A number of students have written, and the words "concerned student" are generally in the title. The following is a sample:
Dear Dr. Patt, Good day sir, this is *********** (a student from your 306 class). As you know sir the test were returned today and well i got a disapointing grade (18 to be exact). Well the thing is that I really do like your class. To be honest with you it is the most interesting class i have this semester. And well i cannot see my self doing anything else than engineering. My question is do you think that i can still pass the class with a pretty good grade if i don't give up and do better in my other tests? I mean i do pretty good in my homeworks and I like the class alot, I just think that my study skills aren't what they suppose to be. I am thinking I just need to change the way I study (because don't get me wrong, i do study alot for your class). Thank You, << name withheld to protect the concerned student >>
If you are able to pull it together from here on in, you certainly can
do well in the course. The issue is whether you are able to pull it
together. I am unable to read your mind, so I can't ascertain exactly
what the problem is in your case. I think the first step is to talk
frankly with your TA. Go over the exam with him/her, for example, during
office hours. Ask him frankly if he thinks you are really understanding
the material or if you are kidding yourself. As I said, plenty of students
do poorly on the first exam, use that information as a wakeup call, re-correct,
and do just fine. Others continue to do poorly for one reason or another.
I don't know which group you are in. A conversation with your TA should
provide some good insight. Let's see where you are after that.