I entered a nursing program in my 40s. One semester my mother became very ill, I was the only one to care for her and resulted in my failing. I was able to retake that semester. The last semester, a very close family member committed suicide. Needless to say, I was very distraught. I failed that semester. There is a two fail limit for that program and other area schools so I can not complete it. I learned so much and have many clinical training hours that I have added to my resume. Do I explain on my resume WHY I failed? I was making all As, until these unfortunate events. I feel like my resume looks I wasn't smart enough to pass or had quit.
Do I explain on my resume WHY I failed?
Resumes are not the right place to provide explanations for things you feel are negative. Resumes should be filled with facts, and positive information - nothing more.
In the education section you should include the college, major, and years you attended. Just don't indicate a degree, as that would be a lie.
If you are applying for positions that don't require a degree, and the issue comes up during interviews, that's the time to explain why you haven't yet completed your degree requirements and what you are going to do about that (if anything) going forward.
Be very carefull with how you explain this. I'm very sorry but if I were interviewing you I would get the idea that your personal problems absolutely disrupt your work.
I know how this is, I've been in a similar situation, and I'm not at all criticising you, but if you can try to find more "capitalist" answers. Focus on how economically disruptive these were, if any specific situation made you fail an specific exam, etc.
A general "I was very distraught" doesn't sell quite well.