Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Overcoming a failing grade - Overcoming a D or an F during Freshman or Sophomore Year

Purvi Mody
Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Some schools don’t consider a D a failing grade. However, colleges consider a D a failing grade, therefore, you should as well. Before doing anything else, you should take responsibility for your failing grade. Afterwards, talk to your teacher or counselor about how you can raise your grade. It’s not always an option, but it’s definitely worth asking about it. If there’s no way to do that, then you need to figure out how you can retake the course as soon as possible. You should definitely retake the course before the end of summer before senior year. Once all this is figured out, you will want to think about why you got a failing grade and what you can do in the future to prevent it from happening again. Look for extra resources and ask your past teachers for advice no matter how painful it might be to hear. Try to change your study and time management habits to prevent this from happening again.

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