Hi Grade Doctor,
So, my school grades important assessments out of 7. I'm in the 9th grade, which started a couple months ago, and in most subjects I've
been getting 6's and 7's... apart from math. I've received 2's in both of my major math tests. In class, I don't understand anything my
teacher says. I can't concentrate at all - I always end up looking out the window or unconsciously listing to my teacher droning on about x
intercepts. This applies to all the math classes I've ever had, dating back to elementary. My teacher is pretty good, but I just don't get
math. None of my math teachers have ever boosted my math skills enough for me to be average. I've always had a problem with math.
When I take math tests, my mind panics and I forget everything I've learned. Even if I was reviewing the math the night before :(. I see
everybody else actively working in class and it seems like I'm the only one who doesn't understand what we've been taught and told to do.
I can no longer have a positive attitude in class because I DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING. I'm really slow at math as well, to make matters
worse. By the time I've finished question 1 on a worksheet, my friends are on question 4. At parent-teacher conferences, after receiving
the grade from my first major maths test, my teacher told me I should study more. The thing is I DO study, up to 3 hours before I have my
tests and quizzes. And for a second I think I do understand, but when I get my grades back it turns out I got everything wrong. Everything.
It seems like nobody else has to try that hard. I bet nobody else in my school dreads math class as much as I do. Although, I have to admit
that sometimes I haven't studied for math assignment (because I'm a bit lazy and A HUMAN - like everyone else). I'm sometimes too
nervous to ask my teacher questions, in fear of being confronted about not listening in class (because I try, I really do, but I always end up
distracted). Sometimes I tear up in math class, because nothing makes sense. I don't know how to tell my parents I failed another math
test. Now that I've started high school, all my grades start to count. It seems like I'll never get better at math, however hard I try. What
should I do? Any studying suggestions?