Welcome back to Ask Suzy Q, VOTW’s newest advice column, and your destination for advice about life’s daily problems! Email your problems to us to have Suzy Q give her advice at email@example.com! All problems are held in the utmost confidentiality.
For those readers who haven’t heard, Suzy Q is VOTW’s newest advice column! Let’s start things off with our newest question from “#IHATEPREZENTING.”
Hey Suzy Q,
Like many of my fellow classmates, I get extremely nervous when I have to present in front of my class. After spring break, our teacher has decided to give us a presentation that we have to do individually. If we were presenting in groups, I would have felt more comfortable, but I have to go up there alone, and I’m really afraid that I’ll make a fool of myself. What should I do?
I totally get how you feel — we’ve all been through this before. Eventually, however, you will have to face that fear. Take it as a challenge and instead of worrying, you should think of it as an opportunity to train yourself to get rid of that fear. Now I’m not saying that this is easy, but if you take one step at a time, you’ll rock this presentation. Take spring break as a free time to improve your public speaking skills. Get yourself an audience and present about anything that comes to your mind. Just like they say: practice makes perfect. My only advice to you would be to know your material and instead of memorizing it, just learn about it well enough to talk about it freely, fluidly. Just trying to straight up memorize it will only stress you out even more. Just talk about it slowly and casually. Finally, do not forget to breathe. Many people run out of breath and mess up their presentation, so don’t let that person be you.
— Suzy Q
Our second issue was submitted under the name, “Student707.”
Dear Suzy Q,
This year, I’ve epically SUCKED at math. 😦 I’ve realized that my teacher’s teaching style has a lot to do with that, too. My classmates seem to understand the lectures very well, so maybe it’s just me… So, if his teaching style and my learning style don’t match (like, at all), so what do I do??? I feel stupid for asking an advice column, though, not gonna lie…
If you’d asked me at the beginning of the school year, I’d have told you to go to your counselor and explain your situation to get out of his class, but since we are already so far into the school year, this option is totally off the list. I’ll recommend two different options, then. One, go to your teacher and be 100% honest with them by asking them to explain it to you in a different way. Or two, seek a friend’s help. From experience, I have learned that if the subject was explained by someone your age to you, you are more likely to understand it. Good luck in math class!
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