How to deal with disappointing exam results

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

After months of waiting CSEC results day is finally here. You can finally move on to the next stage and be one step closer to your dream job. You happily go to collect results and bam! You are slapped in your face with a disappointing result. You feel disappointed and frustrated since it seems like everyone else did better than you. If this is you, note that you are not alone. Every year thousands of students in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean alike do not do as well as they had expected and are left to pick up the pieces. Keep reading to learn what can be done at this point to help get you back on track.





1. Understand that it is not the end of the world.

Yes, you may not be able to move on to the next level now but you need to understand that you will eventually. You can recover and pursue those dreams once you develop a strategy. After all, Thomas Edison, was rejected from school for his poor performance but he picked himself up and developed the light bulb. Understand that disappointment is normal. Talk to a trusted friend or family member and take some time out to heal.

2. Look at all options

There are several options that you can take. You can choose to attend a full-time school (public or private) Keep in mind that if you are unable to resit at your school, this will be a bit costly since you will have to most likely purchase uniforms as well as books and pay tuition fees if it is a private school.

You can also choose to attend part-time classes. This is a cheaper alternative but it does have its drawbacks. If you are attending part-time classes, will you be working during the day? If yes keep in mind that it is difficult to manage work and school at the same time. If you are working during the week, perhaps it will be easier to schedule classes during the weekend. Also, you can engage the services of a private tutor who will be able to work with you at your own pace as well as days and times that are convenient for you.

In addition to finding a place to study, you need to decide when you will be resitting. If your grades were particularly bad, maybe it would be more beneficial to resit in June. If you generally have a fair understanding of the work, January would be a better option. The point is, you need to assess your situation in order to move forward.

3. Learn from your mistakes

Where did you go wrong? What can you do differently that can help you to pass this time around? if you were not focused you need to find ways to settle down. If you procrastinated, think about creating a study plan to keep you on track. Your change in habits can lead to big rewards the next time around. Look at where you went wrong and work on it.

While no one wants to receive disappointing results, understand that it is not the end of the world. With a little reflection and planning, you will be on the road to success the next time around.


We at Grade A Tutoring and Learning Centre are a group of private tutors in Trinidad and Tobago dedicated to serving you. If you would like a tutor for in-home or online please feel free to give us a call or send a WhatsApp message to 324-5496.

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