Breaking the news to your parents is an entirely different problem although there are things you can do in case you are failing a college class or even in case you have already failed it. Especially in case they are paying your tuition, chances are your parents are going to want to see your grades from time to time (translation: every semester. Consequently, bringing home a nice fat "F" probably wasn't on your list of things to do this semester. Given that no one is going to be happy about the situation, the best approach can be a basic one: be honest, be positive, and be sincere. Be honest. Be honest about the grade. What is it? A "D"? An "F"? It's better to only have this conversation once. "Mom, I'm going to be getting an 'F' in Organic Chemistry" is way better than "Mom, I think I'm not doing so well in Organic Chemistry" followed a few minutes later by "Well, I've failed most of the exams" followed by "Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm getting an 'F' but I'm not totally sure -- yet."

How to tell your parents you are failing a college class

You undoubtedly know that parents deal better with getting bad news that can improve later than getting kinda-bad news that gets worse later at this point in your life. So just be honest about your grade. What is it? What part of the equation is your fault (not studying enough, spending too much time socializing, etc.)? Own up to the situation and the responsibility. Honesty may be a bit uncomfortable, but it is undoubtedly the best policy in situations like this. Be positive. Present the situation as real -- but also as a growth and learning opportunity for you. Okay, so you failed a class. What did you learn? That you need to manage your time better. that you spent too much time just hanging out with people? That you need to take fewer units? That you need to be less involved with clubs? That you need to cut back on your work hours? Let your parents know what you're going to do differently next semester so that this won't happen again. Let your parents know what your options are in as positive a light as possible in addition to this. They most likely will want to know, "What does this mean?" Are you on academic probation. Able to keep up with your other courses? Not able to stay in your major? Be prepared with how you can move forward. Let your parents know what your academic situation is. Parents can smell dishonesty from a mile away although you may thing you are a pretty good liar. So be sincere about what you're saying to them. Did you just goof up and learn a lesson about how important it is to go to class? As long as you're exploring your options, that is OK in case you don’t know.