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For Teens Who Get Bad Report Cards  
User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Hey all u teens i just got my report cd and i had 2 d's and one F so im new to this how do u guys break it to your parents?

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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

When I got crap marks, I had to do it VERY VERY CAREFULLY.. Kinda like, tell them when they are involved deeply in something else and not totally paying attention... ya know?


Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

yo that never happen to me man...but while i was in elementry (primary), I would just throw the sh*t out of my window and forget about it...:D

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

The best way to handle report cards is...spend less time on the internet and get better grades.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineDeltajax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

never had bad report cards, this past report card got 6 A's and 1 B for a 3.857 GPA, same as I got last semester.

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I just broke them in through the whole year back when I was in HS.

I'd complain about the classes and teachers from day one, even if there was no problem. This was a win/win thing for me because if I did poorly they understood that I was haveng trouble with the classes. If I did well they'd marvel at me "accomplishment"  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Remember, school is for grades, not learning.

Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1976 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Don't you love it when you post a problem and some assholes reply claiming you shouldn't have gotten in that problem in the first place or you should be more perfect like them?

As far as this situation, it depends on your past. If you've been an A/B student and you just failed this class out of the blue, put telling them about this off for as long you possibly can and lie about it if possible. I reccomend this because they'll come down VERY hard on you as soon as they find out, and personally I'd rather enjoy a few final days of freedom before my parents made my life a living hell. The lying MIGHT put you in the muck a little deeper but you're parents will probably punish you in the most severe way they can think just for the grades, so you lose nothing by lying (it's like getting to two life sentences in prison). In addition, if you lie about it, when your parents eventually see through the lie and find out about the grades, they'll realize they've been putting to much pressure on you. This means they'll let you off easier in the future. If you just come right out and admit it, they'll be like "what, and you don't think this is a big deal? Yeah right, you're confined to your room for the next 500 days." Get my drift? If they find out you lied about it they'll think "oh my, little johnny was so afraid to dissapoint us that he lied to us about his grades. We better not make him feel so threatened to tell the truth, so let's go easy on him."

If you've been a marginal student for most of your scholastic career, just be straightforward and honest about things. In this scenario, honesty is the best solution because your parents will likely be more pissed off about you lying to them than you making bad grades.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Just remember that YOU are the one who will suffer from not doing well in school. YOU are the one who will still have a job at age 30 or 40 have a job involving a name tag and the phrase "You want fries with that?". Your parents have already been there, done that, so it makes absolutely no difference to them if you get A's or F's, except for the fact that they love you and care about your future, quite possibly more than you do yourself. You are still very young, and have no clue about what it is like out there in the real world. You probably hang out with your friends complaining about how school and studying is such a drag. Well, life afterwards will become even more of a drag when you can only look forward to a job that pays minimum wages. There are plenty of kids out there who are ready to compete and will push you off to the sidelines. You might call them nerds, but chances are, one of them will be your boss (and your boss' boss) one day unless you catch up!

Sorry to rain on your parade, but you are digging your own grave, unless you wake up and smell the shit you are getting ready to have to shovel the rest of your life.

Talk to your parents. They can help you by tutoring you, or hiring some college student to come over and tutor you in classes where you have trouble. That's what I did with my teenage daughter,, and she went from flunk-out grades to grades that may not be spectacular, but are at least good enough to get her into a decent university and a decent job if she keeps it up. Of course, if you don't talk to them, and don't ask for their help, I've heard McDonald's is hiring...

Good luck


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

No wonder you got 6 A's and 1 B this past semester. According to your profile your age is between 36 and 45 so its about time you pass a grade.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

But for all of those who think that all high schools aren't impossible to master, try doing the full International Baccalaureate (IB) program. I'm sure that you all would have no problems with 6 hours of homework (at a minimum) daily and still the best grade you would get would be a C. (that's my life!)


