There can be many reasons, as a college student, that you find yourself midway through spring semester tanking academically.
But your grades can be salvaged if you follow my tried and true tips for how to save your semester. I’ve listed my top 10 below for your salvation.
10. Stop skipping class.
Seriously, you’ve paid for it, so why not show up? I know it’s spring semester: the birds are chirping and the flowers are growing. But you simply have to attend class if you truly want to turn things around. And honestly, my guess is that not going to class may be part of the reason you are in this mess to begin with.
9. Take notes.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the vast majority of professors base exams on their lectures. If you want to do better on your finals, then learning how to take notes is key. It’s not hard and, most importantly, it will help you focus in class.
8. Hear what the professors are saying.
What do I mean by this? Professors often give you clues about what you need to remember. Choice comments such as “You would be well served to remember this” is begging you to pay attention to the information about to be imparted. So, listen up!
7. Don’t wait to study.
Mid-way through spring semester, another one of my tips for how to save your grade is to start studying now. It is never too early to start prepping and studying for finals.
6. Talk to your professors.
If you know you are in bad shape, the time is now to start communicating with your professors. It is possible that if they know you are concerned, they might throw you a bone or an extra assignment to give you another opportunity to right the sinking ship that is your grade. U.S. News writer Lisa McMullen advised in an article, “3 Tips to Overcome a Bad Grade in College,” that college students remember your professors are not out to get you.
5. Talk to classmates.
Find the ones that you know are crushing it. Ask them to study with you or explain something you don’t get. They can be a valuable resource.
4. Create a plan.
I’m not suggesting you go crazy with a multi-colored calendar board on your wall or anything, but do be sure that you understand what your schedule is like in the weeks before finals and that you budget time for studying and assignments.
3. Take care of yourself.
How to save your semester also must include getting plenty of rest and eating right. I know from experience that no amount of studying will help if you let yourself become run down.
2. Time to treat yourself.
And once finals are over and done with—walk away. What’s done is done now. Hopefully you did your best to save your spring semester. Either way, plan a treat to honor all your efforts.
1. Don’t panic.
Finally, remember to just try to calm down and take things one day at a time. A bad spring semester is not what you want, but if your efforts don’t save it, it won’t be the end of the world. Consider summer courses to offset any damage you may have done to your GPA.
A bonus tip just for college students.
Don’t forget about your college’s Learning Resource Center or Writing Center. Both can provide valuable help when you are trying to figure out how to save your spring semester.