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There are two ways to deal with failure. The first way is to avoid the negative feelings associated with it. Students who protect themselves in this manner expend a lot of energy denying or defending their failure.

The other way to deal with it is to acknowledge that errors and mistakes were made and then find ways to correct them. By accepting responsibility, the student has the power to make the needed changes to avoid failure in the future. There is certainly some discomfort in admitting you messed up, and there is no guarantee that what you try will work, but, at the very least, you're allowing yourself to consider ideas that could help your situation.

In some respects, academic trouble is an opportunity for growth and development. You came to college to learn and this will be a great opportunity to do so. Just remind yourself that growth involves a certain amount of risk and take the plunge!

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website last updated on April 6th, 2011 by Zachary Torstrick