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12:00 AM, November 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:09 AM, November 16, 2018

How to save the semester

If you've already crawled into a foetal position with your tears forming a pool around your face on the cold floor you are lying on, and you are 28 episodes of Bojack Horseman into failing tomorrow's midterm and now all you can do is accept your inevitably plummeting cgpa and dark future… know, that there is hope yet.

1.  Accepting accountability

If you didn't give your 100% on your own accord, it's your fault you are getting bad grades. Stop blaming the teacher, your loved ones, your mood or the weather. In case the situation you were in was beyond your control, then accept that fixing it is still up to you. Figure out the possible worst and best case scenarios and try to make sure only the latter happens in real life.

2. Talk it out

Most university professors have allotted visiting hours for a reason. Make use of them. Go make an appointment with your teacher and explain to them why you're lagging behind. If it's a legitimate reason, they will keep your case in mind while grading you. If not, perhaps they will be able to give you the best advice on how to improve your grade throughout the rest of the semester, and maybe even feel bad enough for you to make special provisions for you during assessments later on.

3. Ask for more

During your appointment with your lecturer, you can ask for a second chance. Ask them if there are any extra papers you can write as bonus assignments. Or if you can re-write and re-submit previous papers with bad grades. Maybe even talk to other students from your class who are on the verge of failing, and request improvement assignments/tests together.  Even the toughest, most unyielding faculty members respect the willingness to make amends through hard work, and when more than 4-5 students make the same request, they are bound to find the case negotiable.

4. Get tutored

It's not hard to find a tutor in a friend. If you have a friend who has done the course before, or is currently doing it with you and is relatively better at it, you can always reach out for help, maybe ask for notes or start a regular ritual of meeting after class to get overviews of each lecture. Never feel embarrassed to ask for help.

5. Attend classes

True, you may have already missed enough classes to assume you messed up your attendance grades for good, but showing up to class helps you to improve the impression your lecturer has of you. If you diligently pay attention in class and participate significantly more, your lecturer will be assured that you do plan on working harder for the rest of the semester.

6. If nothing else works..

Share this image, or show 54 others this picture of Hosico in shades for good luck. If you don't, you will fail this semester.


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