What is the most effective way to utilize your voice in your writing?
Well thought out research and understanding of the material being written about will go a long way. If you do not understand what you are supposed to write about, then there is very little for you to say other than just repeating facts and information. Formulate opinions and questions about what intrigues you and be sure address the reader as if they have no idea what you are talking about so that they can learn from your writing.
If you are failing classes or tests and cannot figure out what you are doing wrong, what is the best course of action to take in order to improve your academic success?
Ask your teacher directly for help. If you do not understand the material you need to engage in a conversation about what the best plan is for you to do well in the course. Your teacher knows best as far as recommendation of a tutor or make up work. Be open and honest about your struggles so that tangible improvement can take place.
What do you believe the study of political science means in today's society?
The study of political science is the investigation and understanding of how the government, it's policies, and the citizens of the country interact and ultimately function. To understand how the world works in regards to supporting the military, democratic process, and representing people of all natures regardless of race, religion, age, gender, etc.