It’s currently spring break and Villanova students are anxiously awaiting their midterm grades. I think this is a good time to remind you of what midterm grade reports tell you and how, regardless of what they say, they can be good for you.
Your midterm reports are a way for you to see if your method of studying is working for you in a positive manner. If you have all As, you know that most likely, the way you’re handling your workload and absorbing information is pretty much spot on!
A couple of Bs is no problem either. Sure, there may be some things you can change, but you’re doing pretty well. You can be proud of what you’ve done so far, but determined to do better for the rest of the semester.
Cs and Ds, maybe even an F? First of all: It’s okay. I know that anything below a B can be devastating to stressed out overworked students such as myself (and probably you too!). Even so, it’s great that you now know what your midterm grade is. Just like all the rest of the grades, this tells you what you need to focus on for the rest of the semester. Maybe only studying right before your Psychology exam works out fine and you have a B or higher in the class, but doing the same thing for Calculus II has resulted in a C-. Now you know that there has to be some adjustments. You might need to attend office hours for certain courses, take on some tutoring, reach out to your peers and form solid study groups (that are focused on actually studying), and whatever other support your school (or outside of it) may offer. These grades aren’t your final grades and knowing just what isn’t working and what is working can help you pull your grades up until you are happy with them.
What I want to stress, however, is that if you are working hard and still not receiving the grades you want, don’t destroy yourself over it. Last semester was a difficult semester for me, but I gave it everything I had and more. I didn’t get all of the grades I wanted and my GPA didn’t raise like I had hoped. In one of my job interviews, an interviewer asked me why I thought my GPA went down since the last time it was reported. I told her with full sincere honesty, that it wasn’t what I wanted, but I had given it my very best and I was still proud of my grades and GPA. This was the honest to God truth. She said that she was sure I had worked hard and that my grades were something to be proud of.
It’s true that it hurts when your GPA goes down or you get a B instead of an A, but if you gave it your best from the very beginning (or even a little later), don’t disregard that.
Until next week!
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