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How to save your term

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

a closeup shot focusing on a male instructor speaking to a female studentCome back from a bad mid-term

Surprised or upset by your mid-term marks? Chances are, if you're studying at the University of Waterloo, it's because you're a good student and might not be used to struggling with school. So, where do you start when it comes to asking for help?

Asking for help isn't always easy. Academic Advisor Eric Breugst chalks it up to human nature; it's easier to hide that you're struggling and hope that things get better than to do something about it, because for some, asking for help means defeat.

The key is being proactive. Even if you're not sure where you went wrong, start with talking to Professors, Teaching Assistants (TA), Academic Advisors and Success Coaches. We don't expect you to have all the answers, that's why we offer resources on campus to help you.

  • Review your mid-term and ask your prof/TA where you made mistakes if you're unsure.
  • Focus on the grades still up for grabs: find out what material will be covered on upcoming evaluations, whether it’s another mid-term or the final.
  • Attend a drop-in study session or one-on-one success coaching offered by Success Coaches.
  • Check out Tutoring in Residence, it’s offered for some popular first-year courses, and may be helpful if you're struggling with course material.
  • Counselling Services has anti-stress drop-in sessions if your marks have you worried. 

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