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I need help in school(a little bit)so i am an honors student in a few honors classes...

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amskhan | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM via web

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I need help in school(a little bit)

so i am an honors student in a few honors classes but i cant make the grades i want. my gpa is like a 3.4545..., but see thats a very low ranking in my district. My district is in the top 3% of American schools. so you can guess that it is extremly comptetitive. I have been impared for about 6 years and my grades are suffering because of it. i had the decision weather to retake a grade or not, but i think i choose the wrong decision. my grades  aer all passing  some by landmarks some not. i want to get a 3.8 gpa, and it is my 2nd yr last year i had a 3.45....So my study habbits are pretty decent. get home eat a small snack, study till night. I put forth immense effort into school but im just not gifted at anything. i put in hours of effort just to skim by a class. i needc suggestions as to what i should do to succeed and thrive in my schools competitive ambiance(<--vocab word).

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM (Answer #2)

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As an English teacher, I will tell you that the first thing you need to do is sharpen your grammar skills. You say that you are an honors student, so you need to write like one. You know that the first word of a sentence is capitalized and that the personal pronoun I is always capitalized. You have left apostrophes out of contractions (can't), misspelled several words (habbits, comptetitive), used the wrong (weather instead of whether). If you want to raise your grade in writing, you're going to have to proofread to correct errors like these.

You say you have been impaired, but you don't say how. I can onlly guess that it must be some sort of physical condition. In that case, I would say that it is commendable that your GPA is 3.45, which is a perfectly acceptable score. I would counsel you to work on your writing and grammar skills and consider yourself successful already. You're putting too much pressure on yourself and probably working too hard. Relax and take a break. That may be just what you need!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM (Answer #3)

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First of all, coming from a district like yours the GPA means more. Colleges pay attention to where you go to school as well as your grades. You might want to consider hiring a tutor for a few sessions to learn some study tips. You know the saying: work smarter, not harder.
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amskhan | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM (Answer #4)

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it is a physical and mental condition. i had suffered a major brain injury that would have set andyone back a multitude of years. I experienced this about 6 years back and i still suffer.
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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM (Answer #5)

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You should inquire at your school if there are services available to students with verifiable conditions. You might be able to get one-on-one tutoring, counseling, and extended time for term papers. You are putting in the time but you are doing it all by yourself; there's nothing wrong with getting help for motivation. You're doing that here, after all. I've found that a person to discuss schoolwork with is a great relaxation tool. You can bounce ideas and themes off them and not have to stress about every little thing alone.

I also agree with #2: you need to put in the effort in writing to use basic grammar and punctuation. This may not seem like a big deal, but almost every job needs you to be able to write clearly and professionally.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM (Answer #6)

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I agree with post 5 that you may want to inquire at your school about any services they offer.  I personally had some medical problems in college and taking advantage of such services at your school can be a big help.  With this type of a set back, you may also want to consider some individual tutoring.  This might be something that your school offers or it might be something you will want to seek outside of school.  Talk with your teachers as well.  They may have more insight into areas that you personally need to work on in their specific class.  I'm sure many of your teachers would be willing to work with you and help you in any way they can. 

I do have to agree with post 2 as well that you will want to put in some extra effort on English and grammar.  Whatever career you choose will require the ability to write with more precision.  I understand that it is often easy to skip over the more formal aspects of writing in online forums.  However, I would encourage you to practice using better grammar and writing practices no matter where you are writing.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 6, 2011 at 3:12 AM (Answer #7)

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There are required services at all public schools to help accomodate students with mental obstacles. Speaking with a school counselor about your condition especially coupled with the voice of one of your parents will help ensure you get the support you need: this may be extensions on assignments or helpful study aids. If you qualify, the law requires schools to help you. One factor that may disqualify you is the fact that you are already able to get As and Bs.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:44 AM (Answer #8)

