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What to do if you fail a course

Failing a course can be very stressful. You may think that you are alone in failing a course and that no-one will understand. We're here to help.

It can be tempting to ignore a failing grade, or try to hide it, and hope that next semester is more successful. You are not the first student to fail a course. Every semester, we assist many students who have failed courses and there are many things we can suggest to help. You are not alone and you can recover. The key to sucess is in understanding how course failure will affect your degree along with taking action to support study sucess in the future.

The biggest thing is not to ignoring any problems. Please remember:

  • It is important that if you need help, you ask for it early on.  
  • Don’t hide anything from your family – they need to know you are going to be studying for another semester and you will feel better with their support and understanding!
  • You are not alone and there are many people who understand your situation and want to help you succeed.

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How will failing the course affect my study?

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