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Unhappy I'm slipping... bad. - March 20th 2010, 02:23 AM

I am doing absolutely horrible in school... and i can't do any better!
it has been like this my whole life, i've never done my homework, even in first grade.

I just don't know what to do, i try to do my homework but i cant. I know they say you just have to get started but when i do, i get stuck on a problem and give up, or just start looking at something and then do that for the rest of the night... i have a 2.5 GPA and i am worried that Im not going to be able to do what i want in my life.

MY parents try to get me to do my homework but they doesnt help. I dont know what to do!! this quarter is especially bad and it is ending in 2 weeks, with spring break being one of those weeks! i am failing 5 classes and i have a D in the other. This is bad. REALLY BAD.

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Re: I'm slipping... bad. - March 20th 2010, 02:52 AM

Hi there,

Have you spoken with your teachers and the guidance counselors about this? Have you ever had any testing done to see if there are underlying learning and/or attention issues? It sounds like that could be very beneficial, because there's a chance that this isn't necessarily your "fault" and there are other factors to take into consideration.

I would really suggest being honest with your teachers, letting them know how much you're struggling, tell them you want to speak with a guidance counselor, and let him/her know exactly what's going on and what the issues are. That's what they are there for--to help you when you can't do it all on your own anymore.

Good luck--I really hope things work out.

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Re: I'm slipping... bad. - March 23rd 2010, 09:41 AM

To me, it sounds like you're being really hard on yourself. Telling yourself that you can't do homework just reinforces that idea in your mind, making it harder for you to start when you already think you're going to fail. So part of what you need to do is remind yourself that you are good at things and that you are capable of doing this.

I agree with Jen that you should talk to your teachers and if you believe that you might have a learning difficulty, then to get that checked out as well. But if you're just looking for some more simple strategies, here are some that I think might help:

- Reward yourself for doing a certain number of problems/questions etc. It doesn't matter if you get them wrong (though you should go back and see where you went wrong), as long as you show yourself that you can do them.
- If you get stuck on a problem, move on to the next one. Talk to your teacher the next day about the problems that you got wrong so they can explain them to you.
- If you've got friends that are better at certain subjects than you, maybe ask them to help you study? In exchange you could help them with something else.
- The best thing for you to do, I think, would be to make school your top priority. I don't know what sort of extra-curricula activities or other work you have, but if you're really worried about getting better grades, then school needs to be the most important thing.

Also, you don't say what subjects you're doing, but I'm studying to be a teacher, so if you need any help with schoolwork, please PM me .

(And this is kinda unrelated, but what does a 2.5 GPA mean? I know it's different all of the world and even in different states, so can anyone fill me in on that one? I'm just curious.)
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