Bad grades. Game over or blessing in disguise?

Bad grades. Game over or blessing in disguise?

Where’s the fun in getting things right the first time? OK – sorry, if you didn’t achieve the grades you wanted this year, you’re probably in no mood for light-hearted rhetorical questions. I certainly wasn’t after AS levels results day. However, I want to give you a little glimpse of the future and show you how bad grades can actually be a blessing in disguise.


To start off, no matter what your grades are, it is not game over. You can turn this situation around. Why should you believe me? Because I turned my D’s and U’s into straight As, secured a place at a top university and wrote and sold 15,000 copies of a book showing others how I did it. Also, having mentored thousands of students, I know a thing or two about turning bad situations into good ones. You wouldn’t believe some of the ‘academic rags to riches’ stories I’ve seen. One student flopped his AS levels, got kicked out of 6th form for a fight and had to enrol into a private college. He worked a part-time job to pay for his tuition. To make matters worse, his teachers couldn’t control the class and many didn’t even finish teaching the course before exams. Despite all these obstacles, he turned BCCE into straight As. Now he works at a top investment bank, owns several properties in London and earns a shit load of money. He’s only 28 years old!


You may not feel it’s possible now, but you can achieve what he and many others have. You might be thinking ‘how do you know what I am capable of? You don’t know me’. I don’t need to know you. This is because your capabilities are not set in stone. They are not a constant. They are a variable that can change and improve with effort. Sounds parental, I know, but it’s true! I’m a living breathing example of why it’s true. Did my intelligence suddenly improve between AS and A2 or was it something else? You know the answer.


So is there a silver lining to achieving bad grades? Yes. You can come back from this and if you do, it will do more for your character than a few letters on a piece of paper could ever do. Those who bounce back from a ‘rock bottom experience’ early in their life have a unique advantage over those who seamlessly excel without a hiccup. It develops a pitbull type resilience. Till this day, I’m thankful that I failed my AS levels. Turning my Ds and Us into As in one year felt like coming back from 6-0 down to win in the champions league final. It left me with an underlying confidence that with hard work, I could make vodka lemonade out of any lemons I ever faced in life. This helped me succeed in university, my career, relationships and in business.


Feel free to drop me questions in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Anshul Raja
  • mari

    Hi I recently got my AS results for Physics and Chemistry and I got a C in Physics and a D in Chemistry (couple of marks from a C)
    I literally just went through the books not doing any exam style questions and not practicing technique. Having got these grades I have been feeling quite upset but from reading your article I feel that if I work very hard I can try to bump them up.Is that a good idea?

    September 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm
      • mari

        Thank you Raja,

        I will choose Path B and work really hard, Your words are very encouraging! Thank you.
        I’ll try and come back to you in the future and let you know how things went
        As a student who is self studying it’s been hard so I have also ordered your book too.

        September 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm
  • kiran

    I got BBD in my AS. D in physics. should I appear for physics again next year?

    August 14, 2018 at 11:24 am
  • Laiba Z

    Hey. I did my As levels and got a CEU. I just retook the subject I got a U in and still don’t expect it to be good. I was planning to resit the subjects again. this time for the one I got an E in too along with my A levels. In total, I’ll be giving almost 15 exams in the CIE may/june.
    should I repeat my As levels or just do my best in the A levels?

    December 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • Philip Aston

    In 2015 I withdrew from the AS Level exams due to stress. A year
    later I took up distance learning in A Level Maths but got a U. Now I haven’t got a clue what to do. Should I retake AS? I fear trying to do A2 and get As in a year will mean far too much work. Also do AS Levels play a part in university entries? I prefer to pace myself towards success.

    September 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm
  • Mac

    The day I received my Maths IGCSE result from Cambridge was also the day I forgot what I am capable of. Maths, was what I could call “my thing” until I did not obtain the A* I was expected to get.

    However, I’m trying to push that aside and move forward. Afterall, I still have my other subjects to focus on since Maths was the only subject I took in Yr10 (a year early).

    To be honest, I’m struggling to obtain the A* I want to achieve especially from triple award sciences and English literature. (Add in Arabic)

    The only aid I could think of is your book regarding How to ace IGCSEs and I’m looking to buy it once I get back.

    Any more tips / advices? I could use your help.

    PS. Frankly, I’m really not the study type of person. My system just treats “studying” as if it’s an alien it wants to combat. I felt my case is different because no one understands it when I say “no matter how much I try, I just can’t study.”

    August 24, 2016 at 8:26 am

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