A student who is doing poorly in my class came in to see if there hope of getting the B she says needs for a variety of reasons. This scenario is painfully familiar to lots of students and professors this time in the semester.
By now about 2/3 of the points in many classes are in and the odds of a dramatic turn around get slimmer every day. But still there’s SOME hope –and who can fault a student for trying?
By all means talk to your professors. Better late than never even if you’ve put off the conversation until two weeks before the final. We’ve all dealt with our share of desperate students but don’t be surprised if the odds of a happy ending aren’t great. The math just may not work out no matter what you do.
You’ll get more sympathy if you’ve consistently sought help and shown extra effort. I plan to meet with another student in the same course to review my in-class review to be sure he gets everything. He never misses a class, pays close attention and is grateful for extra assistance. We’re in this together.
Here are a few other tips for students seeking to salvage their grades as we head into the home stretch:
•DO meet with your professor but DON’T try to guilt trip him/her into giving you a higher grade because you need to keep a scholarship, get into med school etc.
•Seek advice on the best way to ace the final exam.
• Ask your professor to suggest a student who might tutor you for a modest fee. Seek aid through university tutoring centers or find a study buddy in the course, preferably one that is doing better than you are.
•Check your finals schedule and see if your professor teaches more than one section of your course. Sometimes professors with multiple sections will allow a student to take the final with another section on a lighter day or later in the week.
These are intense, crazy days for faculty and students. Above all, don’t do anything stupid like forgetting to turn in a paper or skipping a review session. The end is in sight!