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sugarfunpouch
11-02-2007, 09:15 PM
(I'm 12 years old and in 7th grade :thumbsup: )
I had to drop out oif Algebra today!!! :( :cry: I got a D on my final. :( I ended up with a C in the class. Wahh!!!! I'm in Pre-Algebra Honors now, but I took that last year! I'm still really upset.
Cons
1. This is the my first C on my report card. My lowest ever was a B+
2. I won't be able to take Geometry as an 8th grader.
3. I think the class will be tooo easy. I got an A in the same class last year.

I was the only 7th grader in the class, the rest were 8th graders. My friends I met in there were so sad to see me go and so was I.

Pro
-I'm with my best friend.

Well, just thought I'd tell you guys. :(
Maybe you guys could will make me feel better.

stirsmommy
11-02-2007, 09:24 PM
:hug: Sorry that happened. Is there no way to make up the final or do something else so you stay in the class? Is there no way to repeat the first semester next term so you aren't repeat something you have already done so well on last year? Well if not, look on the bright side. It is another easy A and you will still be ahead of some of the students in my area by the end of the year. I have noticed around here a lot of the kids take algebra starting in High school. We homeschool so my kids are different but it seems to be the norm. Just don't let it get you down. You are still going to do it just not in the way you thought you were going to do it. Now whip out your yarn and needles and knit your trouble away!! Oh and chocolate helps too!

sugarfunpouch
11-02-2007, 09:29 PM
Chocolate rocks. I took the final yesterday, today was the end of the quarter. I couldn't make it up, and I moved into the class today. Since I don't have any math HW over the weekend, it does give me more knitting, bass, and computer time!
(Imagine a 5 foot girl playing a 3/4 bass!!! It's not that big, but you can tell it's big when you compare.)

iza
11-02-2007, 09:47 PM
:hug:Well, I'm going to tell you something. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in physics, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. I did math my entire life, and I still do today, every single day. So I think I can say I'm a specialist in math. :teehee: And you know what? I didn't always have excellent marks in high school. With math, it's extremely important to go step by step. If you miss a step, it gets more and more difficult. I think you have to see this as an opportunity. Your skills will improve, even if you think the class will be easy. And it will be very helpful late! You are very young, you have PLENTY of time to learn all the math you want in the future. :teehee:

stirsmommy
11-02-2007, 09:53 PM
Chocolate rocks. I took the final yesterday, today was the end of the quarter. I couldn't make it up, and I moved into the class today. Since I don't have any math HW over the weekend, it does give me more knitting, bass, and computer time!
(Imagine a 5 foot girl playing a 3/4 bass!!! It's not that big, but you can tell it's big when you compare.)

And with an easier class you will have even more time through out the school year for those things because you will be so quick doing your homework. You have quite a bit in common with my dd she loves her computer time, knitting and her instruments (piano, guitar and drums). Sadly since we moved up here she has had no lessons and most of the instruments have been in storage until recently. Enjoy your weekend!

sugarfunpouch
11-02-2007, 10:02 PM
Thanks guys. You always know how to cheer me up, but still...

Pat in Ca
11-02-2007, 11:01 PM
I have a daughter in 10th grade.. she is taking Algebra 2..Lots of her friends repeated Algebra 1 in Freshman year.. I wish we had done that with my daughter.. because now she has to take Calculus
next year.. when you get on a fast track it is way too much pressure.. plus your grades do not matter (for college admission purposes) til 10th and 11th grade..I wish we had gone a little slower.. my sister has a daughter in college and she said the same thing.. all the ap difficult classes her daughter took during high school just pushed her into more difficult classes in college...enjoy life a little NOW.. you only have one chance to be a kid.. you have the rest of your life to stress out being an adult..

Knitting_Guy
11-02-2007, 11:16 PM
My degrees are in engineering and science so math is a huge part of my education. Make a point of studying and learning mathematics as it comes in very handy regardless of what discipline you decide to focus upon.

Don't let this set back get you down. Just redouble your efforts and make up your mind to master this subject no matter what.

Remember, Eistein was a lousy student when he was in school.

