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and im not talking about ok grades. im talking about fails-lower b's here...the first tests of the school year...
Change the way you study, because obviously there's something wrong with it. In my case I wouldn't care that much since I can retake a test untill I pass it. But I usually won't let it come that far ;)
then what do you suggest to change my study habits? I tend to be really stressed type of person. even hyperstressed(about school). so..I guess that leads to procrastination. My school is really difficult actually. But then do u suggest being optimistic?? and how can u retake your tests??
Well I'm in university. I have a number of courses that I have to follow and pass in 4 years. When I don't pass every test, I have to retake them till the moment I passed every test, then I can start with my graduation assignment. I don't stress at all but I'm a very quick learner. I often start to study 1 week before the test (where other students study 3 months), and then I mean study all day long the whole week. But I wouldn't recommend that habit to anyone as it won't work out very well when you're not a quick learner.
Jolee, I am glad you are trying to get out of your bad grades history. The first step is to want to improve. And you are doing that. The next step is to - as Thomaster says - figure out why you are doing poorly. If it is stress, then you need to read about how to rduce stress. Sometimes being more prepared, working through previous tests, talking to the teacher to get hints on how to do better, getting a tutor - or coming to OpenStudy to really understand the concepts and practice problems will help. Try to answer problems on OpenStudy. People will tell you if you are doing to correctly or not. Try to set yourself a goal - of levelling up to 80 or something like that. Make a habit of answering and asking. LMK how it goes. And remember many here are educators and teachers and can help...
There is some pretty good evidence on the effects of a positive attitude. Write positive notes to yourself. Look at what you have done and the progress you are making. If all you do is focus on the bad then you amplify the bad. If you focus more on the good then it becomes easier to build on the good. Learn about memory. Many people work a lot harder than they need to because they do not know how to remember things. W.R Klemm has written two books that cover this, "Memory Power 101" and "Better Grades, Less Effort." 101 is the newer book and on book store shelves. BGLE he self published and is available online for a very low price. He also gives away a ton of information for free http://thankyoubrain.blogspot.com/ Once you learn about how to remember things, then thinking about them is possible. If you are doing chemistry and need to answer questions about what a certain compound would in a given situation, it is very likely that you will need to know the periodic table of elements. Now, you may or may not have one available to you. But of you learn how to remember the table, you will have that information! Then working with it is easier. I used memory tools in Philosophy. I turned some of Plato's works into short strips of cartoons that covered the main topics or a large image that covered all the key points. The process of making this myself forced me to put all the key points into forms I understood. My drawings were in no way art, but they did follow one principal: stick figures are bad. Anything a bit better than stick figures, even box people with ball hands, gives you a lot more to work with. For example, use a chart like this to get the basics of drawing emotions: http://8jui.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/emotions_and_facial_expression_by_cedarseed1.jpg Then you can add an emotional context to a quick story on a topic. Emotive queues add a different trigger to the memory process. Drawing does a kinesthetic queue. Seeing it is visual. Talking to yourself about it is audible. Suddenly you have learned something many, many ways and the chance of recalling it when needed are higher. See my attached example for all the drawing skill you need to make things more memorable. Once you have things in the brain, you have the opportunity to think about them. Many, many teachers claim they don't want you to memorize. They want you to understand. The problem is this: If you don't remember the basics, terms, story, etc. then how can you understand any of it! But if you turn things into forms that you can connect with and remember, then your ability to apply them properly goes up a long ways.