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How long to go from a (D) to an (A)

  1. some weeks should do it

    7 vote(s)
    38.9%
  2. some months should do it

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. a year should do it

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  4. a year or more

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  5. its not possible

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  6. not quite sure sorry

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    5.6%
  1. May 12, 2007 #1
    Hello there,

    thankyou for reading. i was just wondering how long you think it would take a student to go from a D to an A in year 10 as the start of the task.

    thankyou.
     
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  3. May 12, 2007 #2
    I would have to say that if you truly want the A, then you should invest in a tutor. Other students who have taken the class last year or students in the class who are making an A currently are your best bet. I am not going to lie, going from a D to an A is going to take a lot of hard work. I tutor a lot of high schoolers, many of whom are failing. They work their butts off, and so far the only grade that I can get them to is a B.
     
  4. May 12, 2007 #3
    On a positive note, it only took my students a few weeks to make the grade change. Fastest student I have had, did it in 3 weeks.
     
  5. May 12, 2007 #4

    symbolipoint

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    Earning a D indicates that either (1) you are not studying hard enough on the course or (2) you are unable to learn the course enough during the term. Another possible source of trouble is that you did not learn some pre-requisite concept or skill needed for the course for which you are earning the D.

    Moving to an A requires probably more than 1 semester/term of restudy.

    You really must be honest with yourself and study any course again which you did not adequately learn. Restudy it ON YOUR OWN and in fine detail. Then you can enroll in the course which you had earned the D, and study in as much detail as you can. This should give much better results the second time through since you already studied it once. The summer is upcoming, so you will have plenty of time to study a course again without officially enrolling in it.

    Getting an A might not be what you actually achieve when you do the course the second time, but you should at least perform/learn to better than average.
     
  6. May 12, 2007 #5
    It really varies. I never been close to a D student, but I happen to know a lot of people who are D students. It appears to me, that those D students that do become A students have a life style change. I'm not sure what causes a person to change so drastically, but I encourage it in these cases.

    It requires more studying, less time going out, more self-motivation, less being told what to do, more asking questions, less talking in class, more deep thinking, less accepting of theorem at face value, and generally a lot more effert.

    How long will it take? Who is to say. If you want an A in a class and you have a D, it really depends on how many test you are given. If you want to become a 'natural' A student, then it can take year(s) to accomplish these habits. Small successful steps are better than large clusmy leaps.
     
  7. May 12, 2007 #6
    From my own personal experience, to go from a D to an A require a lot more hard work, going over homework problems multiple times and moving on only when you completely understand, and more time spent focusing on studies than on free time or hanging out with friends. The class you want to improve on has to be your main priority to spend time with. This is what worked for me when I took calculus and english.
     
  8. May 12, 2007 #7
    hello there,

    Thankyou for replying to me. thankyou very much for your advice. sorry if it was a strange poll but i was just seeing because in the past i was a d/c student but somthing strange happened which is a bit hard to say but it is a kind of anxiety illness and everthing i once enjoyed changed dramatically, as though a glitch in my brain triggered. However a good thing came out of this with some bad things.
    i just focused on school, it was the only thing i liked and worked hard all the time. i became a big social recluse and just hid all the time in my french teachers class and studied in all the breaks i had.
    i got bullied but it did not bother me.
    and so i developed a great hobbie which was maths, chemistry and especially physics and i went from the D to A in maths,science,geography,and managed to top most of my classes.
    i think it must have took me around 2 weeks to get expirience and get to know my teachers, another week to see what it required and then another to go from a B to an A.
    so i think maybe the alter in my brain could have been a blessing in disguise.
    i see doctors regualry and see bullies regulary but i relise if i can get into university they will be no where to be seen.

    sorry for such a long story.

    thankyou
     
  9. May 12, 2007 #8

    mathwonk

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    it depends how long it takes you to learn to m
    1) GO TO CLASS

    2) READ THE BOOK

    3) DO THE HOME WORK

    4) ASK QUESTIONS

    5) THINK ABOUT THE MATERIAL.

    in my case it took about 14 years to go from a 1.2 gpa to a 4.0.
     
  10. May 13, 2007 #9

    Chronos

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    Desire to succeed. D is better than a C. D is a C that gambles. Einstein struggled with math in his youth, but not desire.
     
  11. May 13, 2007 #10

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    up is down. good is evil. war is peace. big brother loves you.
     
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