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Should I repeat second year?

  1. Jul 16, 2015 #1
    So I got killed this past year in physics. Combined with the fact that I slacked off a lot in first year, I have an awful GPA. It's currently sitting at 1.66 ( out of 4.3) I need ~2.0 to get into honors physics. I'm guessing the possibility of grad school is out the window. I've been studying 3rd year physics all summer to try and get ahead but the damage is done. I hate myself so much right now. That's 2 years I'll never get back. I feel like there's no point and those 2 years of mistakes can never be undone. I need some guidance. Guidance from anyone.
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  3. Jul 16, 2015 #2
    Does your school let you replace grades if you take a class again?
  4. Jul 16, 2015 #3


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    While grad school is not completely out of the question for you, it's not looking good at all.

    I believe the more pertinent issue in figuring out how to salvage your academic career is figuring out why you're "slacking off". Is it lack of passion? Personal distractions? Emotional issues? Figuring out which of these is the cause of your struggles should be a top priority for you. Trying to move forward without addressing them might lead to more wasted time.
  5. Jul 16, 2015 #4
    Different schools and departments have different policies and recommendations for retaking courses.

    Go talk to someone in your physics department and see what they recommend about the situation.

    Express that you are open to retaking courses that you did poorly in.
  6. Jul 17, 2015 #5
    Studying for third year courses is pretty much useless at this point. Your awful GPA indicates you did not grasp much of your first two years. So advancing even further in physics is not a good idea until you get the basics down. So you need to spend a lot of time revisiting the basics. You need to do this by taking courses, and also by self-studying a lot. If you don't invest this time, then you will not master physics. Grad school is looking near to impossible at this point, so I would develop a good plan B and focus on that. For example, programming or something applied.
  7. Jul 18, 2015 #6
    Yes my school will replace grades. I learned so much about time management towards the end of the year. I know if I retook 2nd year I would do a lot better, but there's no making up for first year.
  8. Jul 18, 2015 #7
    This is the part I'm most frustrated about. I only really started working my ass off near the end so I could pass. I'm pretty much up to speed with what I need to know (and in some cases ahead of other students) only through self studying. I know what I should know for a 3rd year physics student, but I only learnt it after it counted. I would most certainly do well in 3rd year purely from the fact that I've studied so much over the summer. I don't know what to do.
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