Even the most prominent students may be failing a college class at times.
Well, this is not the end of your world, though it may be a good idea to come up with a good strategy and plan to reduce or minimize possible damage to and to prevent this from happening one more time.
You should be aware of the impact the grade has on your academics and how it may affect your GPA.
Will you still be eligible for next courses in a certain series? Is there a chance you could be put on probation?
Is the fact that you hold a GED® instead of a high school diploma of any influence? Well, it will depend on your specific situation, but you may be required to:
- Find a course or courses that are not requiring any prerequisite and rearrange your schedule(s).
- Make arrangements to take that class again and make sure you won’t fail it this time.
- Perhaps sign up for a summer class at your school and make sure you’ll stay on track to be able to graduate right on time.
How About Your Financial Support Position?
There are quite a few schools that allow for academic slip-ups now and again in a financial way. Be aware, though, that when you’re on academic probation, when you haven’t taken sufficient units, or are a student with any other kind of complication, the fact that you failed a class may have serious consequences regarding your financial support position.
Please get in touch with your school’s financial support office and learn all about in what way your financial situation may be affected by you failing a grade.
Contact Your Advisors
You really should, if possible, ask for a meeting to inform your professor and see if she or he may come up with any suggestions. Is the professor’s class scheduled next year again or perhaps over the summer? Maybe, your professor has some recommendation for you to get tutored by an older graduate student? Did you learn to study independently when you worked towards your GED? Perhaps your professor may recommend some books for you so you’ll be able to get better ready for the next class.
The fact that you have an academic advisor is specifically meant for situations like these. They are there to support you in a situation like this. So get in touch with your academic advisor. He or she will very probably know all about the procedures and academic process at your university.
How Come You Failed? Be Honest
You really need to be honest to yourself about the reasons why you failed the class. Let’s take a look at some reasons that are common:
- Many students procrastinate on studying and assignments.
- Often, they turn in their assignments far too late.
- Many students focus not enough on their academic achievements but rather on partying.
- Often students overcommit to some past-time job or too many extracurriculars.
- Sometimes, students have a bad teaching assistant or professor that they should avoid in future situations.
If you are honest with yourself about finding out why you failed the grade and why things went the way they went will definitely help you determine what you will have to get straightened out to pass that class, and also other classes, in future situations. There are so many other and better ways for socializing than just partying.
Inform Your Parents
Inform your parents or the persons you may have to. Perhaps your parents don’t have any legal right to be informed about your grades, yet you may want to inform them nevertheless. If you’ll put your failed grade right out into the open, you will have one thing less to be stressing about. Your parents may very well give you all the support you require to prevent you from getting into a situation like this again.
Try to look at the big picture. What exactly the bad consequences or parts of you failing a class and your financial situation? What are the consequences you must deal with and that you were not expecting perhaps? What are the changes that you must make regarding your future?
On the other hand, don’t get too tough on yourself. Even the most promising student may fail a class and you’re not realistic when you’re expecting to do it all perfectly and in a timely manner while in college. Sure, you screwed up. Sure, you were failing a class. In most cases, though, you did not ruin your or someone else’s life or placed yourself in a disastrous situation.
Just try to concentrate on the good things you may have learned from this undeniably bad situation. Just see what you’ve learned from this situation and what you’ll have to change to make sure you won’t find yourself again in a similar situation. Go forward, do the things you should do to make progress, and work hard toward achieving your academic goals. Keep in mind that in the end, when you’ve succeeded ultimately, that early “F” won’t look that terrible, after all.
Okay, so you have failed a class. Accept it, move on, and try to let go. Yes, you failing a class may definitely have some major implications but you may overcome the hurdles. Just don’t be afraid to admit that you’ve screwed up. Be honest to yourself and see where what went wrong. The fact of the matter is that you’re actually in college to learn things; also this sort of things. Take away from this experience what you can and make sure you’ll be making the most of this situation. Isn’t that what college supposedly is all about anyway?
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