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Getting Back on Track

STEP 1
Meet with a counselor or an advisor. Your appointment will last 15-30 minutes. Let the counselor or advisor offer you their expertise to help you get back on track. Turn last term into a learning experience.


STEP 2
Retrace your steps and repeat the classes you received failing grades in. After earning a passing grade in the class you can submit a form requesting that the failing grades be replaced with “R’s”. An “R” grade indicates that you have “Repeated” the course. This will lessen the ill effects of the bad grades, and the new improved grades will be used to raise your GPA.


STEP 3
If you believe the grades that you earned are not correct, talk with your instructors. Ask them to review your scores to make sure your grades are correct. Everyone can make mistakes. It’s worth asking to make sure nothing has been missed.


STEP 4
Take action immediately if you find you are headed down the same path. Talk to your instructors if you discover that work and personal obligations are interfering with your ability to attend classes or complete assignments. Many RCC instructors are willing to work with you. After talking to your instructors if you still don’t have clear plan of action, go to the Counseling Department and speak with a Counselor. A Counselor is someone who can look at your circumstances objectively and connect you with resources to help you get back on track.


STEP 5
Use the resources available at RCC if you find that your classes are getting the best of you. The tutors at the RCC Tutoring Centers help the most math-challenged students pass their math classes. The Online Writing Lab is a place you can go to improve your writing skills. The library offers resources to help you succeed. Counselors in the Counseling Department offer short-term, solution-focused personal counseling free of charge.


STEP 6
Take a realistic “snap shot” of your life. Maybe taking fewer classes is better for you. Learn what is reasonable for the demands and challenges you face. Remember efficient study time can mean success. Plan a schedule for yourself weekly in this way: enter your fixed activities such as 1) school activities (courses and labs), 2) other regular activities (job, meetings, and family responsibilities) and 3) living activities (sleeping, eating ad recreation). Now, plug in study time in the time left. Each person has daily highs and lows. Try noticing your peaks and valleys so you can adjust your schedule. Schedule difficult or time consuming tasks at your high-energy times. Finally, and this is the hard part, stick to your schedule.


STEP 7
Take charge of your academic future. Do you know how to calculate your GPA?
Each grade is worth a number of points: A = 4, B = 3, C=2, D = 1 and F = 0. The grade point average is the
sum of the grade points earned divided by the total credit hours.

Do you know how to read your transcript? Counseling staff can explain how.
B = 3 points X 3 credits = 9 grade points earned
C = 2 points X 3 credits = 6 grade points earned
Total Grade Points Earned = 15 divided by Total Credits = 6
15 divided by 6 = 2.5

MOST IMPORTANT: Remember we all experience difficult terms. DON’T GIVE UP!
Rogue Community College Counseling Department