How do you tell your parents you failed a semester of college?

According to Richard Branson, “Don’t be embarrassed by your failure; learn from them and start again”. Failing a semester is not the end, but not learning from your failure can be the beginning of your end. How do you tell your parents you failed a semester of college?

How do you tell your parents you failed a semester of college?

Truly parents can be strict and disciplined, but the truth is that they want the best for their kids.

Every parent desires to see their kids doing great in school and better people in the future.

How to make your parents know about your failure shouldn’t be a serious problem if the following steps can be followed:

Step 1: Be calm and bold

Step 2: Don’t lie about it

Step 3: Be sorry and apologetic

Step 4: Be on your best behavior and make them see you are ready to improve.

Be Calm and bold.

You need to be calm, bold, and courageous when approaching them. In a situation like this, you don’t have to be too hard on yourself because it might influence your actions to misbehave and might end up harming you.

Don’t lie about your failure.

When you’re in a situation like this, you need to come out straight to pinpoint the information.

The same way you tell them when you pass is how you’d tell them you failed without lying and avoid them finding out themselves.

Letting your parents find out for themselves is far away from good, as it might birth numerous thoughts in their minds, such as,

1. you are losing interest in schooling.

2. you don’t regard them any more important.

3. You have some other interesting things you like than schooling… (maybe skills) you want to learn.

But all this can be avoided if you don’t lie.

Be sorry and apologetic.

Failing is hard and heartbreaking, so you need to show them you’re truly sorry and ready to improve and would need their full support to do better.

Feel free to share your problems with them and ask for help, and ways to improve. I’m sure they’ll love to help. 

Don’t be dramatic, but better still be neutral and be yourself at all moments.

Be on your best behavior.

You should know that no parent will be happy seeing their children failing and at the same time misbehaving. Be obedient and listen to corrections. By doing this they will sense you’re ready to improve and do better.

Be passionate about being a better person as expected from your parents. Failure is not the end.

What you should expect from your parents:

Parents duly expect their kids to pass but it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes kids can fail.

Being a parent is hard when you’ve to provide everything including tuition fees and other extra monetary substance. So in exchange for all that, parents want a satisfactory, and impressive 

results from their kids and it’s disappointing if they are not getting it.

Parents can act harshly considering the money spent that semester. 

One thing you should know is that no parent will ever embrace their kids for failing a semester in college.


Parents who pay for everything deserve to be informed about everything going on.

Failure is not the end of the World, rather it should be a stepping stone to a greater future.Telling your parents you failed a semester in college is a good decision, especially when it comes to you needing their support to do better. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Why should you inform your parents about your failure?

Your parents might not be informed about everything about you but certain things shouldn’t be hidden from them.

To improve yourself, you need to share your wins and failures with your parents. There’s a common 

saying “Never let success get into your head, Never let failure get to your heart”. Letting your parents know about your failure is the same as getting a quick solution to the problem.

2. Can a child get over the failed semester?

A child can get over a failed semester.  Failure isn’t failure yet until you refuse to learn from it and do better then it’s a failure. 

When you fail a semester in college, the things you do to get better include. 

a. Get to the root of the problem and why you failed.

b. Learn from your mistakes.

c. Seek support from family and friends to help you get better.

d. Create time to study or increase the time of study to help you focus more.

e. Eat early.

f. Do what makes you feel better such as playing music, sports activities, interactive brain games, or even acquiring some skills.

g. Sleep early and wake up early.

All this will help restore your confidence, relax your brain and help you do better.