I received a "B" in my third semester Master's program. I'm happy because anything less than a "B" is a failing grade. I was so busy with work and other things this semester that I did not devote the time to school that I should have. Next semester I'll do better.
"Affect" is a verb that means "to influence." "Effect" is usually a noun that means "a result" or "influence." As a verb, "effect" means "to accomplish" or "to produce."
(Examples: The devastating effects of the hurricane affected the lives of everyone in the small coastal town. The new taxes effected a change in the school budget.)
Writersblock.ca also helps us out with the following definition:
Affect and effect are two words that are commonly confused.
"Affect" is usually a verb meaning "to influence".
The drug did not affect the disease.
"Effect" is usually a noun meaning "result".
The drug has many adverse side effects.
"Effect" can also be used as a verb meaning "to bring about".
The present government effected many positive changes.