"Caught me off guard" only works in press statements. He'll ask to elaborate... did you not not know the dates of the first test, did you not know what material was covered, did you not expect it to be this hard? Or why couldn't you make enough time to study the material, why didn't you approach the professor with any questions? He'll dismiss you as lazy and inattentive if you don't have a good reason why this material hasn't come easy to you. I repeat, the fact that you're a slower learner than other kids may warrant pity but NOT a higher grade. If you cannot understand math, you do not belong in programs or schools where math is required. Go study English or history in some community college or wherever Americans with no prospects go.
Originally Posted by Mota Boy
Your only chance is to convince him--and I'm not saying this is easy--that you are actually a good student, but you weren't able to demonstrate it to your fullest capacity due to such and such reasons (and the reasons have to be good).
All I can hear, I me mine
I me mine, I me mine