Pre-Race Jitters:

You’ve worked to do your best in your bricks-and-mortar school, you’ve had that part-time job to help with expenses after graduating, you’ve been on a team, in a club, on a school trip and. . .wait. . .the deadline for university or college admissions is in the next three or four weeks! Your whole future (or at least the next year) on the planet is at stake and you have half a course in chemistry, calculus, or English to complete.

You could try emailing your teacher and indicating that you’ll be sending in those seven assignments, labs, or other projects in the next few days.

That’ll give you a week or so, but wait!

False Start:

Let’s be realistic! That English, chemistry, history, or other teacher already has dozens of other students who are facing the same deadlines.

On the Track:

First of all, manners count. Manners set others at ease; that’s why they were invented. Be COURTEOUS. In such situations, you get what you give, so be honest about due dates (teachers understand the importance of April 28 this year), plan ahead by doing the outlines, drafts, and other preparatory work that will enable you to do well, and avoid sending repeated messages as doing so takes teachers’ valuable time to read and respond to messages they have already dealt with previously.

Remember that teachers in some departments have up to seven days in which to grade assignments, and if you flood the drop boxes with assignments and teachers take several days between pieces to grade them, you may invariably fail to meet deadlines.

The Finish Line:

The experienced teachers at VHS know that students excel when they read feedback and do assignments with that feedback in mind, and your teachers want you to do well, so Courtesy, Honesty, Openness, and Promptness in responding and returning messages from teachers will create a learning environment in which both you and your teachers can reach objectives. Your teachers are committed to providing an optimal learning experience for you, so take care to create the best relationship you can with your teacher by being realistic, cooperative, and patient. All of us will get through this together; at VHS we’ve done it thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of times in the past.