Midterm wake-up call

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The deadline for instructors to submit midterm grades in ACES is Wednesday.

This fall is the first semester in recent years that instructors are required to submit grades at the half-way point in the semester.

This is the time of the semester when some students’ grades are in limbo and some students are unsure about dropping a class.

For some, this may be the signal to step up their game before the Nov. 20 drop date or final exams in December.

If you think you’re not performing as well as you should, talk with your instructor.

Some instructors may be cautious about approaching students in danger of failing unless the student initiates the conversation.

There are a few things students can do before resorting to dropping a class.

Make sure you turn in all of your assignments and complete them to the best of your ability.

If you need help doing an assignment, ask for it.

Ask instructors if there is any extra work to complete.

Participate in lecture and discussion during class.

Most of all, don’t skip class. It’s too easy to get behind and you’ll miss information.

Meet regularly with a study group outside of class.

Oftentimes, if you don’t understand a concept, a classmate may give you an explanation that helps you understand better than the instructor could explain it.

Take the initiative to improve your grades, and don’t expect your professor to tell you you’re falling behind.

The hand holding from teachers stopped once you graduated high school.

To view your grades, click on the “Students,” tab, click “Web Services,” then “Student and Financial Aid,” “Student Records” and finally “Midterm Grades.”

Ultimately, it may mean the difference between passing and failing.

Finish the classes in which you’ve invested time and money.

It’s up to you to determine how successful you will be.


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