Dig a Well Before You’re Thirsty

Although many students are very conscientious about seeking additional assistance, far too many wait until the proverbial 11th hour to worry.  Why?

Photo credit: Creative Commons

Photo credit: Creative Commons

Why does a student wait to ask a teacher how to do something during an exam?  The whole point of an exam is to see what the student knows, not what the teacher knows.  The teacher created the exam!  “How do I do this?” would have been a great question to ask during 9th period academic enhancement prior to the exam.  Granted, this requires some forethought and effort on the student’s part.  But trust me when I tell you — the kids who do well in Algebra do this on a regular basis.

Good students are not born into some sort of Algebra fantasy land where everything is easy.  Everything isn’t easy.  Good students feel the same as bad students about tough assignments and difficult classes; they just do something differently when they feel that way.  And they do it on a consistent basis.  It’s a matter of desire and discipline, and that can’t be provided by the teacher.  You have to come to the table with desire and discipline.  Students willing to experience the minor discomfort of academic challenges make it to be a champion.  The ones who refuse to try won’t.