Failing DiffE, second semester senior, need advice

<p>So right now I have a 64 in my Differential Equations class in high school and I didn't do so well on the test today ... I feel like i'm drowning - the teacher is terrible, literally not an exaggeration when I say the students in the class know math better than she does (she majored in English)! I'm freaking out because this is a semester class. I managed to pull a B in Multivariable Calculus last semester but this is really hitting me hard, and I am trying.</p>

<p>I know this sounds ridiculous because I want to major in physics, but honestly I do well in AP Physics C - I'm getting As. It's JUST this class. If MIT, Harvard or Princeton accepted me I would be devastated if they revoked my admission because of this one semester class.</p>

<p>I need advice, resources, anything at all. I just want a C this quarter at this point, honestly, and I don't know what to do.</p>

<p>ask someone in your class who is succeeding for help. If everyone is failing, complain to principal.</p>

<p>I understanding that asking people might be hard, especially if you are in a competitive program. What I would do is go online to youtube, get self-help books, and maybe talk to your teacher? But then again, I realize that you are probably with college students, and professors don’t like to really help from my experience. </p>

<p>They usually suggest tutoring. Take extra time to study. Dedicate your life to it until you pass.</p>

<p>Khan Academy might be able to help.</p>

<p>I agree with observeaffect…the Kahn Academy should be looked into. My son has a terrible Physics teacher. He is trying to self-teach. When difficult concepts arise he uses the Khan Academy.</p>

<p>Is there anything specific you’re having trouble with?</p>

<p>Khan Academy has a few differential equations videos, but he doesn’t go very far with it. The MIT Open Courseware lectures are good, but I thought some of them were hard to understand the first time I saw them. </p>

<p>I agree with Observeraffect and HalcyonHeather. If you want to do better and the teacher is crap, take it upon yourself to learn the material. Either way, the test will include the material you’re supposed to learn whether or not the teachers teaches it or not.</p>

<p>Wow, DiffEQ in high school?!? I didn’t take that until I was a college sophomore, studying engineering. Our prof was good, but he didn’t like grading exams. We joked that he would throw them down the stairwell, and the tests that fell the farthest got As, the next ones up got Bs, etc. I got an A somehow, and I have no clue how that happened. I was pretty lost. I’ve never needed DiffEQ in 28 years as an engineer, thank God.</p>