I'm not doing so good in language arts; I have a D and I need to raise my grade. Any suggestions?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, ask yourself a few questions.  Do you avoid doing the homework because you are not doing well?  Do you ask your teacher or tutor for help?  Then, ask your teacher why you have a D; is it because of poor test scores, homework not done, or because you don't understand.  Once you have a better understanding of WHY your grade is a D, you can begin to bring it up.

First of all, pay close attention in class and take notes.  Keep track of the words which indicate an assignment is being described such as for tomorrow, this project, due dates, etc.  Second, make sure you spend time on the assignment so that it doesn't look like you did it in the five minutes before class.  Third, make sure that you study for any tests.  If you have been paying attention and doing the daily work, studying for tests isn't so hard.  Maybe find a partner who also needs to study.  Use a memory method such as the first letter of each word in a quote you must memorize to help you remember.  Time not invested in studying is the biggest issue with low grades.

Show your teacher that you want to work and bring up your  grade.  Usually when they know that you are willing to work hard, they will do all they can to help you.  Good luck.