Surviving your year-end results
Waiting for your year-end results can be one of the most nerve-wracking things. No matter how you performed during the year, the last thing you want is a report that indicates you didn’t do so well or, worse, that you have failed. Yes, it’s devastating Choma, but understand that it happens. Failure is something we all experience once in a while. It may not be as pleasant but failure sometimes gives us direction and helps us learn from the mistakes we’ve made. So if you are in a position where your marks were not at all what you expected, here are a few things to remember:
Take your time and process everything
You’ll probably be feeling disappointed and really down Choma, which is completely understandable. It’s important that you give yourself some time to process everything so that you can eventually get into the right mindset to evaluate your situation. Consider where you went wrong - whether it was not studying enough, stress or some sort of distraction - knowing where you went wrong can help you figure out what you need to work on.
Don’t be discouraged
Not getting the results you want can be discouraging and can make you feel like you don’t want to try again. But giving up on your education can lead to you having regrets Choma. You are not a failure and trust me, just trying again makes you brave. Determination and perseverance is winning Choma. And trying again means a much better chance of achieving better results than simply giving up.
Use your past successes as a way to uplift your spirit and boost your confidence. When we deal with failure we often overlook things we’ve managed to get through in the past, when we really should be looking at them as motivation - because they show us that we are just as capable of achieving more in the future. Don’t judge yourself based on this result Choma, think about all the times you did do well, especially those times when you put in more effort that lead to better results.
Make a commitment to yourself
Achieving the results you want is more about you than about anyone else Choma. Make a promise to yourself that you will make yourself proud next time. Many people who have failed in the beginning have still gone on to achieve great things. Repeating a subject or a grade is not the end of the world so don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re a disappointment.
Whether it’s from a friend, teacher, mentor or family member, getting the right support is important. Get a study buddy or ask someone to help you with your studies next year; ask them for advice as you go along or old exam papers you can work on (if they have any). Having support might be a whole lot better than working on your own.
If you need support dealing with this on an emotional level, here are helplines that offer counselling:
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students - 0800 41 42 43
SADAG Mental Health Line - 011 234 4837
You might be discouraged now, but with these tips in mind and with a positive attitude I know that you can do this Choma. Good luck!
Remember Choma, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657)
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