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Five Ways to Avoid a Poor Report Card

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report card2014 is winding down – and so is the first semester. Now’s the time to check into grades to make sure you end the semester where you want to be – and take action now if you need to course correct.

Here are five action steps to take now.

1. Check your online marks.

You know that list that you’re checking twice this time of year? Add grades and school work on to it. But when you go online, don’t just look at the grade. Really dive in and take a look at each assignment and assess if there’s anything you can do to up your score. Are you missing a crucial assignment that you could redo (or maybe you just forgot to turn it in?) Could you rewrite an essay for more points? If you correct the math problems, might you get half credit? Many times, every point counts so figure out how to up your total – and sometimes it might be easier than you think.

2. Talk to your teacher about extra credit.

Teachers love when students are proactive, and they might be able to offer an extra assignment that would help raise your grade. Sometimes, it might entail doing something outside of class, like participating in a science fair or doing a project online. It could be an extra essay or presentation to the class. It never hurts to ask!

3. Find out what else is being required this semester.

Now is the time to find out if there’s going to be a major report, project or test that will impact your grade. Make sure you are clear on what you need to do to really ace these final assignments to raise the grade as much as possible.

 4. Create an action plan.

You don’t want to redo or update old work at the expense of new work. Create a work plan that ensures you are taking into account new work and upcoming deadlines while you take care of work that you might have slacked on earlier in the semester. It’s a bummer, but winter break may be a great time to take some looming assignments off your plate. Devoting a few hours to redoing old work and starting on key upcoming assignments can relieve a ton of future stress. Make some hot chocolate, settle down in front of the fire and get to work!

5. Consider getting a tutor to finish out the semester.

Of course we all need and enjoy some downtime, free from grade pressures and school responsibilities, but if you’re overwhelmed by schoolwork stress, this may be the perfect time to get some  extra help. Contacting a tutor is one way to make the holidays merry.

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