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How do I overcome my depression about my poor grades in school?

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Last Updated: 11/14/2020 at 9:53pm
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January 13th, 2015 12:10am
It helps me to take in account that life goes on anyway. You study because you were told to study because that's what people are supposed to do. You are SO much more than numbers. You are a human life. You can breathe, run, laugh, and think for yourself. There is so much power in you to make a difference and you don't need a number to tell you how capable you are of that because you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to. In five years from now, that one bad exam grade, those failed classes, all those bad grades will not matter. Your life goes on, as it goes on you evolve and develop. Think back five years, do you remember being stressed about a test you had to take? You failed, you passed, either way, it's just a number that means nothing to you now because you are a different person now, with different goals. You are smart, strong, and independent.
July 27th, 2015 8:05pm
Realize that poor grades are not a reflection of any degree of you other than how well you take tests. I have personally known several people who were brilliant, but were not good test takers
January 11th, 2015 5:44pm
Do not let a grade affect you're life. It's rather important to learn and there's nothing wrong in not succeeding at the first time. Try and try again until you are happy with the result. Good luck
November 23rd, 2015 5:41pm
Hello! please do not worry for grades in school. school is just a part of our life. school itself is not life. any person, poor in one thing, will be skillful in the other. so, try to find out which skill makes you a champion. school is just for giving knowledge. there are also other fields in life to come up with. so, never think about your grades in school. mean while, do not neglect the schooling completely. just maintain the average grade.
April 25th, 2015 7:29pm
I had awful grades in school, but my life has turned out pretty awesome! I took free courses from universities at, here i could take any course i wanted, and use these to get my the job i wanted, and this is what i did. Grades at high school are not the end, only the beginning, you an choose the ending!
May 24th, 2015 11:38pm
Poor grades in school are not such bad thing. Just try to be better, find some motivation and try to work harder, think of all free time you can have with better grades.
May 3rd, 2016 7:19am
I found that it is easiest to start by succeeding in small things; making your teachers happy by handing in homework or assignments, answering questions in class and so on. Soon, I found it easier to focus on my work, because when my teachers and parents were happy with me, I liked it, and I wanted to keep it that way. So my advice would be to focus on one success, no matter how small, and advance from there. Good luck!
June 6th, 2016 9:12pm
Despite the importance that some may put on grades at school, it's also important to remember that grades are not everything! You have so much more to you than just your grades. You don't have to have good grades in order to be successful in life. You will be just fine with what you have. I believe in you!
June 14th, 2016 12:32pm
If you have poor grades at school. The reason you're probably depressed is because you're focusing on the wrong thing. Think about your options ahead of you. You can either retake your exams or find an area of expertise that you are interested in.
November 11th, 2016 10:33pm
You can overcome poor grades due to depression by focusing on solving your underlying issues with depression first. Often this requires taking some time off from school or work to give yourself time to adapt and focus on mental health issues. Licensed therapists on 7 Cups can help you overcome depression related to your bad grades in school. Best of luck.
April 18th, 2015 5:11am
Just have more faith that it get better and you bring them up and not just bringing yourself down because you got one bad grade.
May 10th, 2015 6:41am
For me, the first step would be making a plan. Planning out homework and tests and study time. Then I woukd make meetings with my teachers to discuss my performance and tell them my need to up my grades. Trying to work with myself and teachers as a collective would help me feel supported.
November 28th, 2017 4:15pm
Alright. Here is the thing. What you have to know is that school is not always the most forgiving place. But I think that you need to find it in you to make your grades better. Also do not think that the grades define your intelligence. Many brilliant people have got bad grades in school. What you need to know is that you are a human with flaws and things you excel in. Don't let a test grade define who you are.
November 24th, 2015 1:59am
Grades may seem like they're too important, but at some point they won't. Try to find help, ask teachers to tutor you after class, maybe your friends can help you. Bye por grades bye depression
January 17th, 2017 5:58pm
I find that it helps to focus on what has been done well in the piece of work, reflect on what you have done well and what has gone wrong and focus energy into working towards the next piece of work. I struggled heavily in the course that I did for two years that led to my own depression and a lot of what helped me through was keeping a strong support network of friends and family. Don't put too much emphasis on the grade that you get at the end of the piece if it is what is causing you problems. Instead you want to concentrate on reflection and then using those new techniques to get ahead. This is where the tutors can be of great help as they will give you advice on what has gone wrong and where to improve these skills in the future.
August 1st, 2019 10:33pm
By valuing and focusing at other parts of your life , being grateful for your own health or your family health, working on becoming a better person , being engaged in volunteer work (like being a listener ) or global causes that can affect the community and environment, a grade can't define you so don't let it get to you . It can't evaluate you as a person or what you are capable of because it isn't more than a number on a sheet of paper . There are more important things in your life that you should care about!
June 6th, 2017 4:19pm
We are all different. School time is an extremely challenging period of life. Don't look at others. Just keep trying to do what you like - keep doing your best in the areas you feel are the best for you- that fit your heart and mind. It's hard and messy - but it all will be clearer one day. Be yourself! Take care of yourself and do what you believe in.
September 7th, 2015 10:05pm
Seek help. You can seek help through the school counselors, your teachers, your professors, a loved one or all of the above to help you push forward to do better or do your best. They are all there to help you do that. Seek them and reach out.
May 28th, 2018 11:16am
I have experienced some bad degrees before, sometimes you feel like every time is worse than the other, sometimes you might feel that you are useless and no one cares about you. It's not easy to believe someone who says "I have been through this as well" but trust I have been. And I have found a way to overcome my depression by trying to be better and knowing that my degrees are just numbers and doesn't decide who I am, you and only you decide what to do with life and you choose whether you want to stop it or not
April 16th, 2015 11:48am
I would simply reflect on my mistakes and rectify them in future and earn top score. By the way my score won't describe me.
December 1st, 2015 4:18pm
overcoming depression isnt easy .Have you spoken to anyone about how you are feeling.well done for coming onto 7 cupsoftea
June 12th, 2018 8:55pm
Talk to your teachers and see how you can improve. Realise that you are doing the best you can. Take one day each week to focus on something that makes you happy
November 14th, 2020 9:53pm
I don't know the particulars, such as if you have a learning disability or anything, so I will just try to be general in my response. Try to approach your thinking in this way: What does someone with good grades do? Does that person have a separate study area at home that is distraction free and not cluttered, with good lighting? Does that person stay out til 11 P.M. the night before a test or do they study days prior, do a quick review the night before and get a good nights sleep? Does that person have all of the notes they need to study for a test? Does that person separate themselves in class from the people that distract them? Does that person ask questions if they don't understand? Does that person also ask the teacher for extra help if they are struggling? The focus is then on what you need to do to be successful. It's one thing to say "I want to get good grades". Figuring out what you NEED or NEED TO DO beyond "just studying" is the key. The goal is good grades, but the FOCUS needs to be on what you need to do to get there.