I got a bad grade on my online class because of my essays.

Asmafiqi - posted on 05/20/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am really feeling like a failure after I did bad on my online class. I know it is hard to be a mom full time and go to school, but i thought i could do it and now I am feeling that i can't do it anymore. I feel like I should just stay at home and take care of the kids. That is all I could do anyway. I had a dream and a goal, but now feel nothing but failure!

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Meagan - posted on 05/23/2011

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When writing essays, for some people the brain sotrming process works really well. SOme can just go in and start typing something up, but others need to create and plan and follow it. Try brain storming. If I am having issues with an essay that is exactly what I do. I do it in a bulletted list though, although some do a web. With my bulletted list I figure out what the subject is and what points I need to cover and the subpoints in that paragraph, which makes it A LOT easier to write the sentences and keep my thoughts organized and formal. After you have finished writing your essay, have someone review it. They can check it to make sure that it flows and makes sense, is in the correct format, and that there isn't any major punctual or gramatical errors, and follow their suggestions, then have it reviewed again, until it's perfect, or at least close to it. Always be open to critism, even if its hard to listen to, because that is what makes a great essay. And start in advance. Dont wait last minute. Use nap times and bed times as chances to work on your essays, and if you get to CHOOSE a topic, pick on that YOU want to learn about. Make sure you NEVER copy anything without citing it in some way. It can be difficult, but I am SURE you can do it! =]

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April - posted on 06/27/2011

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Don't give up!! It's hard and stressful but you are doing it for yourself and your kids. Does your school offer programs to help their students? At the school I attend they offering tutoring as well as on online site where you can submit your papers before they are due to have someone read and critique them for you. I too have struggled with online writing classes but it's all about time management and just going step by step. And don't ever hesitate to ask for help.

I am in my 3rd year of school and I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old and also went through a nasty divorce right after I started. I will soon have my Bachelor's and then move on towards my Masters. Just have faith in yourself and that you are doing the right thing for you and you will do just fine..

Best of luck!!!

Laura - posted on 06/22/2011

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Don't give up on yourself. I had this same issue a while back with math- i was lost half way thru the term and for the first time ever dropped the class. I felt too stupid to be in college and was pretty beat up psychologically but i decided to try again this past term. I have always been a solid c math student and As everywhere else- I had a great math prof this past term ( i looked on ratemy professor to find good reviews) she made it so simple and I just looked at my final grade today for the term i made an A- for the first time ever in math. Does your school offer a writing lab? use it! write the essay and take it to them to go over what might need to be rewritten- it is a good idea to have someone else read your papers because you wrote it so it makes sense to you but might not to someone else.

Cathy - posted on 06/22/2011

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When doing an argument paper, always remember to give both sides of the argument, no matter what your beliefs. Everything must be backed up. Unfortuantely at undergraduate level it isnt about what you think, its about writing about what the evidence for and against says.. its not always easy especially if you have very strong views but bias in an essay is a definite no no.

Asmafiqi - posted on 06/04/2011

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thanks stephanie that was nice advice from you and very kind of you afforing me some help.i go to Normsndale college in bloomington minnesota. i will add you on my facebook if you have and email you so we can add eachother on our contact.

Stephanie - posted on 06/01/2011

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What online school are you using? I know that University of Phoenix has a lot of resources for their students...Even if you don't attend UoP, I'd be willing to help you. I follow eastern standard time, but feel free to email me @stephaniecomalander@yahoo.com. I know it's hard. I just finished my first year and now they have changes up the class formats. But I think about what my job options would be if I didn't finish...and then I look at the life of my mom who was a SAHM. I'm not knocking SAHM's at all. I just know that she wasn't happy. If staying at home makes you happy, then you are truly successful because you have found that thing that makes you happy with life. Just push forward. Don't look at what is due tomorrow or Friday. Look at what you ahve to do today. Compartmentalize the assignments. I'm sure you don't have to log on every single day...so break it down over 6 instead of 4 days...or something like that.

Amanda - posted on 05/31/2011

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being a mum and studing is never easy ... im doing my diploma in nursing and its hard but i keep going with it just dont let it get you down ....... good luck with your studys and youll do great :) x

Kimmy - posted on 05/25/2011

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Don't feel bad. I took onlin courses and failed them too. I just had to realize that nline courses weren't for me that I need that student teacher interaction. So maybe try to attend on campus classes and see how that goes.

Asmafiqi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Thank you very much! Jane and Meagan that was really great advice and excellent guidline.God bless you both and your familiesI will really remember that for the rest of my life.Jane I am not taking any class from that teacher.

