Was the first term of school a bit of a challenge for you? Don’t worry, here are some tips to help you do better in term 2.

It’s okay

No, really, there’s no need to beat yourself up about this. It’s not uncommon for people to struggle a little bit with adjusting to a new grade and workload. Stressing about it and dwelling on everything that hasn’t gone well isn’t going to help at this point, so rather accept the situation for what it is and start plotting your comeback.

Find the root and take responsibility

The first step to recovery is finding the cause. Have an honest conversation with yourself as well as your parents or guardian about what it was that made you struggle to perform at school. It’s also important to take full responsibility for this as only you can be held accountable for your marks. An attitude of blame and reluctance to take responsibility isn’t going to help you do better- if anything, it’ll only set you back.

Map your victory

So you’ve found the cause, now it’s time to map out a solution. Do you need a tutor? Do you need to apply yourself more? Write down a step-by-step action plan detailing how you’re going to improve your grades. Remember to set clear, realistic targets for each subject and allocate enough time to the ones that you struggle with the most.

You’re in control

Understand that you control the outcome. You decide when and how you’re going to study, as well as whether or not you ask for help if you need it. An important part of improving is being honest with yourself and those around you as well as being proactive and open to advice. Your time, resources and attitude are within your control, so try to make choices you’ll be happy with in the end.

Do your best

At the end of the day, nothing good comes without effort. Put your best foot forward from day one of the second term and you’ll find that your marks will improve eventually. If you do struggle with the same subject even when you’re putting in the work, then it might be an indication that you need some additional help.

Most people come across failure at some point in their lives, but what really matters is whether you learn from these failures and use them as a way to help you do better in the future. So, if you stumbled a little during term 1, term 2 is your opportunity to do better!

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