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Grades too low :( - May 7th 2009, 05:23 PM

So, i'm a really hard working student, with some natural talent...or so i'm told. I've always worked night and day, but always come out with straight A's.

This year, i'm still working really hard, but my grades are down to C grades. I've tried getting extra help, but my teachers cant work out what the problem is. It's like i have the knowledge, but I cant apply it to the essays.

It's really scaring me. I'm petrified I wont get the grades I need, and i'm getting really depressed over it. so then my motivation for revision is dropping.

I really need help, but I dont know who to turn to.

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Re: Grades too low :( - May 7th 2009, 06:09 PM

Hi Maia

The more you panic, the more you will end up depressed.
What you can do, is forget about grades & concentrate on how to study.
Dont focus yourself by telling yourself you are not up to your normal grades. That will put you off.

When you study & revise, is it possible you take a glass of water & take regular breaks very 45 minutes or so.

Try too relax as well.

Sorry if this hasnt helped much, but it just some advise I was told.


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Re: Grades too low :( - May 7th 2009, 06:19 PM

First, relax and don't panic. When people panic and are very stressed, they tend to not think things through properly or to not apply their knowledge properly.

Second, everyone is bound to screw up at one point in time or another. As you move through high school and university, each grade and year you increase, the workload gets harder and more is expected of you. For essays, you once were expected to ramble off information with some persuasion. Later on, you'll find the persuasion is more important as is the ability to apply the knowledge from the course, along with gathered information.

Third, being depressed isn't going to help neither is having less motivation. In fact, it'll do you in worse. You may not be thrilled with the low grades, however, you need motivation, you need to have some direction to orient yourself in or else how do you intend to succeed? So relax and orient yourself.

Fourth, a person studying 24/7 is likely to do worse than a person studying in 45-60 minute intervals because the 24/7-studying person can burn out faster and sooner. So, take breaks as 24/7 studying isn't what's important. The quantity of studying isn't as important as the quality.
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