Meagan - posted on 05/24/2011

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If it's somethign that is meant to be an arguement or pursuasive, than you need to open it with a strong thesis, usually stating a fact. The opening needs to be clear and show where YOU stand on the topic, and address what you plan tot alk about in your paper. You need to research your side as well as the other side. I once wrote a paper on legalizing marijuana, and in each paragraph, I focused on one topic, like health and marijuana, and gave what the against says and disproved them using research from the for side. You have to be fully well informed and rebutte what people who would disagree with you would say. Use power facts and statistics, and write like you would talk about it. Someone says abortion is awesome for birth control, you wouldn't say "abortion is a process of blah blah blah) and continue on. No, you would say, "Yeah, but it kills babies." And debate the topic using facts and knowledge. The good thing about those types of paper is that your opinion DOES matter, but, you need to use concrete evidence and fact to support your opinion. Using a bible quote isn't really proof that abortion is bad, since that is speculation. A blog isn't fact, although, on some of the more difficult things I've done, I've used blogs that quoted their resorces, and found those resources for MYSELF to use. So, if someone is talking about something and quote and article, google the article and read it for yourself. But, if Bob Smith, unemployed, says on his blog that he thinks aliens exist, you wouldn't really want to take his word for it.

Either way, the key to strong arguements is strong fact amongst strong words. Your passion on the topic needs to be relayed into your paper and is the reader can feel how strongly you feel about it, and you have proof on why, then you are pretty much golden.

Now, that's not what you do for ALL papers. There are times when you will be writing to inform, and those are usually boring. In informative essays avoid using "I" "me" etc. I dont know which format you are supposed to be writing in (APA or MLA), but you can find guides online for both to make sure your papers are written correctly. For APA (may be one for MLA, but I dont know), there is a program where you write out your essay and it checks it for formatting mistakes.

The more you write, the better you'll get and the more comfortable you'll be at it.

Jane - posted on 05/24/2011

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I assume that by argument paper you mean an essay that takes one side of an issue and presents facts that support your opinion. If so, then the best thing might be to find several articles that support the same side you are taking and read them for facts that you can use as evidence that your view is correct.

Typically, an argument paper starts off stating your opinion of the subject, such as "I believe abortion should be legal and available for all women." You give then continue in that paragraph about why you believe this. It might be that women have a right to choose what happens with their own bodies, or that unwanted children end up in foster care which places a heavy burden on all of us in the form of government support for foster homes.

The next paragraphs need to introduce facts that support your belief. For example, if you say abortion is needed because the foster system is overloaded with unwanted children, you would have to find a credible source that says how many children are in foster care, what percentage are able to either go back to their parents or to adoptive families, as opposed to what percentage never get a permanent family. You might find numbers that say how much this foster care is costing us via the government, or numbers that show a higher percentage of foster kids end up in jail, again costing us money.

Your final paragraph needs to repeat, in different words, what your opinion is and briefly restate the facts that support it.

You then need to spell-check the thing and have someone else read it to see if it flows properly, says what you think it does, and makes sense.

Then, don't forget to state where your numbers came from, in whatever form your teacher requires.

I suggest you take some of your papers that the teacher does not like and rewrite them, using facts to support your arguments. Find someone who can read the old and new versions and tell you if you have improved.

I am sorry you can't reach your teacher. Mine has online office hours every Tuesday evening, and is open to emails discussing the work at any time.

Do you have more classes with this same teacher or will your next classes be taught by someone else? If the latter, then make sure you take advantage of office hours and email from the very start.

I hope this helps you. Good luck!

Asmafiqi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Thank you Jane for your advice.I really liked writing my topic sentences on a card that was very creative and easy way to start an essay. i will do that for sure.About the teacher i asked him to help me and he just said that my urgument papers weren't not strong enough and i have to write strong urgument papers in the future that is about it. he teaches online and he is very hard to get hold of him and he never exectly pin point what the problem is in the essay but rather grade it.he never gives you change to rewrite your paper so you can improve it.takecare

Asmafiqi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Thank you meagan that is a great advice and very helpful tip you listed.What i would do now is work on writing essays while on my break , so i will be ready for my next classes .I had to write alote of urgument papers on my ethics class online and that was not easy and the teacher was not very helpfu.I would appreciate if you give some tips on how to write a good urgument paper on any topic for example abortion and etc

Jane - posted on 05/23/2011

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I am in school online right now, and I go online right after I get up each day. I also go online after the kids go to bed.

As to writing essays, I also suggest either bulleted lists or 3x5 cards with your topic sentences on them, so you can rearrange them so they make the most sense. As others have said, get someone else to read what you have written and critique it. Then do what they say without getting upset. Also, spell check and grammar check are your friends.

Did your teachers say anything about how to improve your essays? If they haven't, have you asked them? The idea in going to school is to learn, so your essays should get better and better as you write more of them, and your teachers should be able to help you improve.

Good luck! If going back to school were easy, everyone would do it. You can get there! You just need to give yourself a pep talk and then see what help you can get from the teachers or learning support.

Asmafiqi - posted on 05/23/2011

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Thanks that is a good advice.i usually sleep by 10pm and i get up early in the morning bef the kids get up but i still have problen focusing and reading the assyments.i don't know why but i am more focus when i do math homework than things that have writing and reading.i get over whelmed when i have essays and become lazy to even think about them.what should i do to take that fear away and work on good essays?any advice wil help!

Brittany - posted on 05/22/2011

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I haven't experienced it but i would suggest that you set a schedule where you could get school work done such as during naps and at night when they are sleeping. If you can get them to bed by 8:30 or 9pm that will give you 3 hrs to do essay and study and still get proper sleep.

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