I don’t know what to do. I’m lost in my thoughts and put on a fake face. I try to pay attention but then [ I forget] and still end up with passing grades. This year I don’t know if I can do that. This year is a whole new level.
Dear Lost Thoughts,
Don’t feel alone, because you’re not the only person lost in their own mind and putting on a fake face. It’s common and it can be fixed. Junior high and high school is when the workload and extracurricular activities begin to be very stressful. A good way to organize your thoughts is to keep a list of the things you need to get done during and after school. Another way to help you stay focused in class is to take extra notes about the information, even if you aren’t required to. I personally do this, and I’ve been doing it since 7th grade. I think you will notice a big difference just by having those thoughts written down and organized. If you are mentally struggling away from school as well, you are always welcome to talk to one of the counselors here in the school, a trusted teacher, or even a trusted friend. And of course, you are welcome to write to me anytime, and I will do the best I can to help!
I’m having trouble with my class in history. All my teacher does is tell stories, and sometimes it’s not even about history. I get lost, so help as soon as possible, please.
The Girl Who’s Lost
Dear Lost Girl,
I have had this same issue with a history teacher in the past. Unfortunately, not all teachers are great at staying on task and teaching in a way that is easy for everyone to understand. If you feel comfortable addressing this problem your teacher, you definitely should. You could start by something like, “I find myself getting lost during your lessons, and I feel like we get off task often. Is there any way you can help our class stay more focused?” If you’re not comfortable addressing it with your teacher, you could tell your principal or counselor and I know that they would be more than happy to address it without revealing who told them.
I Believe In You,
I am in athletics. I play volleyball. I can’t serve over-handed, and I want to serve over-hand, over the net. Please help me, ASAP!
Girl That Can’t Serve
Dear Girl That Will Soon Be Able To Serve,
I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “Practice makes perfect.” This is not true. One of my favorite teachers taught me a long time ago that “Practice does not make perfect, practice makes progress.” You won’t see immediate results, but the best thing you can do is practice every single day, even apart from your practices at school. It’s a proven fact that repetition helps you comprehend things better, especially things like serving, which require muscle memory. You can also ask a fellow teammate or coach to help you one-on-one a couple times a week.
I Know You Can Do It,