With the 2020-2021 school year beginning in a whole new way due to the COVID-19 pandemic, incoming freshmen were not able to access the resources that they usually have in order to transition smoothly into high school. Events like back to school night and freshman orientation did not happen this year, and the class of 2024 have had to adjust to an entirely new academic and social climate on their own.
In an attempt to help them acclimate, the Hawks Post has opened an online form for freshmen to submit any questions or concerns they have about high school. Every week, we will answer a response from one of the students to the best of our ability.
Response #1: What do I do if I’m failing a subject because I can’t understand it without the help of a teacher?
If there’s one piece of advice that I can give you, It’s that communication is key. Right now, learning might be a little bit more difficult because you only see your teachers in person once a week. I totally understand how you may feel like you’re lacking guidance in some courses right now, but even if you don’t see them physically all the time, your teachers are there to help you.
If there is a specific topic that you are struggling with, just email them. It might seem weird, I know, but trust me. Just reach out to your teacher and explain what you need further guidance with, and they would be more than happy to help you. You could ask for an enhancement with them, or request a Google Meet if their Wednesday office hours don’t work for you.
The most important lesson I learned in high school thus far is that teachers would much rather have you asking for help every day than not asking for help at all. They are there to help further your education and help you succeed, but if you don’t reach out, they won’t know how to help you.
I want you to be successful, anonymous freshman, I really do, but I can’t want you to succeed more than you want yourself to. That being said, email your teacher. You aren’t going to get to where you want to be if you don’t take initiative.
I wish you the best of luck this semester. Get that A!