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Let’s talk about that one word university students have a love/hate relationship with: grades. We are now in week five of the trimester, meaning that you are either starting to receive some grades back or you’ve been up until the wee hours of the morning studying for a test or submitting an assignment. Unfortunately, there is no recipe to receiving an A+ (I wish!) — like your teachers have always said, it comes down to hard work. But what happens when you spend days studying or working on an assignment to receive a grade you didn’t want?
I’m not going to lie, it feels like a kick in the gut. You spend hours memorising, researching, and studying, only to receive a grade you didn’t desire. As hard as it is at the time, remember that it’s just one grade. It’s not your final grade and you have so many opportunities to get clarification and help. There are tutorials, consulting the lecturer, group studies, and Student Learning Support Services located on the ground floor of Kirk.
It’s easy to feel like you’ve moved five steps backwards instead of moving forward, and while grades can feel like everything, I promise you they’re not. Sometimes all you need to do is take an afternoon away, gather your thoughts, and take some time out for yourself (quite the opposite of what you would expect to do when you’re not happy with a grade). Taking time away, even just for a short while, will refocus your mind and give yourself a well-needed break. After all, your wellbeing is the most important aspect of who you are. So why not go for a walk? Go out to dinner with friends? Have a treat night? Light some candles and read a book? While grades can feel like everything, focusing on your own wellbeing will give you the best result of all — in grades and in life.