If you work and study hard in a course, getting a lower grade than you want or expect is naturally disappointing.
Beyond the emotional blow, a surprisingly low grade can have practical consequences, too, including not being able to graduate high school or not gaining entry to your desired college or university program.
Fortunately, it’s possible to change this narrative by revisiting and retaking certain courses to better your grades, allowing you to move forward with your career and educational goals.
Often, upgrade courses cover the same syllabi as the original programs, with the same expectations and requirements. Thankfully, repeating a course doesn’t require the same time commitment as the original. When students enroll in eLearning through a virtual high school, they’re often able to breeze through the coursework at a pace that works for them — slowing down on areas of confusion and speeding past subjects in which they’re already comfortable.
The ability to upgrade and repeat courses online appeals to a diverse age range, including both teen and mature students.
The designation of ‘mature student’ usually applies to people aged 19 and over. If you’re a mature student, you might want to improve your grades for a few reasons, such as:
- To complete and graduate high school.
- To pass a particular course and gain course credits to qualify for a preferred college or university program.
- To expand your knowledge and experience out of curiosity.
In these instances, a mature student retaking a high school course means maximizing their hiring potential. Statistics show that high school graduates have higher employment rates than adults with no degrees or certificates whatsoever. The employment rates are even higher for adults with postsecondary certificates and diplomas.
Further, obtaining the desired grade, graduating high school or gaining entry to an institute of higher learning will boost self-confidence and self-belief and, in some cases, increase earning potential.
High School Students
Retaking and upgrading marks may also be valuable to some high school students:
- Students in high school may need to retake a failed Grade 11 course to move forward with their education and be eligible for the next level of the subject in Grade 12.
- Likewise, students may wish to retake a Grade 11 or Grade 12 course to earn a higher grade and improve their understanding of the material. In some cases, students can do this in a month, which means a course can be improved in the summers between semesters.
- Similar to mature students, high schoolers may need to return to their studies and pick up a specific course credit to successfully fulfill the requirements of their desired postsecondary program.
Learning that you have received a lower grade than you hoped for can be disheartening and distressing. It may leave you feeling deflated about your academic future. But don’t give up just yet.
Remember that options are available to improve those lower-than-desired grades, whether it’s to fulfill a personal goal or to check off a prerequisite for a college or university program. Seek an upgrade course today to change that grade — and by extension, your future.