Why Do You Get Bad Grades After Studying Hard?

why do I get bad grades after studying hard

Do you also have these questions in mind- Why do I get bad grades after studying hard or Why do I fail after studying for long hours?

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It sounds quite strange. And it’s very difficult to explain to someone that you study hard but still get bad grades. Isn’t it?

Don’t worry, in this article, we will help you to find out why you fail or get bad grades after studying a lot and apart from this we will also help you to overcome your failing reasons so that you don’t repeat the mistakes and get awesome grades in your next test.

In fact, these are the tips that I shared with my classmates who used to study harder than me but still used to get low marks compared to me.

So hold your seat and be with me till the end. (I have also prepared an infographic that you’ll get while reading this article, don’t forget to download it, it’s free.)

9 Unknown Reasons for Bad Grades After Studying Hard:

1: Accept it

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If you have failed a test and got bad grades then first accept it and accept it also maybe there must be certain points that you have missed and you need to improve that. If the rest of your classmates or your friends get good grades then they know something or they must have done something that you didn’t.

I know it’s not easy to accept bad grades after studying hard but don’t be OVERCONFIDENT. Focus on finding what mistakes you made and look for how to improve them. So let’s dive straight into the more reasons for bad grades and how to overcome and improve them for the next test.

If you’re quite tensed or depressed about your bad grades then remember- Exams are not made to fail you, it is just a way to check your knowledge and skills”.

Read more: 20+ Study Motivational Quotes

2: Lack of understanding of the material

Many students only study for exams and that’s why they don’t focus much on understanding the concepts and theories (i.e. material), even sometimes they skip the fundamentals.

Remember, If your basic is not strong in any subject and you study that subject at an advanced level then no matter how much you study you’ll still get bad grades. You don’t need to memorize things only, you have to understand the things also.

If I talk about my classmate who got bad grades after studying hard, he didn’t have fundamentals clear and instead of making it strong, he used to remember the material at an advanced level.

So, strong your basics and study your back class notes, if required. Remember, your long hour’s study will only be successful when your basics would be strong, you understand the material, and you can teach others too.

In case you understand the material very well and you can teach others too then look at other reasons.

3: You study hard not smart

I agree you get bad grades after studying hard, 10-12 hrs at a time for your exams but do you really study effectively and productively?

I don’t think so!

You should study in such a way so that you won’t forget or get confused about the answer at the exam center. Here are some guides that you should follow for studying smart not only hard.

1. Make a routine and time management

When you have exams in the near months then it’s very difficult to stick with a routine and have proper time management. But we can’t deny that these two things are necessary for a student’s life.

So before sleeping or either after waking up make a note about when are the times you have for your study and how much syllabus you have to complete today. If you do this and follow it on a daily basis, it will help you to keep you on a proper schedule.

2. Understand the learning pyramid

The learning pyramid is a great theory that every student or learner should know about it.

Wait, Do you know what the learning pyramid is?

The learning pyramid describes varying learning/teaching methodologies and the retention rates of information from these methodologies. For instance, if a teacher uses only a lecture method of instruction, their students will only retain 5% of the information while the teacher retains 90%.
source: educationcorner.com

Take a look at the above image and you’ll understand better how you can study smartly and retain more information.

3. SQ3R study technique:

SQ3R Study Technique is 5 steps reading comprehension technique and one of the best ways to study that helps you to read and retain the material effectively.

It includes Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. If you want to explore the SQ3R technique and other study techniques try reading this article.

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4. Study in small chunks:

If you want to study for long hours then study in small chunks, or follow the Pomodoro technique that will make you more productive.

Remember, while studying in small chunks keep your phone aside and after studying in one chunk, take 10-20 minutes breaks to refresh your mind. And in breaks either use your phone or take a small nap.

4: You might follow the wrong material

If you have to go to London then you must take the fight for London. Isn’t? By any chance, if take any other flight then you won’t reach where you want. I don’t know if you wanna go to London or not but you get my point.

So make sure you study only with material that you’ve prepared (i.e. Notes) and your professor provides you. Don’t prepare and study for your exams with alternative books otherwise, you’ll surely get bad grades after studying hard. Because sometimes the content and theory could vary in alternative books.

