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School Hacks: I Failed a Class…What Do I Do Now?

So you get your final exam score back and you realize you may end up failing a class…what are you supposed to do now? Another common scenario could be that possibly your test score could lead to a fail if you don’t ace the final. What do you do next? These situations may arise hopefully only once in your college career or not at all.

First, you need to find out if your teacher offers any extra credit, and inquire with a counselor if you can make up the course or take another one if possible. For those who have received their transcript it could be too late, but always find out from your teachers and campus counselors before you just accept the final grade (especially if you have decent attendance and completed all of your work).

Some advice from USA Today is to confirm your final score with your professor, because there is a difference even between a D and an F. You don’t want to take failing a class lightly, because if this happens on multiple occasions, you could risk being on academic probation. Make sure to inquire if you can take an “incomplete” (no credit for the class) or ask for the option of an “unsatisfactory” grade instead of the F (if applicable).

Another option is if you’re not able to do extra credit, find out if you’re able to withdraw from the class if the exam grade is detrimental to your final class score, if it’s not too late in the semester. (If this happens in the beginning of the semester, you may want to consider switching classes if there are alternate ones to choose from that may be more suitable to your strengths.)

If there are no other choices and you must take the class again, decide if you want to take it next semester or if you need a break from the subject. One pro to taking it next semester (if it is offered) is that the material, even if you didn’t grasp it fully, will still be fresh on your mind. You might also need a few semester break before jumping in head first. If you have options, try switching up the professor and day/time of the course. That could set you up for success.

Advice to Prevent a Future Fail

Try your very best to not fail a class, as it reflects poorly on your transcript and can affect scholarships or financial aid. Make sure to have good, consistent attendance because this can be a reason you get a lower grade as well. Make sure to complete all assignments, homework, projects and presentations, and make sure to turn them in on time. (This will give you the highest potential grade even if you struggle with taking exams.)

Consider getting a tutor if you know you’re not as strong in the subject or find out if other help/extra credit is offered from your professor. Be proactive and try to be ahead in the class, especially if you retake it and even explore doing extra credit. Another piece of advice would be to take the same teacher again (unless you feel they taught poorly or are unfairly difficult).

If you don’t find a solution, you need to move forward, and take the course again and really focus on this class. Make sure to dedicate the proper time to study and prepare for success, as well as speak with the teacher about the class being difficult for you. Find out this is mandatory for graduation, and if it’s not, then find a different subject. You can do it!

[Sources: college.usatoday.com/2013/11/20/5-strategies-to-handle-failing-a-class; usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/02/09/3-steps-to-take-if-your-college-student-fails-a-class]

PI Girls, have you experienced this and what was your solution?

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