What to do if your results aren’t what you expected

Didn’t get the results you were hoping for? Don’t stress. Here’s what to do next.

1. Don’t worry!

If the results are lower than you were hoping for, stay calm and think positive.

2. Speak to your lecturer, tutor, subject coordinator or course director

If you’re unsure about how and why you received those results, book a meeting and chat to your academic staff. They can:

  • answer questions regarding weighting, scaling and the meaning of different grades
  • talk you through your areas of strength and weakness, and how you can improve.

3. Check out what support the uni offers

Charles Sturt has many support services available to help you bounce back and tackle your next assessments, including:

4. Lean on the people around you

You are not alone. Other students are in the same boat as you and those around you get the pressures of uni!

Talk to your parents, friends, roommates or even an old teacher. Let them remind you of how proud they are and that they’ll back you no matter the outcome, as long as you give it your all.

Join online forums and Facebook groups like CSU Social – share study tips with other students, complain together and motivate each other as you power on towards graduation.

5. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room

Don’t ignore your results. Let them be the catalyst to your uni success! Read over assignments, from the marking criteria to the lecturer’s comments. This will help you pick out what went wrong, then make a list of what you need to work on and set it as your goal for next session.

With so many support services and people backing you, you’ll be able to move on with more motivation than ever before. You’ve got this!