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Optimistic outlook.

  1. Nov 12, 2011 #1
    So, I have pulling through a calc course that I have been struggling at the beginning. I don't want a bad grade and I wouldn't want to repeat the class again next semester.

    My question is how do I break the barrier that has been built since I begun the class. I authentically believe that I can pass this course; but, I seem to have many fears as to not being able to get out if a 'bad grade fatum' or something of that sort. Or more simpler. I don't want my past failures to define my present goals.

    I'm not sure if I made myself clear, but, what would you do to boost your morale up? :)

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 12, 2011 #2
    Don't look at calculus as the one big thing you have to pass. Instead, break it into smaller pieces. Then, whenever you finish a small piece, you can give yourself a pat on the back, and say, "good job, me!" A small piece can be as small as reading a chapter (you should obviously read the text), or as finishing an exercise (you should DEFINITELY do the exercises). Keep doing this, and you'll most likely find your fears disappearing.

    Also, there are different kinds of struggling. In college, there tend to be two. The first is normal, and is where you're struggling because the exercises are hard. You become better at them by doing them, which is good. The second kind is where you're struggling because you're behind. This is not a good thing. If this is the reason for your struggle, there is nothing you can do but put more time into it.
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