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How to Bounce Back From a Bad Grade

Last updated August 24, 2022

How to Bounce Back From a Bad Grade

Let’s face it, we’ve all taken a college class that really challenged us and doesn't reflect our capabilities, and that’s ok. It’s not always how you start, but how you finish-- especially when trying to get back on track after a bad grade. We understand you may want to look back and try to remember what went wrong, but instead, move forward and think about how you can improve for the next test. Here’s are tips on how to bounce back from a bad grade in college:

Ask for help

It’s important to reach out to your professor the moment you’re having challenges, so stop by during office hours to see what support your professor has to offer. You can ask for suggestions on how to be successful in the course and work on a study plan together. A common mistake students make is waiting until the end of the quarter to get support, and this is also typically when many students reach out to the professor in a final effort to improve their grades. Make sure to get ahead of it, so you can give yourself more time and opportunity to get an improvement plan in place.

Create a studying group

By creating a study group, you and your classmates can help each other understand the course materials by quizzing each other, exchanging notes, taking practice tests together, and swapping flashcards. Having study group discussions on different topics also helps enhance your understanding of the content. As a group, you can keep each other accountable and motivated for the next test!

Find a tutor

Exploring what learning supports are available is key! Many campuses offer free tutoring services, which you can typically find online or at your campus library or learning center. Spending one-on-one time with someone who is well-versed in the content can really help you understand the material.

How to Bounce Back From a Bad Grade

Fully engage during class

Sitting in the T-Zone (In the front or up the middle) can maximize your ability to fully focus your attention on your professor. Remove any distractions from your learning environment by putting away your cell phone, sitting with people that will not distract you, and come to class prepared with a notebook and any other essential supplies. After class, review and clean up your notes to ensure you properly captured the lesson. By reviewing your notes immediately after class, you can better retain the information!

Schedule your study time

Start penciling in your study sessions by setting aside specific times to study. Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to study at those times. By creating a consistent schedule, you’ll be able to study a bit of the material at a time instead of trying to cram everything the night before the test. If you fail to plan, your plan will fail!

Learning new study habits can be a challenge, but we’re here to help! Check out the discussion on Study Habits That Work, or text #Hello to 33-55-77 for additional support.

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