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06-25-2006, 04:23 PM
I'd put this in the venting section if I could, but for now, it'll go here.
I have to pick up my grade card tomorrow, and I am really worried. I already failed a whole year of math; that was during second semester my freshman year, and first semester my sophomore year. In my district, we are required to have three years of math to graduate. Well, I passed second semester my sophomore year, and first semester this year, but I started to slip up second semester. I got a D on one quarter, and then another D. The teacher told me that I needed to get a D on the exam to pass. Well, I just wanted to get the year over with at that point, so I really didn't study too much, or make a "formula sheet" for myself.
Now, three years of math is the minimum requirement. If I get my grade card tomorrow, and I failed the geometry test, I don't see how I will be able to get enough credits to graduate. Even if I don't fail any math courses from here on, I will still only have two and a half years, and that's not enough.
I don't know if there are correspondance packets or anything like that available for Geometry. It's probably too late for me to take summer school, although I'm not sure about that, either. I might be able to transfer to another school district that doesn't have the same requirements, since I've heard that the schools in a poorer part of town don't have any specific math requirements. Other than that; it's dropping out and getting my GED.
Being a super-senior is not an option. My mom is already upset with me as it is. I know I can't blame this whole thing on my health; I should have tried harder to understand the material and get my homework done.
I'm just really upset about this. I hate math so much. I am doing really well in many of my other classes. For several years, I have been taking Honors classes in English. I have been recommended for the most advanced English course next year. It's not like I'm failing all my classes here. I just can't stand math.
I'm just freaking out here. Tomorrow could ruin my senior year :(
Sorry for being such a drama queen. I just need support right now.
06-25-2006, 04:36 PM
Let just say that I hate Math. The more advanced the math, the closer to the:loco: :loco: resort I got. I excell in the social, biological sciences as well as history, literature, and English. Thanks to trig and analytic geometry, I promptly received my parting gift for being a math illiterate the lowest grade in my entire career as well as the worst report card. Hang in there, maybe it won't be so bad but if it is in the word of Ms. Gloria Gaynor "I will survive"
Barb:smile tee :)
06-25-2006, 05:20 PM
Thanks Barb. It just seems so unfair that they would refuse to let me graduate because of one subject, but that's the way it is.
One of my friends is a high-school dropout. He had most of his credits; except math. They absolutely would not let him graduate. Now he's working on his GED.
It's just so strict, you know? They just won't bend on the graduation requirements.
06-25-2006, 05:37 PM
I definately feel for you! I failed Algebra during my freshman year, and barely scraped by on my other math classes, until senior year. I had straight A's in everything else, but Math just completely confused me. Then, in senior year, I was borderline failing all the way thru on Algebra 2, and then, on prom night, my appendix ruptured, on the way to the prom. So, I ended up being out of school the remainder of the year. I had a home bound teacher who knew less about Math than even I did! So, naturally, I failed all of my exams from then on. So, the night before rehearsal for graduation, my Algebra teacher called and told me that I had failed and could not graduate. I was TORN UP!! So, my mother spoke to her and asked her if she would let me take a comprehensive test on the material for the year, and if I passed, let that be my grade. My teacher agreed to this, but told my mother there was no way I would ever pass it!
Well, we met her 3 hours later in Walmart's parking lot, for me to take the test, while she was in the store. So, knowing I would never pass, otherwise, my Mother tried to "help" me, but it wasnt looking good. So, she flagged down a college age kid, and explained the situation, and asked if she could pay him to "help me". He agreed, and "I" got a B. I am sure my teacher knew something was up, because no one goes from failing to a B!! But, she never said a word. I walked the line the next day. They had to put me at the very end, since I had missed the rehearsal. I am still ashamed of cheating to this day, however, I KNOW I never would have passed, no matter how many summer courses I took! I just couldnt get it!
