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The midpoint of the semester, along with some academic insecurity, is officially here. After finding out your midterm grades, some of you might be really happy that you are on route to achieving your desired grade. Some of you may also be wondering why you did not get the grades you were expecting. In fact, those grades may not even be close to the passing criteria, commence freak out mode now. First, take a deep breath. It’s not too late to push up those grades!

As the name of her blog article states, Rebecca Lindenbach shares with us “5 Ways to Improve Grades After Getting Low Marks.” These five ways are straightforward steps she suggests one must take in order to wake up from our current state. She starts by facilitating a self-evaluation with the purpose of finding the major cause of your low grades. She then goes on to say that she advises students not to take what their professors and TAs commented on for granted, since they will be the ones helping you succeed in the course. She concludes her article by encouraging students to take advantage of their on campus resources such as the writing center, tutoring center, etcetera.

Just keep in mind that everything is possible with encouragement and consistency. It might be that you have lost your opportunity to get an A in the class, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a better grade than you currently have. As Lindenbach recommended, reach out to your professors and ask for feedback, help or class clarification. Let them know you are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in the class!

5 Ways To Improve Grades After Getting Low Marks

Written By Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator

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