I just failed. What do I do now?
Take a moment for yourself
Failing an exam or getting lower marks than you expected isn’t the end of the world, but it hurts. Allow yourself some time to acknowledge your feelings and let them out before you move on.
Remember that failing does not make you a failure
Every successful person fails sometimes. Now is the time to practice self-love and recognise that bad grades do not cancel out your achievements nor your worth!
Consider the context of your fail grade
This last year has been incredibly difficult for everyone! Think about the factors that contributed to your results – maybe your mental health affected your studying, maybe you did a little too much cramming and missed a few too many lectures, or maybe the class just wasn’t right for you.
If you're facing difficulties with mental health or extenuating circumstances, consider making an appointment with UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services.
If you believe your mark may be approved upon second review, you can request a reassessment of your work until 5 days from the result release date. This may result in the mark going up or down and your request may be rejected, however.
In situations where you cannot complete a course, or have tried and failed, you may be entitled to a refund of tuition fees. You can apply within 12 months of completing the course, if special circumstances apply.
Plan for the future
What happens now depends on what’s right for you. Whether you apply for a supplementary exam, need to re-do a course or take a break from uni, take stock of your options, find the support you need and get ready for the next step.
This might include...
- Taking the subject again during the Summer Term or before you finish your degree
- Lodging an appeal
- Considering a change majors or degree to something that suits your strengths and passions
- Taking a break from study
- Speaking to an academic advisor about study skills or program progression
What not to do...
- Don't panic!
- Don't email your lecturer angrily
- Don't lock yourself in a room and cry for a week
- Don't post anything on Facebook about your lecturer or subject