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Dear Akima,

My grades are slipping fast, especially in math class, and Winter Break is coming up soon. I was planning to go on a three day trip with some friends once school gets out, but my parents said that I can’t go unless I get my grades up. What do I do?

-Not So Happy Holidays

Not So Happy Holidays,

There are teachers who are willing to stay and work with you on the material you don’t understand, as well as student tutors. When you feel like you understand what you’ve been working on, ask for retakes! With Standards Based Grading, you can retake your tests for full credit. But don’t go into it blindly, make sure to study beforehand. Be sure to keep up good studying habits, and don’t quit when winter break rolls around! Keeping up good studying habits and grades is important. Good luck, and don’t let it get this bad next semester!

 

Dear Akima,

I took a few AP classes this year, and it’s getting difficult to keep up with all of the work. AP Chemistry has been especially difficult, as I have to study for four to five hours every night. To make things worse, I’m pretty sure I failed the last test. How do I keep up with it all?

-Chemis-TRYing not 2 Fail

Chemis-TRYing not 2 Fail,

AP classes do take up a lot of time, but you can keep up with it by setting aside time for each subject, as well as doing your work as soon as you can after you get it. Don’t procrastinate! As for Chemistry, ask your teacher to clarify things you don’t understand. You can cut down on a lot of the time you spend on the subject if you have someone explain it to you instead of staring at a question for a few hours. If you don’t understand the way your teacher explains it, we have other Chemistry teachers at the school who can help you out. Mr. Jones and Mrs. Sortore are some people you can ask. Best of luck!

 

Dear Akima,

My friend, a 10th grader, still believes in Santa Claus. Do I break the news to him, or let him live on in his ignorant bliss?

-Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle,

If you don’t tell him, and he finds out through someone else, he may question the honesty in your friendship. However, if you do tell him, he’ll be heartbroken and may be resentful. Weigh the pros and cons of each option, and decide which is better for you and your friend. Or just tell him. He’s in the 10th grade for crying out loud. Hope it works out.

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