The end of the year can be a stressful time as you await your grades from your teachers or professors. Some students can’t wait to get their report cards. They know they worked hard to complete all of their assignments and they studied. Other students might find themselves nervous to get their grades because of one hard test or assignment. Nevertheless, waiting for your report card can make you anxious.
There are certain ways, however, to relieve yourself of the stress you might be feeling. If you’re nervous that your grade will be lower than what you or your parents expected, this can cause of a lot of anxiety. And anxiety can lead to serious effects in school like fear of learning, fear of taking tests and fear of failure.
There are some things you can do if you find yourself in this boat and need a way to boost your grade before the school year ends.
Tips for Student Grades
- Speak with your teacher. I know that talking to your teachers can be really scary, but trust me, they are there to help you succeed. Ask them for a snapshot of your grade to see how it compares to your expected results. If your grade is higher – hurray! If your grade is lower – ask what you can do to boost it in these finals hours.
- Know where you’re at. Instead of waiting to learn your grade until it’s too late, keep up on your grades throughout the class. Check in with your teachers regularly to check on your scores. That way, there will be no surprises when you get your report card because you have already done the legwork and know what to expect.
- Find extra credit opportunities. If you have a teacher who is offering extra credit, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY! We all know the common saying about opportunity – when it knocks, you answer, because you never know when or if it will knock again.
- Take summer courses. I know this seems like an unappealing option, especially if you have rad plans for the summer, but it can be helpful in improving your GPA. The more classes you take, the more opportunities you have to boost your grade point average. Remember what we said about opportunity?
- Stay ahead from the get-go. This isn’t really something you can do in the final hours, but it is something you can carry with you into your future classes. If you let yourself fall behind before and it affected your grade negatively, use a different approach next time. Create a schedule for completing your homework on-time and develop a positive relationship with your teacher starting on the first day of class.