Going into college, feeling like a fish out of the water, could really make it difficult for you to perform as well as you probably did in high school. You’re adjusting to a new environment, trying to make new friends, finding your own place in the university, and just trying to figure out what college really entails. It’s important to understand that there are indeed several factors that come into play with regard to your academics. Although standards may differ, at one point or another, you’ll get a grade that you wish you did not receive. Here are some ways on how to deal with your first bad college grade!
Instead of having the mindset that you’re doomed and you’re going to fail with one little slip, try to condition yourself in having a growth mindset. This means that you see things as opportunities to learn and grow. Understanding that you have the ability to rise up from that one bad grade by working hard and putting your best foot forward. Start by replacing “I failed a test therefore I’ll fail the subject” to “Maybe I should try another study method since I didn’t get the best score in the test”.
Schedule a consultation
Most professors indicate their office hours on the syllabus! If not, you can always approach your professor and schedule a consultation. You’ll be able to clarify things you did not understand and even learn things you might have missed during the discussion. If you are not keen on a one-on-one consultation, you may opt to go with your friends or audit a class. Ask your professor if you can sit-in in one of his other sections for your subject so you can have the lesson explained to you again. Your professors are more than willing to help, you just have to ask!
Form a study group
Some people choose to create one Google Doc file and simultaneously take notes during class. Others assign different topics for each student to create a study guide on, while some just simply compile all their notes together. Having a study group is important, especially in freshman year, so you are able to ask help from your classmates. If you are not extroverted or you choose to study alone, sharing or comparing notes with another classmate will both benefit the both of you!
Celebrate your successes and accept your failures
It’s important to understand that it’s just your first year. You’re still adjusting to a 7am – 4pm schedule and to your 3-hour breaks. You’re still trying to get the hang of not falling asleep in long lectures and writing papers in a short amount of time. With this, you should learn how to accept your failures as much as you celebrate your successes. It won’t be an easy path but it is up to you on how you deal with the difficulties you face.