Kaydee
11-03-2007, 01:46 PM
I took Algebra I when I was in 8th grade, although it was only a small group of kids that got to take it and most took it their freshman year of hs. I ended up getting a B in the class but I just really didn't understand it. My mom and I made the decision to take Algebra I again my freshman year so I could get a better understanding of it, and I'm really glad I did. It definitely helped me do better in my other math classes throughout high school because I had a good understanding of the basics. It may seem like it stinks now, but you'll start feeling better about it...I'm sure!

sugarfunpouch
11-03-2007, 02:12 PM
Mason, my dad said the same exact thing!! Almost word for word! :zombie:

Rorshach
11-03-2007, 02:55 PM
yup, just look at this as a learning experience. Sadly, sometimes you have to fail a lot before you succeed, but if you take and learn from the "failure" you'll be a lot better for it. As the saying goes, That which does not kill you, isn't trying hard enough......er...no, makes you stronger, yeah that was it. A lot of smart people out there all started where you did, if they can do it, so you can too.

raederle
11-04-2007, 12:42 AM
just think, you need math to knit! it's true, just see my lame reply to "knitting math" over on the general board.

i got the best, most lasting lesson in math from one teacher. guess which subject?
CHEMISTRY. my chem teacher sophmore year really helped to break down word problems by helping us figure out what to do with all the units, and matching them up.

i think that you learn math best when it is applied to something interesting. try to apply math to your knitting, and see if that helps?

i hope you have a different teacher for your review of Algebra 1/2 (that's what my school called it when we took it in 7th grade--- wasn't offered in 6th) because sometimes a different approach will clarify things.
do you have peer tutoring? while i'm not really a math superstar, i did tutor freshmen taking geometry during my senior year. cheaper than an adult, but also, differing teaching methods can really help to turn on lightbulbs.
if no older kids can help, maybe there's a classmate who does poorly in something you excel at who you can swap skills with? bass lessons for algebra help, perhaps?

sorry to be longwinded, i tend to lurk more than post because i can't help writing epics. good luck!

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cftwo
11-05-2007, 03:46 PM
Give yourself a break and see if you can figure out where you weren't getting it. Math is one of those things which if you don't understand the beginning part of algebra, the later parts aren't going to make a lot of sense. If you feel like it, consider picking up an Algebra I book somewhere (a different edition than you used in class) and see if a different way of explaining the concepts helps. Look for some of the home-schooling books, in particular.

As for AP courses - yes, they will push you into more difficult classes in college, but ONLY IF you get high enough scores on your AP exams. And then you get college credit for those courses and can graduate earlier, which saves you money. The challenge is to challenge yourself enough that you aren't bored, but not to work yourself so hard that you aren't enjoying yourself. The formula (ha ha) for that will vary by student. But in Junior High - just try to get a good solid foundation so you can succeed in your high school classes.

(Personally, I was glad I took calculus in high school - we went at a slower pace, so it was easier to understand, and I had more time to practice, and I still tested out of a semester in college.)

Matdredalia
11-06-2007, 03:22 AM
(I'm 12 years old and in 7th grade :thumbsup: )
I had to drop out oif Algebra today!!! :( :cry: I got a D on my final. :( I ended up with a C in the class. Wahh!!!! I'm in Pre-Algebra Honors now, but I took that last year! I'm still really upset.
Cons
1. This is the my first C on my report card. My lowest ever was a B+
2. I won't be able to take Geometry as an 8th grader.
3. I think the class will be tooo easy. I got an A in the same class last year.

I was the only 7th grader in the class, the rest were 8th graders. My friends I met in there were so sad to see me go and so was I.

Pro
-I'm with my best friend.

Well, just thought I'd tell you guys. :(
Maybe you guys could will make me feel better.

Goodness gracious, what are they doing putting a 7th grader in Algebra? I was in Pre-Algebra in 7th grade, and that was considered "Advance Placement", even! Don't stress because you didn't pass, Algebra is pretty darned hard, especially at 12! I failed Algebra when I took it (I was 13) because I missed most of the class 'cause I was really sick and had to have surgery, and like you, it was the lowest grade I'd ever had. It was very stressful, but a friend of mine reminded me of something really important: I was in an advanced class to begin with, I was doing fine in my other classes, and ultimately, there was always next year.

*hugs* Don't sweat it too much, honey. Your friends can still see you outside of class, and there is always next year.

(Wow, yikes, I just realized: It's been 7 years since I was in Algebra O_O I'm starting to feel old!)

Kels Joy.
11-06-2007, 05:00 PM
i was horrible in algebra! i took algebra B my freshmen year [ended up with a B in the class] which was a continuation of what we learned in 8th grade math, so that equaled out to 1 math credit in high school. now this year, my sophomore year, i'm taking geometry a/b, which means a full year instead of one semester. look at the bright side though- you get tons of extra practice in algebra, which you use SOOOOO much in geometry. honestly if you don't know the basics in algebra, then you won't be able to pass geometry. plus it's an easy A :)