Academic Renewal: How to Wipe Out Bad Grades

Academic Renewal: How to Wipe Out Bad Grades

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It can be very stressful to review your transcripts and see bad grades in your records. Not only does this disappoint you, but it will stay on your permanent education record. How can remove bad grades from your transcript?

To fix a bad grade, the student should consider retaking the course. Depending on the school and their academic renewal policy, they may allow students to retake courses for better grades. If the student realizes they are unprepared for the class and will likely fail, they should withdraw from the class.

The academic renewal procedure gives students many options to wipe out substandard grades. Continue reading to learn more about how to fix and salvage bad academic grades.

High School: How to Remove Bad Grades From My Transcripts?

High school is the first time in a student’s life that their grades matter. For some, this can be very stressful, causing them to discard their social life to spend time studying and over-preparing for college admittance tests. In other cases, students still have the immature mindset that grades do not matter that much. While both have consequences, many successful adults (and likely even more unsuccessful adults) will argue that the student who is still too immature to take their education seriously is the one jeopardizing their future the most.

Retake the Class During the Summer

If a student receives a failing grade in a class, the school will likely allow them to retake the course. Unfortunately for the student, this will likely be done during summer school. If the school offers retakes, the student will have to sacrifice their summer vacation and return to school each day. There, the student will focus solely on the course(s) they failed. This allows the student to have the best opportunity to pass and excel in the class.

Unfortunately, many public high schools do not allow students to retake classes unless they have failed. Students who have gotten bad passing grades often do not have opportunities to redo the class. There are even some public high schools that do not allow students to redo classes they failed. To learn more about your specific high school and the rules they have in place about retaking classes, contact your academic counselor.

Consider Community College for the First Year or Two

Because high school grades are one of the top details colleges look at during the admittance process, high school students who graduated with bad grades have a harder time getting admitted to the college they want.

One way to overcome this is by attending a community college for the first year or two of your college education. Doing this will allow students to more easily transfer into a better college. Many students will attend community college until they receive their Associate’s Degree and then transfer afterward. If the student performs well in community college and ends with a high GPA (Grade Point Average), the college will be more willing to accept them.

College: How To Remove Bad Grades From My Transcript?

Grades in college are even more important than high school grades. While high school grades are meant to get you into college, college grades are meant to get students into their careers. Many employers now require a college education for most well-paying jobs (manual labor and truck driving are exceptions). If there are many college graduates applying to the same position, employers will begin to compare the GPAs of the applicants. Substandard grades in college can cost students thousands of dollars and waste years that could have been spent in a career.

Retake the Class

Unlike high school, most colleges allow any student to retake any class at least once. The catch is the student has to repay for the class and all the materials required. The other issue with retaking classes is all the time it takes (especially if you need that class as a prerequisite for another class in order to graduate).

It can push you back a couple of semesters if not planned out correctly. Retaking the class is the easiest way to fix a bad grade after the semester has ended. Students will go into the class with previous knowledge of the material being taught. For many students who need to have really good grades to either move onto grad school or their career, retaking a few classes is completely worth it to end up with the grade they want and need.

According to a forum where parents were discussing their college students retaking classes, one parent talked about how their daughter had to retake a few classes in college and it helped improve her GPA. To read more responses from parents discussing their students retaking classes, click here to be directed to the forum.

For some people, the reason they failed the class or got a poor grade from the beginning was due to the professor’s teaching style. If this is the case, retaking the course from a different professor will give the student a much better chance of passing and getting a good grade at the end of the semester.

It is important to remember that each college has its own rules and procedures about retaking classes. Some only offer it to students who qualify for specific things. Other colleges may allow students to retake the class, but their final grade is an average of the two times it was taken. To learn more about your college and the specific rules applied to retaking classes, contact the school.

Withdraw from the Course on Time

Many colleges have specific time frames where students can drop their course(s) for any reason. If a student drops their class within the specific time allowed, then it would be like they had never signed up in the first place. Schools will likely refund the student for the class, and the course will be dropped with nothing to show on their permanent record.

There are some other colleges that offer another type of “on-time withdrawal” that happens after the first deadline. This one allows students to drop from the class without the course affecting their permanent record, but they will not be refunded for the course. Of course, this all depends on the specific college.

Withdrawing from courses is best for students who feel unprepared for the course. Most colleges have withdrawal deadlines within the first week or two of the semester. It is important to keep on top of all the deadlines so you can decide whether to drop a class before it’s too late.

