A student here who failed his math class in the spring is re-taking it during the summer session but he's not doing much better. He is distracted during class, says he's depressed about school, and is now convinced that passing math is impossible so he's giving up. His friends see it differently. They're convinced he isn't doing well because he doesn't make his studies a priority. They've noticed he's been volunteering a lot---an interesting way to avoid schoolwork, hoping, perhaps, that his good works will magically produce good grades. But it doesn't work that way. Only good study habits produce good grades and acquiring those habits takes work. Our job is to make sure the student understands this, and then to make it as easy as possible for him to do the hard work that only he can do.