Parent-teacher conferences are a good reminder that a course adjustment is sometimes needed in order to continue making progress toward a goal. When unexpected difficulties arise a new plan of action might include extra effort or a revised way of attacking a problem. If the goal is important, it makes sense to work out a way to accomplish it.
Sometimes a little reflection leads to a renewed resolve to do a good job with the basics: listening in class, taking good notes in class, completing assignments carefully, and asking questions to clarify difficult concepts. Sometimes it makes sense to try something new. It could be that a science project can lead to productive conversations between student and teacher and lead from frustration to understanding. Sometimes even a small extra credit project can make a difference. The important thing is not to give up on the goal of academic success, but to adjust the method of getting there as needed.