A lot of students fail one or more classes in college, despite the fact that most of them have the best of intentions. It can happen even to the best of us.
Whatever be the reason behind it, it is essential to figure out what went wrong and how not to let it happen again. It is important to identify the right school or the best school for you.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE FAILING GRADES INSTEAD OF YOUR DREAM GRADES?
It is not the end of the world if you failed a class in college. Instead of weeping, take a deep breath and focus on what to do next. You need to follow a two-pronged course of action:
- A failing grade changes a lot of things; you now need to look at how to modify the logistics for the remaining duration of your college academics.
- An avoidance strategy is very important to prevent yourself from failing another class. For this, you need to introspect and find out the reasons behind your failure so that you can understand what needs to be done to pass the class.Ask yourself this very important question: Why did I fail this class? You need to be truthful in your response.
1. CONSIDER ALL THE ACADEMIC FACTORS THAT MIGHT HAVE HAD AN INFLUENCE
Did you not have a good professor? If so, did you try to transfer to a different section in case one was available for the class? Did you not complete assignments on time? Did you turn in poorly done assignments without putting in much effort, just to meet the class requirement of having submitted the assignments? Did you not prepare well enough for the class, causing difficulties in following the lectures? Did you not revise enough for the exam(s)? Did you leave too much to study on the eve of the exam?
2. THINK ABOUT OTHER FACTORS THAT MIGHT HAVE AFFECTED YOUR GRADES
did you socialize, party and hang out with friends, too much? Did your involvement in co-curricular activities like sports, clubs, societies, associations, music, dance, etc. affect your academics? Were you affected by any personal problems at the time?
3. SEE IF YOUR FINANCIAL AID (IF ANY) WILL BE AFFECTED
Ask the financial aid office whether your failing grade will affect your financial aid, if you are in receipt of it. Evaluate your options if your aid is affected.
4. WORK OUT A PLAN FOR YOUR ACADEMICS IN FUTURE SEMESTERS
If the class you failed was a prerequisite for some course you were going to take in the next semester, you will need to register for an alternate course. Do you need to take this course again next semester or in the summer? Will failing this class affect your graduation in your major?
5. ASKS THE PROFESSOR
“You should start by asking him or her where you went wrong and why. During this review, you can see which concepts were tricky to master to begin with or if a professor’s wording on the test was obtuse. If you find yourself thinking clearly to the correct answers, the fog of test anxiety might have clouded your judgment.