Monday, January 26, 2015

Giving the test you failed in while studying for the next exam

I'm a third year med student and today I just got my result for the annual exam and I flunked in biochem :'(
It's been like the end of the world to me today. I feel so hopeless and helpless.
I really have no idea how I'm gonna retake the exam while having the 3rd year classes side by side... I really really hope that I can do as what you did and be just awesome as you are in the future but right now I don't have a clue. Any suggestion about how to manage things side by side? - Asked on Tumblr

I'm sorry you have to go through this :(

It's not the end of the world even though you feel like it is. There is so much ahead of you.

Although I have never been through it, I had a friend who had failed and had to give the exam again in the next year.

This is what we did -

Regret and forget:
You can take a few days off to cry, feel bad about it. Regret, hate, feel guilty and blame whoever you want to. But be done with it. Once your few days of sadness are over, you have no right to complain, feel hopeless EVER. You're not allowed to feel like this again. It's very similar to what they show in movies - write on a piece of paper and burn it.

This is important because you can't feel bad for yourself while you're preparing, you can't have low energy or blame others in that phase. It's going to be very hard and you have to be strong.

Get your spirits up: Believe that you can do this. Half the battle will be in your head - the previous failure will haunt you and the anxiety will try to take over. Make sure your winning the battle in your head. YOU CAN DO IT.

Plan: Now, you have new syllabus to study and give the re-exam, right? How many months for the re-exam? How much time do you have to study for the new exam?

Tips: You wanna study the very important and parts you were weak again very throughly.

You can do it side by side, you'll need to discipline yourself to study one particular amount of time for the re-exam and one slot for the new syllabus. You can give less time for the new stuff and then study over time for it later. Passing this subject is your priority.

I love this part, telling the success story - My friend did it. She passed the exam the second time and did good in the next year subjects as well. If she can do it, you can do it too!

You will do great and you'll be much more awesome than me in the future. I believe it! :D
(The fact that you spoke about it and aren't giving up is evidence of the same.)

Just work really hard and keep fighting your way through it. All the very best!  Drop by and update us on your progress sometime later :)

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