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SOS: Students Offering Support - How to Deal with a Bad Grade

By Paige Ordway - Eagle Staff Writer

The feeling in your stomach, when your teacher gives you back your test face down with ink written everywhere, is one of the most unsettling feelings you can get during a school day. However, although it may seem tough at times, there are lots of ways to overcome a bad grade and bounce back. 

  1. Switch up how you study 

Switch up your location, maybe to a place with a peaceful view. (Courtesy Photo)

Try some new study spots. Whether that be a different spot in class, a different room at home, or a different coffee shop than Starbucks, they can all be a step forward in helping you study.

“I normally study in my room while listening to music, but now that I'm close to getting my license I've realized that I like sitting in a coffee shop. It's a lot easier to focus,” says junior Claire McElvain.

If you have already found your location that best helps you study, maybe it's your study method.  If the study guide your teacher gave you doesn't make sense, Quizlet, Blooket, and Kahoot will be your best friend. But there are lots of different ways you can switch up the way you look at your material, one popular way being the 2357 rule. Day 1 revise your initial set of notes. Day 2 and Day 3 quickly look over them to refresh. Day 5 and Day 7 revisit them and thoroughly think through them. 

While someone might study best writing flashcards, another might do best by doing a Kahoot everyday. No single person has the same exact study methods. 

2. Seek feedback from your teacher

As much as you feel like your teacher is just a teacher, they are also your friend. If you feel like you're struggling and need extra help, are wondering why you got a bad grade, or just want advice, reach out! It could just end in them saying while they can't change the grade, they can give you feedback that will help you improve next time. Most of the time they will at least appreciate you caring about your grades enough to know what you can do to fix it. 

“Reaching out to my teachers has only done good and not bad. The worst thing they can say is that they can't help your grade," McElvain offered.

3. Keep your grades in perspective

Nobody can change your grade or how you feel about the grade. However, we can tell you that no grade defines how smart you are. If you aren’t a good test taker, THAT'S OK. Tests do not measure you as a person. Focus on your strengths: remind yourself of the great essays you wrote and the good scores you got. No grade should shape how you feel about yourself. 

Senior John Grider puts it all in perspective. “I worry about what I can control. If I can make it up or fix it, I will, but if not then it is what it is. I try and do better next time and learn from it."

If you are having a hard time coping with your grades, remember these three simple steps to reassure yourself that everything is alright. Remember, a bad grade will not make or break you, it will pass over and be okay in the long run.

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