Math Survival Guide: How to be a Successful Student 04

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"The men who try to do something and fail
are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed."
-- Lloyd Jones

          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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