How to pick yourself up after a low assignment grade: tips and motivators

Time at university is full of surprising ups and downs, self-actualisation, and opportunities to improve and develop yourself to a professional level, and therefore, failures and let-downs are a very regular part of student life. Of course, no one likes to fail, but as much as we are wary of it, it is guaranteed and necessary if we want to make something out of ourselves. In fact, the only way you can avoid failure is never trying in the first place.

Despite realising this, failure is painful and often difficult to accept. When faced with it, a lot of people do not know what to do next, or how to even cope with it. So here are a few tips that can help you not only deal with low grades, but to also motivate yourself to improve and learn from it.


  1. Breathe and Reflect!

Before doing anything, breathe…

Chances are you are not going to be perfectly fine immediately after the seeing that bad grade; you might feel down and sulk, and that’s completely fine! Give yourself time to heal and contemplate. But don’t sit around dwelling on your failure, rather try to accept it. Collect your thoughts and try to reflect on what went wrong, and how you can correct it.


  1. Try to find out what went wrong and take action.

Try to find out what caused you to get a low grade; talk to your professors or reach out to your friends if there are concepts that you don’t know very well. Continue pressing forward and use your mistakes to master your art, and don’t be reluctant to ask for help because sometimes we all can use a little help; there’s noting to be embarrassed about. Always remember failure is not a choice but staying a failure is; you will continue to fail if you don’t step up and do something about it.


  1. Organize yourself

Chances are the reason you are getting low grades is due to ineffective study methods. Everyone learns differently, and what works for your friends may not work for you. Many students with low grades have neither an understanding nor a plan, and their attempt at study tends to be somewhat random and ineffectual.  To avoid this, you should find that with a proper understanding of your study aims and learning methods, and a plan that it will be easier to do the work.


  1. Keep a positive mindset.

The journey of learning and uplifting yourself is never easy but being cynical about your failures will NOT help. Remembering that failure is not something that will close all doors on you but will give you the opportunity to grow and enhance yourself, is pivotal in the journey of self-improvement. If you think you will always get bad marks, you WILL get bad marks. Close your eyes and envision your success, and realise that to get that point, you will fall multiple times, but you must get up and take charge if you want to continue towards that success. Remember: don’t lose your enthusiasm and drive because of a minor setback.

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