Reacting to First Grades

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Ruperto M. Perez, Ph.D.
Director, Georgia Tech Counseling Center
ruperto.perez@vpss.gatech.edu

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First-year and second-year students are given a mid-semester progress report that indicates a student’s progress in his/her classes during the semester. Aside from the actual grade formulary, it is helpful for parents to know how to react if your son or daughter receives an unsatisfactory grade on the mid-semester progress report. Your response and encouragement during this time can make all the difference for your student.

Many Georgia Tech students (and parents!) wait with some apprehension to receive their first progress reports. First-year and second-year students are given a mid-semester progress report that indicates a student’s progress in his/her classes during the semester. Progress report grades, which will be posted on September 28 for 1000- and 2000-level courses only, are used to advise and inform students of their current progress and are not included in calculating the GPA for students.

As parents, it is helpful to understand how grades are reported and calculated for your son or daughter. More information can be found in the Georgia Tech Catalog, online at www.catalog.gatech.edu/rules/5a.php.

Aside from the actual grade formulary, it is helpful for parents to know how to react if your son or daughter receives an unsatisfactory grade on the mid-semester progress report. Your response and encouragement during this time can make all the difference for your student.

There are a number of students who find the academics at Tech to be challenging and, for freshman especially, the workload to be significantly different and difficult than that of high school. In general, students who are able to manage the curriculum are those who are able to:

  • Regularly attend all classes;
  • Effectively manage their time and activities;
  • Develop and exercise effective study and test-taking skills;
  • Establish extracurricular activities; and
  • Seek out and access appropriate support services when needed.

As parents, it is helpful to maintain healthy and appropriate lines of communication with your son or daughter and to explore some of these key success factors listed above in order to ascertain your child’s progress. If your son or daughter does receive a “U” on their progress report, you may want to inquire as to their regular class attendance and their time management. It can also be useful for students to be reminded of the various academic support resources that are available to them to provide tutoring, help them develop effective study skills, and other services.

At other times, students may experience personal difficulties that interfere with academic progress. For those instances, talking with your son or daughter about seeking out personal counseling can be a good step in maintaining a sense of trust and confidence in your relationship with them. The Georgia Tech Counseling Center www.counseling.gatech.edu is available to consult and provide students with the necessary and appropriate services for their presenting concerns. The Center is also open in appropriate consultation with parents in ways to provide the necessary support and encouragement to their son or daughter in order that they may succeed both academically and personally at Georgia Tech.

For more information on the Counseling Center and its services, please visit www.counseling.gatech.edu.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Aug 31, 2012 - 6:05am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:12pm