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What NOT To Do After Getting a Bad Midterm Grade

So, you didn’t do well on a midterm. Maybe you studied for days in advance and felt super confident in the material. Maybe you didn’t study a bit and went in cold. Regardless of what led up to this grade, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do now… about the grade itself, at least. While I completely understand the urge to switch majors or drop out of college, there are other ways to recover from a bad midterm grade.

Don’t silently wonder what you did wrong. The first thing I like to do after getting a midterm grade back is talk to the professor or TA for the class. You may not be able to change your grade, but you can certainly learn from your past mistakes so that you perform better on the next test. By going to talk to your grader, you’ll also be proving that you truly care about the course, which they’ll definitely appreciate.

Don’t waste too much time dwelling. You can totally buy yourself a pint of ice cream and put on a feel-good movie while you process. We’ve all been there. And you know what, it’s okay to do that for a little while. It’s okay to sit in your disappointment and feel all of your feelings in full. It’s just not okay to get stuck there.

Don’t do anything impulsive. I may or may not have seriously considered getting a tattoo and/or dying my hair pink after I didn’t do as well as I wanted to on my first midterm. That impulse lasted less than 24 hours, and I’m glad I didn’t act on it. As tempting as it may be, there’s definitely no need to drop the class or transfer to A&M. You will recover.

Don’t stagnate your study habits. If you didn’t do well on a midterm, there’s probably something you can change about the way you’re studying. Maybe try forming a study group or starting your review a few days earlier. College is all about learning and growing, so try out new study techniques and find out what works best for you.

Don’t give up! Failing a midterm or not meeting your expectations for a midterm grade doesn’t mean there’s no hope for getting your target overall grade in the class. It also doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail out of college and not succeed in your future career. One bad midterm grade doesn’t define you as a student or a person. 

We’ve all been there. At one time or another, all of us have experienced failures. Accepting those failures is hard, but they can be taken as an opportunity to grow. It’s important to shift our mindset and view failures for what they are: learning moments.

Mid-semester Madness: A Personal Reflection

Tired and overwhelmed — the two perfect words to describe how I’ve been feeling lately. 

There’s a certain sensation that buzzes around in the October air that looms around for quite a while, almost pulling and tugging at you as you try to live out your day: Midterm season.

It seems like just yesterday you were opening your syllabus for the first (and hopefully not last) time. Then, all of the sudden, we’re mid-semester. While it’s nice to be able to say that you’re halfway through your semester, it’s also scary to think about how much more there is to come. 

Midterm exams, projects, deadlines, registration and literally everything else makes the never-ending to-do list even longer.

While I’m now in my junior year of college, it somehow feels like the hardest one I have experienced thus far. Having spent my first semester completely in-person pre-COVID and my second fall semester completely online, it seems like this weird hybrid semester has been so much worse.

Whether it’s because of the difficulty of my classes as an upperclassman or just having to get used to actually attending my classes in person and not from the comfort of my bed, this semester has been a different beast altogether.

To be frank, I started this semester with such high expectations considering the fact that I registered for five classes, became involved in three organizations, added a second major and even got a job. While I was somehow able to juggle all of that only a few months ago in my spring semester, this became a struggle this school year. 

I’m not too sure if maybe it’s just me feeling this way or if others can relate at all but it hasn’t been very fun. 

On the other hand, there could be much worse things happening. While I’m struggling this semester, there’s still a tomorrow. 

While my professors and peers may not be too thrilled about my performance this semester, there is still in fact more ahead of this. 

Everyone has a hard time at some point in their college career and it just so happens that this is my struggle semester. So, it’s absolutely okay if this is your struggle semester, too. 

We will all get through this weird, difficult period together.

Featured image by Lucero Lopez

An Insider’s Look Into The Best Study Spots on UT Campus

Welcome back longhorns to another year on the 40 acres. Now that we’re a few weeks into the semester, midterms, essays and projects are already starting to pile up. So, where are some of the best places on campus to get some work done? Stick around to find your new favorite study spot, just in time for midterms!

1. The Perry Castaneda Library (PCL)

The PCL has some of the best study spots on campus. Looking to study with friends or in an environment with people working out problems and ideas out loud? Check out the 5th floor or the STEM study areas in the UFCU Study Room on the main floor. Looking for a quiet place with zero noise and distractions? Check out the silent 4th floor. The PCL has countless study spaces to choose from, so you’re sure to find what you need to succeed.

2. Flawn Academic Center (FAC)

Trying to get some homework done between classes? Look no further than the FAC. There’s plenty of seating and outlets at any given moment so you can save time on finding a place to sit and get straight to work. Plus, you might just run into Domino, the cute cat that lives just outside the FAC! 

3. Life Science Library in the Tower (MAI)

Need a quiet, peaceful and aesthetically pleasing place to study? Visit the Life Science Library located in the Tower. The rows of books, comfortable seating and small space offer a cozy and serene study spot for you to get some deep focus in.

4. The Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)

Want to study in a place that will inspire your innovative side? Make your way to the EER. There is a variety of unique seating options with tons of natural light and a spirit of possibility oozing through the walls of the EER’s three floors.

5. Outdoor Seating around the Robert L. Patton Building (RLP)

When the weather isn’t unbearably hot, or you’re able to find relief in the shade, there is a variety of outdoor seating surrounding the RLP building. The seats include incredible views of the modern Patton Hall, DKR Stadium and luscious trees. 

These are just a few of the many great study spaces located on or around UT campus. There are so many spots to explore! Whether you’re new to campus or a returning student, there is always a place for you here on the 40 acres.