as this may sound, failure is a part of life where if everyone does perfectly on everything in the first attempt, then life would be admittedly kind of boring.
Like I mentioned before, once the next exam or quiz comes into your path, try to use the special study tools recommended by the professor and tutors. Especially in the latter, it is their job to specifically aid students who require extra help. As an adult, I found it difficult over the years to ask for help and had to face consequences when I tried to take on too much alone. Just imagine after you have studied and practiced for weeks for the final exam, and you are awaiting the final grade. You look online or wait for the teacher to hand in the finished results. The higher grade is the ultimate reward for overcoming failure.