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All of the suggestions above are great.  I would add that you should start establishing good relationships with your teachers.  It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but so many students are afraid of their teachers or think that the teachers are too busy to give individualized help, but in most cases, teachers teach because they WANT students to achieve and to establish a good rapport with young people.  The teacher of the subject is going to be your best source of tips and strategies to improve your study skills for that class.  Your teacher may be able to address your specific weaknesses on particular assessments.  The teacher may have additional practice exercises or books that could be used to supplement the work that is being done by everyone.  An added benefit of coming to the teacher is that the teacher now has a clear measure of your genuine efforts to improve your work for a class.  You can tell the teacher you studied for an hour, but actually spending that hour with a teacher is proof of your hard work and dedication -- sometimes that goes a long way.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:55 AM (Answer #9)

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I congratulate you on your aspirations to a higher grade point average, but I think you may be putting too much pressure on yourself. I do agree with other posters about the spelling and grammar; it's unfortunate that people judge each other's intelligence by such things, but they do, so taking the time to proofread and make a good impression is important. Other than that, though, you should consider giving yourself a break. A 3.45 is a good average, especially at a very competitive school, but there's a lot more to a student than a good GPA. You don't say whether you participate in any school or extracurricular groups, but making time for such things is worthwhile. Colleges are looking for well-rounded people. I'd advise you to read this article or listen to the podcast to get a feel for what I am saying:

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/28/134916924/Amherst-Admissions-Process

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 5:30 AM (Answer #10)

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What subjects are your weak areas? If there are any subjects that you have not been able to earn an "A" in, then focus on those subjects and get extra help in those subjects because there is a huge difference in what an "A" can do for your GPA versus a "B."

Also, I would caution you against stressing over GPA at such a young age. You do have college to look forward to, and even graduate school, internships, required volunteering etc. All of this is needed just to get your foot in the door these days. You may look back and then see that you have burned yourself out worrying over a high school GPA which really will not matter much at all in the long run.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM (Answer #11)

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You've been given many suggestions here.  It sounds as though you have the desire to improve your grades, and that is an important step.  Keep in mind that there is no easy answer or trick that can help you achieve your goals.  As the above posts suggests proofread and make sure you're giving 100% to everything you are doing.  As #10 says, make sure you realize that schools will look at all that you do.  Don't get so bogged down in GPA that you miss out on other important and exciting aspects of beings a student.

 

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anitakir2lyne | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted December 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM (Answer #12)

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My answer is too long, so I'm just going to put the first part on and see if I can't post the second part some time later.

  • Researchers have found that in order to really remember facts and the things that we learn, a minimal of FIVE times is required for repetition before we code the new information into our memory. You can do this by previewing the material before class, listening to the teacher in class, reviewing after class, doing your homework or taking notes, and the reviewing the information before a test.
  • Researchers have also found that we learn best in a constant environment. If you typically study at the kitchen table, then always studying at the kitchen table will help you better get into the mindset of studying every time.
  • Use audio-visual tools, pictures, anything to supplement your reading. Every body takes in and codes in information differently. Instead of taking 30 minutes to read a chapter on the neuromuscular junction and another 50 minutes trying to picture the process and understanding what I just read, I take 10 minutes to watch a clip on youtube that illustrates and animates the junction, and then explains the process, then I spend 5 minutes to quickly skim over the text for extraneous information that I missed. That saves so much time because it is easier for me to code information when it is presented audio-visually, instead of on text. Just make sure you have the information that you need.
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anitakir2lyne | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted December 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM (Answer #13)

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  • Take notes. Researchers have found the the process of writing down information or typing it helps encode the information more effectively. The art of note taking is, an art. Everybody has a different system that is tailored specifically to their needs and learning patterns. And anybody who has a system is always looking for a way to make the system better. Find your own system by practicing.
  • Every disciplinary is divided into parts that require memorization and parts that are learned only through understanding principles and rules. Figure out what these parts are use the proper methods to learn to enhance your learning experience and make the most of your education.
  • Do a lot of questions if you can. If you are strapped for time and have a major exam (like AP) and you can get your hands on similar questions (Barron's, Kaplan, Princeton Review etc.) you better put to spend you time on finishing all the questions on the sample exams and reading the detailed answer reviews. Get a gist of the type of questions and the kinds of answer that the examiner is expecting and this temporarily codes a "how to answer these questions" method into you brain. By doing this, you can gain an edge on your exam if you haven't studied in a while.

With these insights, hopefully you can see studying in a different light and tailor your studying experience to better fit your needs.

 

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