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Seven (7) reasons why students fail their exams.

Seven (7) reasons why students fail their exams.
Seven (7) reasons why students fail their exams.

Many reasons account for why students perform abysmally or fail in examinations, some of which will be enumerated in this article by HR Forum News. And they are as follows:

The idea that a particular subject/course is difficult.

Many students fail because they have as it were, labeled some subjects as difficult in their own wisdom. Such tugged subjects become a no go zone for such students. The moment you do that, you nail yourself forever, because the mind is such that, once you feed it with particular information, and the information gradually manouevres its way to the Long Term Memory (LTM), it sticks. There is nothing like a difficult subject /course anywhere.

How easy or otherwise a subject becomes is dependent on your approach towards it. You may genuinely not be good at a particular subject, but it does not mean it is impossible to know it. Make a conscious effort at knowing that, subject becomes difficult is when you pile notes on that subject without reading them constantly. Take a delight in reading that subject you are not good at and solve more questions on it regularly. Constantly learning the subject will make you good at it. You may eventually become the best at that subject to wildest imagination.

Low levels of concentration

This is also a serious cause of failure. Once concentration is non-existent, absorption level becomes low. It takes a lot to get yourself fully prepared for an exam. Your level of concentration is one of the most important requirements because the moment you lose that, it becomes difficult if not impossible to make any meaningful preparations towards exams. Streamline the time you have allocated for learning and that for doing other things. Do not compromise when it is time for studies. Keep your composure and focus and say no to any destructive force that may take you off track. Undoubtedly when it is time for you to pay all the attention it deserves to it and do it with your whole being. Much the same way when it is time for you to learn, do it with equal level of seriousness and satisfaction. The sky should be your limit.

Low self-esteem

We believe that, in whatever institution you are, you are there on merit. You were taken or admitted ahead of many other applicants. That alone should motivate you. The moment you start looking down upon yourself, you begin to doubt your own capabilities and potential and your morale is suppressed. Believe that, you can write the exams and pass very well, not false delusion though, but on the basis that, you have done a great deal of learning that should be able to help you rise to the occasion.

Following the voice of the masses

Students are easily swayed by the crowd or easily influenced by the actions and inactions of their peers to their own detriment. You may not instance be getting/understanding a particular question your teacher is solving on the board. The teacher in his wisdom stops at a point and asks, “Class do you understand and the procedure.” The class in one voice accord answers in the affirmative (yes). You also go by that and pretend you understand, when in actual fact you do not. You will only be acting as a catalyst to speed up your own failure by this attitude. It is in itself admission of the fact that you cannot make it. Be yourself! Education is not a competition and we cannot all certainly have the same IQ levels. If you do not understand a concept, be a nuisance to everybody until they help you to also understand it.

Inadequate Preparations

Knowing something is all about constantly learning and practicing that thing. Employ the problem solving approach, which makes you solve as many past questions as possible. After reading each topic, do not fail to answer the questions that follow it. Doing this boosts your confidence level. The idea behind solving past questions is not because some of those same questions may be repeated in the exams. The idea is to know how the questions are structured, the required format in answering them, and being able to test your ability to within the stipulated time.

Reliance on tips

Referred to in our local parlance as “Apore”. In all our years of schooling, what we have come to know is that, all those who make so much noise of having, “Apore” or tips getting to examination period are those who fail woefully in the exams. It makes us wonder as to whether “Apore” exists. If you have done some learning, “Apore” or tips become secondary to you. That time you will spend going round in search of “Apore”, could be channeled into reading your books. Sit on your buttocks, and learn, that is the only sure way to pass your exams.


Most students are simply too disorganised. They typically cannot even tell between two things which should be done first. Let your maturity come to bare in the way you answer your questions in an exam, the way you present your class assignments, and even the way you keep your notes.

In short, make sure things that, relate to your academic work are well coordinated. The more organized you are, the better and more effective your preparation level towards an examination. This organized life impacts positively on the way you tackle questions in an examination, and you realise what follows is an overwhelming success.

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Source: HR Forum News

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