I am an international master's student in the US. I am currently finishing my last semester of courses.
This semester has been very tough on my personal life because of some family issues. I also had major unexpected technical difficulties with one of the projects which made it practically impossible for me to finish it in time. As a result, my performance in one of the courses suffered in the second half of the semester (I was doing well in the first half). I just had the final exam and I feel that it went badly. I am now scared that I might fail the course and have to come back again in Fall, especially because that means I have to move back to the city and spend more money on tuition.
I am confident that I would have done much better on the course had my circumstances been different. I am therefore considering contacting the professor to explain my situation in the hopes that he won't give me a failing grade.
So my question is this: is it advisable to contact my professor in this situation? If so, how can I approach the topic? What should I avoid discussing?
Perhaps I should mention, I don't feel very comfortable with him on a personal level, and he has been generally strict with grading guidelines.