Report cards are an important milestone in the school year, and while they may cause stress and concern, there is still plenty of time to get better grades before the end of the school year. With just less than half the school year remaining, there is still ample time for students to transform the stress of reports into actions that lead toward better grades on the next report card. “In order to get grades on track before the school year is over, students need a plan. They need to review where they are now, and where they would like to be by the next report card and determine how they are going to accomplish these goals,” says Ms. Linda Obel, Director at Oxford Learning in Qatar By creating a plan, students can keep up with current homework, tests, and assignments, and work toward improving grades. This is especially important for busy high school students who have the added stress of balancing current schoolwork with studying for end-of-year exams. A plan keeps students on track and stress-free, says Ms. Obel. An academic plan will not only help students reduce some of the stress related to report cards and the uncertainty of report card marks, it gives them renewed motivation to keep working toward their goals so that they—and their parents too—will feel confident, not stressed about the next report card.
- Obel reminds us that Oxford Learning in Qatar can help students create an academic plan to address report card grades and get on track for the rest of the year.
- Grab a calendar and determine how many weeks of school are left.
- Do a mental inventory of current academic standing. Refer to the last report card if necessary. Look at past test marks and comments on assignments.
- Ask: What subjects are the most difficult? Where is extra help needed? What areas can be improved?
- Talk to teachers and create a plan together.
- Use an agenda daily to stay organized and on top of schoolwork.
- Enlist extra help from a variety of sources, such as a personal tutor.