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How can I deal with bad grades?

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Last Updated: 09/14/2020 at 5:31pm
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healing1996
January 11th, 2015 4:09pm
Dealing with bad grades can be tough, especially in cases where parents have high expectations of you, or you have older siblings who have done well in the past and have set the bar high. Negative feelings towards grades can demoralise you and dissuade you from putting in effort for self-improvement. The first and most important step in dealing with bad grades is to recognise that grades are NOT an indicator of your worth. Performance in school is just one part of who we all are, and we have all encountered failure in life in some form or another. Another important aspect to dealing with bad grades is to act on them. Acting on them can give you a sense of drive and purpose, which in turn will help drive away any negative feelings caused by bad grades. Also, acting on these grades is the only way to improve them. Preparing plans and executing them is perhaps the best way to deal with these grades. That way, one failure can be the stepping stone to a great many successes.
warmWatermelon60
April 10th, 2015 7:35am
just focus on school.... try to do your best in class and do your homework! and also be careful of your behaviour... and there you have it! A A A A
StanBerger
April 17th, 2015 8:10pm
There's lots of things you can do. You could ask for extra help from a teacher or friend, or even a tutor. There's also online classes you can take to help you out.
dodmah
September 8th, 2015 12:38pm
Dealing with bad grades is really stressful sometimes. But what we don't understant is why are we getting bad grades. Is it lack of motivation? Is it lazinnes? No. Think about it.If you are stressed than you are not happy and your mental health is more important than some grade. Take care of yourself first and when you are content with everything surrounding you, then you can worry about school. You can fix that grade, but it's harder to fix yourself. Take care of you first.
Anonymous
November 23rd, 2015 5:47pm
Pay attention in class and put in extra time to study. Have friends/family quiz you in areas you have the most difficulty, and you can usually find a tutor close by who is willing to make some extra cash.
Anonymous
September 2nd, 2019 7:06pm
A student cant be judged by grades All successful people in this world are either failures or had bad grades or backbenchers enjoy life grades actually Do not matter you should be intelligent as whole and also try to give your 100% and Stay happy and creative thats What the world needs right now thinking about bad grades getting depressed come on dude we need gems not high graders but still work hard average grades can even make you highly successful and most of all world needs happiness spread happiness and happiness can only be passed when you yourself as whole is happy ...!! 🙂
Anonymous
April 1st, 2015 1:34am
ask your friends to help you, tell your parents about it too, and if it doesn't work... go and tell your teachers you have problems and need some support, maybe they will be kind with u and maybe increase your grades ; )
TheLovableSunshine
May 16th, 2015 8:01pm
Sometimes, we really work over something only to be disappointed with a bad result. There's nothing wrong with sulking, crying, and blaming yourself. Go on. Do it. But after that, you should assess what went wrong, so you can correct it and do better next time. Sit with your sadness for a bit, let it sink in. You failed, but it's not over, so get on with it and do better!
ChinchillaMonster
September 1st, 2015 2:07am
Bad grades are common. Everyone experience bad grades..mostly. except for gifted student like Sheldon Copper, he will never have that in his life dictionary. We are normal human and we tend to make mistakes. Maybe our bad grades comes from us that doesn't have enough effort to study and researching on the subject. Our brain doesn't work the same as others. Some need extra work and.effort to get an A+. While others maybe gifted with genius brain that can only take a day to understand and memorize important concept. The point is, it is better to get know yourself. Learn how yourself works. How can you manage yourself with study technique that you are comfortable with. If you are a slow learner, you have to struggle. Seems tough right? But actually it gives benefit for you. Maybe you will think it is time consuming, but when you study and focus on it, you will notice that the more you learn, the better understanding you get. It will teach you to be grateful for your effort. Just focus on what you need to understand, the subject's objectives, practice past year question, let go partying or gaming for a while and find study technique that suits yiu the most. If you can't understand, refer to the lecturers or teachers or maybe your friends. But as for me, i prefer to ask my lecturer or teacher because they know much more than our friends. They know what they want us to answer and we as a student need to fulfill their requirements. Don't give up because we can't predict our future.
Saltedbythesea
December 22nd, 2015 2:48am
There is a lot more space needed to answer this but here are the basics - 1. Meet with the teachers and ask what you need to do differently 2. Get a planner 3. Learn HOW TO USE a planner 4. There is no such thing as NO HOMEWORK unless you are getting all A's There is always something to review, read, notes to copy over etc. If you aren't willing to put in the time and effort, then just accept your bad grades. 5. Finally - back to #1 - Go to every teacher and directly ask "What do I need to do to get a (A, B etc) in this class?" Write down what they tell you and then do it. Check in every week to make sure you are on track.
Cass14idy
December 28th, 2015 10:16pm
Work hard and try to get better have confidence in your self knowing that you can get what you want.
