Originally Posted by EmilyandEddie
My parents won't let me get below a b on my report card and if I do I will not be able to rideD: I'm in a honors history class and the teacher is insanely tough, I study hard everynight for his tests but I always go blank on the tests. I brought it up from a low d to a mid way c and the semester ends in a week.... I can't loose my horse to this.... I can't.
I sooo sympathize with you on this. I never had a grade requirement to ride in HS (I was homeschooled, never really had "grades" per se anyway), but I still tend to get perfectionistic about my college classes and assignments. My history prof this past semester was quite literally nuts: it wasn't that the class should have been as hard as it was, it was an obnoxious prof with truly unrealistic expectations. It turned out ok in the end, but it was definitely a stressful experience.
Do your best to set yourself up for success. Don't study hard, study smart. Do you have some sort of final exam in a week? Start studying now (As I'm sure you already are
). Go over material (class notes, reading notes, vocabulary, timelines, big name events and people) from the earlier part of the class, and figure out what you remember well and what you need a refresher on. Remind yourself of the details of what you remember, and focus on what didn't stick the first time around.
Work through the material in chunks and categories. I'm not sure what all is covered in your class, but say, for example, one section was on Ancient Rome. Within Ancient Rome, you can talk about Early Legends, The Roman Kings, The Roman Republic, The Roman Empire/Pax Romana, and the Late Empire/Collapse. Under those headings, fill in the details, a bit at a time, broad strokes and ideas that connect to nitty gritty facts. So, within The Roman Republic, you can find Roman Republican Government structure, The Punic Wars, and the Gracchan Reforms, for example. The point is to use the big picture to categorize your thoughts and organize your understanding.
Something else that helps me when studies get hectic is to go over stuff I really want to remember last thing before I go to bed. Vocab items that aren't sticking well, or filled-in study guides that I need to remember are great. Don't fall asleep to it, but devote the last 15-30 minutes of your day to focused reviewing.
When it comes to test day, get a good night's sleep - you'll be better off going to bed earlier, getting a full 8 hours, and getting up in the morning, having a good breakfast, and reviewing tricky items on the way to school, rather than spending a late night cramming and burning yourself out. Use positive visualization - imagine yourself going to take the test, relaxed, and calmly going through the whole thing with confidence and understanding. Try to look at it as an opportunity to show your teacher how much you've actually learned in his/her course, rather than as an omen of doom.
Additionally, while you can't do much about it with only a week left to the class, think about what you might have done differently over the course of the semester that might have helped you be more successful. If your problem is time management, create a plan for next time and stick to it. Be honest with yourself about it, but do admit when you've truly done all you can do. All you can do is your best. Be proactive about your studies, be positive about the assignments, do your best, be honest about the situation and the outcome, and learn from the experience.
Good luck, and happy studies!!