Dear Mom: As you have noticed, over the past year my grades have steadily fallen. I, like you, feel that a hasty recovery from this slump is in order. Some solutions to consider would be to decrease the time I spend on topics other than my schoolwork, becoming more motivated towards school in general, or dropping one of my more challenging classes. Although after taking the time to think things through, I have come to the conclusion that raising my work ethic in school would be the best solution. A key contributor to my sub-par school performance is the fact that I tend to fall behind on my homework.
Many times this happens because, admittedly, I take some days off school when I really should go. If I could drag myself to school everyday and not miss class I would receive all my homework on time, thus making it less likely that I fall behind in my classes. On a similar note, sleeping in through the first couple classes of my day has become somewhat of a habit. For example, I had ten absences to first hour in the first semester alone. I was actually in danger of having my parking privileges taken away, losing my credit for that class, or even being forced to face a judge in the “attendance court”.
With college approaching fast, I simply cannot afford to have these types of things happening. In addition to everything, I believe that the root of most of my problems come from my laziness and lack of motivation. A non-lazy and motivated person would not let what happened to me happen to them. I need to somehow find a way to gain back my perseverance. Seeing as I am in multiple classes that require a certain amount of dedication, focus on a daily basis in class is imperative. I oftentimes find myself chatting with other classmates during class rather than doing ur assigned work or note taking during lecture. Chatting is okay, yet there are more productive ways to spend my class time. Increasing the amount of work I get done in school will decrease the burden of homework I have throughout the week. Another possible reason for my lack of focus could be that most mornings I do not eat breakfast. Having an empty stomach is sometimes distracting, and going until lunch to eat means that my stomach is empty during all of my morning classes. I could make a little extra time in the morning to eat something at home or take something small to eat before school.
AP Calculus, Physics, AP Government and AP Economics all have something in common: Tests. They have lots and lots of tests with lots and lots of information. Being an above average student my whole life has made me somewhat confident with tests. However, because of the amount of tests and information, it is very easy for me to misjudge situations. I misjudge my level of preparedness, and that leads to me not preparing like I should and getting completely blind-sided by a test. Similarly, I will misjudge the actual difficulty of a test or quiz and again, I will go into it vastly unprepared.
Despite having my many flaws, there is a solution to my problem. A very simple way to view the problem is seeing that there is a lack of time devotion to my schoolwork. An increase in time spent on schoolwork would consequently lead to a decrease in time spent on other activities. By a true economist viewpoint, time is money. Or in a students case time is grades! So therefore if I spend more of my time on grades and less of it doing other things I would do better in school. Another statistical solution to my problem would be to drop one of my most challenging classes.
This makes sense because not having a very hard class will stop all the work I previously would have been expected to do. To relate this to the solution before, the time I would gain from dropping the class could be used to study for other classes, thus doubling my amount of productiveness. In all honesty, the best solution to my problem will come from me, and that is raising my work ethic. With a strong work ethic, the sky is the limit. I especially feel that this is true for me, because I have the brain to do whatever I want. When I put my mind to something and maintain my work ethic nothing can stop me.
If things can come to me easily when I don’t try at all, I could only imagine what could be achieved if I can one day get my act together. Maintaining a certain level of work ethic will alleviate basically all my troubles with school. Even missing school or sleeping in once in a while would be acceptable because I would know that I have the initiative to get on top of my make up work. So with that being said, increasing time spent on school, being more motivated, and dropping a class all offer some form of solution to my problem.
At the end of the day though, the best and most effective solution is for me to raise my work ethic. As the second semester has just began, I plan to start now at improving my academic situation. I know that it is my senior year, but it is not too late to show my peers, parents, and coaches that I have not fallen off the path of righteousness. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns at (219) 628-0492. Thank you for your time and I look forward to show you and everyone that I can achieve academic excellence once again.