A Freshman’s Guide to Interpreting Mid-semester Grades
Midterm grades mark the halfway point of the semester. This is a good time to review your goals, intentions, and progress so far this semester.
Check Your Grades. Midterm grades give you an idea of what your academic assessment is as reflected by the first hour exam, quizzes, homework, labs, and/or attendance. Check your grades at https://registrar.illinois.edu/check-your-grades.
Measure & Evaluate. Midterm grades are a routine verification of one’s assessment in a class. A conversation with your TA or professor will help clarify any discrepancies.
Improving Your Grade. Midterm grades are temporary and will be replaced by final grades. These grades help determining if a class needs additional attention. Link to explanation of grades. If improvement is necessary, consider the following:
Align your resources. How do you use tutoring and academic support available? Is your lifestyle support your learning demands (i.e., are you eating and sleeping well, are you over-committed, etc)?
Examine your learning routine. Are you putting forth time to learn the material in class (as opposed to simply working to submit required assignments)? Are you learning the material as it comes (i.e., “lecture-to-lecture”) or are you prompted by deadlines (i.e., “test-to-test”)?
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