Getting through college is not always easy. In high school, you were able to make straight A’s with little to no effort. But today, you got your mid terms back and you are completely taken aback. (seems this really happens a lot to sophomores!) It seems that you are not doing as well as you thought. Don’t panic, I have some suggestions that will help you get back on track in no time.
- Get connected to your professor. Who better to meet with to find out exactly where you are. Tell them that you want to improve and you are willing to put in the hard work to make sure you graduate.
- Take advantage of Student Support Services to keep you connected. Specifically, tutors usually take walk-ins or they schedule appointments. The most common places to find tutors are the libraries, the learning center, and your major department. If a tutor is not available ask your professor which students seem to be doing fairly well so that you might form a study group with them. Remember, once you pass the class, you never have to take it again.
- Assess how you are spending your time. Are you attending too many parties? Are you spending too much time off campus? Are you having too many late night conversations with the person you are dating? Are you just flat out not going to class? These are all qualifiers for why you might have poor grades at midterms. Once you determine where your time is being spent, be sure to make the necessary changes. It’s not all about knowing how you spend your time; it’s doing something about it.
- Complete assignments early. The earlier you complete your assignments the less stress you put yourself under. Also, it gives you an opportunity to improve on the assignment. You will more than likely find and correct mistakes that may be costly. Also, it gives you an opportunity to have others (tutors, your professors, classmates) critique the assignment.
- Withdraw. Sometimes it’s just a good idea to throw in the towel. If your professor tells you that you have no chance in getting a respectable grade in the class, then the best thing to do is to withdraw. At the very least, this will save your GPA. Remember your GPA is everything. It will determine scholarship money, whether or not you are allowed to stay in school, and your acceptance into a graduate program. I’ve withdrawn on more than one occasion and it doesn’t mean that you are a failure, it sometimes means that you need to regroup and come back stronger.
These steps are about renewing your commitment to your education – yes, even the last one. If mid-terms hit you hard, take a step back, take a fresh look at the end objective, then make the necessary changes to get connected, stay connected and graduate!
Tawan Perry is the creator of the comprehensive Connect-5 College Completion Program. As a college speaker and as both a former student leader and college administrator, Tawan uses the Connect-5 College Completion program to help guide students step by step from college prep to cap and gown.