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I failed a test!
I am at a school/program that has a waiting list for miles and I cant seem to calm down and do my best. There is just so much pressure right now. To do my best and do it qucikly. I can’t even talk to my friends or family about it because they would not understand why I dont just try harder. I am just feeling very stupid and like I know nothing about the field I am going into. I just usually do very well or can atleast slide by. But this, I just feel is far over my head. I can’t believe I failed a test!
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Any failed test can be made up for in one way or another. Either by a resit or just rawking out at the next one.
Just curious, what subject?
if you feel this is over your head perhaps it is. Maybe you should go for something you are more in tune with.
Why are you going into a field of study that you have no knowledge of? Are your parents expecting you to be a Dr or something. If it is a subject which you had passion for you would know something surely. Don’t do anything your not excited about. You would just be wasting yours and your teachers time.
in contrast to the other posts, I know that there’s a chance that you’re not in the wrong area. I personally am struggling with very similar feelings. But when I get myself calm, cool, and collected, and I put a bit of time and effort into it, I can do some really great things in a field that many days leaves me feeling way over my head.
I don’t have much specific advice, cuz I’m trying to work it out myself. But don’t be discouraged - the mantra that seems to have worked when I’m keyed up is “I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. Okay. Now what’s the first thing I need to do?” Then go from there.
i know failing a test is a big deal to you….it is to me too but what helps me is just remembering that in the end 1 test is not going to decide your future
it is what you do after you fail the test that will really affect your future….whether you just give up or work harder
The same thing happened to me today! I was so caught up in my motives, “I HAVE to do well on this test, I NEED to do well on this test, if I don’t do well on this test I’ll get a bad grade in the class, and if I get a bad grade in the class I won’t get into UCLA or Columbia, and if I don’t get into UCLA or Columbia I’ll have to go to a second-rate state school or community college, then I won’t get into a good grad school, and…..” I literally forgot basic Algebra! I got so stuck I barely finished half the test! I know I FAILED, and it’s the first F I’ve EVER gotten, in any subject, over the course of my entire academic career. Getting an F is depressing, but you can not allow it to be debilitating. You need to overcome the shame and self-hatred of failure, or it will haunt you on later tests. One F will definitely impact your grade, but it’s not the be all end all. It will make getting an A in the course difficult, but think of it this way: If you get 100% on your next test, it’s like getting two C’s. if you get 100% on your next two tests, it’s like getting three A-’s. If you get 100% on your next three tests, it’s like getting four A’s!
same me help me
This is not so much for you, because this is an old post, but for anyone else that might need some help or comfort. Failing tests is just something that happens. I am an A student in engineering, and I still fail tests from time to time, mostly due to not finishing in the given time. A lot of times, people (myself included) put pressure on themselves to be perfect or get the highest grade in the class. If you go into a test with that amount of pressure on yourself, you may panic at the first problem you come across. It is extremely frustrating to fail a test that you knew the material for, but panicked when it came the time to solve the problem. This happens to me from time to time, and like the other poster mentioned, it is important that one test will not affect your path in life. I disagree with the posters sayinig that you are in thr wrong field. There is stuff in mechanical engineering that I feel is way over my head when it is first introduced, but I actually find it very interesting and love to learn about it. Just hang in there and try to continue to work hard, even though you have had a frustrating experience.
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this happend to me too but i just cant get over it i should have done better
o.k. but what if you have read every word in the text book at least 6 times, digested and learned the concept inside and out, and you’ve read the required chapters and you’ve done the reading that was required,and missed sleep in anticipation that you will do well. Then walk in there and your first question seems rather easy only all four answers seem like the correct answer only one is wrong. A trick question and you have no ideal which one is the right answer. YOu know the material but trick questions always gets you and you wind up failing the darn test despite hours and hours of studying and reading, sacrificing your life and your sleep to only get a failing grade. What does that do to your confidence. And I liked this class. Can you imagine the classes that I hate and how will I do in those. What can I do, should I give up, the pressure is if I fail, I would have to pay the military all of the money they paid the college. That is a lot of money.
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