In celebration of the ATARS that were released today for HSC students, I’ll be discussing how to deal with disappointing exam results.
It is inevitable that you will receive a disappointing result at least once in your lifetime. This can be for a job interview, a scholarship interview or just for plain school exams. As a student, the disappointing results that you will most likely face are those exam results.
It is rare for students to accurately predict their performance, we often over or underestimate what we think we’ll get in the end. This is perfectly normal behaviour, but it’s also what results in the many cases of disappointment in exam results.
Fortunately, disappointing exam results are easily managed with the right mindset.
Try not to set the bar too high for yourself. It’s good to aim higher than expected, but remain realistic. If you know that a particular subject is not your strong suit, then give yourself a leeway for exams. Despite this, always try your very best and you may just surprise yourself in the end!
Focus on the positives and not the negatives. It’s common to fall into the trap of only focusing on what we did badly in, but this often leads to unnecessary feelings of worry and anxiety. Try to focus on what you did well in and use the negatives to improve yourself for next time.