Post # 1
After struggling for years with my university courses and being put on academic and government funding probabtion, I am feeling utterly defeated. I’m trying to write a letter to my school explaining why I am not doing as well as expected but I honestly don’t have any reason for it. I do my best and just barely pass, and it just makes me sick.
I know I’m not stupid by any means (and I need to get my Bachelor’s at least), but my writing definitely needs to improve. I do all the rough work, outlines and research, but I can never push myself to write those essay. Its making me seriously think if I have a learning gap. I understand the information but I can’t relay it back.
And today to top it all off, I’ve had both my parents and my Boyfriend or Best Friend basically tell me that I need to stop fooling around and be more academic. I just don’t know what to do anymore.
Any advice or bee love?
Post # 3
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Sending some bee love! That sounds really rough. I am sure that finishing will be a huge relief when you get there!
Post # 4
Oh hun, I am sorry. In my opinion, everyone’s brain functions differently. I can read and write with the best of them but you put me in an algrebra class, you’ll wonder if there’s something wrong wiht my noggin.. You may be a science/mathematical thinker and struggle with creative writing. I KNOW how frustrating it is when you know that you are intelligent but struggle with things that seem to come easily for others. I would suggest taking a writing workshop or maybe sitting with a tutor every now and then. It never hurts to have someone there that is good at writing to give you tips on brainstorming, idea conclusion, outline preparation, etc. Sorry you are in this crappy situation 🙁
Post # 5
I know when I was in college there were programs to help. I had a friend who had this same problem and she went to D(isabled)S(tudent)P(rogram)–maybe they have something like that at your college?
Post # 6
Are you burnt out? Could you take a semester off and then finish your program?
Post # 7
Does your school have a writing centre? I took a couple of philosophy classes interspersed with my med science classes through university, and i always bombed out miserably on the essays. I think i felt the same as you, that I would put alot of thought into planning and researching, but by the time the actual writing took place I’d just not put in the work.
Meeting with english grad students to help me craft my essays helped SO MUCH – if your school has a centre like that, i couldn’t recommend it enough!!
Good luch – don’t burn yourself out 🙁
Post # 8
Thanks for all the responses, they really make me feel better knowing some of you have been in the same position.
@spaniel: I know it would definitely feel amazing when I’m done, my school is incredibly competitive, so it would be a big accomplishment when i get there.
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: I wish more into the math/sciences but I’m terrible at them! I droped science as soon as I could in high school. Lol my Boyfriend or Best Friend is going into engineering and so I sometimes sneak into classes and its something I don’t think I could do. Its just tough cause I don’t feel like I have any strong points.
@honeymead: & @ScarletBegonia: My uni does have an academic skills center and I’m really considering going this year, cause its really hitting me that I can’t do it on my own.
@ddw: I’m not really burnt out per se, just so fustrated with the whole thing. I was a straight A student all through high school but I haven’t been able to catch a break once starting uni. And my program is supposed to be 4 years but its looking like its gonna take me 5 1/2 just because I’ve messed up so badly. 🙁
Post # 9
I am 44 and decided in 2006 to finally start college, decided when helping my oldest register. Well the first 2 semesters were great. I had to start in the lowest math class (pre-algebra) and barely passed it. I passed my other classes that semester and the next with no issues, made the Dean’s list no problem. Then I had to take the Algebra class. Had no choice but to drop it because my vehicle died and I had no way to school, my other classes were online and I did fine with them. The next 2 semesters I totally bombed. I was working 70+ hours a week, was a single mom with 3 kids and had issues which required moving 4 times in 1 year. I have now been out of school since 2008. My gpa has barely scratched by, and I am back in class starting Monday. 5 online classes, total 13 credit hours, including the dreaded Algebra. I am fine with the basics, but I seriously do not see the need for polynomials or anything of that nature, since I will never use them. I have made it 44 years without needing it, why should I now. My degree is Office Administration- Medical Office, and I am on track to finish summer 2012, I hope. Then I will decide if to go for the BA or not.
Good Luck, you can do it, get the help from the Academic office, I will be using ours, thank goodness I can get that help online as well, and 2 of my 3 college daughters are very math smart.
Post # 10
go to the writing center believe first hand experience a letter grade improvement ! you got this!!