At CapU, we have many different tips and resources for students who are looking to improve their results in class.

  • Feeling overwhelmed by your course work?
  • Having difficulty with writing assignments?
  • Struggling with math and statistics?

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You may experience academic challenges in university and a potential course re-take strategy may be an option to turn your GPA around.

An academic advisor can help you identify courses to re-take, which would have the most significant impact on your grades and the areas you are most likely to succeed in.

If you have failed one or more classes, schedule an appointment with an advisor to review your progress and discuss ways to help in your academic career.

Here are some of the questions you can discuss with your academic advisor:

  • Is the failed course mandatory for your selected degree program?
  • Do you think you can get a higher grade in the course if you re-take it?
  • Which re-take options should you prioritize - courses in your major, or electives?
  • What grade do you need to get in your re-take(s) in order to increase your average(s)?
  1. Talk to your instructor
    You might have difficulty understanding course content, requirements and/or assignment guidelines. In this case, schedule a meeting with your professor during their office hours. Prepare a list of questions or problems before your meeting so your instructor can clarify the key points and recommend solutions.
  2. Inquire about assignment deadline extensions
    Each instructor handles late assignments differently, read your course syllabus for more information. If you encounter an extenuating circumstance preventing you from submitting an assignment on time, contact your instructor before the assignment is due to discuss your situation. If circumstances prevent you from contacting your instructor in advance, contact them as soon as you can.
  3. Visit the Centre for Student Success
    At the Centre, you can get assistance determining the skills and resources required to be successful in your classes.
  4. Consider dropping the course (before the withdraw deadline!)
    At Capilano University, all grades (including fail grades) are included in the calculation of the cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) unless the course is repeated in which case the lower grade is no longer included in the calculation.

Multiple fail grades can pull your CGPA down below good academic standing or graduation standards. A low CGPA means you risk being placed on academic probation or being required to discontinue your studies for the term.

You can drop courses if you feel you cannot successfully complete it, or if you feel that the effort it would take to improve one course will hamper your success in your other courses.

If you are unsure whether or not to drop a course, you can speak to an academic advisor who can review your grades and program requirements to help you make an informed decision.

Cautionary note: some funding agencies require students to maintain full-time registration status in order to receive funding or to avoid an interruption in funding. Read the fine print on your funding agreement so you understand potential consequences of dropping a course.