It’s the home stretch! There are only 2-5 weeks left of school, depending on your school. Hopefully your grade is where you want it to be, but if it’s not, what can you do?
As I recommend all school year, studying and doing well in school is a process that begins long before any actual class starts. It’s not good to wait until the last minute to focus on your gradesbecause there’s not much time left. However, even this late in the game, there are probably still a few things you can do to pull in those last couple points.
1) Talk to the teacher. Your teachers want you to succeed, so find out how by asking them! Review your assignments with the teacher and see where you made mistakes. Ask for advice on what you did incorrectly or for resources to help you understand better. Your teacher can help you form a plan of what you need to raise your grade. Remember that you have to be realistic about the plan. If you haven’t understood a lot of the class so far, it’s not realistic to ace the final exam. However, you can still make a plan to do well.
2) Turn in missing assignments. Often, for whatever reasons, students haven’t turned in all the homework or classwork assignments. Ask your teacher if late work is accepted. If so, turn them in now! Most teachers will give partial credit if you turn in your missing work. Partial credit is better than no credit, right? So turn in those assignments. And of course, turn in the remaining assignments on time!
3) Ask for extra credit. Keep in mind that teachers usually only give extra credit to students who have been trying to do better in the class. It’s not meant to make up for slacking off the whole term. Teachers don’t have to give extra credit work (that’s why it’s called EXTRA credit) but they might assign a special project or paper if the student has shown effort. So…
4) Show some effort! Ask questions in class. GO to class! Take notes in class. Actually study. Take responsibility for your grade, and your teacher will give you more chances to raise it. In the end, only you are responsible for your grade, so put in the effort to get the grade you want.
5) Find outside help. Go to review classes or an after-school tutorial class. Find a study group. If you can’t find one, search for a local private tutor for more personalized on-going help. Any outside help will help you understand the material better, which will help you do better on the test, of course.
With only a few weeks left, be realistic that these tips won’t pull your grade from an F to an A… or maybe even from a C to an A. However, doing these things can mean the difference between a B and an A, or a D and a C. That one, the D to C grade, is where you might be, which is a big difference because it’s the difference between passing and repeating the class. So make the effort to pull up your grade, and hopefully you’ll have what you want. Let me know if you need help!