Struggling Online Students Can Pull Through
It is discouraging when, despite all of your hard work and effort, you still face the possibility of failing one of your online college courses. But rather than giving up and not trying anymore, you should still cling to the hope of pulling through with a passing grade before the course ends.
The first step you should take to fix a failing grade is to identify why you are failing. Look over your past grades and see where you faltered. Did you have a low test grade? Did you miss an assignment? Have you been turning in all of your work late? Whatever the problem is, be sure to address it. Try harder to turn in all of your work on time or ahead of schedule in order to avoid late penalties. Study harder and smarter to ensure that your next test scores are as high as possible. Manage your work better to prevent missing an assignment in the future. Recognizing where you stumbled is essential to getting back onto your academic feet.
Next, contact your class instructor. Explain your situation and ask for extra credit work or other tips on how you can pull your grade up. Many instructors will offer extra credit opportunities to students who seem sincerely earnest in wanting to pull their grades up, so be sure to apply yourself when you do receive extra credit chances. Do not disrespect yourself and your instructor by asking for an extra credit opportunity and then blowing it off.
If examinations seem to be your biggest issue, talk with your instructor about it. Though he or she is undeniably busy, your instructor also wishes for all students to succeed. He or she will likely help you in any way possible, including explaining exactly what is required on an essay. Take note of what your instructor says, as you may gather clues as to exactly what you should focus your studies on when the next examination rolls around.
Online classes are tough, but giving up and quitting halfway through a course is not the best thing you can do. Not only will you end up wasting time and extending the time it takes to earn your degree, but you will also be costing yourself money. The longer it takes for you to earn a degree, the more you will have to pay. For that and many more reasons, it is imperative that even if you are struggling in an online class to work even harder and double your efforts in earning a high, passing grade.