Math Survival Guide: How to be a Successful Student 04
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"The men who try to do something and fail
| If you have a lung explode (this is a great excuse to miss a test, by the|
way) right before test day, you need to know the rules… Will you be allowed
to take a “make up” test? Will that missing test score be replaced by your
final exam score? Does your teacher drop the lowest test score? If you have
to be absent, do you need to contact your teacher before the test? Do you
need a doctor’s note? Every teacher does something different. It’s never
good to be surprised in situations like this!
The course syllabus should also explain the grading. I always like to
know what’s expected of me and what I need to do to get a good grade.
So, take some time and read that thing. Then, you’ll always know what
to expect and there won’t be any unpleasant surprises.
Be on time for class!
Does this describe your typical student day?
You’ve got a math test at 9am… You wake up at 8:15 – Oh, #%@&!! You
didn’t hear your alarm and overslept! You jump out of bed with your head
pounding and feeling dizzy… Staggering around your room, you try to find
some not-too-dirty clothes from one of the piles on the floor… Finally, you
throw on some sweats, grab your backpack, shove some random school-
looking stuff in it and run out the door…
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