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If I struggle in a class that is required for my major, what should I do?

One of my interests right now is to be a psychologist, although I'm in the 11th grade and still seem to have some time to pursue other majors. Right now this one seems like the best for me and I don't know how to feel about it. #psychology #education #major #academic-advising

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Kencia’s Answer

Meet with your professor during office hours. Ask for tips to succeed. Find tutoring on campus. Worst case scenario, re-evaluate your major. For example, if you always struggle with math and science, not just this one class, maybe you should reevaluate being a biology or mathematics major. Hope this helps.

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Jessica’s Answer

Keep your options open. I took several of the same classes over in college that I took in high school, and they were very different. For example, my statistics class in college approached stats in a completely different manner and was nothing like my high school class - I even thought the college one was easier!


Your first year of college is for you to explore, take classes in many different subjects, and decide how you feel about them. I'd encourage you to try out a Psychology 101 class, as well as a few other 101's. There may be similar fields that you didn't know you liked until you learn more about them. Or you may find that college psychology classes are a better fit for you than your high school one was. You won't know unless you try so don't limit yourself.

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Judy’s Answer

There will always be hard and difficult classes for your major. It really important to ask for help from the beginning. Try going to the TA and meet weekly with them. Read your material and homework ahead of time and write questions on post-its next to the text or problem and take it to the TA. Join a study group. Study groups can end up being being life-savers for your entire college experience. Ask a guidance counselor about tools and learning labs/etc that you can tap into at your school. Struggling is a part of your college experience; its how you approach the struggle is how you grow and learn.

Judy recommends the following next steps:

make appointments with TA or professor
read your material and write questions before your appointment
join a study group
talk to your guidance counselor to see other valuable resources on campus
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