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Failed Physics

  1. Jun 18, 2014 #1
    I need your help everyone.

    I'm an engineering student, freshman, I finished calc 1 & 2, and chemistry.
    Im taking physics 1 this summer session 1, but I failed in it already.

    I don't really know what to do. I dont know how if I would take it in Fall semester.
    I mean summer courses are easier and I failed in it, so how would it be in fall! Everyone is doing great in this class except me struggling

    please hep :(
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  3. Jun 18, 2014 #2
    From my experience summer classes are much harder! The same amount of material must be learned in a much shorter period of time.
  4. Jun 18, 2014 #3
    Yeah, doing the same amount of material in a shorter amount of time is definitely going to make it more difficult. I don't know what about it would be easier...

    To the OP, if the class is still going on, you still have a chance to pass. Don't give up or get discouraged because you're going through a rough patch... You will set yourself back even farther. If you're having trouble, seek help from other students or go to your professor during office hours; this is precisely the sort of thing that they have office hours set aside for in the first place.

    Good luck.


    Oh, and if your class is over (which you kind of made it sound like, but I doubted since the summer has only been going on for a few weeks), I think that you should take it in the Fall. Don't give up until you HAVE to. Every time you fail, there's an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, so, find out what isn't working and change that.
  5. Jun 18, 2014 #4
    Thank you.

    Yes physics 1 was 6 weeks long, and after tomorrow is my Final.
    I dont think theres a chance to pass, I'm not being pessimistic but this is tthe truth.
    I failed both midterms and quizzes scores are horrible. Only thing I did good in was Lab and Homework which has small portion.

    Ahhh this is terrible, especially I'm a sponsored student....
  6. Jun 18, 2014 #5
    So how can we help?
  7. Jun 18, 2014 #6


    Staff: Mentor

    In the short term you'll need to be proactive and talk with your prof and maybe some other profs to get some support in case your sponsorship is questioned. Other sponsored students may be able to help here. Most likely you get another chance especially if your other grades are okay.

    Next you need to understand why you did so poorly and then why you didn't seek out help earlier after the first quiz. As an example, were you having trouble with the math or the physics of a problem or were you making careless mistakes. Once explained were problems easier to understand and do.

    Taking it a second time is good but you need to prepare by looking at your homework quizzes and tests to see where you went wrong. You could even develop a written assessment of it in case you need it to defend your sponsorship you could explain in detail what happened and how you can fix this if given another chance.

    Keep talking to PF and we can provide help in the problems you had trouble with and where your thinking needs adjustment.

    Good luck...
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2014
  8. Jun 18, 2014 #7


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    You definitely need to seek help out at the first sign of trouble. Waiting until the day before the final is way too late...
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