Oh No! My UNISA exam results are not what I wanted! What now?

Student upset with exam results

Exams for UNISA students do not always go as planned, and sometimes we get a disappointing, or even shocking, result.  Don’t let it dishearten you, or make you feel bad about yourself.  But DO take it as an opportunity to take an honest look at the previous term to try to
find the root of the problem.  Then you will be empowered to make the changes you need to make to excel next term.

 

I have this conversation with students over and over again.  Find out WHY you went wrong, then we can work on HOW to fix things.  There is a very famous quote from Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.  That is VERY applicable here.  Don’t shrug off the bad result and hope next year MIGHT be better.  Find out WHY you went wrong, and then change how you are doing things.

 

I have a few areas I suggest you start with, and some suggestions on how to remedy it.

 

Action

Why?

Get your exam paper from your lecturers Check the answers so you can get a feel for what areas of the course you did not understand.  This empowers you to concentrate on your weak areas next term, studying smarter not harder is the key!!
Analyse your time management from the previous term Did you work consistently the whole term?  Cramming at the last minute is what most of us end up doing, as we work and study, as well as having families…  But if you want to pass you need to carve out a little time EVERY day and work consistently throughout term.  Make a study plan and STICK to it! Remember to register early to get maximum study time in a term!
Analyse your study methods Is your study methods suiting your style of learning?  Do you need to find new ways of taking notes, or understanding the concepts?
Analyse your study environment Are you making sure you are in the right environment when you study?  Quiet, without many interruptions or distractions.
Take a look at your motivation levels Have you been studying for years and are only half the way through your degree?  Now is the time that enthusiasm wains, and study starts to slip.  Find ways to remember why you are studying – writing them up and putting them somewhere you see them often helps.  Vision boards are also fun.  Or join a study group to draw enthusiasm from your fellow students.  Find a way to get your motivation levels up again that works for you – you won’t finish your degree if you don’t!

 

 

If you want more advice and tips on these issues and many more please download a free copy of our e-Book.  Now is NOT the time to quit!  Persevere and you will reap the benefits in the long run!

 

And WELL DONE everyone!  Another term down.  CONGRATS to the passes and many distinctions we are hearing about.  And for those who are disappointed, I hope that next term we can work together and Together We CAN Pass!!!

 

Happy holidays everyone.

 

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29th November, 2013

13 Responses on Oh No! My UNISA exam results are not what I wanted! What now?"

  1. Thoko Rachel Tshipi says:

    I failedCOM2603 and I got a supplementary on COM 3703 I need help so that I can finish my BA degree.How do I register online please help

  2. bonakele says:

    I failed eng1501 more than five time ;what mast I do now

    • Hi Bonakele,

      Have you tried our online study group for ENG1501?

      • Michael Biggar says:

        No need to stress at all, Bonakele, I passed Cos1512 on 6th attempt by the smoke on my teeth at 52% final mark. Good Luck, Find where you were weakest at and start there. Be positive and pretend it is like learning to type. You succeeded at that. Sorry this message is 2 years later, hope you haven’t given up. If you have, I encourage you to be the come back kid. Just have failed both my modules but am going to continue – my brother and sister are NOT going to continue outshining me.

  3. pnkie says:

    Ii registered for postgradipHRM 2012 out of five modules I passed one gap year 2013. I reregster in 2014. Dismal failure. What worries me most let alone being the failure YM was a crisis what appeared on the results sheet was scary coz was completely not mine. So must I believe the EM? I don’t deserve to pass as I do not to fail. Must I change the course is sky high for me. Pliz help.

  4. chistine twagiramariya says:

    please i need help with my ENN103f.i fail first semester and wrote supplementary on 16october 2015 but i dont have hope to pass it,what can i do?this my contact number 0785076870 call me if u can offer me help.thank you.

  5. nkosinami Lembethe says:

    I don’t know what to say the only thing I want is a remarking on ENN1504 and AIS1503 coz I passed all my assignment BT at an end I failed the module so I want to know what happened…….

  6. tshifhiwa says:

    I register diploma in policing,and ever since I started I have never passed even one course,I am frustrated, I don’t know what to do,I already failed three times per three courses,please assist.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi

    What happens when you miss an exam and you have no explanation for being late for an exam? What can I do now?

    Advice please

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