Re: Help: Need advice: Failing bnm
All right, I better get a post in while it's still early and there hasn't been a dozen users making posts about expectations on scholars.
My core advice basically echoes SapphireDragon's: Analyze the problems. You haven't provided us with a lot of information as to why you haven't been doing so well lately, so the main problem could be anyone's guess. Is it due to your lack of focus? Or are you just not understanding your lessons/tutorials? Bad time management? We can't provide specific advice until we know what the problem is. =)
If it has been confirmed that you'll need to resit a semester, then you'd better contact BNM as soon as possible instead of delaying it. If you've been pretty good before this [maybe back in pre-university], explain your situation and ask them to give you another chance. More often than not they're not THAT strict and won't do anything drastic like revoke your scholarship just because you failed an exam for the first time. Just appeal if they start being iffy about it. And most importantly, figure out the source of your problems and try to solve them. We're here to help if you need help with that.
Don't give up. Keep trying your best, because you probably have it in you somewhere.
Lastly, this goes out to all the users reading this: Cut the scholars some slack. University life IS deep water compared to the shallow children's pond we were used to playing in, back when we were doing our pre-uni course or even in SPM. This is especially so when you're so used to being the biggest fish around, then you get into a competitive university and suddenly you're the smallest fry at the bottom of the food chain in your course.
It takes time to adjust to the different system in university, and I know I needed at least one term to get my gear into full swing because of the sudden changes both in terms of workload and the actual work I had to do. I was a science stream student all my life, even up till my A levels, and I was making this big transition into Law and all the essays and written work that would follow. I was expected to read a dozen cases and write a 2000-word essay within several days, and I had never done anything on that scale in my entire life. I was a slow reader, and I absorbed ideas and concepts slower than my coursemates. Everything was just so different and fast-paced, and it was so easy to just feel like you're slipping in your grades, especially if your first essay did not get encouraging marks and everyone else in your course appears to be complete geniuses. But it is also exactly at this point when you should NOT give up! You may be down, but you are NOT out. Pull yourself together, try to get to the bottom of the mess and tackle the problem at the roots.
Sorry if I am being harsh, but it's a bit annoying how people always make sweeping statements implying that scholars who don't do well in their studies are those who don't appreciate the funding they received. This just isn't true and does very little in reflecting actual reality.
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Last edited by Glassylicious; 09-11-2009 at 05:17 PM.