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Be Realistic About School

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.5

     challenging words:    checklist, devise, rome, short-term, definitely, nightmare, realistic, marking, interesting, homework, overnight, willing, reward, likely, seek, expect

Be Realistic About School
By Patti Hutchison

1     Okay, so you got an "F" on your last history test. Now what? You know that you need to make better grades. But are you going to go from an "F" to an "A" in a week? Not likely.
2     When you finally decide that you need to do better in school, you need to be realistic. Your mother has probably told you that "Rome wasn't built in a day." You probably wondered what in the world she was talking about. This simply means that you can't expect to suddenly become a straight "A" student overnight.
3     First, you need to decide on a realistic goal. Let's say you have a "D" average in history, thanks to that last test. What do you think you could raise that grade to before the end of the marking period? Maybe a "C"? That would be a good goal for now.
4     Next, come up with small steps that will help you get there. Go to your teacher. Don't whine or beg; just ask what you can do to raise your grade. Be sincere. Let your teacher know that you are serious about wanting to do better. Perhaps you can redo some homework assignments that you didn't do well on (or didn't do at all!). Don't expect full credit for these, but any more points that you can get will help.
5     Maybe your teacher will give you some extra credit work to do. Be careful asking for this. Some teachers are against giving extra credit. They feel that students should do the work the first time instead of asking for extra work at the last minute. Remember also that correcting this work is extra work for them. They may not have time to do this. It doesn't hurt to bring up extra credit if you are definitely willing to do it. But don't be upset if your teacher doesn't see it your way.

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