Sometimes in university, things don’t go as you hope and you may fail a class, or two even. Don’t worry-it’s not the end of the world. It is a serious problem though and you need to address it and work on both bringing up your grade and not letting it happen again.
There are many reasons why you might have failed a class or an exam-you could’ve been too preoccupied (with another difficult subject, a relationship, an extracurricular activity, your social life, family problems, or even a hobby), or maybe you found the class too difficult, or perhaps you just didn’t pay enough attention. Below, we have some suggestions on how you can avoid the same mistakes again and not fail classes:
1. Re-prioritize your time
Make your schoolwork your focus. This may require you to cut down on your extracurricular activities, but spend some time to focus on turning your grades around. Also remember to not focus on only one class, but all your classes. By trying to focus on one class and reviving the grade, you may compromise the grades in your other classes.
2. Talk to your professor
Your professor has a lot of experience with students. She/He may know exactly how to help you. Discuss where you are struggling and why with them. They are there to support you and help you grow. This will not only help you perform better, but it will also also inform your professor that you are actively trying to turn your grades around.
3. Be realistic
If you are failing a class, don’t expect to have an A at the end of the semester. Set a realistic goal for yourself and work hard for it. Unrealistic goals will only cause disappointment. Set small targets to reach over a period of time. Sometimes having an unrealistic goal will also cause too much anxiety and end up with a sigh of giving up and allowing yourself to fail.
If you are failing a class and it is not a requirement for your degree, consider dropping the class in order to save your GPA. Or if your university permits, switch to another course. This is not giving up. It is knowing what is right for you.
Try finding a tutor to help guide you in the subject. Professors often can set you up with a tutor or recommend one to you. They will help you keep up with your class. You can even ask an older student who has taken this class for their help.
6. Study groups
Study with other students in your class. Look for students who are trying to achieve the same goals as you. Who want to work hard and get good grades. This will not only motivate you but it will help ensure you cover all required areas as everyone is familiar with the requirements.
7. Don’t give up
Don’t lose hope and don’t feel defeated. Put in your best effort and believe in yourself.
Written by: Peh Xin Ying