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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 605 comments and questions on Getting Good Grades issues. They are listed according to date.

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Resources Very Helpful USA
Resources Suggested resource USA
Avoid Failing Wants to pass a tough class USA
Purpose of Homework Hope you get an "A" USA
Reasons Students Get Poor Grades Son is struggling with numbers in school South Africa
Reasons Students Get Poor Grades Permission for research Philippines
General How to study Nigeria
Health Wants an overview of health for essay Nigeria
General Work hard but getting poor grades USA
Reasons to Seek Good Grades Motivations for good grades USA

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Very Helpful

Topic: Resources


February 11, 2021

very nice article and it was very helpful

Darpan - USA



I am glad the material was helpful or useful to you.

Best wishes for more success.

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Suggested resource

Topic: Resources


November 10, 2020

Every student needs the right study skills to succeed in school. So why does it seem that so many students lack the basic skills needed to study effectively? Even with dozens of "comprehensive" guides, I frequently find myself responding to common challenges from our students. In response to the most common bits of advice we end up sharing, we compiled this basics guide:

How to Study: A Guide for College and Adult Learners provides 7 of the most critical tips for studying, along with practical applications for each piece of advice. This guide differs from others in its brevity. We've found that most students simply need reminders of what they already know, so that's what we've created -- a simple guide to help students get back on track and remember the skills and resources available to them.

I think that there are many more students that can benefit from a basics guide like this. Please let me know if you can help make this information more accessible to your online community by sharing the link above on your Good Grades Resources web page

Thank you,

Myla Valencia
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Myla - USA



Thanks for the resource. I added a link at: Grades Resources.

Best wishes for success in your work.

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Wants to pass a tough class

Topic: Avoid Failing


October 21, 2019

I need help! I am 68-years-old and for some unknown reason decide to go back to the university and a Post-Master’s degree in Geriatrics and one of the courses is Advance Practice Pharmacotherapeutics. I am struggling - there is so much material and very difficult. I need an 80 yo pass the course and at te moment I have a 75.2 average. How can I better study and retain the material? Please help!

Marlene - USA



Congratulations on going back to school and seeking an advanced degree, especially in something like Advance Practice Pharmacotherapeutics. It can be tough for young students as well as those who are older like yourself.

It is good that you are looking around for some help in getting through the class.

Certainly, you need to take notes in class and to organize your work and time. Setting aside a certain amount of time to study with no interruptions can help.

Also not that teachers of give hints about what is important and will be in the tests.

If you can, try to get some pointers from your professor about things you are having trouble understanding. Perhaps seek a mentor or some assistance.

Showing that you really want to do well in the class can help.

Best wishes for success in learning the material and in getting a passing grade in this class.

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Hope you get an "A"

Topic: Purpose of Homework


October 4, 2019

WOw, I hope this throws my teacher off. I'm using this as an essay subject.

Najai - USA



I hope you get an "A" in your essay.

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Son is struggling with numbers in school

Topic: Reasons Students Get Poor Grades


May 3, 2019

my son is doing grade 2 he is eighty years old he is olways strugling to pass at school am worried about it he is not good in counting numbers

Phelelani - South Africa



It is good that you are helping and giving him encouragement.

You might let him try out Counting Games for Kids on your computer. The practice can be fun for him and get him more interested in the subject. There are other similar websites to help young students practice.

I hope this helps. Best wishes for your son's success in school.

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Permission for research

Topic: Reasons Students Get Poor Grades


November 10, 2018

Good morning;

I will ask permission to the author for my research as my RRL

Who is the author of this?

I hope this message, will be reply

faisal - Philippines



You have permission to cite this material provided you include a link to the page.

The author is Ron Kurtus.

Best wishes for success in your research project.

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How to study

Topic: General


September 11, 2017

how to study

Patrick - Nigeria



Your teacher will usually give you instructions of what to study. How to study means you read the material and try to understand it. Also, it is a good idea to take notes during class to use as a reference when you study, as well as when you take a test.

See Taking Notes in Class, as well as other lessons in the Good Grades section.

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Wants an overview of health for essay

Topic: Health


February 22, 2017

Write on the overview of health

Dorathy - Nigeria



See What is Physical Health? to get some ideas for your essay.

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Work hard but getting poor grades

Topic: General


February 1, 2017

I always work hard in school but I have a d- in math an f in science and a c- in geography I'm in 6th grade and I work a hard a a do in ela and I have an A+ in the why am I having a harder time in the rest of the claess

abby - USA



The fact that you are working hard and scored high in the English Language Arts (ELA) test means that you have the potential of being a top student. However, you must be doing something wrong to get the low grades.

Are you doing your homework? Are you good in taking tests? Some students know the material but are not good in taking tests. See Be Good at Taking Tests for some hints.

Also, you might ask your teachers if they can give you some pointers on how you can do better in their classes. It is not easy to do that, but you might get some good pointers. Also, it shows the teacher that you want to get better grades.

Look at some of the other Good Grades lessons for other ways to improve.

Best wishes on getting top grades. I know you can do it!

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Motivations for good grades

Topic: Reasons to Seek Good Grades


January 20, 2017

I understand that many students are motivated in their school work to make their parents happy or prevent them from being angry but this is entirely external motivation. Nothing about this is motivation from inside the student. Nothing about this is visionary and external motivation is not necessarily a useful skill to have is it relies entirely on environmental factors. For these, I don't believe you should promote this type of motivation.

Carter - USA



Reasons to Seek Good Grades not only states that one external motivation is to please the parents, but it also gives internal motivations of satisfaction from proving yourself and being able to get into college.

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