Ask Frieda: Advice Column #1

I have a really bad teacher and it’s affecting how I’m doing in class. I don’t understand their lessons and I have difficulty learning from them. What should I do?

Have you tried dropping it or switching out? There are a ton of different options for switching out (E-learning, summer school, semester 2, night school) but not all of them may be applicable to you. If you’re in grade 11 or 12 it might be more important for you to switch out as that’s when your grades start to matter.

If switching out isn’t an option, you could spend more time outside of class learning the concepts so the teacher doesn’t affect your learning too much. If your class has a textbook, try reading the textbook and test yourself using the practise questions. If you’re worried about your mark try asking the teacher specific questions about the evaluations (tests, quizzes, assignments) so you can find out exactly what you need to study. 


I’m in grade 9 and I’m trying to decide whether or not to join the basketball team. I don’t want it to affect my grades, but I want to join a school activity and I love basketball. Should I try out?

Yes! You’re in grade 9 and while grades are important, it’s a good time to experiment. Grades count for less in grade 9, so this is the time to try new stuff. If you do find that it’s too hard to manage school and sports, then don’t try out next year. However, if it is manageable then this is the chance to be a part of a team for the rest of your high school career.


Someone told me that my best friend is talking about me behind my back, should I confront her about it or talk about her behind her back?

Communication is key. You say that someone told you this, so you don’t know if it’s true or not. If she is your best friend then you should talk to her about it and give her the benefit of the doubt, instead of just assuming it’s true which can make everything more complicated. Talk to your friends if you have any worries about your friendships!

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