Taking Notes

It happens to the best of us. We take a class that we’re skeptical about every semester and we end up getting a failing grade. It’s okay to cry about it, but once you’re done doing that, learn from it. Here are some things to look at if you failed a class, and how to bounce back from it.

Look over your work

Failing a class sucks because you’re embarrassed by it. Embracing it is a good thing because there are so many things that you can learn from failing. First thing is first: look over the work that you did to see where you went wrong. This can jog your memory at the answers that you have and why you picked things the way you did.

Go back and try to figure out the answers that you got wrong so that you can understand why you got a bad grade in the first place. This seems pointless at first but you’ve already failed the class. It’s better to understand now rather than never. When you retake the class, you’ll be able to see that same information that you saw before and prepare yourself for it.

Take better notes

Sometimes it helps to get a tape recorder (or you can use your phone because I know this technology is rare nowadays) and record your lectures. If your professor talks fast or goes over a ton of information all at one time, there will be times when you’ll take bad or partial notes, leaving with an incomplete feeling when you leave the class.

Using a recorder will give you more time to review your notes and get all of the information that you need so that you can have a better chance of studying more effectively come exam time.

Do more research

This is a hassle sometimes but when you research more, you give more opportunities to yourself to find information that maybe even your teacher didn’t know. We live in a world full of information that is easily accessible. Use that to your advantage.

Talk to your professors more

One of the top reasons why students fail a class is because they don’t understand the material and they are too afraid of their professors to approach them and seek help. Keeping an open line of communication is vitally important to your success as a student. Besides, you’re in school for a reason. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. When you get into the “real world”, you’re going to be faced with times when you need help and if you don’t get into the habit of seeking it when you need it, it’ll be harder later on in life.

Sit in the front of the class

It’s really rather simple: those who sit in the front of the class pay attention more. I’ve sat in the front of the class for every class that I had since my sophomore year and it has made all the difference. I pay attention more, I don’t have my phone out in fear of the professor sending me out of the classroom, and I don’t stare off into space because I know the teacher will call on me to answer questions or to read. It really keeps me focused and ready to go every single class period. Because of this, I’ve gotten better grades. You can too.

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