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Well, Apollo13, you've got some decisions to make. If you really don't care too much about the results, and plan on repeating them, just leave the report card lying around. If you don't care, why should you expect anyone else to.
However, if it's a worry to you, and you plan on doing better, bite the bullet, sit down with your parents, tell them that you are as disappointed as you know they will be, and work out a plan for next semester. One that presumably includes more study and less of whatever took up your time. Cfalk has put it very well.
Life doesn't finish at 18 - but it can be a whole damn lot better after that if you lay some foundations now. 18 years of fun is no substitute for 60 years of unhappiness and regret.
It doesn't have to be 100 per cent study and no fun - just work out a compromise that can achieve reasonable goals.
Good luck

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

ah, this is easy. my 1st semester as a freshman, I did NO work. I got 3 F's. leave the report card laying on the table or something. walk away until they call you in. You lknow why they are calling you in, so just be calm a smile. When they start talking to you, look them in the eye and tell them what happened. Its fairley easy. Thats what I got for playing too much 688(i) Hunter/Killer with the Sea Wolves. :-( I was a CDR though with many medal.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

23 victor, turn right heading 210, maintain 3000 till established, cleared ILS runwy 24.
User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

My grades were HORRIBLE when my 2nd quarter progress reports (not report card) came out. Progress reports (usualy called "D Slips" at my school) are only given to us if we have a 75% (which is a D) or below in a class. I got 5 of them - Science, Health, Math, Theology and CP English. I was actually really surprised, but my Dad talked to me about it and I agreed to get better grades and by the time my 2nd quarter report card came out, I had brought Math up from a 74% to an 82%, Health from a 71% to a 89%, Theology from a 75% to a 80%, Science from 75% to 76% (not a big improvement but it was at a C) and CP English from a 74% to a 81%.

My conduct grade, however, was 100% for the entire year. Smile

User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Gosh, some people are over reacting. One term of bad grades is not going to consign someone to a job at a fast food joint. Be realistic here. Assuming it's not a one off, and there are some real valid reasons for you not doing as well as most of the class - then try not to stress. However, if it's down to your own laziness - then you deserve all that's coming to you :-]

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

I lined up my report cards for the last 4 years in each subject. I'll take my Science one for an example:

Year 7: All Excellent (4 tickboxes, Excellent, very good, Adequate, Needs Improvement), good handwriting, good report.
Year 8: 3 Excellent, 1 Very good, Handwriting not so tidy, but still ok. Good report.
Year 9: 1 excellent, 1 very good, 2 Adequates, hand writing worse, report dodgy.
Year 10: 2 Adequate, 2 needs improvement, hand writing terribly, report pretty bad, despite my grades being an A and a B.

For my grades in total, I got 2 A*'s, 4 A/B's, 5 B/C's, 1 C/D. Compare this to year 7, where I got 10 A*'s.

I think I should work harder!!!

Don't worry about your parents, they'll forgive you in time  Big grin.

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2744 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Tell them you think you did really bad like 10-20% less then you know you got the next day show them the report card and they will still be pissed but a little relieved. I think of myself as a smart person just not academically and so do my teachers, friends, and many adults who meet and talk to me they, figure I have an A+ average.

User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2091 times:

I would just come straight out with it, that way you can say at least your being honest.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2082 times:

Never went below an A-, my parents still get mad at me and tell me to try much harder when I get an A-. But I'm glad my parents pressure me about my grades, they are doing the best for me!


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2074 times:

Dan i admire your performance....

Oh btw that was my 2000th post............ Do i get some kind of prize??????  Big thumbs up

User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2065 times:

This was the worst year of my life. My dads friends/my friends died in Sept 11th, grandfather almost dies 2 times, friends die, my friggin hero/friend dies in a house fire...Grades this year were a bummer, although were good my most standards. Too bad colleges don't give a shit what happens to you, they only care about grades.

User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

Oh all you grade-A people go away!

The key is buttering them up all year. Let 'em know it's "a lot harder now". And that "you've been having trouble" etc. I take it you haven't already taken this step, so your situation is a little more difficult.

I like the whole "you've been putting a lot of pressure on me" approach. Just let them know you tried, you found it very difficult, and that you are disappointed also...heh heh.

Finally, keep in mind that nobody can say where they'll be in 20 years - good marks or otherwise.

User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

For those of us "parents" that care, we already know! We are already trying to deal with it. We were teens ourselves you know! Christ almighty, the world doesn't revolve around you!!!

The only way you are going to make it, is same way countless generations before you did, Just do it!

And stop whining for Christs sake!!!!! You bunch of "Bed Wetters"!!!!!

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Transactoid is setting himself, and anyone who listens to him, up for major problems in life. Don't listen to him.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

I still don't understand how on some marking schemes a grade of 70% is considered a "D". With the marking schemes I've been familiar with for all my life, that is a B-, which is a decent grade. There seems to be so much emphasis on getting straight A's by many people that the standards have been obviously lowered.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2006 times:


Well, in real life, 70% is pretty damned lousy. Would you get into a plane where only 70% of the parts were put together properly?


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