Looking Ahead: Your Midterm Grades

Midterms have come and gone, and the season of getting them back has begun. Professors vary as to when they will return their midterm to you, but you can count on it being within a week of having taken it. If you have to wait more than a week on your midterm, then it’s likely that your professor was busy or the midterm itself was hard to grade. Partial credit, after all, is subjective.

The biggest myth that I will debunk here and now is that doing poorly on one midterm does not break your grade. If anything, it will help you in the end because you will see what you need to work on in preparation for your final exam. Sure, getting a high score on the midterm is a great feeling, but sometimes, not doing quite as well as you would have liked will allow you to re-examine your studying techniques and improve upon them.

Not only that, but there are plenty of other ways to make up those grades. Everything, from your homework to your participation in class counts. There are office hours available to you if you need them. The professors here are always willing to help, and if you put in the effort and time, then there is no doubt that you will succeed. The most important thing here is to continue improving. Come next midterm, if you see an upward trend, then you know that what you are doing is right.

The best advice I can give, therefore, is to study as hard as you can for your midterm. And if you study your hardest and still do not get the grade you want, then take advantage of office hours, tutoring, and your fellow students to help you study. There are many ways you can improve your score, but the most important thing you need to do is put in the effort to do your best. That is all anyone can really ask for.