How Students Endure Failure

How Students Endure Failure

Author Adithcharan Thyagaraja

  The idea of failure can be daunting and destructive, yet learning to deal with it is an essential life skill.  Photo by Nick Youngson,    http://nyphotographic.com/

The idea of failure can be daunting and destructive, yet learning to deal with it is an essential life skill.  Photo by Nick Youngson, http://nyphotographic.com/

The teacher walks near your desk as she passes out last week’s tests.  You hold your breath in panic as this test was given near the end of a marking period.  You flip the sheet around and your eyebrows raise in shock! A 56%!? Your mind races in various thoughts as tension courses throughout your body.  This moment is one of the most crucial moments in your educational career. Not because you failed and it will affect you negatively, but to see what you are truly made of.  Are you gonna rise up to the challenge or are you gonna fall and crumble? 

Sometimes, you will crumble, and it is natural.  Failure is seen as something so horrid and malicious. That is not how you are supposed to see failure. I describe failure as a wake-up sign to work harder. The whole part of failure is to improve. Let’s say a student gets a 60%.  The first action a student does after failing is think about their parents’ disappointment and other consequences. It creates fear.  But I want to see different perspectives of failure and how students see it. 

So, how can you conquer failure? There is a technique that I call O. R. T. I., known as optimism, revise, time and improve. First step is to be optimistic about your failure. Think about how many things you got right then you got wrong. Then, you revise. The toughest part is to revise your failure. Why? It is the toughest because of our mentality.  Try to write down the topics you struggled in.  Then, you have time. This is when you normally put down your goals and decide how much time you want to spend on the struggling topics.  After that, you have improvement. Now, improvement is something you can’t predict. It depends on how much effort you put in. Sometimes, you will improve by a little bit and that is great! That shows progress! So, the next time you fail, don’t panic. Be ready to conquer the next time!

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