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Pinpointing the Causes of Failure. - February 23rd 2016, 01:58 AM

Unfortunately, I received my results the other day and subsequently revealed a failure of the subject I was studying during summer. I am currently in a lecture for the subsequent season, because I have been planning to just get right back to studying, but that does not leave time to reflect on the results and find out what went wrong and what I did well. I thought I would tell that story today. I am currently in a lecture but let us be honest, the lecture explains what transactions are. This lecture is easy and not noteworthy. Anyway, I think it is very tempting to just keep driving on but that seems inadequate in this particular scenario.

The problem with trying to pinpoint what went wrong is non-existent, because I know exactly what went wrong. I spent too much time on other subjects and completely forgot about the lecture on Partnerships, because it was the last lecture of the year and I did them in chronological order. This butchered thirty marks worth of performance in the final examination, the biggest section of the final examination. I also put off a major assignment to the last moment when it is an assignment that needed to be done progressively, throughout the entire season, for complete competency. I have acknowledged history, and I am now doomed to repeat it.

No, but how do I avoid making the same mistakes again? Every single year, at the beginning of the semester, I sit down with a vision, I can imagine myself working through the assignments with significant time management competency and lifting trophies and getting great marks during the season, but then I do not back that up with strategies to ensure that happens. I know what to do but do not do it.

Why?

I know what I need to do and I know I need to do it but what is stopping me? I have demonstrated self-awareness in the past but with this issue, I actually do not know why I keep making the same mistakes. Do you have any suggestions? I would be forever indebted to you and will share royalties with you when I complete my PHD paper and offer it for sale . I am also willing to answer questions, for I will monitor the thread.


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Re: Pinpointing the Causes of Failure. - February 23rd 2016, 02:56 AM

Hello there, I can relate to your situation. In most cases I managed to pull through, but there were times I couldn't.

In my case there was an added neurological component that I recently discovered. If this has been a life long issue it may be worth considering as a possibility, if not, could it be that you don't know how? You said that you know what you need to do and that you need to do it, but maybe you don't know how. There's a big difference between knowing what to do and knowing how to do it. You're right that it might be worth not pushing through since you can't keep yourself from making a mistake if you don't know how it's happening. The fact that you know what always happens is good though. Start there and see if you can figure out how it happened. How did this get forgotten about, what kept you from starting the huge assignment until the last minute etc. and see what you come up with. Also, when you say you know what you need to do, see if you can figure out how to go about that and that might be your answer. As far as tips go:

Have some kind of planner/calendar/assignment book and keep up with it. Write in pencil so due dates or test dates can be adjusted if the schedule changes, but don't move them unless the professor does.

Break major assignments down into small pieces and schedule them like you do the smaller assignments to make sure you're working on them and not forgetting anything.


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