What is up you guys! I’m coming at you today absolutely ecstatic because today we’re talking about failing classes in college. I know you’re asking “Karly why are you happy about that?” Well, to tell you the truth girl I’m not. If I didn’t fail the class I would be just as happy. But why am I writing this then? Because, your girl failed accounting. Twice. YUP. But, on the third time I passed! So today I’m chatting to you all about…
Failing Classes In College And How To Come Back From It
I remember when I first had to drop the class. Mind you, this wasn’t an official fail but it’s a WF (withdrawal failure) on my transcript. It sucks but there’s no GPA attached to it so it doesn’t hinder me! Anyways, the first time I failed I was furiously googling what to do after you fail a college class. And you know what I found? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Don’t try and tell me people aren’t failing college classes because it happens to the best of us.
Unfortunately for me because I had dropped it and not technically failed I didn’t really care that much, and that reflected when I took the same accounting class AGAIN and failed it too! That’s the same class twice and a fail. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed in myself and so was my family. I decided right there that I needed to get my college ish’ together and pass this damn class. And you know what? I did! As I’m writing this I currently have a B- in accounting. YA GURL PASSED. From a 43% to a 72% in four weeks too. Here’s how I did it.
1. Take Every Single Small Project Seriously
Because I had taken the class before I knew there were labs that were 20% of our grade and I knew how to do them. The actual questions were of course different but the structure was the same. And let me tell you did I ever sweat the small stuff. From day one of my class I told myself I’d be getting 100% on each and every lab this semester. And you know what? I didn’t. (You weren’t expecting that hey). I got a 99.26 and s 97.84 on two of my accounting labs, messing up my 100% streak. Thankfully because of rounding I came out with full 10/10 marks when grades came out!
What I learned from taking that class twice was that you serious have to look at your grading breakdown if you want to pass and actually do well. In the past I had been keeping myself away from essentially free marks. Who does that?! If there’s small projects worth 5% of your grade you need to work HARD on those small projects and make sure you get close to or full marks on them because literally every single grade counts.
2. Know Your Material
This semester I broke down my entire outline onto my assignment planner, you can find it here. There weren’t tons of assignments but having it written down on a piece of paper that I saw every single day (I stuck it inside my notebook) constantly reminded me that I had work to do. I had two lab portions in my class and instead of writing down just “My It Lab 10%” I took every single date off the course outline and wrote them down in the order they were released. Every time I completed a lab I would get to cross it off!
There’s something so rewarding about being able to cross off those labs and I think it’s because you feel truly accomplished with what you’ve just done. Having a list like that kept me motivated to keep crossing off the checklist. In addition I combined my assignment planner with my grade tracker. Every time I would complete a lab I’d cross it off and write down my grade. And LET ME TELL YOU girl. Seeing 100% for seven rows is MOTIVATING af. Knowing all the little moving parts of my class was SO essential to doing well.
3. Notes Are Your Best Freaking Friend
Would this even be a K Is For Karly blog if there was no note taking? Taking great notes was so essential to me passing this class. There’s a ton of material in accounting and taking a spring class, meaning FOUR WEEKS for a full course, makes it really hard to keep ahead AND study at the same time. So I took the best notes ever to make sure I was writing the material down and also really getting it.
Something I found really helpful during this class was actually taking the time to draw out all the charts you needed. There’s tons of different kinds of statements, cash flows, etc. in accounting so keeping track of all of them really sucked. I took the time to start a page with all of the important charts and how they were filled out including all the possible ways it could be done. Let me tell you it’s a ton of work but it was so worth it when it came to writing my midterms. Being able to do a quick revision of how the charts looked really helped when I had to draw them all out with the new information from the test question.
What I also found really helpful was being consistent in my note taking. Meaning using the exact same pens and structures for everything. Now, this might be a bit extreme but it really helped me to piece everything together. By using the same pens, layout, and notebook, it was really easy for me to visualize the colour coordination in my head so I could recall things during a test.
4. Actually Give Yourself Time To Study
If this isn’t the biggest hinderance in literally all of my classes I don’t know what is. To be honest with you I’m a super busy person. Especially when fall semester hits. I spend most of my day in school, have to work, and also about two hours at the gym. That doesn’t leave a ton of time for studying. But let me tell you right now that is the WRONG way to go. I know our parents have been preaching to us about it for years but actually studying for a test… helps you do better. MIND. BLOWN.
Whenever I’m moving into a new semester I like to set up a college and life schedule so that I know exactly where I have pockets of time to study. This actually allows me to plan better so I can actually study and not be stressed. Combine this with those kick ass notes you’ve taken and you’re good to go! Trust me when I say if you’re coming back from a failed class, studying is so key. I know we all hate it but trust me girl. JUST DO IT.
5. Failing Classes In College Doesn’t Mean Failing At Life
If we’re being honest here I cried when I found out I failed accounting for the second time. Real tears. If you ask any of my friends you’d also hear that I told them all I was dropping out of College. And I was seriously considering it. Failing class in college is a big deal. You waste money but you also effect your GPA. After the second time I was convinced I was not cut out for a Bachelor of Commerce and I was in the wrong program. Accounting is a required course for my degree and the fact that I failed it made me feel like I would never graduate. I’m only in my second year but your girl was freaking out. Immediately after I found out I enrolled in a summer course and vowed to myself I would kick butt this time.
It was around this time that I also decided failing classes in college doesn’t equal failing at life. Did it suck? Yes. Was I disappointed in myself? Oh yes. But all in all I knew I was going to turn the loss into a win. This shift in mindset really contributed to my third time success. I went in with the attitude that I was going to do amazing. And I did. I was always shooting for the 100% on my labs and manifesting good energy for my finals. Having the positive attitude about it really motivated me to continue my success in the course.
Why Failing Classes In College Made Me A Better Student
Like I said before failing classes in college absolutely sucks. But honestly, I think it was for the best. It taught me SO MUCH about hard work and results. Failing classes in college also taught me that I never ever want to fail another class again. Ever. There’s something about hitting the bottom and building your way back up that makes you realize you never want to be at the bottom again.
I truly believe that by failing this class it turned me into a better student. My whole mindset has shifted when it comes to the way I view schoolwork and assignments. I’ve realized that knowing you’re finished things way in advance is more rewarding that skipping it to hang out with friends.
While I wouldn’t recommend failing classes in college I would recommend shifting your mindset on school. What I never realized was how much a positive attitude could influence how well I did in a certain class. While I understand that there’s other factors like hard profs and crappy groups having a great attitude about it really helped me.
You’ve Got This!
If you’re reading this and you’ve recently failed a class I am very sorry for you. I totally understand what failing classes in college is like and what you’re going through. From open studies to pre med failing sucks. But I’m here to tell you everything is going to be okay. Be a little hard on yourself for a bit but don’t let it consume you. Focusing on the negative only makes it worse. Instead, reflect on yourself and the past and figure out how to change things for next time.
Remember it’s not a bad thing to take a class again. Yeah it sucks and it’s a bit embarrassing but would you rather be the person who gave up or the person who tried again and nailed it? I’m hoping you’re choosing to NAIL IT!
I’m headed back to another class on July 5th so I’ll be right back in it again. If you’re loving these types of posts please show some love in the comment section! I really wanted to make this post as helpful and informative as I could for every single one of you reading this! If you’re like to follow along my day to day life make sure to follow me on Instagram! I post sneak peeks, life updates, and much more over there.
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