According to Mae Mobley (in the picture below, from the movie The Help), everything seems like the world is coming to an end when you got your first bad grade. Whether it is a test, project or oral presentation that you didn't do so well on, DON'T FREAK OUT! It really is not the end of the world! Read along for some helpful tips I learned from upperclassmen on how to deal with your first bad grade.

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  • One bad grade won't kill you. For example, I just recently did poorly on my English paper and I learned you will do better on the next one. If you admit defeat this early, you aren't going to improve! Keep a positive mindset and positive things will come.

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  • If you're not satisfied with your grade, go to your professor's office hours and work something out. They will give you feedback and you will see what you did wrong. This helps you avoid making the same mistake twice.


  • If you're like me and you're a bad test taker, maybe start studying with a group of friends who take the same classes as you or are in your class.

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  • One thing I sometimes meditate and listen to calming and soothing music when it's just one of those bad days. It will help you clear your head, especially when you're having trouble focusing on an assignment. Carve out ten minutes to meditate - whether it's listening to a meditation podcast, calming music, or just silently sitting on the floor.


  • Watch some friends, have a girls night and relax. Try not to think about it...tomorrow is another day. If you obsess over it, it will put you in a bad headspace, which you don't want to have when going into your next assignment or project.

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Moral of the story is that it isn't the end of the world if you get a bad grade. Make sure you do your due diligence going into the next graded assignment, whether it's speaking with the professor or scheduling a regular study hour. And make sure to remain positive - this isn't the end of the world, and you certainly have the opportunity to make it up on the next assignment.

Oct 12, 2016
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