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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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 -...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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