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How do I bring my grades up?I'm still doing poor at school. I got 3 Fs and I don't...

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maruma | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM via web

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How do I bring my grades up?

I'm still doing poor at school. I got 3 Fs and I don't know how to bring them up. I don't want to be a freshman. :(

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 5, 2010 at 2:11 PM (Answer #2)

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The single best thing to do, I think, is to talk with the teachers. Tell them your concerns, ask them for specific guidance, and follow up on everything you say to them. If you promise to get your in on time from then on, for example, do it!

A second thing to consider is to monitor your own time (or get someone to monitor it for you) so that you complete all of the assigned work on time in a fully acceptable manner.

In my experience as a teacher, nearly every instance of a F can be traced back to a student not completing all of the assigned work. (Of course, there may be underlying reasons that a student isn't completing all of the work. You may have to reflect on what's contributing to the low grades and, if possible, bring a counselor or other expert into the discussion.)

I think that by asking the question, you're already moving in the right direction. Talk with your teachers, family, friends... with everyone. Get people on board to help you succeed.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM (Answer #3)

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If you feel you are doing poorly in school, it may be that you are over-worked or thinly stretched across too many subject areas. Is there a personal tutor or pastoral support worker in your estrablishment to whom you can go to discuss curriculum and timetabling issues? Maybe you need to learn fewer subjects but in much more depth? Some subjects, such as English and History require a lot of time to be put aside for actual reading - without this research assignements show a thin and shallow depth of reading that leads to low grades. Maybe you could cut some to allow more time for others. Try to prioritize the subjects you love and which you may want for a career.

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nusratfarah | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM (Answer #4)

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Please, don't get so depressed, I'm sure you're not the only one who is facing such problems, there are many like you. And most of them come out of the failures through their efforts.

You, at first, find out the reasons behind your failures. There might be a multiple factors causing your break-down. then give your full effort to nourish the particular field or fields.

Don't take study as a pressure, view it as a source of entertainment. If you can not take it as a source of pleasure, then think like a materialistic. Think that, it is your academic qualifications which would help you to stand on your feet with dignity one day. Life is challenge. How far will you be able to escape it?

Study for your own, not to fulfill others' dreams.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 5, 2010 at 3:08 PM (Answer #5)

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I have found that most teachers do not want to see students fail. They will do anything they can to help a student that is serious about wanting to work hard to pass their classes. Talk to your teachers and see what they can do to help you get caught up.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM (Answer #6)

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The most common reasons students struggle in my classes are attendance and homework.  You didn't say if you were having trouble with these or other issues, but start with talking to your teachers.  Most students don't want to or are afraid to, but I like when students approach me to ask for help, it shows they have real concern and are willing to work their way out of them.  Until and after then, you can ask yourself if you are doing everything else that you can to get your grades up.  Try to get more sleep at night, and eat good food in the mornings.  Find some of your friends or classmates who are doing well in those classes and ask them for help, maybe study with them.  Good luck.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM (Answer #7)

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I'll take a bit of a different approach and look at the situation from a different angle.  To me, talking to the teacher isn't that important or meaningful.  If you talk to a teacher with specific questions about something you don't undersand, that's one thing.  That's extremely valuable.  But as far as bringing your grades up overall, talk is cheap, as they say.  go to class and take notes and read the assignments and study your notes and do the assignments and refuse to enter the classroom on test day without being an expert on the material.  If you need help doing all of this, then by all means get help.  But don't expect the teacher to do anything special for you.  Learning is your responsibility in college, as it will be for the rest of your life.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted March 6, 2010 at 7:26 AM (Answer #8)

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You should really see one of the guidance counselors and tell them how you feel. You also have to have some type of support structure and system that you can count on that will help you improve your academics such as parents, friends, and others.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM (Answer #9)

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All of the posts above offer good advice. In addition to talking over your problems with your teachers, counselors, parents and friends, I think you should recommit yourself to focusing on the subjects in which you have failed. Outside distractions need to be eliminated or reduced dramatically, and most of your time outside school should be dedicated to study and completion of assignments. Sometimes it is the first year (be it high school or college) that is the most difficult. Making the transition will eventually become easier.

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akh6777 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:41 PM (Answer #10)

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I will start this response with a question. Why are you failing?  You can not fix a problem if you do not know what it is.  Are your classes too difficult for you?  Are you studying enough?  Are you turning in your work in a timely manner?  Many students transitioning into high school struggle with the amount of work and their unfamiliarity with study skills.  If struggeling is new to you, you really need to assess the cause of the problem.

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deancharles | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM (Answer #11)

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How do I bring my grades up?

I'm still doing poor at school. I got 3 Fs and I don't know how to bring them up. I don't want to be a freshman. :(

 Never despair. Many are in the same boat as you. Its about finding out what you enjoy because you always do well at what you enjoy. Also its about how you work with your teachers. Having a good dialogue with them is always a key thing - they will (and they should) be open and approachable and help you every step of the way.

Keep friends with students who achieve -you'll learn good habits and you will improve. Make studying fun and keep it regular. Check out sites that offer help to students such as enotes.com, u-2-me.com etcetera and get on their forums, like you have now and there will always be people willing to help :o)

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rosefalcone | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM (Answer #12)

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First, forget about what's past and start fresh where you are right now. Talk with your teachers and let them know you want help. Set a time and a quiet place for your self to study each day. How do you learn? Do you learn by looking at it, listening to it or touching it? This is very important. We dont all learn the same way. Study for little bits at a time. dont spend hours studying for a test right before the test, nothing will transfer to your long term memory that way. Break it down into smaller pieces and don't EVER miss any assignments.

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dennew | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2010 at 5:46 AM (Answer #13)

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I hope you have read the previous posts; there are some very good ideas on why you are not doing well in school.  I, too, was a poor student in high school; athletics were my real focus in my plan (or lack of one).  Simple practices that may help would be to sit in the front of class (less distractions), have someone organize yourself (if you need help), complete homework assignments (without distractions or social delays), and put SUCCESS into your head.  As a Special Education teacher for many years, I look at general ed. students who have abilities but lack drive and that has always been a tough one for me to injest.  Good luck.

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cdavison12 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2010 at 4:53 AM (Answer #14)

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Study takes a lot of work and time.  You can't argue with the price. And you are what you are.  If that means a commitment of double or triple the time to prepare for a test then that is that.  Where to start? Start early as you can.  Hit assignments from the first day in the chapter, unit or topic.  Take a piece of material that you are going to be tested on and commit to knowing absolutely every fact about it from the material you've been given.  If it is terms to memorize, be able to go from term to definition to example for each one.  Self quiz by cueing yourself with only one of these three and then having to supply the other two for each term "letter perfect".  Use a piece of paper folded into three strips and you can flip it around for easy study in this strategy.  You can turn things around!  Good luck!

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 19, 2010 at 5:05 AM (Answer #15)

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To motivate yourself to bring your grades up, try posting your grade updates up on your wall and charting your progress to the top. keep a calendar of updates and deadlines and tick the ones you have aced! Fix a date on the calendar to reward yourself with something - it doesn't matter if you don't have much money as it could be something as simple as a night off without homework playing games. You will feel better once you see that first grade increase, but that won't happen without committing more time.

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