Failing an exam: what to do next?
What to do if you think you may fail
Your exams are looming and although you have worked hard you have a sinking feeling that you have not done enough: there is a real chance that you might fail an exam. Whether it is the volume of work, problems at home, a physical or psychological illness, or financial difficulties, there are a host of reasons why you may not perform to the best of your ability at exam time.
Medicine is well known to be one of the most demanding of subjects to study—in terms of the hours, the subject matter, the mix of clinical and academic work, and the length of the course itself. Added to all this is the reality of lengthy revision, onerous exams, and the potential for failing those exams. The high threshold for entry into medical school means that you are likely to have a history of passing exams with great results, and therefore