I'll make this short and simple. I messed up. I messed up pretty bad, but I'm not totally screwed. But I'd like PF's take on what I should do. I'm in a class (Engineering Dynamics), and I bombed a test. And I don't mean "onoz I got a seventy what will I doooo". I mean, there's no way I got more than a 50 - in fact, it's doubtful I came out with more than a 30. Why? Because I couldn't write down anything on half the test. I walked into the exam and I blanked. I knew nothing. I hadn't prepared very well at all because I overloaded myself this semester and did not work as hard as I should have. There were no real extenuating circumstances, at least none that would account for more than a small portion of my problem - I just plain messed up and took too heavy of a courseload, and I couldn't handle it. But the funny thing is, I'd been doing well all semester in that class. I never made below a 90 on either of the other two exams. I went to the classes. I studied. But then this exam came along and I was buried under two other exams that I had to study for, and this semester was already crazy anyway with assignments in two other classes due every week that would each take days out of my life. I feel like I could master the material in this course if I had more time, and indeed I'm dropping one of my classes because if I tried to make it through all of the classes I'm taking now, it would destroy my GPA more than it has been already. My question is, should I go to the professor and ask for some leniency on this one exam based on the fact that I aced the other exams? Perhaps ask that it be weighed less, or that the final be weighed more? I'm positive I can annihilate the final since I'll have much more time to prepare without assignments from other classes bogging me down. I'd really like to come out with a B in the class, but as it stands, I'd have to do pretty well on the final just to get a C. I'd really like the extra assurance + the hope of getting a B. Do you think it's worth it? What would you say if you were a professor and had to listen to this student describe their screw-ups?