Congratulations first year badgers!

You’ve survived the first month of university.  Some of you probably feel like you’re on top of the world, however others may be a little shocked to see the grade on their first assignment. You may not have got the grade you were expecting, or could have possibly even failed. Well, don’t worry! Everyone gets a bad grade once in a while, including myself.

Here are a few tips to help you succeed and enjoy the rest of the school year:

Don’t panic: Just remember that getting a bad grade is not the end of world. You still have time to improve on future assignments in your classes. Once you get your assignment, go over it and read the comments to see what you did wrong. Just remember that you can come back from a bad grade. If you need to take a little time to process the bad grade, that’s okay! Try to go somewhere quiet so that you can get those immediate feelings of panic and distress out of the way.

Ask for help and use the resources at Brock: There are plenty of learning resources at Brock. Programs in the Student Development Centre, A to Z Learning workshops and essay writing clinics are excellent for helping students improve their writing skills. Also the best part of this service is that it’s free and can also help to improve things like time management, and note taking abilities.

Talk to your TA or Professor: Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you feel you didn’t deserve the grade you received. Go to your professor’s office hours and have them go through the assignment with you and explain why you thought it may have been marked unfairly. Most professor’s are happy to listen to their students, and may consider re-grading the paper.

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Ombuds: If you still aren’t happy with the grade you received, book an appointment with our Ombuds person Carole Moss, she helps dissolve disputes with professors and TAs on campus while remaining confidential and neutral. Check out the Ombud’s web page for more information.

At the end of the day, don’t feel discouraged after getting a bad mark, take this as a learning experience and work to improve on your next assignment. Remember a grade does not determine what kind of person you are, so don’t feel as if you are a terrible person and just remember to not compare yourself to others.

Have a great weekend badgers!