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Trouble with boredom

I'm a 14 year old freshman who is bored in most of my classes. Some people may think that I'm just posting this in the gifted section to appease my ego, that is not true. I have taken half a dozen online IQ tests and all of them have come back somewhere between 133 and 145. I'm in a Geometry class where 5/8 of the class is taking it for the third time, and the teacher is moving at an extremely slow pace. I have talked to him but he won't help me go ahead. Also I'm in a Geography class where the teacher hates 9th graders (two other teachers told me this). This teacher is also moving at a pace that is way to slow for me, I know that I could learn everything that is in the book in less than a month. I'd get a B+ or higher on a test of the whole book. My Biology teacher doesn't really care about the class. I could do the same thing in this class as I could do in the Geography class. Right now I have a A+ in my honors English class, but even that is easy to get because we read books like Of Mice and Men. It is almost halfway through the third quarter and we are only on our third book. If anybody has any suggestions please post them. I'm very analytical, but not very creative.sorry if there are spelling errors, that is one of the few things that I'm not good at.



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My mom heard about Bards from an aquatence who went there. It is a program specifically for early college entry. It gets all your highschool and first two years of college taken care of at once. It is kinda like a boarding school, except not. I was wondering if you knew about any other programs like that. If not I'll just take courses at the community college until I can get into one of the stat or UC colleges. Also I learned that life isn't fair a long time ago. I always have had at least one bad teacher (except for the years that I was homeschooled of course). On the bright side my Geometry teacher is tired of being embarresed by us on the District tests so he is teaching us finally. If you are interested I hope to get into UC Irvine, UC Merced, or UC Davis. They all have good engineering programs.

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I have tried some breathing techniques that I got out of a book from the library. I have also been listening to some ocean sounds that I got online. Im still not sleeping. If you have any ohter suggestions they would be greatly appriciated.

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It will be about 10 days before you see results.  Are you doing some kind of relaxation imagery thing?  breathe slowly in and as you breathe out slowly, pretend the sand is draining out of your fingers and toes, breathe in  slowly and out slowly and pretend the sand is draining out of your forearms, continue on with your calves, and work your way to your trunk, then do your neck and face.  Then just lay there and breathe slowly with an empty mind.  aaaaaahhhhhhhh.  Oh well, hope something works.

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I've been doing breathing exercises faithfully each night since i last posted, no luck yet. I have also been getting more exercise during the day, and not having caffinated drinks at all. The wierd thing is that even though I haven't been getting to sleep earlier, but I have started waking up a 5 in the morning. I see what time it is and roll over and go back to sleep for another 1 1/2, but when it is time for me to get up at 6:30 I just don't wake up. Apperantly my mom comes in and wakes my up several times and I have had conversations with her but I have absolutely no memory of even waking up at these times, let alone what the conversations were about.

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When are you getting your exercise?  If it is too close to bedtime, it will just keep you up.  Are you having any fun that isn't physical?  You seem to be such a focussed (oops, no, focused) kid.  Glad to hear from you, just sorry you still can't get rested.

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All my exercise happens before dark. I read (Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, and Isaac Asimov to name a few authors), play games online, IM friends, stuff like that. I can be focused when I want to be, other times not so much. If something is interesting then I can fucos on it easily, also I like running (that is one of the main things that I do for exercise).

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I've noticed with my own boy that too much pixellation within about an hour of bedtime can make drifting off more difficult.  He still does it, though.  He was just on the computer as I came in, it's 10:42 here and he has a paper route at 6:30 a.m. 

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I'm usually reading a book before bed, not on the computer. As you can tell from the time that I'm posting this, 3:00am, (I thought it was 2, I just lost an hour) I'm still not sleeping. Something is wrong when you feel like you could go run a couple miles at three in the morning.

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I'll be talking today with my daughter who struggled with falling asleep, we'll explore what actually worked.  She had brain imaging studies done by a neurological specialist which verified that sure enough, she had trouble falling asleep and her neurons fire really fast. Maybe you need to see a specialist or go to a sleep clinic. 

  I'll try to post something more useful after I talk to her.  Is school going any better?  Maybe you could sleep in class ;-}

Happy daylight savings. We all lost an hour!

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My daughter said that sometimes this one worked.  visualize the number 100 coming toward you, passing in front of you, moving away, while you relax and breathe slowly.  Then do the same with 99, relax  as the double nines come toward you, pass you, move away,, then 98, 97, . . . 

I'm wondering if a hypnotherapist could help teach you some relaxation routines -- that was just an idle thought. 

We tried a little herbal stuff with my daughter.  I don't remember that they helped.  She remembers that chamomile tea is nasty, but I have another daughter who drinks it on purpose, she likes it. 

  

   Have you talked to a pharmacist about melatonin or about a really low dose of a milder antihistamine like chlorpheneramine maleate?  Maybe it is time for you to see a doctor. 

  I won't be online much the next couple of weeks. 

RELAX AND GO TO SLEEP!!

there, did that help?  I didn't think it would.  I'll be thinking of you.  Especially if I have trouble sleeping!