Recovering From the Verge of Failing
- Dealing With Failure
- Recovering From the Verge of Failing
If you are getting back assignment after assignment, quiz after quiz and test after test with failing grades, you may be on the verge of failing.
This can be a scary moment, realizing that you might actually fail. Or that moment could be the added motivation you needed to start trying harder in the class.
It’s scary because nobody likes failing. It can sometimes be like an intervention, allowing you to admit you have a problem and that you are in trouble. Here are some tips on how to handle this situation and hopefully put yourself in a position to pass.
“Stay calm” is something that I like to say for a lot of things. That is because I’ve been in college for four years and I’ve seen and been through a lot. So when I say “stay calm,” it’s for your best interest
and because you can’t focus if you are panicking.
Staying calm will also clear your head and help you think about the next thing you need to do. Also, things don’t seem as bad when you have a clear head.
Talking to your teacher when you are not overwhelmed by emotion – depressed or frustrated with your grades – can make a huge difference, too. Your teacher will understand you a little better and will be more likely to help you.
Turn in Your Work
A lot of times, we are failing because we don’t keep up with the course syllabus. The syllabus should have on it everything that you are supposed to be doing that week. It is a good tool for planning ahead and knowing exactly what you need to do.
If you fall behind and your teacher accepts late work (usually with a percentage taken off), then it is a good idea to use the syllabus to catch up on the work that you missed. Although it won’t be counted as a 100 or anything, a 60 is better than a 0.
Talk It Out
You may meet people who are academically gifted and understand everything you are learning in class. But these people are few and far between. In fact, many people who act like they get what’s going on in class are just as lost as you are and probably suffering with their grades. Sometimes, just having a study session with some of your fellow classmates can help you all understand the material better.
If you are on the verge of failing, it can be hard to come back. It’s especially difficult if you wait too long to do something about your grade.
As a last resort, you can ask your professor for extra credit. A lot of professors might hear this request and you can actually see the anger in their faces. A lot of them don’t like giving out extra credit at the end of the semester because they feel that if you needed help or had a problem with the work, you could have gone to see them earlier.
However, some teachers might help you out. Out of respect, it is important to get the extra credit done right away.
Failing is something that can be prevented. If you need help, it’s not bad to ask for it. We are in a learning environment, so there are no dumb questions.
Unless your question is what time does class end.