Talking to Your Parents About Grades

When you’re in college, grades may be the last thing you want to discuss with your parents. However much you want to avoid talking about exams and your GPA, you just aren’t going to escape this inevitable topic. Mom and Dad have a right to know about your grades and you should tell them the truth. Here are some tips for talking grades with your parents:

  • Keep Them Informed: One way to make talking to your parents about grades easier is to keep them informed from start to finish. Parents want to know what classes you’re taking, which ones are the hardest and the easiest and how you’re doing in each one. If you give your parents this kind of information from the get-go they won’t be in the dark about how you’re doing in school. Open communication will make talking about grades easier and smoother because you’ve been upfront all along, and they’ll be less surprised (or mad) if you don’t get all A’s.
  • Be Honest: When talking to your parents about school and grades, it’s in your best interest to be honest at all times. You won’t benefit from telling your parents that chemistry is going well if you’re actually failing. Plus, your grades could be sent to your parent’s house and you don’t want to get caught in that kind of lie. If you’re struggling in a particular subject, your parents will want to know. Chances are they’ve been in your shoes and know what it’s like and may be able to give you some helpful advice or words of encouragement.
  • Be Prepared: If you’re about to tell your parents about a not-so-stellar grade, you’ll want to come prepared before dropping a bomb on them. If you’ve failed a class and you have to repeat it, find out the necessary information beforehand so you’re prepared to answer any questions your parents might have. Once you’ve addressed the problem, you can talk about solutions together.
  • Make Good Grades: Let’s face it &ndash it’s much easier to talk to your parents about grades when you make good grades. Every parent has their own academic expectations for their children and opinions about grades. Some parents may expect straight A’s and others may consider a B just as good as an A. Whether or not your parents emphasize grades, you should still strive to do your very best in every class so you can make yourself and your parents proud.

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