It's a new school year which means most every student has gone up a grade level and a math level. Every athlete knows that when you go from middle school sports to high school sports to college to Olympic or Pro each is a big step up and requires a whole new level of mental and physical fitness in order to be competitive. Math is the same way. Your teacher will have higher expectations of you this year and will take for granted that you know all the concepts learned from previous classes. The first days of school pay extra attention to the format of the class: Is homework graded? When are the tests? Are there pop quizzes? How are points earned or lost? Notebook quizzes? Participation points? Group quizzes? Use this information to guide you in your strategy to maximize your performance. Try a little bit more this year and start off strong by studying to get an A on that first quiz or test. In this way you are encouraged to continue and you are not spending the rest of the quarter trying to boost up your overall average if you start off with a low score. Ask your teacher questions when you don't understand and for clarification. Last but not least enlist the help of a good tutor early as good tutors are generally in demand and book up early!
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