In 9th Grade Math, I got a C, now what?
This is another article by my daughter, who is a Freshman in high school and is in 9th grade math. Here, she shares her story of when she got a C in 9th grade math and what she did to learn from it and then to turn things around. I hope you find the article interesting and helpful. Thanks for reading – and, if you’re interested, she wrote another really interesting article on Organization Tips for High School Students.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what the picture of the Afro to the right is all about, I have no idea. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now an Afro on a post about Math seems just really random. Oh well.
This past term in school, I got my first C. Devastated by this I’m determined for it to not happen again. But what went wrong this grading term? Let’s make it into a lesson for us all.
One factor that went into my C is that I did not understand things we learned earlier and so when we added upon that knowledge I was doomed to fail because I hadn’t understood before.
Make sure you understand what you’re learning before you move on in the lesson. You can’t afford a gap in your learning and understanding. Another factor resulting in my bad grade was that I didn’t reach out and receive personal help that I needed to help me understand what I didn’t. I did not ask for a tutor or even ask questions that I should’ve.
This was a fatal mistake and I know I don’t need to be afraid to ask questions or get homework help-often it’s the only way you’ll learn. I often leave school at school and seem to forget about it at home. Instead, it would have been beneficial to me if I had laid out what I needed help on and done some practice at home. Even reviewing notes would have been better than forgetting about school when I stepped into my house.
Take some time at home to do school work and review. It’s all for your benefit anyway.
By figuring our the factors that played into my bad grade, I learned some crucial things I need to be doing in order to get good grades, but not only that: I learned things needed as habits in order to get the most out of my education and be more prepared for things ahead including college.
Key points learned:
- Make sure you understand what you’ve learned before moving on
- Ask questions and reach out for the help you need
- Take some school home and review