Overcoming The “F” Word…

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Let’s face it – the big “F” word is hard to talk about. It’s one of those moments in your life when you’re not sure if you should laugh at the situation, cry, give up, or push through and try again. Most likely, you have many questions and scenarios running around in your head right now. Questions like… 

What should I do? 
How am I supposed to act? 
Have any of my friends experienced an “F”?
Should I ask my parents about how to deal with my “F”? 
What will my guidance counselor think of me if they know I have an “F”? 

A bit of advice: STOP. BREATHE. MOVE ON. 

Is your head back in the game now or are you still thinking about the big “F” word?

OMG. Are you thinking of the wrong “F” word?  Geezzz Louiiiisszzzeee… The discussion for today class is… dun dun dun dunnnnn – FAILING A CLASS.  Now you see what I am getting at…  :0)

All jokes aside, failing a class during college can be tough. But guess what? Nobody likes to fail.  For most people, they believe one of two things: a) I’m just not good at “it” (whatever “it” is) or b) “They” (whoever “they” are) just didn’t like me. 

Reading those two standard scenarios, you begin to realize just how childish it looks. I’m mean, really. It’s like trying to manage a two year old‘s understanding of why they can’t have candy before bed. For those of you who don’t have siblings, you probably don’t get it, but the obvious point is – neither of those two beliefs are true. A.k.a. you shouldn’t let a two year old eat candy before bed because it may keep them up all night. Try it, it’s FUN… 

Time to get real, for REAL now…  BUT before we can actually move on, we need to deal with what you’re going through. So, let’s smack those two beliefs right out of your head – here and now. These thoughts don’t control you, YOU control them…  Time to make them your b****.  Got it? GOT IT!

Tips To Overcoming The “F” Word: 

Dealing with the standard scenario – A: I’m just not good at “it” (whatever “it” is).

When you first began riding a bike, did you fall off? 9 out of 10 times, the answer will be yes. Why? Well, Dear Watson – it’s because practice makes perfect… And what do you have to do to ride that bike without falling? You get back on the bike and try again. Similar to the bike metaphor; just because you failed a class or two does not mean you suck at life or are a failure as a person. It simply means you failed that particular class. Maybe your head wasn’t in the game because you weren’t interested in the topic. Maybe you didn’t catch on to the material in the class because you were more focused on passing that college algebra class you’re required to take. Who knows… The point is, you can take another stab at it. So, re-register for the class and get your study on.

Dealing with the standard scenario – B: They (whoever “they” are) just didn’t like me.

It’s easy to fall into the mentality of “people are out to get me” or the “world is against me” when things don’t go the way you planned. The truth of the matter is, that’s simply NOT the case. Are there going to be people you don’t jive with? Absolutely. Will you “like” everyone you encounter? Probably not. Just because those two statements are factual, doesn’t mean the ENTIRE WORLD or population of your city is “against” you.  So, reel in that ego of yours buddy, because it’s clearly gotten way out of hand. Here’s the cold hard truth – people don’t really give a s*** about your problems. Sure, the chick or dude down the hall that you had a cat fight with (or whatever) is a total wanker, but that doesn’t mean your failing grade or recent break up matter to them.  They’ve got their own problems JUST LIKE YOU. So, forget about what your professor’s evil scheme may or may not be and buckle down with the books. You owe it to yourself and your wallet to prove that you can brush that dirt off your shoulder and PASS that class (with or without the worlds help).

Now that the pep talk is over, let’s get to the good stuff…

Simple Solutions To Passing A Class:

  1. First Row It. You may not like the spot light, but sitting up front prevents you from being distracted. Plus, it shows the professor you’re motivated to learn. Grab a seat as close as possible to the front and actively participate in discussions. 
  2. Talk to your professor.  After you’ve re-registered for your class, make a point to reach out to the teacher or professor who’s teaching you. You’ve got a fresh start, so getting off on the right foot will help solidify your commitment to do well this semester.
  3. Study. I get that reading your class material is boring sometimes, but it’s kind of important if you plan on passing this time around. So, read chapter by chapter when or before they’re assigned and take detailed notes. A great way to see what you need to know is to look back over the exams you had in the last class and highlight what you got wrong in your book. Read about the material and make notes on what you missed the first time around.
  4. Get Social. Buddy up with one of your peers so you can bounce stuff off one another if you get stuck on a question or an assignment. Make a point to schedule study sessions before tests or exams so you can keep each other motivated and focused on the material. 

At the end of the day all you can do is put forth your best effort to attempt to succeed. If your  best isn’t good enough, that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel. Similar to tomorrow being a new day, this is a new semester. You’re starting fresh, which means you’ve got around 8-12 weeks to make it count. That’s more than enough time to find your footing.

As a Dorm Room Movers author, feel free to leave any additional tips on how to overcome failing a class or passing one.

Good luck,


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