Maybe you partied a little too much, or maybe you simply didn’t study as hard as you should have last semester. Either way, you’ve failed one too many classes. You had to suffer through explaining to your parents that you failed the semester and you’re now on academic probation. The topic of academic probation isn’t something college students are usually open to talking about, but it is definitely an issue that many of them face.
While every institution is different, being put on academic probation usually means that you did not meet the required cumulative grade point average. You have a set amount of semesters to either pull your GPA up or risk losing that scholarship you worked so hard for. Worse, you risk getting kicked out of school.
It’s the beginning of the next semester, you have a semi-fresh start and you’re hoping for a better outcome this time around. If you’re on academic probation, remember these three tips this semester:
1. “A” for effort
You won’t raise your GPA if you don’t put in more effort. Don’t give up hope. The light at the end of the tunnel is called the library, and you should consider spending a few hours there each week to research and go over notes. Change up your study environment every now and then, and find a quiet place where you can think. Meeting with your professors to explain your situation can also be valuable. Who knows? They might even provide you with some bonus work. Teachers love helping students who genuinely desire to do better. The most important part of recovery is effort.
2. Avoid the stress
It’s hard to pass a class that you don’t attend for instruction, so go to class. Taking notes and participating in study groups is vital. Good study habits increase your chances of earning higher scores. Why bother dealing with the headache that comes along with academic probation? Don’t let yourself get there in the first place. In addition, be sure to keep your own record of your grades, because professors can mix up scores.
3. The World isn’t over
Maybe you’re disappointed in yourself. You just didn’t quite reach good academic standing. There is no need to label yourself as a failure. There are many successful people in the world that didn’t do well in college. For example, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years, but still became successful in his endeavors. College is a learning experience. While academic probation is far from a good thing, the world doesn’t cease to exist when you fail a few college classes.
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