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I am dumb :( - May 11th 2012, 09:47 PM

Hey, guys, whassup. I just wanted to really quickly ask you guys this really quick question.

OK, so I did my half-yearlies last season and came back after holidays. My results were waiting for me. On the Thursday I rocked up to English. I got my results and they were shit.

I got 28% for the exam, which is shit. My ranking for the exam was 249/250 and my assessment ranking for the entire semester for English was 248/250.

Then he told me these results were "preliminary". I didn't know what he meant and I was depressed at this point, so I didn't ask.

Fast forward about a month to yesterday. I was in Personal Mentor (kind of like Home Room) and he was handing out the draft reports. My English came up and the ranking changed.

I was now 249/249 for the exam and 249/249 for the assessment. I AM LITERALLY WEARING THE DUNCE CAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Preliminary" means they can change overtime before the reports are written. This means since I got the exam:

Someone left the year group, which turned it to 249 not 250 and someone did the exam late and came out in front of me, which brought my assessment down.

So I am last. I am the dumbest kid in English. I love the guys and they have the worst kid in their class. How do you deal with that? And he said to me in my report comment. This is a disappointing result which "doesn't reflect his ability". He's bullshitting, he's probably expecting me to fail!!!

So how do you deal with the fact that you are the worst student there. Should I be feeling bad about this?

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All you have to do is look hard enough,
And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”

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Re: I am dumb :( - May 11th 2012, 10:30 PM

I'll answer this with some personal experience from my third year of university in one of my biology courses. There were lab-based and lecture-based tests, and I got around a low 80% on the lab tests. The lecture tests, which were worth more, I did horrible on. One was a mid 50% and the other was in the 30% range. The class average for both tests was in the 70-80% range, I'm not sure if someone else got a lower mark than me but that's just peanuts. The lab tests helped but not enough. I felt like a bucket of shit and angry at myself. After fuming my rage away, I used the low marks as motivation to get a high mark on the final exam. My exam mark was apparently one of the highest, not perfect but slightly under a 90%. I studied my ass off, talked to the professor and TAs (graduate students who mark the tests and exams) for insight, as well as joined a study group.

For your mark, you should feel like crap as that implies you care about your mark and are willing to improve it. There's only one person to blame for the mark, yourself. Don't wallow in the crap feelings too long as that can drag down your marks in other courses. Use your low mark as motivation because based on your teacher's comment, you do get high marks, so it's not an unattainable goal, quite the opposite. Talk with your teacher for insight, show him your homework and he probably would be very willing to work with you since you rarely ever wear the dunce cap. Talk to friends for insight, especially those who got high marks. If you're allowed, look over your exam and try to find common errors you made, such as going on too many tangents, not explaining the answers, excess focus on showing off your vocabulary, etc... . If you cant view the exam, then ask the teacher because it would be fresh in his mind.

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