Bulelo
January 5th, 2016 1:07pm
Find a way to motivate yourself! Ask for help from peers, siblings or even your teachers and work hard. Always ensure that you try your best and study hard; if you continue to achieve bad grades make peace and understand that you are struggling and need assistance or a tutor to help you.
nyehJames89
January 26th, 2016 2:47am
When you have bad grades try going to someone who would help you in your progress. Homework places work the best.
callmekailie
May 10th, 2016 3:34am
Many people would say that grades are not important. But truth be told, they are crucial if you want to grow up to be a doctor or perhaps a lawyer. Yes, there are still people who are successful like Bill Gates. but hey, I don't think I'm that lucky to do so well without a degree. I used to be so anxious and uneasy whenever I received back my results (I still am) because it's either you meet your expectations or you don't. But I have come to realise that bad grades simply means that there's something that you do not know, maybe there is this mathematics formula that you aren't familiar with or a English word that you have never seen before, and the way to get over it is to simply find the answer to your mistakes. Getting bad grades is just part of life, sometimes you do well and sometimes you do not, and the crucial part is to not repeat the same mistakes again. Perhaps your current study method is not for you? Are you a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner? Do you perform better with sufficient sleep? Bad grades are tough to deal with. You might feel miserable for not meeting expectations or perhaps even worthless but they can be fixed and it is not the end, there will be more tests to come (lots more). One thing you should not do is to get used to seeing bad grades, as some of my friends have succumbed to. It's normal to feel upset after receiving a bad grade and some may eventually believe that they are destined to not do well so they brush of bad grades as something they have gotten used to and as such, they do not put in as much effort as they should for upcoming tests. Okay, my point is that bad grades are not pleasant but do not let it dictate your day and learn from it.
Greatlistener87
May 30th, 2016 8:56am
Fine a new technique to study. Sometimes when you are so use to a way of studying you might overlook some things.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2016 6:11pm
Coping up with bad grades is always difficult if you have had a higher expectation from yourself. Even if your grades aren't what you expected doesn't make your future hopeless . Try talking to someone who isn't involved in the situation like a friend, professors who can help you enhance your grade. Stop being irritative to people who taunt you or remind you of the same. Talk to your parents about why you scored less and ensure them to work harder the next time. Don't panic and stop thinking about what you have received. Make an action plan ( that you can strictly follow) Finally be ready to move on . Even if the end results are not as you hoped then to be , they wont decide your future.Learn from mistakes or slip-ups you may have made that resulted in a less-than-ideal result, and apply it to the next thing that comes your way. I hope my answer helps you :)
kiwi52
November 15th, 2016 6:56am
I try to remind myself that it isn't the end of the world. I know that seems obvious but it always hits hard to get grades that you feel like you can't recover from. It often helps me to plan for my next success as soon as I feel ready to, and what I mean is to keep note of what it was this time that you feel you need to change in order to succeed the next time, i.e. study earlier or engage in more repetition study to help the information stick, etc.
sereneHoliday44
May 8th, 2017 4:54am
Bad grades is not such a big deal. Try to find why did you get the grades below your expectations. Since there is nothing as bad grades, it is simply your grades are below your expectations and there is a pitfall here to avoid is that do not set your expectations on some one else''s desire. It has to be your expectation. And once you find that out you would start to achieve the expected grades or even perhaps exceed your expectations.
Sageypie
February 27th, 2018 7:16pm
Breathe, I tend to get to have panic attacks so breathing exercises helps the most with me. And sleeping it off. You will be better next time
Anonymous
April 17th, 2018 10:50am
First acknowledge and examine them. How bad are they? How will they impact you? Usually things aren't as bad as you think if you examine them closely. If they really are bad, ask yourself why are they bad? Do you have bad studying habits such as multi-tasking whilst doing your homework (watching t.v whilst doing assignments is an example). There's nothing much you can do about bad grades except for accepting they were bad and trying not to repeat the same mistakes that lead to them.
PlushPetTony11
July 15th, 2019 1:58pm
Getting help is the most important part when it comes to grades. Talk about your grades with your teacher, family, friends. See if anyone can help you. Maybe your teacher can run you through some things or set a little time aside to help you understand certain things better. Go through what you’re struggling. Perhaps your family can test you in advance. Maybe they’ll help with resources such a books or a tutor for you. Maybe you could get a study buddy or a tutor of sorts. Don’t struggle in silence and feel down and ashamed when exams come around. Be prepared for them and that will help you to feel better, feel more prepared and hopefully will improve your grades.
bubblegumPuppy68
December 24th, 2019 12:01pm
Dealing with bad grades can be a bit of a challenge. My suggestion would be to go to the instructors and ask for extra help and or see if there are any tutors that can help you. There are also websites that help people with school work and it is a free service. Dealing with bad grades sure does not make one feel good about themself, and destroys our confidence. Acceptance that you are struggling in an area is the first step to getting the help you need. You may not become an A student but I think if you get the help you can improve
peachybby0
September 14th, 2020 5:31pm
First, I let it all out by crying. Then, I proceed to taking a nap. Once I wake up, I will begin with writing a short diary to summarise my day and effort that I've put in for the specific test/exam. Personally, I do not dwell on it for too long and I'll start looking for someone who I can vent to, like for example, my parents, lecturer(s) in charge for the subject, as well as, my close friends. I'll also start doing other activities to prevent myself from isolating and being upset, like, reading my favorite book and baking.