I think it is insane that they make this level of math a requirement. I mean who really uses this stuff!!!! However, if you must pass, then you must pass! I know the stress you are under, I really hope you pass. I will pray for you to get thru this. No matter what, please dont lose hope. They may let you take Geometry along with the next level math class this fall. Or, you could take a summer/night class for one next year. Wishing you lots of luck! Hugs, Amy
06-25-2006, 06:02 PM
Oh wow, Amy, you really lucked out! Well, not on having your appendix rupture on the way to prom... but on getting a relatively happy ending out of the ordeal :D
I already tried taking Geometry along with the next level class (Analysis & Measurement) earlier this year, but they wouldn't let me. I guess they think that you need to have passed Geometry to understand the concepts in Analysis & Measurement. Analysis & Measurement is supposed to be relatively easy; one semester is about analysing data, and the other deals with systems of measurement. Maybe they will let me double-block it and take the Analysis semester at the same time as the Measurement semester?
I hope there's something I can do. I don't wanna drop out if there's any other way :shake:
06-25-2006, 07:11 PM
Are there any students in the school who would be willing to tutor you before and/or after school? I'm sure you've spoken with your guidance counselor--does he/she have any suggestions? What about summer school--is that an option? Does the teacher offer extra credit work? Just throwing out ideas...
good luck to you
06-26-2006, 12:42 AM
Keeping my fingers crossed for you - I hate math too. :( Always my worst subject.
06-26-2006, 05:10 AM
The math requirement is because that is what most colleges require for admission. If the teacher won't let you take two math credits at the same time, then just ask the principal, then his boss and so on. If you're persistent enough, I'm sure they will accomodate you, especially if you can get a doctor's note explaining your health problems that first semester!
For next semester I suggest trying www.sparknotes.com that gives really good outlines of the material covered in almost any high school math class, they even have practice tests to quiz yourself!
It would also be a good idea to start studying for the SAT, sometimes people who aren't good at taking regular tests will excell at standarized tests... The Princeton Review has a really good SAT prep book, that actually outlines geometry and algebra principles... and also gives you "easy" ways to answer "guess" the answers....
06-26-2006, 08:48 AM
OMG, you guys...
I got a C on the exam! I passed the course :woohoo:
I guess there must have been a curve! Thank you so much to everyone who has replied; I can always count on you for support! Now all I have to do is get through one more year, and I can graduate :)
I will take all of your advice into consideration. Sacausa, I had used Sparknotes before while studing for English exams, but I never thought to use it for math. I will definetely look into that next year. I'll also look into the SAT prep tests. I plan to take the SAT and the ACT nxt year.
Dg2901, you are also right; I should get extra help. My boyfriend, for example, is very advanced in math and always gets straight A's, but I have been to proud to ask him to help me study outside of class. I'm just gonna swallow my pride and ask my math-whiz buddies for help.
Thanks again to everyone!
I passed http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/10.gif
I passed http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/10.gif
I passed http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/10.gif
06-26-2006, 09:08 AM
Woo hoo, that's great news, I am so glad to hear this! :)
Congratulations! I hope your senior year is fabulous!
Now, how did you get a dancing banana in your post?
06-26-2006, 12:21 PM
way to go!
06-26-2006, 12:41 PM
I am so proud of you--you go girl. Just keep swimming! You need to give yourself more credit girlfriend!
Hugs and a ton of love,
Barb:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
06-26-2006, 04:25 PM
Way to go!:smile tee
06-26-2006, 04:30 PM
Green da Fish = 1
Math = 0
^Those are the kind of numbers I like to work with :lmao:
BTW, Kadi, the dancing banana is one of my favorite lil' smiley icons. Here's the URL: http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/10.gif I put it in as an image.
06-26-2006, 04:49 PM
Oh my goodness!!! I am SOOOOOOO relieved and SOOOOO proud of you!!! I have to confess, I was pretty worried. (I guess, I was remembering my own difficulty, and seriously empathized with you!) So, I feel very happy and relived that you have passed!!! Congratulations!! I am so happy I came on tonite and read this! It has made my day! I have a HUGE smile on right now!!!:woohoo: Hugs, Amy
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