Escaping Bad Grades

There is a lot of help out there. If you need help with classes you can get a lot of it at Marshall. There are many services to help you do better in classes. Below you will find some suggestions to get help.

Why Are You Behind?

In order to maintain a “C” average, you must maintain quality points that average a 2.0. Each time you get a “C” you maintain a 2.0 average. When you get below a “C” you get one deficiency point per letter grade below a “C” for each hour of credit. If you get a “D” in a three hour class, you would receive three deficiency points. If you get a grade above a “C” in a course, you get an extra quality point for each letter above a “C” for each credit. If you get a “B” in a three hour course you will receive three extra quality points.

When you get a grade below a “C,” you must counter the deficiency points by getting a grade in a course which is equivalent to the grade you received below the “C.” For a “D,” you will need to get a “B” in a course with the same number of hours to counter the deficiency points. In other words, for each hour of “D” you will need an hour of “B” to cancel the deficiency points. For each hour of “F,” you will need an hour of “A” to cancel out the deficiency points.

However, there is another way to cancel your deficiencies or improve your quality points.

The D/F Repeat Policy

Your Professor

The person who knows the most about your course and its requirements is your professor. If you find yourself lost or not understanding, ask your professor in class when you get lost or confused or immediately after class when your questions are fresh. If you cannot speak with the professor at either of these times, check the professor’s office hours and go by and see him/her.

Faculty Members’ Office Hours can be found on your syllabi, the faculty members’ doors or on their Web Pages. Professors are glad to discuss class with you. If they are busy, they will make an appointment to help you. Please keep this in mind. The only stupid question is one not asked. If you don’t know or understand something ask. By asking questions you help the professor know whether or not you understand, and you often help other students who are too shy to ask a question. When you don’t understand and you ask questions you get answers. When you don’t understand and you don’t ask questions, you get bad grades.

Your Advisors

If you need advice about studying or classes, see your Advisors. Each student has academic advisors available. If you do not know your Advisors, stop and see them.

Your Advisors can be especially helpful in planning your academic career and in scheduling classes. Freshmen and Sophomores must see their Advisor to schedule classes.

Contact Us

CSEE Department
WAEC 3101
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755