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post #1 of 23 Old 01-05-2012, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation A "c" means no horseback.... HELP!

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.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-05-2012, 05:32 AM
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I think it's fair.

If you put the effort in and answer enough questions, then I don't see why you can't get good results. I never get below a B + in all my subjects. I ride and care for at least one horse a day.

It's all about time management and commitment. :)

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Find a way that really helps you study. There are 3 main ways of learning: Hearing, reading, doing. Google 'how do i learn' and there are tonnes of quizzes to help determin how your brain works

If you learn through listening to things, there is no point sitting reading through endless notes.

Basically find a way you learn well! If there is anything you get stuck on, go find your teacher (or even a different one if you disagree with your current one!) and ask for help. Most teachers are willing to help struggling students. If they aren't, its on their head when their students don't get predicted grades and all that!
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post #4 of 23 Old 01-05-2012, 05:50 AM
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My daughter does the same thing, she knows her stuff, but her brain freezes up when the test is put in front of her, it's pretty common. Learn to relax, take a few deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth) and try not to psych yourself out before hand. Tell your self that you know the stuff and take control over your mind before you put pencil to paper... that takes some practice but it's possible! You sound prepared for the material but your nervousness is holding the information hostage...
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that used to be me :( i am horrible at tests no matter how much i study and know the material. a thing that helped me with my teachers especially the honors and ap teachers was to go to extra help with them. even though i new it i went so that they could see i understand the material. a few of them even were nice enough to help test me to the way i understand the material which is verbal. you could talk to your teacher and go to help and make it clear you understand the material its just the way the testing is done is causing a problem. not every student tests the same which is why i personally hate that everyone has to take standardize tests. good luck :)
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Try eating a peppermint while you study and then when you take the test! Always helps me.
I know there is some scientific reason behind it but I can't seem to remember.
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- Learn how you learn and find the most effective study methods for yourself.

- Talk to your teach/professor, they are generally willing to help you if you show that YOU are willing to put in time and effort to do better.

- Teach yourself how to take tests. Everyone gets nervous during tests, but we all learn how to deal with stressful circumstances. It's part of life. Maybe look at it like a horse show?

- It really is about time management and commitment.
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post #8 of 23 Old 01-05-2012, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by EmilyandEddie View Post
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!!

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Try talking to your teacher, see if there is any type of extra credit or if you can re-take some of the tests. I know for some of the students at our school, if the teacher believes that they know their stuff but just like you, tend to freeze up at the sight of a test, they give em grace and allow them to get back half of their points. you might want to hurry though!
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post #10 of 23 Old 01-05-2012, 04:18 PM
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Do you take exams? An A on your exam can bring you up to a B. I only allow an A average out of my three, so consider yourself blessed there.
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