Friday, March 6, 2009

How to recover from a bad midterm mark

No, I haven't failed my midterms. With the exception of one mark that hasn't been given back, I haven't gotten anything below an A-. I did however notice that a few people landed here using that search term and while I'm not an expert on most things, I sure do know something about bad midterm marks.

So here are my tips for recovering from a bad midterm mark (some are more serious than others):

  • Develop a relationship with alcohol. Out of all the drugs out there that can "help" with feeling shitty, alcohol is the only one that's legal. And as an added bonus, if you drink a half a bottle of 80 proof alcohol you can count the next day as a suitable punishment. My personal preference is this vodka straight out of the freezer.
  • If you aren't up for cirrhosis, then try to find some way to get your mind off of it. You can do something nice for yourself like buy some yummy cheesecake, take a relaxing bath, go out with friends, or sleep.
  • Remember that your midterm probably doesn't count for more that 30% of your mark (unless your professor is an asshole). This means that if you get a 50% on your midterm you've only lost 15% of your final mark. You might still have time to study your ass off and get a 90% on your next midterm/exam. I've gone from a C on a midterm to an overall A- in th course. It's not easy, but it's definitely possible.
  • If there are other issues that may have led to your fucking up, go talk to somebody. You can go to your university's counselling services (if you're at UofT, that's CALSS) or your registrar. Hell, your professor may even be sympathetic depending on the issue.
  • It might not be to late to drop the course.
  • If you're doing badly in a lot of classes, it might be a good idea to take a year or two off. It could help if you have personal issues you need to deal with or if you just think that maybe you're not cut out for university.

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