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Spring session is coming to an end, and maybe this semester didn’t go the way you thought it would. You may feel like you are racing against the clock to bring up a low grade in your course. You know you can pass the class, but you’ve fallen behind for one reason or another. You may feel stressed or overwhelmed as to how to get back on track. Do not give up just yet! This article will give you that extra motivation and encouragement that you will need to finish strong!
Be Calm and Stay Positive
There is no need to panic, because that may make things worse. You already know that your grade is not where you want it to be, but it does not end here! Think positively about how you can take control of the situation. Tell yourself: “I will improve my grade” and “I will pass this course.” Using positive thoughts will give you the encouragement that you need to take the first step in improving your grade.
Talk to Your Teacher
Asking for help in an online class may be a bit of challenge compared to a traditional classroom setting. It may feel impossible to pinpoint exactly where you are having difficulties. However, just like in a traditional classroom, your VSC teacher is there to help you. Your teacher can assist you in the areas which you are struggling, and they know the steps you need to take to be successful.
Have an open and honest conversation with your teacher about what might be causing you to have a low grade in the course. During this conversation, your teacher will be able to give you advice on the ways you can work to improve your grade and successfully complete the course.
In addition, knowing all the ways that you can contact your teacher for assistance is very helpful in an online environment. VirtualSC students can contact their teachers in many ways, such as: Messaging through the Student Dashboard, sending an email, and or contacting them via phone or Skype during their teacher’s office hours.
Once you have a clear plan on the steps that you need to take to improve your grade, it is time to take action! Do not leave for tomorrow what can be done, today. Decide on a time each day that will allow you to study, complete assignments and work to enhance your grade. You may even ask your teacher if you can make up a late assignment that you missed. Be sure to utilize the resources that are made readily available to you, such as study guides; notes, video tutorials and grading rubrics that are included in your course.
Check on Your Progress
Once you have set your plan into place, and have taken action, make sure to stay in regular contact with your teacher. Send a weekly or biweekly message to your teacher, regarding where you stand in their course. You should also check your gradebook regularly to understand your status.
It is not an easy task to improve your grade in a course after falling behind. Set a series of smaller goals for yourself and once achieved, remember to celebrate! Do a happy dance, have a movie night, or indulge in a new book. You have come a long way, and you deserve it!