An Entire School District in Montana Exists for Only One Student

student and teacher enter a school houseSome people think that smaller class sizes are the answer to improving the quality of education that students in America receive. However, I doubt that anybody would really want to have a class – or even more shocking, an entire school district – that only has one student enrolled for the school year. Yet, for Amber Leetch, a sixth grader in Greenough, Montana, this strange scenario is just her daily life.

Amber is the only student in the entire Sunset School District 30. The school district is in a prosperous ranching corner of Montana and the district consists of a one-room school house, one student, and one teacher.

“The hardest part is getting through the day without feeling too lonely,” Amber said about her unusual learning environment.

Earlier this year, there was one other student enrolled in the school district; however, the first-grader only attended classes for a few weeks. Now, the long school-days are shared by only Amber, her teacher, Toni Hatten, and the new school dog, Baylee.

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How to Ask Your Professor for Extra Credit

So you had your first exam and it didn’t go as well as you had hoped. Are you stuck with this new dismal grade in your class? Not necessarily. You could pull some Secret Agent 007 moves and steal the exam, change your score, and return it before the professor enters the original score into his grade-book. Or you could take a more practical, and probably more successful, route and ask the professor for the opportunity to earn some extra credit.

There a few tried-and-true tactics that I employed during my four years of college that usually helped me get the extra credit that I needed. Here are my top tips that you can use when asking your professor for extra credit on an assignment or in the class in general.

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Knowing Where Your Time Goes is Essential in College

Time management is an issue that many college students struggle with. Personally, I go to class for 15 hours each week, work for 20 hours a week, and sleep for 56 hours each week. However, there are 168 hours in each week (24 hours x 7 days) and I can only account for 91 of them. I have a feeling that many college students can relate to my situation, and although it’s not really a big deal if you cannot count where every single minute of every single day goes, knowing how much time you spend on your daily activities can help you become a better student. Confused? Read on and I’ll explain.

Most college students study about three hours outside of class for every hour they actually spend in a classroom. This means that if you are taking 15 hours in the upcoming semester, you should be studying for 45 hours outside of the classroom. However, if you do not set aside the time for this responsibility, you probably are not going to actually do it.

This scenario can be applied to many other aspects of your life, such as cleaning your dorm room, going to the gym, or holding down a job. For several years I have heard my friends say they cannot hang out because they just don’t have the time. So, in order to keep you from becoming one of those people, try using this Weekly Time Usage List to help you discover that you really do have time to do all of the things you want AND study those 45 hours a week!

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