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i need some help in school. today, we had an exam. our teacher did a very bad job explaining the subject matter, and i could barley hear her over everyone talking. the manual i have for math did not explain anything either. anyhow, i probably didnt do too well on the exam.what should i tell my parents? they have a hard time believing that the teacher is at fault too. any help?

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Goodhart (author)2008-05-21

talking in class while a lesson is being presented? Wow......

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-05-20

What kind of math? Algebra? Trig? Consumer math? Perhaps you could bone up on whatever it is. I'm sure you could get some help here...and then retake the test.

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tech-king (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-21

it was exponents. except it wasnt like scientific notions or multiplication/division. those are easy. it was addition and subtraction of expressions with exponents. and there was algebra involved too. the goal was to reduce the expression as much as possible though.

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PKM (author)tech-king2008-05-21

That sounds like a topic you could find plenty of information about on the interwebs. For instance, this came up as the first result of a Google search for "addition of exponents tutorial", it looks like good stuff, and it looked like there were a good 5 or 6 other helpful sites on the first page of results.

If you need information on a non-obscure schoolwork topic, a little Google-fu will inevitably turn up a lot of pages about it. Some may be dross, some may be great, but you have to put in a little work to dig for the ones you want. It's almost always helpful to get two angles on a problem because your teacher may be terrible at explaining one particular part that another source explains well.

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Lithium Rain (author)tech-king2008-05-21

Hmmm, if you still need help, I might be able to assist you, if you give me a sample problem. If you'd like. If I can't help, I'll try to point you in the right direction. :)

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chooseausername (author)2008-05-20

Was this exam extremely important compared to other exams ? Was it the last one of the scholar year ? In case you'd get a bad mark for this exam, would it be catastrophic ? Are your parents extremely severe ? It's difficult to give a good advice IMO ... What you could do (or what I'd do), is to tell them exactly what you told us : - bad explanations from the teacher - too much noise in the class-room - bad-math-book ... and also, that on the other hand, you should have told your comrades to shu*up, and to your teacher to explain again and better ........ That would show them that it was not all your fault, and, on the other hand, that you're mature enough to take your part of responsibility, and that this "mistake" make you feel uncomfortable ... Also, if it was not the last exam, you will not do the same error again : you'll ask more explanation, and you'll tell to your comrades to close their "Camembert boxes" (like we say here).

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Was this exam extremely important compared to other exams ? Was it the last one of the scholar year ? In case you'd get a bad mark for this exam, would it be catastrophic ? Are your parents extremely severe ? aside from the last one, no. the exam wasnt all that important, and i have a very good average already. What you could do (or what I'd do), is to tell them exactly what you told us : - bad explanations from the teacher - too much noise in the class-room - bad-math-book my parents generally refuse to believe that the teacher is it fault. ... and also, that on the other hand, you should have told your comrades to shu*up, and to your teacher to explain again and better ........ the teacher claims that we dont understand because we are all talking. her class is out of control. i wasnt there, but the class threw a roll of brown paper out the window to make a long chain spanning 3 floors. That would show them that it was not all your fault, and, on the other hand, that you're mature enough to take your part of responsibility, and that this "mistake" make you feel uncomfortable ... Also, if it was not the last exam, you will not do the same error again : you'll ask more explanation, and you'll tell to your comrades to close their "Camembert boxes" (like we say here).

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> aside from the last one, no. the exam wasnt all that important, and i have a very good average already.

Then, it should not be a major problem. You did good all the year, and you will do better next time. You're not a machine after all .........

> my parents generally refuse to believe that the teacher is it fault.

Then, I'm afraid you have no choice but to take it all on you ..........

A mean to show your parents there is a "general problem" with the class-room would be to show them the average mark of the class-room.
If they all have a low mark, this mean there is a general problem, and that you're not an exception.

It is also possible to take with you a digital camera to film (or photograph) when the class-room is out of control. And eventually you'd show it to your parent ...

If your teacher refuses to explain again, you could tell her that it's not your fault if all the other do stupid things, and that you're not supposed to be punished because of them ...

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-05-20

did you ask the teacher after class? I'd tell your parents that you can here what the teacher is saying in class and isn't explaining enough. When I have a question in math (a longer type of question) I either ask her after class or during work time, like on homework or something.

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tech-king (author)2008-05-20

bump! i need more opinions

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Kiteman (author)2008-05-20

Tell them exactly what you just typed there. You may want to go to your school's head of maths (maybe via your class tutor, depending on personalities and school procedure) and explaining, politely, that you're having a hard time understanding the current work, would they mind going over it?

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