FEAR of FAILURE (F.o.F.) How to Overcome the Fear of a New…School Year, High School, Teacher, Program, and Courses!

FEAR of FAILURE (F.o.F.) How to Overcome the Fear of a New…School Year, High School, Teacher, Program, and Courses!

As high school and university students go back to the classroom this week, both students and parents start preparing for the journey ahead. One of the key things to overcome during the journey is the Fear of Failure (F.o.F.). 

From time to time we all struggle with F.o.F. – it can start at a young age for some – and stay with us into adulthood.  But there are ways to conquer F.o.F., here a few of the most important:

  • First, reflect on you.  How do you learn best? And what situations prevent you from succeeding?  If you know that  a cram session the night before the test is a killer – then this already tells you a very important thing about yourself – learning a bit each day is much less stressful than under the duress of a looming exam or test. What you’re really doing is building self confidence in your own abilities by reflecting how you learn best and what needs to be changed
  • Have an open mind to discover the new things you are about to learn. Both parachutes and minds work best when they are open!  When you encounter new information, don’t freak out that you don’t understand it ‘right off the bat’.  The goal is to go from “I can’t do that” to “WOW I am doing it”.  An open mind that you can eventually go from “huh???” to “Ah, I got it” is critical.  In other words, to have a positive mindset and a can-do attitude. 
  • Next, go back to the first point and reflect on your own learning skills; identify what you need to work on; have a plan to fix these gaps; and rely on expert tutor-teachers to help fill the gaps.
  • Treat new challenges with dynamic smart solutions- Take a risk.
    • E.g. Climb a mountain or take the chair lift.  Sometimes there is an easier way.  You just need to be pointed in the right direction by an expert tutor/educator.
  • Get help from experienced teacher-tutors early on in the school year so that you stay abreast and become more confident.  This is particularly critical for students in University Preparation Courses and in first and second year university courses in Mathematics and Sciences where the curriculum is highly content-loaded and the competition is greater.  

As Winston Churchill once said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” In Atomic Springboard, you will receive quality tutoring by expert teacher-tutors.  Contact us to find out more about our scope of courses, one-on-one and small-group sessions and packages.

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