Whether small or big, intentional or unintentional, consequences of mistakes we make are actually valuable lessons. Mistakes, when not repeated, are a part of the learning process. Though, we learn throughout the life span, learning that shapes career and life of a person happens during the student life. Even though mistakes in our educational system lead to some sort of punishment, if the student is allowed to think about the situations in which he made that mistake, if the student is encouraged to look for some lessons in the consequences of his mistakes, he can perform better in school or college and life as well.

Understand the Situation   

A mistake is simply an undesired action. It may be a decision a student makes in some unfavorable situations. A solution suggested by someone else might help but it will work only for once. Soon it will fade away like old memories. Down the line in life after a few years, the student will not be able to hark back to the solution. Therefore, the student should be allowed to understand and analyze the problem. Both correct and incorrect (if the mistake is not repeated) solutions are ideal. Students should rely on their own gut instincts and experiences. This is the only way to get a better and deeper understanding of a problem.

Respond and Overcome

Trying to fix any incorrect experience whether student’s efforts bear some fruit or not, it should be seen as a personal success. Whether the student overcomes the unfavorable circumstances or not, he still can assess the efforts he made to solve the problem. The student now knows where he fell short and where he could do better. This experience of personal success a student achieves by responding to the situations and overcoming the problem makes the student more confident. The student will be ready with all possible solutions when he encounters the similar situations in the future.

Share Experiences   

The student is the person who made the mistake. However, the lesson should be for all. Sharing the experience with the teacher allows the teacher to have the idea where the student stands. What are the incorrect or correct solutions the student has in his mind in order to handle the situation? This helps the teacher in finding out the situations in which students cannot learn properly. The teacher can create an ideal learning environment for students. Lessons from mistakes made by one student can be used to develop other students as well.

Mistakes, when not repeated are actually good for students if they respond to. A mistake might take a student to a dead end. The same mistake can help the student in achieving personal and professional goals. It all depends on how good or how bad the student is at handling the situation.

Allow Mistakes

Sometimes, the option of escaping from the situation is not available. However, sometimes, an escape route is available and it is wide open. A student can avoid a mistake. However, mistakes should be allowed in a learning environment. Even negative consequences of mistakes can be useful for the student. Teachers should make sure that the student does not feel ashamed after making mistake, a mistake that is insignificant. Many times the fear of making mistakes leads to more mistakes. Sometimes, the fear of negative consequences of mistakes also leads to more mistakes. Fear, stress or other negative emotions always impede the student’s ability to handle the adverse situations. However, there are no negative emotions in a friendly environment.

Allow Others to Provide Feedback                

The student should be always open to any kind of positive or negative feedback. Both feedbacks are constructive. A student should never let a negative feedback create a room for negative emotions. Receiving negative feedback with a positive approach boosts student’s self-belief. This improves his ability to handle negativity. The positive feedback, of course, is always constructive and creates a room for positive emotions. This also improves self-confidence.

Look At the Root Cause     

Being careless is one of the major causes of the mistakes students make. However, sometimes misconceptions also lead to mistakes and some mistakes are systematic mistakes. The first thing a student must do is recognizing. The student needs to know that he has made a mistake. The learning mode is off when the denial mode is on. Accept the mistake and work on the situations that led to some undesirable consequences. Find the solution.

Try To Be Independent

After realizing that something has gone wrong, a student can either ask for some helping hand or the student can be self-reliant. The approach of being self-reliant and then being successful can completely change the mindset of the student. Getting out of the tough situations without anybody’s help makes the student more confident.


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