I'm having an unusual semester at college. I have not one but 2 classes that I'm really struggling in. The third class (Environmental Geology) is so easy and I think about it so little that someday I wonder if I'll just forget to go to class.
Anyway, Calculus II and Physics I classes are really being a challenge! (Mostly just venting here)
The physics class looks like it shouldn't be too much trouble. This is a Fundamental Mechanics class. It's supposed to be calc based but the prof isn't having us use any calc at all, just simple algebra and trig. I feel like I understand it ok but I just can't catch a break. I even have 2 extra text books at home to read as a supplement. I've had 2 tests, 81 and 77. I'm sitting on a 78 right now. Cutoff for a C is 65 in this class so I probably won't fail it. I'd like to get a B out of the class, but my grade is going into subduction. I'm planning on going on to Physics II. That's as far as I'm going for physics.
I just took Calc I twice. Got a C the first time and retook it and got an A. I'm taking Calc II with the same good prof that I got an A in Calc I with. We have had 4 quizzes (worth 20 pts each). I've gotten a 9, 18.5, 20, 5 on quiz scores. I got a 72 on the last test. So I'm barely passing in that class.
I'm taking the Calc II and phys II to prepare for grad school. I don't need then for my major.
A gal who is also a geology major that I have had classes with previously is in both these classes with me and is doing about as well (or bad) as I am. I have a 3.9 GPA with over 100 credits, so I'm not exactly a slacker (in school anyway). Other things in my life are fine, homelife is good and I don't have many other worries. I'm working on campus a bit, just grading some papers, doing teaching assisting work.
I'm not panicking over this, but trying to talk myself through it. So what's the worst that happens? I retake the classes. I found retaking the Calc I class the be a positive experience, I was more excited about seeing something I was already a little familiar with. Time and money isn't too much of an issue. I was planning in taking another year (I'll finish Spring 2009) and I'm on grants and scholarships (no loans). I guess I feel mostly embarrassed to be doing so poorly after cruising through all my upper division geology classes already. After 6 years of college I'm getting a bit tired of it, but I'm afraid to stop.