Recovering from Academic Setbacks

Photo by Lisa Lampe.

"I had to learn to adjust to Stanford’s course pace and difficulty; had to find the best method for me to succeed academically. " 

 - Chris Fleming, '17 

How have you recovered from Academic Setbacks or surprises?

"Whenever I got a test grade that was lower than expected during the beginning of my freshman year I was immediately hard on myself but I quickly learned that that wasn’t a good approach. It wasn’t the right way to make sure it didn’t happen again. I had to learn to adjust to Stanford’s course pace and difficulty; had to find the best method for me to succeed academically. After talking to my AD I tailored my next two quarters to be a lot more manageable for me. I also found that I worked a lot more productively when I had a dependable study group to work with before a big test. If I ever found myself in another academic setback I would try another new method of studying until something worked because, as I learned, the same method doesn’t always work for different classes."

Chris Fleming

Materials Science
Class of 2017