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When Your Grades Aren’t Meeting Your Expectations…

Lately, I’ve been feeling like no matter how hard I work, my grades just aren’t reflecting the amount of effort I put into my assignments and tests.  And it’s really been getting to me.  But I’ve learned that unfortunately, no matter how hard any of us work, throughout our four years in university, a mark that doesn’t meet expectations is almost inevitable.  So I’ve come up with a few tips for the times when you’re not doing as well as you had hoped, and you just feel like giving up.

1. It’s okay to be upset

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When something is disappointing, it is human nature to be upset about it!  There is nothing wrong with being sad when your grades aren’t as good as you want them to be, so take some time to mope around and even shed a few tears (it’s totally normal I PROMISE).  Trust me, it’ll feel much better to release all your emotions, instead of bottling everything up and exploding at a later and possibly inappropriate time.

2. Cheer yourself up

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You've had a hard week, eat some cupcakes.

You’ve had a hard week, eat some cupcakes.

In the middle and especially towards the end of the semester, it is difficult to find the time to get away from all of your responsibilities and just focus on yourself.  That’s why it’s important to try to cheer yourself up while still continuing to work hard before final exams begin.  Treat yourself to a personal pizza or some baked goods, watch your favourite movie…even vent to your best friends (something I’ve probably been doing too much lately, ha).  Do anything that will make you feel at least a little bit better, but be sure not to neglect the schoolwork that still has to be completed.  After all, the semester waits for no one.

3. Move on

This is the stage I’m personally on right now.  It sucks when your marks decline, especially if you’re working as hard as you possibly can, but a guest speaker in my lecture a couple weeks ago said something that is pretty obvious, but we sometimes forget: we can’t be good at everything. There is so much time to improve and do well in other courses, but in the mean time, there is no point in dwelling on the past; we just have to move on.  However, in the future, if you do feel you have been graded unfairly, do not hesitate to contact your professor politely, either through email or in person, and ask them for feedback on why you received the mark you did.  That way, you can better understand their expectations for the future.

Things aren’t as bad as you think, and your hard work will eventually pay off. You can do it!!

What do you do when you’re disappointed academically?