Students comment on dropped grades and the fourth quarter blues
Fourth quarter blues have always been a struggle for most students and probably will be because of what students have to look forward to in the months ahead.
For many students, grades drop in the fourth quarter for multiple reasons. Madi McGhee (10) and Jillian Schneider (12) explain that in the fourth quarter, some people stop caring and they look forward to summer.
“Grades drop in the fourth quarter because people stop caring. The weather gets nicer, so people want to be outside in the sun, not inside doing homework,” McGhee said.
Schneider also explained what happens when it gets close to summer.
“People get lazy when it gets closer to summer,” Schneider said.
When asking Cameron Fast (11) how to prevent grades from dropping, Fast gave good advice but also told me it is easier said than done.
“Work as hard as you normally would,” Fast said.
Department member Karla Bennett explained different ways to help students keep up in class for the fourth quarter.
“You have to keep activities engaging because motivation drops during the fourth quarter. Also staying on top of grades and telling the students what they haven’t done helps them out,” Bennett said.
When comparing the fourth quarter to the other quarters, summer seems to be the common denominator for losing motivation to do school work.
“Summer is coming so all I can think about is summer plans and it also feels like we have been in school forever by the fourth quarter,” McGhee said.
Fast also states that it is almost summer.
Even Bennett says that the excitement of the year is over and students start looking forward to next year instead of worrying about the rest of this year.