Are you feeling down about your grades? It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on an exam, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. And there are always reasons to improve. If you fail a few tests, you can turn your semester around. If you fail a whole grade, you can do better next time. Just don’t get down on yourself!

If you’ve received a few low grades on assignments throughout the year and you’re facing you’re final exam, then you still have time to bring up your final grade. Don’t accept failure!

  1. Gather all your work assignments to determine exactly how and why you earned the low grades. Identify your weak points. Did your grades suffer because of careless grammar or poor writing habits? If so, be more mindful of grammar and structure during the final.
  2. Ask for advice from the teacher. Teachers can direct you to resources that are topic-specific.
  3. Put all your energy into the final test or project. Find a tutor to help you. Ask the teacher to explain the format of the test. Will it be an essay exam or a multiple choice test? Target your study accordingly.
  4. Join a study group. Discuss the final exam with other students. They may have notes that you missed or they may have better insight into the teacher’s preferences when it comes to test questions and answers.
  5. Improve memory skills. There are many techniques to improve your memory. Find one that is best for you and the material you’re studying.

Looking toward the future:

If you have just received your end-of-year grades and you’re looking forward to improving your performance next year, there are plenty of things you can do.

  1. Get organized. Keep a journal of assignments to identify strengths and weaknesses. Organize your supplies and establish a good study space.
  2. Try to use colour-coded supplies to stay organized.
  3. Identify your personal learning style. This is critical to improving your study habits. Don’t waste valuable study time using ineffective study methods.
  4. Review your schedule. Cut out extracurricular activities that don’t help you reach your true goals. If you’re involved with that team or club just for fun—then you may need to make some tough decisions.
  5. Improve your writing skills. Students sometimes complain because they are penalized for poor writing in courses other than English. Teachers don’t have much patience for this complaint! Good writing skills are critical for every class
  6. Join a study group.

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