AngieW in Texas Posted November 7, 2012 Share Posted November 7, 2012 My 17yo is taking Chemistry II with the same teacher she had for Chemistry I. Chem I was a cakewalk. I told her that Chem II was going to be really tough and it certainly has been. The problem is that she is getting 95-100 on all of the homework, but cratering on the tests. On each test, she has the methodology correct on the problems, but there is one thing that she will miss on each and every problem that completely craters her grade. On the unit 1 test, what she got wrong was that the conjugate acids and conjugate bases are always on the right side, even when the direction of the reaction is reversed. That one thing lost her 20 points. The one homework assignment that covered it, which she completely bombed because she missed that one tidbit of information, was returned to her the same day she got the test back. That information was not in the textbook (which the teacher doesn't actually use, but recommends as a reference) and wasn't on any of the powerpoints. It was strictly one piece of verbal information. She was completely devastated by her grade of 80. It was the first B she had ever gotten on a test in her life. I don't remember what it was on the unit 2 test, but at that point, the tests started getting out of sync with what they were covering in class. They were one week into the next unit before the test was available in the testing center. Again, there was one piece of information which wasn't in the text and wasn't in the powerpoints, but was only verbal that was responsible for all 23 points that she lost. She got a 77. The first every C she had ever gotten on a test in her life. She was very confident about the unit 3 test. They had already finished the 4th unit and were starting the 5th before the test was made available at the testing center. She got a 65 on this one. All 35 points were because she didn't count water in the reaction. In unit 3, you had to count water, but in units 4 and 5, the first thing you were supposed to do was cross it out. She wasn't confident at all about the unit 4 test and now she's terrified about what she got on that one. So right now, her scores are 80, 77, and 65 for tests. There are 3 more test grades and the final. The tests are worth 10% each, the final is worth 20%, and the homework is worth 10%. She has an average between 95 and 100 on the homework. She was completely devastated when she got the test back last night. I don't know whether to advise her to keep going with the class or drop it. She actually has all the way up to the 26th before she has to make a decision. Right now she has a 4.0 GPA. The best she is likely to be able to pull off for chemistry lecture is a C, but with her grade dropping for each subsequent test, I can't see this ending well. She's going to talk to the teacher during her office hours on Thursday right before class. A lot depends on how she did on test 4 that she took last week. Test 5 won't open up until next week (last day for test 4 is tomorrow, but my dd took it on Friday last week) and they are already well into unit 7. I know the 6 drop rule for Texas, but it doesn't apply for dual credit students, so she would still be able to drop up to 6 courses. Would you advise dropping or not? I think dropping is probably the best idea assuming that she didn't do well on test 4 either. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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