Advice Paradise: Passing a Hard Course, Talking Mean, Helping Little Brother

“It’s a jungle out there. Disorder and confusion everywhere. No one seems to care.” Well, WE do! That’s why we started this new column… Advice Paradise!


We’re not psychologists, counselors, therapists, or experts – we’re just fellow homeschoolers who are willing to offer a little friendly advice. Sometimes it helps to have a second opinion, and we’re here for you. The Advice Paradise team will answer questions on homeschooling, relationships, religion, and life in general. No question is too trivial. Just ask about anything you want to know! We promise to keep it simple and get straight to the point.

Check out the following questions and see if any of them apply to you, or maybe you’ve been in the same situation and have some helpful advice to give someone else. Post a comment if you think you have a better answer!

1. How can I pass a course that I hate? (It’s a college level course and I just can’t seem to do well.)

Work all the problems in the text. Go to the library, get a couple of other texts on the same subject, and read the same subject matter from a different author. Look at the problems presented there to see if they give a better angle for you. See if Khan Academy has a video on the topic. Take notes, transcribe the notes on the same day, try and remember more. Make your own flash cards or crib notes on 3×5 index cards. Master the SQ3R method. Find a study partner. Get help from a tutor. Consult with the instructor and ask them for advice. (But please don’t tell them you hate their class!)

2. When I get mad, I say mean things. How can I change this behavior?

If you really do want to change, make up your mind ahead of time that you won’t say mean things. Then master your response to your feelings. Feelings are what they are, not to be commanded. But you can train yourself not to act on those feelings. Take a deep breath and think before you respond. Good luck.

3. My younger brother just realised his imaginary friend doesn’t exist and now he started crying and it’s so sad watching it, what should I do to help him? Should I just let him be or what?

Give him a big hug. Show an interest in him. Spend a lot of time doing fun things together like reading stories, watching stuff he likes, hiking, biking, running, drawing, playing ball, playing games, all the good cool stuff. Be such a great older brother that he forgets all about his imaginary friend. Best wishes.

Do you have a question? Send it to and we will share it with the Advice Paradise team to be posted in the next issue of Homeschooling Teen.

Would you like to answer a question or offer some advice? Please leave a comment below with the question number for reference. Thanks for helping!

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