Sunday, October 11, 2009

The End of First Quarter Approaches

In some school districts, the first quarter will be ending soon. Students should touch base with each teacher as soon as possible.

1. Ask about your grade.

2. Ask if you have any missing assignments. Find out which ones can still be turned in and when they are due.

3. Ask if you have any tests or quizzes to make up. Find out when those must be done.

4. If the teacher gives you a date as to when missing or make-up work must be turned in, try to get it all done a few days before that date. This will give the teacher time to check it and for you to see your updated grade a few days before the end of the quarter. That way, if your grade is not satisfactory, you still may have time to do something about it.

5. Don’t wait until the last possible day to turn work in. If the teacher has 150 students and each student turns in just 4 missing assignments, the teacher will have 600 papers to check in a very short time. He or she will not be very happy. Believe me, nothing makes a teacher grumpier than having to check a bunch of make-up work when they need to finish calculating grades. Remember, the teacher has deadlines, too.

6. If you’ve turned in all your work, but your grade is still not where you’d like it to be, ask the teacher if there is anything else you can do to raise your grade. If teachers see that you are sincere, they will usually do what they can. They may have extra worksheets you can do. They may let you make corrections on some of your papers. They may let you retake a test. Don’t expect to take the same test, however. It will probably be similar, testing the same concepts, but have different questions.

7. If you’ve kept up with your work, doing all your assignments and turning them in when due, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about when it comes to your grade.

8. If you haven’t kept up with your work, make a resolution right now to not get behind again. It’s no fun trying to catch up all the time. It shows poor study skills and can leave a bad impression of you. Your work ethic is something that will follow you into college, into a job, and throughout your life. It needs to be a good one.

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