Stressed About My GradesSchoolStressed About My Grades<div class="ExternalClass9EAC61EAD20340999D5697C61DB01B89"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>Between my family and school, I feel really stressed. I keep getting bad grades in Language arts and Science. I keep trying but my grades have improved very little. I feel very proud of how far I have come but I'm still stressing about my grades. I got an F on a paper that was worth 30% of my grade. It's overwhelming and I have tried talking to teachers about how to improve my grade.  ​</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass9E665E00DC224B0A96EC5F5BEBED01BF"><div><div class="ExternalClass9EAC61EAD20340999D5697C61DB01B89"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>School can be frustrating, especially with the challenges you are currently facing.  You obviously care about school and your grades, and you should be commended for that.  There are a few things that you can do to improve your study habits, and help you to get better grades.  You may also want to focus on the one class that you are struggling with.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Set aside time each day to study.  When you are studying make sure that you are in a place with no distractions.  Turn off your phone, television, music, and minimize other distractions.  Try studying for short periods of time.  Study for 30 minutes and then take a 10 minute break.  If 30 minutes is too much, try 20 minutes.  Gradually try to increase your study time, but continue to alter studying with short breaks. When your mind starts to wander try to reign yourself back in by telling yourself that you will have a break in x amount of minutes. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Make sure you write down every assignment on a "To Do" list so that you won't forget.  Cross off each "to do" as it is completed.  Not only will you know what assignments you still have left to do, but it also gives you satisfaction as you cross off each accomplishment.  Make sure that you give yourself positive messages as you accomplish your tasks.  Again, take a short break to reward yourself after each task. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>In the classroom, if possible, sit in front of the room so that your attention is on the teacher.  Take notes so that it can help you remember what your teacher says.  Review your notes at the end of each school day so that it will help you remember what you learned that day.</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>You have talked to your Language Arts and Science teacher, and that it great.  Ask your teacher for suggestions about what you can do to improve your grades.  Try to be specific about what you are having problems with the class.  See if they have any ideas that will be helpful.  Ask to complete extra credit to make up for the paper grade, and see if student tutors are available to help with difficult subjects.  Your teachers may also be willing to help tutor you as well.  If your teacher is comfortable, ask your teacher to review a draft of any papers or assignments.   Also, if you continue to have difficulty, let your school counselor know what is going on with you.  Your teachers and your counselor are there to support to you.   You also may want to get your parent(s) involved if you continue to struggle. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Do not get discouraged.  You said that you have improved, and you should be proud of your accomplishments.  Keep telling yourself that you will get there; however, it will help if you partner with your teacher and your parents. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We want you to know that we are here for you.  If you would like to talk more about this issue you can email back and we will respond in 24-48 hours.  If you would like a more immediate response you can call, text, or chat.  Please take care and let us know how you are doing.</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;">Nancy, counselor</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>13

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