Should I Improve my Marks before my Application?
Did you get your desired grade in every course save for that single class? Now you are second guessing yourself about applying with your transcript the way it is. None of these are novel feelings and are all perfectly acceptable within the experience of life we call educational achievement.
Here are a few things to think about that might help you in your decision:
The More the Merrier
The most obvious is the better your overall grades are the more options are open to you and ultimately the better your chances of getting into the school you want, and/or program of study you desire for your goals.
Practice Makes Perfect
It is well understood that repetition improves results. If we assume the course you are thinking about retaking is vital to your educational and career goals, then getting a good understanding will be vital for you going forward. But if it is simply just a grade that is required to fulfil your curriculum then at the very least taking another stab at it with a presumably reduced workload and less pressure should be conducive for a better result.
It Pays to be Great
There are several scholarships available to exceptional students and it is very possible that improving a grade or two could be that edge you need to get access to some of them. They are famously competitive, which is why improving your performance to the height that you can reasonably get it to is worth the extra effort and could just as well pay off.
More times than not, the reason for below than expected grades in the first place comes from students not learning at the same pace, which means the ones that require more time than the syllabus dictates end up paying the price.
This is greatly diminished when learning online because the student sets their own schedule and learns at the pace that works best for them. This self determined pace takes into consideration the extra responsibilities the students have outside of school i.e. family, job, volunteer work amongst other things.
This self determined pace works in both directions meaning if there are parts of the curriculum that are easier for you, you don’t spend as much as time on them and the parts that are challenging can have more time allocated to them.
The time management skills, self discipline along with a host of others that are picked up through the online course upgrade are additional benefits to a student.
One of such skills first is the determination to repeat and improve on a grade, but also the work ethic required to see it through. Assuming this will be done through a less rigorous school schedule, there will still likely be a life schedule that has to be worked through. Seeing this through and coming out on top will build self confidence and display great discipline all of which help build character.
The thought of retreading old ground is less than ideal, and in some cases even daunting but with a clear plan and focus the benefits far outweigh the perceived setbacks and ultimately provide more options for future endeavours.
Best of luck in your journey and catch you on the other side!
This post was written by Abdulhakeem Yusuf. Abdulhakeem is the content writer at SOC Online Academy. He has over 6 years of professional writing experience.
If you are interested in using these tips to boost your marks and learn at SOC Online Academy, go here to learn how to apply.