Most high school teachers are eager to hear from a student who is trying to do better in class. Few things are more important to a teacher than knowing a student is truly interested in the subject she’s teaching.

If your teen isn’t sure he’s communicating well enough during class time, urge him to speak with his teacher directly. Suggest that he approach her just before or just after class. If there isn’t enough time to talk then, they can set up a time for later.

What to say? Try these questions to start with:

  • Can you recommend a book (other than the text) that can help me understand the lesson?

  • Can you explain this concept in a different way?

  • If you had to study for our upcoming test, how would you do it?

  • I have an idea for extra credit. Would you tell me what you think?

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