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Failing - May 16th 2009, 05:12 PM

So, not to brag, but I have always been smart and gotten good grades. I am a freshman in high school, and on my current progress report, I have five solid A's... and a D. I can't do math, especially not algebra. I do not understand it at all. I don't know what to do, we only get extra credit oncer per chapter. PLease help.
   
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Re: Failing - May 16th 2009, 05:17 PM

Hey elle_b,
It's so hard when you are used to doing well and then have trouble with something! For me, I struggled soooo much with Chemistry. It's really frustrating. Have you talked with your teacher? Your teacher might be willing to give you extra help before/after school, or during a study hall or something. Your teacher could also help refer you to a tutor or other individual who could help you! What do you think about that?
It's awesome that you're looking for help!
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Re: Failing - May 16th 2009, 05:31 PM

I would definately reccomend talking to your teacher about extra help. If your teacher sees that you have such high grades in all your other classes, he will know you're serious about this and are dedicated to doing well in school.

You are doing really well, don't let the one bad grade get you down, it can be fixed I hope you work it out!

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Re: Failing - May 16th 2009, 06:17 PM

First of all, a D isn't even failing, so don't be so hard on yourself. People are good at different things, and people have trouble with different things. Most teachers teach in a way that caters to most of their students, but there are always some people who need to learn in a different way to understand certain things. The first thing you should do is talk to your teacher! Let him/her know that you are really trying, you just have trouble understanding the material. The teacher may be willing to help you outside of class, or find someone who can tutor you. If there are other teachers at the school who teach algebra, maybe try seeing if one of them can help you. Maybe they teach in a different way that makes more sense to you. Regardless of what happens, just remember that it's not the end of the world, and that it's not impossible for you to learn algebra. You just need to look around for the style of learning that works best for you.


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Re: Failing - May 16th 2009, 11:44 PM

Try talking to the teacher, smart students or getting a tutor. If you want help on here, that's quite possible and does occur, however, you have to be a lot more specific as to exactly what you're covering (saying algebra doesn't help) and give some questions that you're having a lot of trouble with. The solutions can be walked through step-by-step.
   
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Re: Failing - May 17th 2009, 04:05 AM

Thanks,YourNightmare, Lyndsay, Dylan, and Jen. Your advice is great, and I have a confession. I think I'm too stubborn, and I feel that i'm too embarrassed to ask for help. I know thats crazy and that everyone needs help sometimes, but its hard for some reason. But, now I will make myself ask for help. Thanks again.
   
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Re: Failing - May 17th 2009, 02:29 PM

I always was great in Math, and then got to Geometry and couldn't understand it for the life of me. I was too proud as well and never asked anyone for help, but then I knew I had to do something, and asked my teacher. She was really nice and helped me during study halls and even stayed after school with me. Then she let me take tests later than the other kids. Like we'd go over the stuff right before the test to make sure I got it, and then she let me take it after school instead of during class. She was great. Then finally I got it. I was so happy and thankful for her being such a wonderful teacher.




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Re: Failing - May 17th 2009, 11:21 PM

thanks i should probably see if I could do something like that.
   
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Re: Failing - May 18th 2009, 12:13 AM

It's great that you are succeeding in your other classes! I know it's hard to ask for help, but hey! we all need it If you don't want to ask for help right now, try searching for help online- there are some site dedicated to Algebra 2 that might provide some useful information. There is a sticky at the top of this thread that lists some good math sites as well that you might want to check out.

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