Late Withdraw from the Course (Receiving a “W”)

If a student has been working their hardest throughout the semester and still cannot seem to get a grip on the material being taught, they may consider withdrawing late. The thing about late withdrawals is they will affect your permanent record. Withdrawing late from a course has a deadline that is set near the end of the semester.

Instead of the grade, a student would have received in the course, a “W” will replace it. While in some cases this may be better than the failing grade, it still shows up. This shows future schools and careers that you dropped the class. Students do not receive their money refunded to them if they withdraw late from a course.

If a student is considering withdrawing late from a course, it is best for them to speak with their professor first. Explain the situation to see if there is any extra credit they can do or any assignments that can be redone. Some professors are willing to help students who want to work for a better grade. As said before, while this is on a case-by-case basis, most of the time it is better to work very hard to boost the grade to passing instead of taking a “W” in the class.

Individual Course Grade

In some cases, Individual Course Grades may be applicable for the student. This is applicable in cases where the student feels like the grade they received in the class was unfair based on the grading policy or other types of discrimination. Students should first go to their professor and try to work it out with them. Sometimes, if you explain your situation and how you feel as though you were graded unfairly, professors may switch your grade without going through a complicated process.

If the professor refuses to change the grade and the student still feels as though they were graded unfairly, they should contact their school to learn how to go about the process of Individual Course Grade.

Speak with an Academic Counselor

Throughout a student’s college education, an academic counselor can be very useful. If a student is concerned about their GPA, they should contact their academic counselor. The counselor may be able to give them other options the school offers to help students fix their grades.

Important Facts About the Academic Renewal Procedure

Academic renewal is a policy permitting students to request the exclusion of coursework from the grade point average calculation. In order to submit your request, you need to complete what is called an academic renewal petition.

There are important facts you should know before sending your petition for academic renewal:

  • Academic renewal is irreversible; the disregarded courses can not be used toward a degree or a certificate.
  • The student’s permanent academic record is still annotated in such a manner that it contains an accurate record of complete academic history.
  • In most colleges, students are allowed to petition one time only for academic renewal.

How To Fix Grades Mid-Semester

The easiest way to fix substandard grades is to work on fixing them before they go on your record.

Ask For Help

Especially in college, so many different people are willing and able to help students succeed in their classes. If a student is struggling with their grades, they need to ask for help. The first place to turn to should be the professor. Explain the situation to the professor and see what they can do to help you. Many professors will hold office hours for students to walk in and ask them questions about the homework, classwork, and projects. Take advantage of the time and opportunities that are being offered to you.

You could also find a tutor. Many colleges offer free tutoring sessions for many classes, especially very difficult ones. If you are unsure of where to find a tutor, ask your professor or contact the academic counselor. These tutors are usually other students working for the school who have taken and passed the same class you are in. They should be able to help because they know what you’re dealing with.

Make A Study Buddy In the Class

Not only does meeting new people in your classes open more friendship opportunities, but it also allows you to have someone in the same class that you can ask questions to. This will become extremely helpful as the semester goes on and the course becomes more difficult. If you are sick and missed class that day, having someone who can share their notes with you can really save your grade. It is important to make sure you are being as helpful to them as they are to you so you don’t take advantage of them.

One tip is on the first day of school, sit down next to someone who looks like they are invested in their education like you are. Make friends with them and get their number on the first day. This will save you a headache later when you have a question but have no way of contacting your class buddy.

Study buddies are also great for times when you want to do study sessions. Set up times to study together and get your homework and projects done. If your grades are struggling because of a lack of motivation, a friend can help with that. Having someone who is being productive next to you can give you the motivation to work on your school.

Make A Plan of Success

Seriously, while it may seem overrated to some, making a plan of success can really change your whole semester around. To make a plan of success, it has to be something you will actually be able to accomplish. Similar to starting a diet, you cannot just cut out everything you like because you will quit the diet before the week is over. Create a plan that will work for you. Balance school and relaxation to ensure you will be successful in following the plan.

Make a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound) goal for the semester. Have an end goal (like a specific grade) and a plan for how you will reach that.

Some things to consider in your plan may include:

  • Specific times of study that have to be completed
  • Attendance in class
  • No missing work
  • Taking notes and asking questions in class (participation)
  • Meeting with a study buddy at least once a week

Learn more

  • Once you have graduated, your grades are registered in the student’s permanent academic record and they are can’t be changed. In most cases, the permanent record is kept indefinitely. This is why many students seek academic renewal before their graduation.