Now that the first round of midterms is almost completed, you’ve probably started to get your first midterm grades back. If you didn’t do as well as you expected on an exam, don’t be discouraged! Taking college exams is not an easy task, especially if you’ve never taken one before. Some helpful ideas to stay on track for the rest of the semester…
Here are some tips that I have found helpful after getting a disappointing grade on a midterm.
Talk to your instructor
Stop by office hours and go over your exam with the instructor. This is really helpful because you’ll be able to go over your mistakes and find out why your answers were incorrect. Make sure to ask questions and always ask to clarify a topic that you do not completely understand. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them!
Develop new study habits
In high school, you probably didn’t have to study much for midterms. In college, studying may require hours at Library, memorizing pages of notes and study guides. This is not always the most effective way to study the material. It’s not about how long you study, but rather how well you study.
Make use of the resources on campus
Check out the campus tutoring centers (if you haven’t already) for help with subjects that many students study in their first year.
Hold yourself accountable
We need to be the one to take responsibility for the disappointing grade. If you do get a bad grade, it’s okay to be upset about it, but then try to find ways to improve yourself. The best way to deal with a bad grade is to put in the effort to do things differently and to strive even harder the next time for the grade you feel like you deserve.
Getting your first bad grade on an exam can make you rethink a lot of things in life: your major, your career choice. Everyone struggles with staying motivated at one time or another. The most successful students are the ones who ask for help when they need it! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. Stay positive, work hard and make it happen!