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I suck at Physics

  1. Nov 9, 2015 #1
    I am a junior in highschool who is taking AP Physics 1 and I suck at it. I am failing and can't grasp it no matter what I do.
     
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  3. Nov 9, 2015 #2

    Evo

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    Have you spoken to your teacher and/or school counselor? Many schools offer tutoring. At the very least they should be able to help you decide if this is right for you.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2015 #3
    I've gone all the way up to the senior principle. The teacher offers tutoring but never follows through with it, I am currently looking for a tutor to get me through the rest of the semester
     
  5. Nov 9, 2015 #4

    Evo

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    A good tutor is probably all you need to get you over this spot and then you will take off. Are there other good students in your class that might be willing to study with you?

    Also, be sure to take advantage of the free homework help we have here. We have wonderful people very happy to help you identify areas where you are having trouble and help you learn. Be sure to explain where you are having trouble, the more information you give, the easier it is to spot problems.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2015 #5

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    I see two problems, first you hijacked someone else's thread from 2013 in homework, that's not going to work., the second you posted just a paragraph in the wrong forum.

    You need to start your own thread in the proper Homework forum, fill out the template provided, be sure to show what you have already done to try to solve the problem yourself so that helpers can see where you are stuck.

    Please also read these instructions for homework, they will help.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/guidelines-for-students-and-helpers.686781/
     
  7. Nov 15, 2015 #6
    Yea, everyone does. It's hard. If physics was easy then it wouldn't have taken up until the last 400 years of mankind's 1.5 million year biological history to figure it out.

    It can be an especially big problem in the high schools where the teachers may not be prepared to teach college-level material, where you may have not yet developed the study skills to handle material that difficult, you're still developing cognitively and intellectually, and when you're dealing with everything else high school throws at you. I think it's also significant that up until this point decisions about your future and academics have largely been made by people other than you, and oftentimes things don't start getting any easier until you've been given a personal reason to want to study physics (career objective, real interest, etc).

    Nonetheless, if you were incapable of taking AP Physics, then your school would not have allowed you to enroll. You just need to stay with it, maybe try finding a tutor and refining your study skills.
     
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