I failed 7 times - this is what I learnt

When I was in school, I used to score really good marks. I would always be in the top 3 ranks of the class and as a result, won prizes for academic excellence for 11 successive years.

I went from being among the top three in my class to dead last - in just 2 years.

This is how my grades went over 24 months.

The reason? Over confidence.

I would usually study the day before the exam but still manage to score really well. This worked when I was in school. I thought I could do the same thing at college and score the same way.

I was wrong. Terribly wrong.

When I failed the first time, it hurt. I had never failed before. But every subsequent failure barely made a difference. If I failed one more time, I would have to repeat a year. That is when I finally learnt to swallow my ego and start studying a week or two before the exams.

I eventually saw my GPA climb from 4 to 7 to 8 to 9 over the course of the last 5 terms.

Here’s a graph of my GPA over 8 terms of engineering.

Do I regret it? Yes. Will I change it if I could? Never.

Why? Because I learnt things I would never have learnt otherwise.

I learnt two things from this experience:
1) It is okay to fail as long as you learn from it
2) What's important is not how you fall, but how you get back up

If you have been doing badly in your studies, have hope, things can get better - as long as you keep trying to make them better. HashLearn's tutors can definitely help you in this regard. (Don't have the app? Download it here)

If you've been doing well in your studies, don't become complacent like I did. It will bite you back, real hard.

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