Prospect Academic Center
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CUHSD Summer School 2024
It can be super scary and intimidating to ask for help, especially with everything going on in your personal life, BUT it is so IMPORTANT!! Getting the help you need early and often will help you improve your grades, achieve your goals, and feel less stressed in the long run.
Be Kind to Yourself
Be Polite and Patient with Teachers
- Teachers want to help you, but if you use phrases like, “please” “thank you” and make sure your tone is kind - even if you are upset- they will be more receptive.
- When they say no, they mean no. Teachers set boundaries for a reason, they have a lot of work to do and a limited amount of time to do it in
Find the Right Time
- Make sure find a time when the teacher isn't surrounded by lots of students, especially if you're nervous asking questions in front of others.
- Study hall, before or after school, and after class are great times to check in. Teachers are on campus and want to help students. Find a time that works for you and go knock on the door.
- Use this outline to help start your conversation “Hi Mr./Ms. ____________, do you have a minute to talk about:
- The homework assignment? I am having a hard time with it”
- My grades? I don’t understand why I scored a _____.”
- The test coming up? I’m not sure where to start studying.”
Send An Email
- Hi Mr./Ms. _________, I had some questions about ___________. Could you explain this to me another way? (Note: Teachers will probably ask you to come by and discuss/explain in person)
Come with Specific Questions
- Don’t just say, “Ms./Mr. _____, What can I do to raise my grade?” That is really broad and usually the answer will be something like “do your work”. That doesn’t help anyone and is frustrating for both teachers and students.
- Instead try approaching teachers by saying, “I understand ______, but I get confused with __________.” or “Can you explain _________ again, I’m stuck here _____”
- Make sure to look through your Canvas page and PRIORITIZE your assignments. You don't need to do them all, but instead, focus on those that will help you understand what's going on in class or boost your grade.
- If you need help with this, print out your grades in the course and set up a time to meet with your teacher to ask if there are assignments she/he would recommend.
- Raise your hand! - Low pressure ways to publicly ask for help include saying things like: “Could you explain that again/another way?” “ I’m not sure I quite get it. Could you give me an example of what you are talking about?”
- Develop a hand signal. Many teachers already do a check for understanding where they ask for questions or if you understand what they are talking about with a thumb measure (Thumbs Up- I got it!, Middle- I still need help, thumbs down - I don't get it at all!) Take advantage of this. Be honest when this happens even if you hide your answer from other students.
- Know that you have a test coming up and don’t feel ready? Ask early for help! Asking for help to prepare for an exam less than 48 hours before puts stress on teachers and shows you were unprepared. Go ask as soon as you realize you need help.
- Ask for help before the end of the semester/grading period. That deadline sneaks up quickly, but don’t wait. Doing things at the last minute doesn’t help with learning or with memory.
- If you know you need more time to complete an assignment many teachers will grant extensions, but you MUST ask at least 24 hours ahead of time. Don’t assume they will let you turn in work late.
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