What to Do When You Fail Classes in College

Last updated on November 27, 2017

It can be difficult to deal with failing classes in college. However, these can make a big difference in your grades, whether you graduate college and even what jobs you can eventually secure. Thus you will want to take them quite seriously. Consider the following strategies for dealing with this situation.

1) Talk to the teacher.

The first thing you might want to do is talk to the teacher to see if there is anything you can do to avoid a failing grade. In a lot of cases, the teacher might give you some extra credit or allow you to do something to raise your grade, at least to the point where you can get credit for the class.

If you have a reasonable explanation such as if you were sick then talk to him or her about it. No matter what, you can talk about how you are willing to work hard to do what you can to get a better grade.

Also, if the class is not yet over, then you might be able to raise your grade with the final exam. If this is the case, then work hard to try to salvage your grade.

2) Find out your options for making up the class.

In some colleges they will let you make up a class that you have failed. You may be able to take the same class again. Sometimes your grade will be a combination of the two grades. Different schools have different policies on this.

If you need the class for your program or to graduate, then you will obviously have to take it again.

If you do not need the class, then you might just decide to forgo that class and work harder at your other classes to raise your GPA. Remember that the failed class will show up on your records in that case, however.

When you do take the class over again, then you will want to do what you can to avoid a repeat performance. If you did not like the teacher, then you can look for a different one, if available.

Try to address what caused you to fail in the first place. If you skipped classes, then go on time. Do all of your work. Go to the teacher and seek extra help if you need it.

3) Forgive yourself and move on.

A failing grade can be devastating. Some people may never have failed a class before and might be used to high school, where teachers are much more likely to give second chances.

If you have failed a class, then do not let it affect you to the point that you end up with depression or another problem. Do what you can to try to make it up and do better from there on.

You cannot change the past, and there is only so long you should beat yourself up for it. Improving yourself is the best way to make up for it.


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