In the novel Speak, how does Melinda change as a student?

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I don't think that it can be said that Melinda changes as a student over the course of the novel.  When the novel starts, Melinda is on her way to the first day of high school.  Her first quarter grades are not good, and her grades continue to stay poor from grading quarter to grading quarter.  If anything, Melinda's grades actually get worse as her school year goes on.  Her parents go through a range of tactics to help.  They want to be helpful and encouraging, but their frustrating eventually begins to show, and they become angry at Melinda's increasingly poor grades.  Her parents do attempt to have Melinda seek out a tutor, but Melinda doesn't do this.  What her parents fail to understand is that Melinda isn't in need of a tutor.  She needs a therapist.  Short of that, she needs somebody to understand what she went through the previous summer.  In her words, Melinda needs "to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to somebody else."  Her...

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