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what should i do i am an undergraduate of bachelor of social science i did my module which were selected for me so i failed Psychology 101 and passed 102 because i was not familiar with life science . At second semester i passed all my modules and failed again my tutorial class and now i am in short of my credits and i want to continue with my Industrial psychology but i do not know what to do am i going to be able to over credit or not ?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Sterfanie !

This is a situation in which you can make plans for. You can make up the credits for Psychology 101 and your tutorial class. I am not exactly sure what a tutorial class is in your country, however (is it in psychology ? a class teaching you how to tutor ? A different subject ? ). I would like to share some advice as to what American students do in this situation and you can compare to see if it is possible to do in the University System in your country.

For the Psychology 101 course, you should look into if you can take the course again, with a different teacher and if you take it at a different college, make certain that it would transfer credit over to your university that you plan to graduate from. It may not be the case of you not being familiar with life science. If Psychology 101 is taught effectively, it provides an introductory to a life science. I would say to take the course over at a different college or take it at night or in summer session if that is offered. Definitely do not sign up for the same course with the same teacher.

You seem to be a successful student and perhaps it may not be you, rather other factors that make it difficult for you with the two courses you've mentioned. You will definitely be able to obtain your Bachelors Degree in Social Science which is your goal, so do not worry. There are ways around your situation. I would do a search online for reviews of professors and hopefully your college is listed so that you can read critiques about professors. You should also ask other students who may have had a different professor for Psych 101 and see who they recommend. I left a link for you below for a professor rating website which I believe is American, but you can try it or see if there is something equivalent in your country.

I would also advise that you go to your college's website and read about guidelines. You most likely can e-mail your specific question to get an answer based upon your college's protocol and set guidelines. I anticipate that you'll have no problem with this. People have fail situations all the time and do end up obtaining their Bachelors degree. Whatever "overcredit" means to you, also do not worry. I knew students when I was a student that kept going to college, semester after semester, changing majors three times or students that had many credits but never signed up for their Bachelors Degree. I would suggest visiting the academic counseling office on your campus also to see what they say about it, even if it's just reassurance.

I hope that this has helped in alleviating any worry and I encourage you to follow through with the courses you plan to take. Best wishes to you !

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Chinyere’s Answer

Hello Sterfenie,

Failing a course can be tough, but that it doesn't define your abilities or worth as a person. To solve this problem and continue with your studies in Industrial Psychology, you can consider the following steps:

1. Assess your situation: Take some time to understand why you failed certain classes and tutorial sessions. Reflect on any challenges or difficulties you faced during those modules.

2. Seek academic support: Reach out to your professors, tutors, or academic advisors for guidance and support. They can provide valuable insight into what went wrong and give advice on how to improve.

3. Review the material: Go back and review the content from Psychology 101 that you struggled with. Identify specific areas where you need improvement and dedicate extra time to studying those topics.

4. Consider retaking the course: Depending on your university's policies, you may have the option to retake Psychology 101 if it is a prerequisite for further courses in Industrial Psychology. This will allow you to strengthen your understanding of foundational concepts before moving forward.

5. Explore credit retrieval options: Look into whether there are any credit retrieval programs or alternative ways of earning credits at your university. Some institutions offer summer courses, online classes, or credit-by-examination options that could help fulfill missing credits.

6. Create a study plan: Develop a structured study plan for all your remaining modules, including allocating sufficient time for tutorial class preparation. Implement effective study techniques such as creating summaries, practicing past exam papers, seeking clarification when needed, and attending additional tutoring sessions if available.

7. Manage your workload effectively: Make sure to prioritize your academics while balancing other commitments wisely so that you can allocate enough time for studying without feeling overwhelmed.

8. Stay motivated and seek support from peers: Surround yourself with motivated classmates who share similar goals as yours; they can provide encouragement and serve as study partners when needed.

9. Consider seeking additional resources outside of class: Utilize online resources like educational websites, textbooks related to psychology subjects or attend workshops/seminars related to psychology which can enhance knowledge outside of classroom learning materials

10. Stay positive and persistent : Remember that setbacks are part of the learning process; don't get discouraged by previous failures. Stay determined and persistent in your efforts to improve and succeed. Seek support from friends, family, or a counselor if you need help managing any emotional challenges that may arise.

11. Stay organized and manage your time effectively: Utilize tools like a planner or digital calendar to keep track of deadlines, assignments, and study sessions. Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable chunks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

12. Explore alternative pathways: If retaking Psychology 101 is not an option or if you are unable to make up the credits needed for Industrial Psychology, consider exploring other relevant fields within social sciences that do not have the same prerequisites.

13. Consult with academic advisors again: After assessing your progress in addressing the failed modules and credit shortfall, consult with academic advisors once again for guidance on whether it is possible to over credit or if there are any other alternatives available.

Let me call out that each university has its own policies and procedures regarding course requirements and credit transferability. It's important to consult with your academic advisor specifically about your situation to get accurate information tailored to your university's guidelines.

Best wishes.