How freshmen can rebound from low grades


“For the love of God, go talk to your professors.  Very few of them actually want to see students fail, and if they are teaching a class with freshmen in it, chances are this is not the first time they have seen students pull bad grades at midterms.  If you go talk to them and then make an effort to show that you are putting more effort or work into the class, you are more likely than not to see improvements by the end of the semester. They are a great resource, so use them!”

— Alex Hanel

“One thing that I’ve always found helpful when it comes to studying for classes is to either study alone, or to study with classmates other than your close friends. When you study with friends, you are much more likely to get sidetracked, and your concentration will be compromised. When I choose to study either alone or with people I don’t know as well, I find that I am able to concentrate far better than I would otherwise. In addition to the people with whom you study, the location is also important. You will get more done in a quiet environment than a loud one, as obvious as that may sound. I love to study off campus, especially at the St. Louis Public Library in the Central West End. The atmosphere there is perfect for some weekend studying.”

— Joshua Connelly

“If you did not do well on your first SLU midterms, I could give you some fluffy advice about the need to study hard and ask questions going into finals, but I would like to offer a bit of tough love instead: Get your act together. You’re a freshman, and, unless you switch your major to something substantially different than what you’re doing now, it’s going to get harder. This is college; the days of coasting by on the weighted AP courses are over.”

— Paul Brunkhorst

“I’m not exactly the best person to ask about this topic, since I’ve never been the type to obsess about grades on a single test (or two…). If you’re not happy with your grades, change something. Shut down that little voice in your head that’s saying “this isn’t fair”. Sure, a test might be difficult, but you aren’t being persecuted because teachers mark you off for a question you got wrong. Bitch and moan for a little to get it out of your system, but nobody likes the guy who’s always whining about how much that teacher “totally screwed me on that test”. You probably didn’t study enough, didn’t get enough outside help, or (gasp) you just aren’t cut out for your major — and contrary to what some may have you believe, that doesn’t mean the world is over.”

— Ryan Quinn

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