One more mistake that my classmate made, he prepared for the board exam with the previous year’s question papers (i.e. 10 years’ question bank) only and didn’t study with the notes and books and that’s why he got low marks in the board exam.

Question bank or previous years’ papers are helpful when you have prepared already for your exam. It’s just a way to check your preparation. So, don’t use previous years’ papers as learning material.

Read also: 11 Bad study habits that you must avoid

5: You don’t make any study plan for exams

Do you make any study plan for your exam?

To study effectively for exams and get good grades you need to have a study plan. And for the study plan, first, make a syllabus for your exams. If you already have a syllabus, good for you.

Now start your preparation with the subject that you find very hard or boring. For example, if you want math difficult then first start studying math.

After completing one subject or topic make a cross on it (syllabus) that will show you, you have completed your first subject and it will push you to complete the remaining syllabus. So, keep completing your syllabus and make crosses.

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  • Studying only notes and books for your exam is not good at all. You need to also test yourself by taking practice tests and solving the previous year’s question papers. These things build your confidence and help you to ace the exam.

And I’m sure if you have this study plan then you will never fail or get bad grades after studying hard.

6: Lack of confidence and you don’t believe in yourself

If you have lack confidence and you don’t believe in yourself then giving your best in exams can be tough for you. Unconsciously you end up making many mistakes that cause your bad grades after studying hard.

What do you think about it?

Many times it also has been seen that students who know the material and prepare a lot for the exam get bad grades or fail just because they lack confidence, and don’t believe in their answers and what they studied.

So be confident in your answer and believe in yourself that you haven’t forgotten anything, you have prepared a lot and you can ace the exam. Even if your friends distract you and demotivate you, avoid them with a positive attitude.

7: You may suffer from Test Anxiety

Test anxiety affects an estimated 10 million students in North America. And the researcher also found that all students with having test anxiety always get bad grades after studying hard.

Are you suffering from test anxiety?

Here are some symptoms through which you can identify:

  • Chronic feelings of worry or nervousness
  • Fear for your exams
  • headaches and stomachaches
  • inability to relax or feelings of restlessness

If you have confirmed that you have test anxiety (high level) then you may need a psychotherapy treatment or else you can follow these tips for minor test anxiety.

  1. Have perfect time management and routine
  2. Don’t take any kind of family and other pressure
  3. Share your feelings with your teacher or parents
  4. Take a good amount of sleep
  5. Eat properly and stay healthy.

8: You don’t write clean and clear in the exam

Your handwriting plays a vital role in your exam. If you know the material and write answers to your exam papers then make sure you should have good handwriting.

Good handwriting doesn’t mean your writing should impress everyone. Your writing should be clean and clear so that the person who checks your paper can understand easily what you have written.

Many times when students write fast to complete the paper on time they made many mistakes and also their writing doesn’t sufficient to read and somewhere that’s why they get bad grades after studying hard.

So write clean and clear, I know your handwriting is good enough.

9: Cramming doesn’t work

As I said, many students study only for exams and get good grades. They don’t study the whole session but cram the day before the exam.

Despite there being techniques for cramming and you studying 12 hours a day, cramming doesn’t work. And with cramming, you can’t expect to get good grades. In fact, research has shown that cramming always increases stress levels and can lead to panic and anxiety, making it a lot harder to take in information.

So, because of cramming you may also get bad grades after studying hard.

Instead of cramming or studying a lot day before the exam, study the whole session. And agree or not, the student who studies the whole session, never cram.


So in this article, I have explained 9 unknown reasons exactly why you get low marks after studying hard or why students fail in exams after studying a lot and along with that, I’ve also explained how you can overcome them.

I hope you are satisfied with the reasons and enjoyed this article.

Now I want to hear from you:

Which reason relates to you and are you going to follow my guides to improve that reason?

5 thoughts on “Why Do You Get Bad Grades After Studying Hard?”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. It was very informative and I learned a lot. I think that the author did a great job of explaining the reasons for bad grades and how to prevent them from happening in the future.


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