How To Recover From a Bad Exam
Let’s be honest. It happens. At some point all of us have been disappointed by an exam result. Whether it be from a lack of study, a particularly difficult exam paper or the dreaded mental blank, it is understandable that a bad exam may get you down. It’s important, however, that you don’t let it defeat you! There are so many ways that you can bounce back from disappointing results.
Our first tip may come naturally – vent it out! Sit down with some friends or your family and get it off your chest. This will be helpful for a couple of reasons, the first being that it will ensure you don’t bottle anything up. Sharing how you are feeling and just generally chatting with your friends and family is a great mood booster. You may also get some useful tips for next time.
This brings us to our next tip – work out where you went wrong! It’s so easy to just give your paper a quick glance over to find the glaring red mark and then move on. In doing so though, you are overlooking the crucial part – the feedback.
Your marked exam is a hotspot of information on your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you go through it very carefully and take note on the areas that are needing some more revision.
Don’t forget to check the marking criteria too! Find out what the markers were looking for and where you sat in relation to that. Write this information down clearly, it’s a good chance for you to see the difference between silly mistakes and gaps in knowledge.
You should take the time to reflect on your approach to the exam and work out where you went wrong. Perhaps you didn’t start studying early enough or complete any practice exams or look through the assessment notification with enough care. It is important to reflect on what you did to prepare for the exam, as well as the exam itself.
If this reflection highlights some major gaps in your knowledge of a topic, or areas that you feel you need a lot of help with, it is always a good idea to organise a meeting with your teacher. In this meeting, you can take in your exam and go through the feedback face to face. It will also allow you to discuss those areas or topics you feel less confident about and is a chance for you to generate a few strategies for the next assessment.
Reflection and strategising is very important, but only if you put them into practice. Learn up on the areas you felt weak in and put your exam study strategies to work! Help yourself to not make the same mistakes that you did the last time. There is ALWAYS a chance improve.