The first marking period is now over. Hopefully, you are happy with your report card. If not, try to keep in mind that grades are a reflection of achievement, and not necessarily effort.
If your grades were not quite what you (or your parents) would have liked, don’t worry. You have options.
- You could sign up for Grade Improvement.
- You could declare academic bankruptcy.
Declaring bankruptcy is a course of last resort financially. Grown-ups declare bankruptcy when they have have gotten themselves into an inextricable financial predicament usually because of credit card debt.
“Academic bankruptcy” functions a little differently and may make sense if you experienced only minor problems during the marking period. Like a bad financial situation, weight the seriousness of your situation.
If you ended up with a 50, then you should definitely be signing up for Grade Improvement — reorganization bankruptcy. However, what if you earned a 68? Given the maximum score for successful completion of Grade Improvement is a 70, a student with a 68 may benefit from declaring “straight academic bankruptcy,” and starting fresh the second marking period.
But remember… just like actual bankruptcy, this should be considered a one-time get-out-of-jail free card. Your objective is a do over for the second quarter, not for this to become a quarterly situation to worry about.
So if you messed up just a “smidge” the first quarter, let yourself off the hook. Begin anew this marking period. If you earned a 50, you’ve got some heavy lifting ahead of you. Roll up your sleeves, and get busy.
Let me know how I can help.