The most common dialogue between students after seeing their results is, “that lecturer gave me an F” or “the computer I did it on, was faulty” and whilst on some rare blue moon occasions, it turns out to be true. In general, an F grade is gotten from a series of self-induced issues emanating from the student’s nonchalant attitude towards proper preparation, long before the commencement of the examination.
You realize most students read just days before the exam while some don’t do so at all, relying only on what was thought during class. Some are able to pull it off, manage a passing grade or even an A while some get the famous F.
However, here are some factors stating why students fail examinations
1. Lack of proper preparation
As mentioned before, students tend to put every other thing up there above education whenever the semester begins. From various activities to laziness and lack of planning, or motivation. The mind plays tricks on you, making you feel like you have the time but you don’t. Make sure you kick start each semester with day to day reading and revising of each classwork.
2. Poor time management
There is a reason for timetables in school. Without it, learning wouldn’t be optimized and easily delivered between the lecturers and the students. Having a timetable is not limited only to schools. You can also have one of your own; it will help you in managing your daily activities. It will help you shuffle between school and other activities you are into, so long as you are fair in its construction.
The king of distraction, social media, comes into play here. As of 2017, I was online on WhatsApp for a whole 365 days, that’s right! And most of the days were not for productive reasons. I was just chatting and sending memes for the most part of each day. Now, social media has moved on to be a part of every millennium’s life and there is no doubt about that and it can be used in positive means you can learn to optimize its usage. Set a timetable for it. 5 hours of social media per day isn’t bad if its spread across 24 hours. Give yourself more time to think, plan, read and actually go out to see the sun.
4. Low self-esteem
If a student decides to wing it and venture into the examination hall without reading a single thing, depending only on what was thought in class. The red alert flashes towards low self-esteem. Not believing that he/she could never read well, write something good, or actually surpass the best in the class. Some say “I am one of the D boys” meaning pass grade level. No student is dull; we all have different ways of study or assimilations. Seek counsel, every school has one. Move closer to the brighter ones, they will help you. Everything is possible with the right mindset. Get yourself in the zone and oh my…. You would be a genius!
The opposite of low self-esteem is overconfidence. Don’t get me wrong, it is required and good to be confident but don’t dare go over that board. This would lead to various things that I had mentioned earlier for ex. Lack of proper preparation. It kills for you to believe you can do it and not putting anything g towards actually making it a reality. This could also make you see other students coming up to you for help as unimportant and useless to your cause but nada, teaching others is also a way of improving oneself.
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. The definition says it all. Practice makes perfect only when it is done before the D day.
7. Wrong information source
The lecturer says read page 31 but you weren’t in class. The information got to you after various medium and you got the page no. to be 131. You read it quite well and confidently, you strode the exam hall. Started the paper and hell no, you realize the inevitable. Go to class, try to get first-hand information from your lecturer, school board, class rep and various stamped authorities in school, don’t be another affirmation to stories that touch.
8. Lack of patience or perseverance
Everything in life is a result of process and determination. The popular saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” couldn’t be more correct. Remember that planting a seed takes weeks, months and even years to yield some fruit, not even many. When you read, make it early. The human brain is ready to take a lot when you feed it at the right time with constant repetition. If you are not assimilating now, rest and take a walk and then visit it again. You will definitely memorize it.
9. Wrong reading method
You could read for six straight hours and the only tangible thing you would remember is the course title and nothing more. This is where reading or study methods come in. There are a lot of study methods out there and you know, Google is your friend. Use it wisely, get some methods and experiments.
10. Lack of interest
This results from various reasons for ex. Hating the course lecture, the course itself or the education system. This affects a lot of students and one of the good ways out to it is to seek counsel either from the counselor or other A-grade students at higher lesser than you are. Seek how there were able to pass it during their own time.
These are what we think to be the reason why students fail. We would love to hear your opinion and suggestions in the comment section below