How to Pull Up Your College Grades (Before it is Too Late)

How to Pull Up Your College Grades (Before it is Too Late)

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Your grades are in trouble and if they do not improve, you may find yourself drummed out of college. Indeed, that’s an abhorrent prospect facing some students as they navigate their way through academia. Certainly, you can avoid adding yourself as a “drop out” statistic by following a carefully laid out plan to help you meet the (passing) grade.

1. Make an appointment with your academic advisor. Chances are if you are in academic trouble, you heard this information from your academic advisor. Indeed, this person or another college representative may have sent you a warning notice that your low grades are imperiling your education. Make an appointment with your college advisor to jointly define and outline a plan of intervention. For example, this professional may make certain recommendations, including several we will cover in the subsequent points.

2. Drop that failing class. If you are failing a class and have little hope of passing it, your advisor may recommend dropping it. Specifically, this means you will need to take the class some other time, perhaps over the summer when you can give it your full attention. Take this option if it will have no impact on your financial aid. Moreover, the dropped class should also not be counted in your grade point average. Likely, your advisor will be required to sign off on your withdrawal.

3. Visit the tutoring center. Colleges have tutoring centers and these are typically staffed by fellow students who are taking the same classes as you. For instance, tutors usually have a high GPA and may be required to demonstrate proficiency in a particular subject area. Your college’s tutoring center has posted hours and likely includes a list of subjects that are covered. So, drop by the center to receive help with those assignments that are causing you trouble.

4. Speak with your professor. Likely, there is a subject that is causing you grief, one that you are in danger of failing. If you cannot or do not want to drop the course, then you must find a way to pass it. Next, if the tutoring center can not help you, then speak with the professor. He or she may connect you with a student that is thriving in the class or recommend a group study time with other students. Lastly, with regards to your struggles, your professor is aware of your difficulties and may show some leniency if you take the initiative.

5. Create a schedule. Chances are that you are on the cusp of flunking out of college due to a lack of a schedule. Sure, a timetable can seem so confining, especially if you look at it that way. In reality, a schedule helps you budget your time, enabling you to tackle those matters that are a priority, allowing you to enjoy some free time too. If you are serious about your academic pursuits, you will put your priorities in order.

6. Take better notes. Your note-taking may need improvement. It is those notes that help you understand the course material and prepare for tests. You do not need to write verbatim everything that the professor tells you. However, you must record the salient points, especially those matters that the professor indicates are of greatest importance. Then, once the class over over, review your notes and rewrite those portions that need to be better explained. Finally, once your notes are clear and concise, you will use them to study.

7. Study every day. Your days of cramming for tests are over. Eventually, you will retain more information if you learn in different ways. Utilize outlines, flashcards, rewrite your notes and study with your classmates. Study in manageable blocks, taking short breaks before moving on to additional studying. Quiz yourself or ask another student to do likewise.

College Success

You may be in danger of failing college, but don’t make it a fait accompli by resigning yourself to what you may think is inevitable. Mastering your academic pursuits is just one of the many challenges you will have in your life. So, why not take up that first, significant challenge now?

See Also — 5 Smart Tips for Starting (and Finishing) the Semester Right

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