The first weighted assessments of the year have just passed, and most students are looking forward to the one-week March break. But some of you may be entering the break with heavy hearts, knowing that you have not done well for the weighted assessments.
It’s normal to be disappointed or depressed after doing poorly for a test in school. You might feel all sorts of things, from anger to confusion, and sometimes, despair. More than stopping at these negative feelings, however, is how you choose to take your next steps. After all, this WA is only the first graded tests of the year. You still have chances to turn it around!
1. Allow yourself to be sad
Different people have different reactions to failing a test. You might have thought you knew your stuff, but still did poorly – you might feel a sense of unfairness or dissonance within yourself. You may have tried your hardest to study but still failed – you might feel like your effort is not worth it and believe that you are not smart enough.
These thoughts are human and instinctive. Allow yourself to process these emotions by journaling them or talking to someone about it. When you understand why you feel a certain way, it is easier for you to get over it and find ways to deal with it.