It is often not a pleasant experience to get to the notice board where results are pasted or visit the e-portal to check your results and find figures equivalent to grade ‘F’ or close to it. Even when you are sure you have not put in enough efforts into the examinations, you still feel disappointed when it turns out to be a case of failure. Common excuses given by undergraduates include bad lecturers or worse still, sadist coordinators who intentionally mark them down. While we do not contend with these reasons, we make bold to state that students themselves are often the architects of their woes. As we proceed, we shall discuss some of the common causes of failure in tertiary institutions. These factors have been divided into two viz: pre-exam and during examination and they are largely attitudinal but they are not without solutions.
- LACK OF INTEREST IN COURSES
Undergraduates who are forced to study courses they do not like more often than not find themselves doing badly at it. If you are in such a situation, you may read WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO NOT LIKE YOUR COURSE OF STUDY. It is also possible that the course in question is only a component course to be studied in a particular semester. This is where the need for self actualization comes in. You should make proper enquiries before registering a particular course.
- LAZINESS AND PROCRASTINATION
We have decided to fuse these two factors since they go pari passu. Students who see studies, class attendance, assignment, research and further studies as herculean tasks often defer them to the eleventh hour. No doubt, success in exams does not come on a platter of gold. If you must get it, you must work diligently for it.
- EGO AND OVERCONFIDENCE
Again, this duo is another cog in the wheel of students’ success in examination. To think you know it all is to glide slowly into the abyss of failure. Brilliant students often fall into this trap and refuse to attend group discussions, tutorials or even share knowledge with others. When they encounter grey areas, they refuse to deign to consult others for clarification because they consider them less intelligent. Of course, a moderate level of confidence does no harm but this should not be blown out of proportion or else you might find yourself disappointed at the end of the day.
- BAD STUDY HABITS
This is a major point where unwary students miss it out. It is necessary for you to understand what study pattern is suitable to you as an individual and stick to it. Irregular study or worse still late preparations for exam does no good whatsoever.
Finally on pre-exam factors is distraction. Undergraduates often neglect their fundamental concern as students and commit their time and energy to extracurricular activities. Distractions could come from Religion, Campus politics, social associations, peers and several other quarters. In addition, distraction could come from inadequate financial support. Students in this situation find themselves sourcing out means of raising income for upkeep. In most cases, the academics suffers for it and the end result is often not pleasant.
These factors are to a large extent within your control as a student and you should do without them if you are tired of academic failure.
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