Bombing out TAFE, or getting worse than expected results, can be stressful, especially if you've previously averaged higher marks, or are depending on high results to get into a particular course or profession.
It might feel like everyone except you is doing well at TAFE and headed for uni, or that everyone else is passing.
Try to remember that everybody's learning and working style is different and we all work through things at our own pace.
Explain that you are having difficulty completing/handing in the work. If they are not given a reason to explain a poor performance on an exam or assessment, they have no choice but to give you a bad mark.
However, if you speak with them about what the problem may be, they will be more inclined to organise help/extra time/special consideration.
Get Extra Help to Understand the Course Content
If you are finding the course tough, you may be able to get a tutor to help you understand the subject content.
This might be a subject tutor/teacher, a friend who is doing well or someone from the study skills centre at TAFE.
If you are finding it hard to stay on top of your studying it may help to work out a study plan so you can balance your subject load and other commitments - it can make a significant difference in how productive you are.
Your teacher, tutor or school counsellor should be able to help you create a plan.
You might decide to repeat a year. Alternatively, you might decide that TAFE is not the right place for you at the moment and taking a year off (or more) to work might be the most suitable option for you.
You might find it helpful to talk it through the pros and cons with family, friends and teachers.