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6 Steps to Improve Your Grades

After Receiving a Poor Progress Report

6 steps to improve your grades after receiving a poor progress report

It can be discouraging to receive a poor progress report. But students can take action to improve their grades before the end of the semester. The steps below guide students on how they can improve their grades.


1. Identify the Problem

Review your progress report to understand which subjects you are struggling with and which areas within that subject are most challenging. Once you’ve identified those specific problems, you can start to work towards improving in those areas.


2. Set Attainable Goals

Set achievable short and long term goals for yourself based on your progress report. Make sure your goals are SMART, or specific, measurable, and timely. An example of a good short-term goal could be to complete all homework assignments for a specific subject for the next two weeks. A long-term goal could be to improve your overall grade in that subject by one letter grade by the end of the semester.


3. Create a Study Plan

A study plan can help you stay on track and focused on your goals. Create a study plan with specific times and places designated for studying. Make sure you plan in breaks to avoid burnout. And incorporate study techniques that are proven to work best.


4. Seek Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from teachers, tutors, or classmates. For example, you can ask your teacher for clarification on difficult concepts or get feedback on your assignments. A tutor can help you create a study plan, help you with homework, or explain challenging concepts in new, approachable ways.


5. Stay Organized

Use a planner or calendar to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and exam dates. This can also be where you write down your study plan and schedule. Check out our other tips for staying organized.


6. Stay Motivated

Remind yourself of your goals and progress to help you stay motivated, even when work is challenging. You can also build in rewards when you achieve some of your goals or complete a challenging assignment.


Improve Your Grades With Tutoring

A progress report can be helpful for determining where you are and where you need to work harder. Tutoring is a fantastic option to help you set your goals, stay on track, and achieve better grades by the end of the semester. Learn more about our academic tutoring services or contact us to schedule your first session!

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Rachel Hodis
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