How can a student pass their classes with "A's" and "B's"?

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

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One way to pass a class with "A's" and "B's" is through natural talent.  You are simply smart enough to get 100% on tests and assignments without paying attention too much in class.  This is rare.  My brother is this type of person.  It bugs me a lot. 

Although you don't like asking for help, it's a good skill to develop.  You should learn that asking for help isn't a sign of weakness or stupidity.  It's a sign of work ethic.  Too often, students think "oh, I just don't get this," and they give up.  Their grade suffers because of that attitude.  If that same student were to schedule a time to meet with the teacher for further explanation, that student would benefit in a couple of ways.  First, that student is taking further steps to master a concept.  That isn't going to hurt his/her grade.  Second, the teacher now sees work ethic and a desire to do better.  If it comes down to giving a student a "C+" or a "B-," and I know the kid has been working really hard, I give him/her the "B-."  

My next suggestion for good grades is for you to do consistently good work.  There's no magic pill for getting good grades.  If you want to be a good student, you have to work for it.  That means when a teacher gives an assignment, you need to do it, correctly, and it needs to be done by the due date. I can't tell you how many of my students are able to keep a "B" average because of homework diligence, despite getting "C's" on tests.  

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