So after you’ve got your results you probably have one of three possible reactions:
- You are overjoyed, you got what you wanted or better than you wanted and you can now enjoy the summer to its fullest.
- You are relieved it’s over, you didn’t quite get what you wanted but you are satisfied with the result nonetheless.
- You are miserable, you failed or didn’t get anywhere near what you thought you would.
Over the course of your academic career, you will most likely experience all three of those reactions. Having been there myself, the most important thing I have learnt is to find something to learn from each of those three experiences.
The first time I failed a subject I was miserable. I didn’t know how I was going to come back from it but I had to take time to evaluate what I did wrong and work out where I can improve the next time. The same can be said for when I got results that were not what I anticipated.
If I were to do it again, I would make more time to learn from my successes. This is really hard to do because you want to celebrate and then forget all about exams. If you did have a successful semester, make sure you celebrate it but take time to evaluate it too.
Were there things you could have done to improve your performance? What did you do right? What did you do wrong? We must have the same attitude every time we finish exams so we can continue to learn and grow.
Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learnt along the way. – Vera Wang