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Ask Jack: You Ask and We Try to Answer

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

Edited by Jacob Hare

Staff Writer

Hi Jack,

If I am struggling in one of my classes, what are some tips for doing better?

Dear JBHA Student,

The fact that you are asking this means you are taking your school work seriously. So try some of these tips and see if they help you improve.

  1. Meet with your teacher: Meeting with a teacher is a perfect opportunity to get extra help in a class. All teachers at school want to see students succeed, and teachers go the extra mile to help their students.

  2. Take clear notes: Make sure that you have clear and detailed notes in this class. Taking strong notes will help you understand your class's central concepts, which ultimately helps you succeed.

  3. Don't start to study the night before a test: You may think that you can get away with studying the night before the test, but that's not always the case. Starting to study a week in advance of the test will help you see what material you need extra help with, rather than relearning material the night before the test.

  4. Ask questions: If you are confused by the material, don't be afraid to ask a question. Odds are someone else has the same question that you do. Asking questions can only help you succeed.


Hi Jack,

I want to sign up for a lunchtime club, but I'm worried it's too late to join. What should I do?

Dear JBHA student,

It is never too late to sign up for a club at Barrack. Clubs are always looking for new members who can help them grow and make their club better. Regardless of what club it is, I am sure they would be excited to get a new member.


Hi Jack,

If I am overloaded with work, would it be possible to get an extension? If so, how?

Dear JBHA Student,

It is always possible to be granted an extension on work and the best way to do this is to ask your teacher about it. However, it doesn't look good asking the night before something is due, because it shows that you pushed it off until the last minute. So I would recommend that you ask your teacher in advance if you know you have a lot of work coming up. If you have a problem with talking to your teacher, then talk to your advisor or an administrator and they can help you talk to your teacher about a possible extension.


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