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I want to be active in my 1st year A level Biology Lessons watch

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    Recently, I have been given a 'below satisfactory' by my teacher regarding my interaction with him and the class in lessons. I honestly want to improve but I don't want to look stupid by asking silly questions and raising my hand for everything.

    In Biology (if this helps) we just covered Gas exchange in single-celled organisms and insects, Gas exchange in fish, Gas exchange in the leaf of a plant onwards and now heading towards the mechanism of breathing.

    So any advice on how to 'interact in class' with my teacher and my biology class in an educational manner? Or some doubts that you perhaps had while studying the aforementioned subjects.

    Honestly, at this point, I'll appreciate any kind of help.
    Thank you in advance.
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    Could you speak to the teacher and explain why you don't feel confident contributing in class? Has he given you any concrete points to improve on rather than just telling you that you aren't good enough?

    Do you have a syllabus for the year, and could you spend some time reading about the next topic before class, so that you feel able to answer questions? Are there future topics where you might feel more comfortable contributing? If you have a question, I would say do ask it- chances are someone else is thinking the same thing. However, if you have lots of questions and everyone else seems to be getting it, perhaps ask the teacher to clarify when everyone else is working independently.

    I think if you're not sure what to do, the best thing is to see the teacher outside of lessons, and ask what they would like to see from you in future. If you feel very anxious about speaking in class, could you set yourself a target of making one positive contribution to a lesson? Do you feel like one of the weaker members of the class?

    If you're unsure about anything just ask. Yeah you might feel a little uncomfortable asking about stuff infront of your classmates but it's more than likely that most of them will drop biology after this year (and you'll be more comfortable in a smaller group next year when you can ask as many stupid questions as you like without caring what anyone else thinks). Ask away, he'll love it. If you feel bad asking about everything, go home and look on YouTube, there are loads of useful vids. Usually the questions you want to ask, someone else will want to ask it too so you'd probably be helping out your classmates by asking questions )
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