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Midterms... What Now?

Be ready for midterms.

Review your syllabus and make sure that you are up to date. Attend your classes, complete your assignments, consult with your instructor when necessary, do all of your assigned reading, and review your notes. Midterms do not necessarily imply midterm examinations; rather midterms are a snapshot of where you are at the halfway point of the semester. Remember that your midterm grade is not necessarily an accurate predictor of your final grade; the course syllabus may provide information about how final grades are computed. Ask your instructor if he/she will be providing midterm grades.

Evaluate your own progress before midterms.

Have you done all of your assignments? How many quizzes and/or tests have you taken? What grades have you received? Have you attended all your classes and lab/discussion sessions? Have you been an active participant in classroom discussions? Have you completed assigned problem sets and/or reading? If your grades for a class are on Blackboard, do you regularly review them? Check your midterm grades as soon as they are available. Midterms should be available between now and next Monday on WebAdvisor. If you do not see your grades posted after Monday, contact your instructor for information on your progress in the course.

Evaluate your progress after midterms.

Are you satisfied with your performance in all of your courses? If so, keep up the good work. If not, take responsibility and develop an action plan. You may need to adjust your level of effort, your study skills, your reading comprehension, and/or your attendance record. You may need to seek outside help in the way of a study group, academic support services, or tutoring. You may need to do all of these things. Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to create an action plan or have questions on resources available on campus.

Tips for Talking with Your Instructor about Your Grade

See your instructor and/or TA. If you are disappointed in your performance in one or more courses, plan on going to office hours. The following tips will help you prepare for seeing your instructor: Take responsibility for your performance in the course. Own up to any classes, assignments, or reading you may have missed. Most instructors are not going to be sympathetic to students who claim not to know why a midterm grade was low when their attendance, assignments, reading, class participation, and/or test grades have been below expectations for the course. Be prepared. Develop a list of questions related to the course or reading materials. Ask specific questions about concepts you don’t understand. Focus on what you think you need to do to better understand the material and check with the instructor to see if you are on the right track. Instructors may be aware of support services available through the department or the college to supplement the information taught in the course. In addition, they may be aware of additional reading materials that students can explore to help them better understand what is being taught. Still Concerned about Your Midterm Grades? What Are Your Options? See your counselor. If you are disappointed in your performance in one or more courses, see your program counselor. An counselor can help you evaluate academic policies and requirements related to the course/s that you are doing poorly in.

Don't know who your counselor is? Need a tutor or a mentor? Come see us, email us or call us.  We have access to great resources/information on every campus and can help you get back on the right track.