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The 5 Whys

I didn’t get the grade I wanted on an exam.

Why 1: I did not answer enough questions correctly.

Why did I not answer enough questions correctly?

Why 2: I  did not study as hard as I could have.

Why did I not study as hard as I could have?

Why 3: I did not go to my professors office hours for extra help on difficult topics.

Why did i not go to my professor’s office hours for extra help?

Why 4: I have been very overwhelmed with my other classes this semester.

Why have I been overwhelmed with other classes?

Why 5/Root cause: I was too flustered with my other classes that I did not put enough time in to study for important tests.