How To Fail A Class – Follow These 2 Simple Steps

March 8, 2007  |  How to

It’s pretty common today to hear instructors talk about the acts that will lead to success in ones studies but rarely do they discuss the factors that lead to ones failure. Failure is -like success- important to analyze in order to know what what we should be cautious about, ie simply the learn thy enemy principle.

Here is what I believe to be 2 of the most common (I believe) reasons people fail a class (in no particular order):

Bad study habits

This site isn’t called for nothing, your habits and customs tell a lot about your personality. Do you really put in time and effort into your studies or do you wait for the information to come by it self?

The good student forces him/her self to study! Don’t be afraid to ask when your unsure, the Chinese say: “Asking and being rendered as ignorant is better than not asking and remaining ignorant”

Not being organized

This is deeply related to study habits but a little different. You can read more about being organized here. While your at it, be sure to check out this article on note taking.

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ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


  1. Nice page, although I must say, for a study habits page the spelling and grammar must be improved. It would be appreciated if you took the 10 seconds to use spell check as errors in spelling can be found on any given entry. Furthermore, check your usage on the words “your” and “you’re,” grammatical errors make me question the intelligence of the writer. Anyway nice web page, I don’t mean to make fun, I’m just pointing out things that can be improved upon.

  2. Thank you for the positive feedback Ryan :). I’m well aware of the obvious shortcomings in my writings and I will try to do my best in order to alter the status quo. However, I may find some refuge in the fact that I’m from Sweden and therefore English is not my mother tongue.

    Albeit, you wrote: “… grammatical errors make me question the intelligence of the writer.”

    The notion that intelligence is bound to linguistics is just foolish. The presence of beautiful articulation may define a person as intelligent but the lack of it does not
    refute his/her cognitive abilities.

    In short, thank you for the answer.

  3. “The notion that intelligence is bound to linguistics is just foolish.” Please explain why that is. Would you learn from a basketball coach if he couldn’t dribble, shoot, drive, etc.? I wouldn’t learn from anyone that doesn’t know the fundamentals because…well what can I learn from them?
    I certainly question the credibility of a source when the writer, allegedly in University, is corrected by a High School student. (Many articles contain “would of” when it should be, “would have”, or “would’ve”)

    Once again, I don’t mean to slam you man,
    Peace, and good work.

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