At this point in the semester, you probably know whether you’re having problems in any of your classes. Having difficulty in college is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s likely that all students will experience academic trouble at least once in their college career. Deciding what to do in such a situation is what’s most important to your overall college success.
Do Something Early
You probably know when you’re having a rough time in a class right away. There’s no point in denying it and hoping the situation will get better on its own. Making a decision to be proactive is the best strategy. Decide to do something right away.
The first step is to talk to you instructor. He or she will have insight into your performance and into what it takes to pass the course in question. Your professor can give you the best advice on just what it will take to pull off a decent grade.
Go to your school’s tutoring center and request a weekly tutoring session. These services are usually free and are available at most institutions. Working one on one with a tutor can help you get over any learning hurdles you may be experiencing. It really can make a difference.
If you’re not able to get a tutor, you do have other options. You can find supplemental books or resources in the library on your subject. Even reading your text can help you to understand the material. Some students learn better by reading it on their own. I’m definitely that kind of learner. Something else you can sometimes do is find another professor’s class to attend. Maybe you just need the material explained to you in a different way, and most teachers wouldn’t have a problem with you sitting in on their lectures.
Know the Consequences
Make an appointment to see your college adviser if you’re in danger of failing a course. It’s important you know how you may be affected by receiving a failing grade. Some policies require you to pass a certain number of credits in order to keep your financial aid. A low GPA can also land you on academic probation or suspension. An adviser can spell out the policies for you and help you make an informed decision on how to handle the situation in your best interest.
The most important thing is that you don’t sit back and do nothing, hoping the situation will improve. It won’t, but there is a very strong chance that you can get help. You just have to ask for it.