How many parents simply tell their failing child, "You'd better study harder" only to see no improvement? This handout gives very practical, manageable steps for students to take when they are failing a class or experiencing academic difficulty. It teaches life skills such as communication with authority and taking responsibility. When a student does not know where to turn for help improving grades, this resource can provide assistance and facilitate discussion with teachers, guidance counselors and parents. This can also be useful to parents who do not quite know how to guide their child in improving grades.