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Dear Dish-it: I'm Scared of Failing

Dear Dish-it,


I’m going into Grade 6 when school starts again, and it’s really, really, really hard. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to flunk, and I don’t want my parents to be disappointed in me. I’m freaking out!!! What should I do???


hardstuff


Dear hardstuff,


When school starts again in September, your first step should be to talk to a teacher or a counselor whose job it is to make sure that you’re doing well academically. If you’re struggling with your homework or want to get your grades up, they will be able to offer suggestions that can help.


There are also plenty of things you can do to get your grades up. Study hard, always do your homework and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete projects and assignments. In class, don’t be afraid to ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand. If you do your best work on your own, set up a quiet space in your room or somewhere in your house to do your homework. Make sure there are no distractions! Or, ask your parents about hiring a private tutor who will be able to help you with your work.


On the other hand, you may be the type of person who learns best with other people around. If so, ask a bunch of your friends to form a study group or a homework club. Get together once a week and go over all your assignments. There’s a good chance that if you don’t get something, someone else in your group will be able to explain it to you!


Meantime, there’s lots you can do over the summer to prep for Grade 6. Crack open your old textbooks and review the things you found hard last year. Go online and check out study and homework websites – I bet you can even find some that will go over stuff most kids learn about in Grade 6. I’m not sure if this is a possibility, but you could even try finding out what you’ll be learning about in school next year, maybe from a friend, family member or neighbor that’s older than you. Maybe that person will even have some old Grade 6 textbooks or notes that you could borrow to review before school starts.


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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
reply about 12 hours
animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
reply about 13 hours
EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
reply 2 days