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Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Failure is Not an Option

Failure is Not an Option

How do you catch up on your work when you feel like you’re falling behind?

Dear Elondra,

Falling behind is never a good thing. It can be very costly, especially during the busy times like during midterms or finals week. The best advice I can give to you is to prioritize. If you know something is due next week, don’t wait until the very last minute. Also, don’t underestimate how much time you need for homework. I’ve made this mistake many times. Even if you think you only need 10 minutes to do something, it might actually take you all night and will leave other work unfinished and this can pile up.

If you feel like you’re falling behind because you are not getting something, then ask for help. You can either ask your professor or participate in tutoring at the learning centers. Professors are there to help you and most of them are more than happy to offer any assistance. Make sure you tell them if you do not understand a concept or something. If you are too shy to ask for clarification during class, then see them after class or during their office hours. Professors want you to succeed and they usually have advice for students who might be falling behind. Most importantly, they prefer it if you are enjoying their class rather than having stress from it.

Personally, I always ask for help. Whenever I feel like I’m falling behind, I just try to work through it by going to tutoring or asking my professors for help. The tools are there if you need them so definitely use them and don’t feel alone. College can be very stressful, hectic and can affect even the best and brightest students.

Follow Maria at #AskMaria.



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