Sign Up For Free

**Join for FREE**,
and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions,
and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

- Reply to threads, and start your own.
- Post reviews of your campus visits.
- Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
- Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Home
/
College Discussion / Colleges and Universities / CC Top Universities / University of California - Berkeley

jjanggu
Registered User Posts: **14** New Member

So I took my first midterm for Math1A today and I completely failed. I studied all week but it was stuff that was a lot more difficult than the homework assignments the professor had given us before. I wasn't expecting it to be this hard because the professor told us to base off the difficulty of the exam on the homework.

So now I found out that I got a 17/40 and the class average was 22/40. How bad is this, what does this mean for me and my grade, and is it possible to get an A- or B+ in this class after this? Please let me know how I can deal with this, how to tell my parents, and whether or not I'm doomed to fail...

So now I found out that I got a 17/40 and the class average was 22/40. How bad is this, what does this mean for me and my grade, and is it possible to get an A- or B+ in this class after this? Please let me know how I can deal with this, how to tell my parents, and whether or not I'm doomed to fail...

This discussion has been closed.

## Replies to: Failed midterm and freaking out

1,354Senior MemberI can't seem to find the grading cutoffs online, so it's hard to say what grade it's possible for you to get. But you should probably learn how to calculate grades by hand... it's basically a weighted average. For example, if the class was 20% MT1, 30% MT2, and 50% Final, you would do: 0.20 * (17/40) + 0.30 * (MT2 score) + 0.05 * (Final score), and that would be your overall percentage. So, if you're wonder what the highest possible grade you can get is, assume you get a 100 on the remaining assignments. Check your syllabus for grade breakdowns and the overall grading scale.

If I had to guess, I'd say you're probably not doomed. Well, you might be doomed if you can't figure out how to calculate grades. But it's only the first midterm and it's still pretty early, treat it like a wake up call if you're not happy with your score. Statistically speaking, only ~5% of the class gets an F in math 1A, so if you're not in that category you can relax a little.

1,417Senior MemberUsually one bad exam doesn't mean doom. A more common problem is when people do well on MT1, then proceed to do crappy on MT2, then do so-so on the final exam to get a B.

I've also seen plenty of folks who would fail the first exam but get their act together and ace the remaining h/w and exams and get an A, so the game's not over.

11,047Senior Member836Member575MemberDon't panic. Use this as an opportunity to begin the true transformation from a "regurgitation" type test (HS) to an "analysis" type test (college) .

If you haven't done so, use office hours to get up to speed, pre-read the class work, get a study group, use the university tutors. The approach to studying the college material is very different from the approach to studying HS material. While some talented students can cram, for most others mastering college material is incremental - slow and steady will win this race.

FWIW (since anecdotal stories are not proof of too much), D scored a 9/25 on her first math college exam (mean was 13). When she read that first exam, she wondered whether she had wandered into the wrong exam location. She had been a HS whiz in math, and treated the class initially as a mere extension of HS math (after all, there are much better ways of spending time in college then grinding the books). She went religiously to office hours (which had the beneficial by-product of connecting with the prof), joined a study group, identified what she didn't thoroughly understand for an occasional round of tutoring, and began prereading (which she carried over to all classes). The grinding approach paid off - her final grade was a B+ - but she said she had never worked harder then in her first two semesters at college (except for the first month of first semester when social life was paramount).

Again, don't panic. Use the result as a learning moment.