Q. I am unable to score good marks. Am I dull-witted?

Answered by
Dr. Aditya Gupta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 21, 2017 and last reviewed on: Dec 16, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a 19 year old. I have many questions in life to which I cannot find an answer. My parents ran a school and naturally, I attended the same. Even though I did not work very hard, I used to top the class. But, when I reached the fifth grade, I got distracted easily and did not study well. When I reached the eighth grade, I decided to study well and score a good percentage. But, I did not succeed. So, I started to mug up all the lessons. After I completed my schooling I somehow managed to get into a professional course. But, I scored below-average marks. That made me sad and depressed. I was advised by many to quit the course but, some of my teachers supported me and encouraged me to study. But, I repeatedly scored poor marks. Now, my question is, am I really dull-witted or do I have some psychiatric problem? I feel that I have wasted my parents' money. I had dreams of becoming a professional and making good money. But, I am getting further and further from it. Do I really have no talent? What is the problem with me?



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The main problem which I picked from your description is that you get tensed about studying. You have set up a self-image of a guy who is poor in studies and cannot succeed. I think you are too harsh on yourself.

  • Every individual is unique in his own sense and is not necessarily a replica of his peers. Everyone has different methods of studying but, it does not make them superior or inferior to others. Some people have to work a little harder than the others to score better. It does not mean that they are stupid.
  • Addressing your question, If you were dull-witted, then you would not have scored well up to now. Your method of study does not matter. It is the result which is important.
  • Yes, you had been distracted. But, it happens sometimes and one failure does not mean the end of the road.
  • In my opinion, what you need to do is to accept yourself as you are. Do not try to be like others. Study hard and have confidence in yourself and you will succeed. You can be whatever you want to be.
  • Besides some simple steps that can be of help:
  1. Do some meditation every day for at least half an hour in the morning. It helps you relax and focus.
  2. Bramhri yoga will be especially helpful for you.
  3. Learn to study smart. That is, in small shifts of half an hour, followed by a five-minute break.
  4. Set small feasible targets and try to achieve them. Reward yourself if they are achieved and do not worry if not.
  5. Follow a routine and stick to it.
  6. Take a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids.

You can take the help of a clinical psychologist to learn to cope better.

For more information consult a psychiatrist online -->

Hello doctor,

Thanks so much for your reply. I liked your approach. I feel better about myself now.



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Just stay positive. Like in other spheres of life, you will succeed in studies as well.

For further queries consult a psychiatrist online -->

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