Getting good grades isn't just for big heads anymore. Succeeding in school is possible for those who want to start early to go to the best schools, get the best jobs, and get the most out of themselves.
Method 1 of 5: Get organized
Step 1. Get an agenda or calendar
Whether it's a planner you carry in your backpack, a calendar on your wall at home, or a to-do list you make at the end of each day, it can help you keep track of task deadlines and stay organized. At the start of the term, when you receive a schedule, write down all due dates for tests, checks, and tasks. Do this for each subject.
Every day when you come home from school, check your calendar and see what needs to be done for the next day, as well as what needs to be done for the next few days. Check what you have already done
Step 2. Get some binders
Separate the materials into different binders of different colors and with different names so that you can access what you are looking for quickly and at any time. Keep them with you and if you have a locker that can be locked, you can put them away while you go to lunch. The principle is simple: do the maximum!
Step 3. Organize your locker, your backpack and your office.
Organizing what you use each day helps your mind feel free. It might sound silly, but when your visual environment is simple and tidy, your mind can focus on the more important things. Once a week, clean your locker or backpack and organize your desk. This will take only few minutes.
You won't lose things if you automatically put them where they belong. Having a backpack, desk, or locker that is full of loose papers is just confusing and frustrating
Step 4. Make a study program
You have a calendar for the week or the month, but you need a weekly study schedule. Plan your week to see when you can and should do your homework. This way you will know how much time you can devote to each subject and when it is best to study them.
- Use common sense when it comes to setting aside time for specific subjects. Badminton, for example, takes much less time than the principles of celestial mechanics.
- Have a diary ready so you can write down everything you have to do, plan times for studying and the dates when you have to complete your homework. Always do your homework because it helps you learn.
Method 2 of 5: Absorb information
Step 1. Get to know your learning style
The problem is, some techniques don't work for some people. Some people learn with their hands, others with their eyes, and still others with their ears (and others, a combination of their senses). If you can't remember something your teacher said, maybe you're doing it wrong.
When you have found your learning style, you can narrow down what is best for you. Do you remember the things you saw better? So study your notes and make charts! The things you heard? Go to class and record the lectures. What are you doing with your hands? Turn the concepts into something you can build
Step 2. Read the textbook
Even though it's boring and monotonous, it's incredibly useful, sometimes teachers don't even mention the information in class! After reading a paragraph, edit it in your head without looking at it. Then read it again. It will stay in your mind for a long time. This is particularly effective when you have less time to study.
- Often the things mentioned in class that are also mentioned in the book are the most important (no kidding?). If you come across them while reading, highlight them. You need to know where the information is to find it later.
- Don't ignore the benefits of reading. Focusing on the main ideas (text that is highlighted, in italics, etc.) will get your mind moving. If you can discern the essentials, great! If you can't do it, read on.
Step 3. Take good notes
In most middle and high school classes, tests and homework usually focus on things that will be covered in class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy it, he can help you memorize the information.
Take good readable notes. Use highlighters if there is something you need to find easily in your notes, but don't highlight too much text or it will lose interest. Colored pens are fun if you want to be more creative with your notes, but only use them for the parts of your notes that you think will be part of the control or that are important
Step 4. Study Effectively
Losing nights crumbling under the books and feeling like you haven't held anything back is the worst part. Instead of falling asleep on your textbook, try the following.
- Make review sheets and review them. Look in the manual and put all the important ideas and details in your notes. Go through them until you feel comfortable with the material. If you wrote them down, you will probably remember them better.
- Have someone test you on your review sheets. Talking about information out loud is much more helpful in remembering than going over the same thing in your head over and over again. When you have to explain it to someone else, it forces you to understand, not just to know things.
- Invent fun ways to study. Make flashcards, have a friend with you, or join an after-school homework club, if you can, to get help from a teacher or classmate. You can make a board game to make the reviews fun and easy or you can just type in your notes if that makes them easier to read. Do as much as possible to make sure you have a handle on the topic.
Step 5. Participate in class
You've done your homework, then you're totally ready to participate in class. Show you know your subject! There are a lot of reasons why this is a good idea. Most importantly, participating in class will consolidate the things you learned while doing your homework in your head (before your head looked more like jelly).
- The second good reason is that it will materialize the information in your brain. Truly. Speaking out loud (especially in class, which is a bit more stressful than with a friend) uses a different part of your brain than is used when you are just writing. This way you will meet all the criteria.
- The third reason is that your teacher will appreciate this very much. No teacher likes to hear flies fly. Be in their little papers and you will be better treated when the time comes to drop you a note or when you ask for extra time.
Step 6. Ask for help
If you are not sure what is needed to get a good grade, or if you are struggling with the lesson, ask your teacher for help. You don't have to ask a complex question: your teacher is always happy to help. Ask your question after class, during class hours or by email.
Often, the things that are told to us face to face resonate more than the things that have only been read to us. In addition to the personalized learning session, your teacher will appreciate your efforts and likely appreciate you all the more. Having a teacher who loves you is very, very, very handy
Step 7. Take a private tutor
If you have to work on a complex subject and are having difficulty, seek the help of a private tutor. You will have easier communication with a young person who is familiar with the subject. One-on-one, she will be able to explain to you in detail what is causing you a problem, which is not possible in a classroom.
Method 3 of 5: Do your homework
Step 1. Do your homework immediately after school
Time management is essential. If you have been given a task that is for the following week, don't procrastinate: start within days of receiving the task. The more time you have, the less stress you will have.
- If possible, try to finish your homework at least two or three days before the due date. Last minute emergencies like “dog eating your homework”, party invitation, printer running out of ink, illness, family emergency, etc. should be avoided. Most teachers deduct points for each day they are late. Some do not accept late documents at all.
- Homework is a big part of your grade. If your teacher gives extra homework, do it! It won't hurt you to try. Even if you make a mistake, your teachers will notice your efforts to try to learn more.
Step 2. Be serious
If you can, have classmates or a teacher check your homework after class. Write down points that are not clear and things that you do not understand so that you can ask the teacher for clarification the next time you see him. Feel free to work harder by taking electives and asking for help from an older student or private tutor.
Step 3. Make your homework a priority
Set goals for yourself and make sure you hit them before you go out and party. Socializing is important, but your grades can affect many of your choices for the future. Set aside time each day for studying, just as you would for dates or parties.
You can reward yourself for doing your homework! When you're done, it's time to watch TV, eat, or go to a party. If that's not enough, ask if mom or dad can help motivate you. They want you to get good grades, too
Step 4. Work with friends
Studying for tests with friends is very beneficial, so why not do your homework with friends too? Not only will you stay motivated (and maybe stay interested in the course), but you'll also be able to combine your levels and get things done faster, more efficiently, and perhaps be creative.
The key here is to choose a friend who is going to pull you to the top. You don't have to work with a friend who's waiting for you to do all the work. You also don't have to work with a friend who wants "neither" of you to work! Pick a friend who has the same goal as you
Step 5. Don't Plagiarize
The fastest way to get a zero on an assignment is to plagiarize. The technology is amazing today and your teacher will know if you plagiarize. Whether it's Google Translate or a speech by Martin Luther King Jr., he will know. So don't take that risk.
Method 4 of 5: Prepare for checks
Step 1. Study with a friend
Together, we are stronger, even when it comes to studying. Bouncing off each other's ideas and combining knowledge is a resource that is invaluable. Make sure you don't distract each other!
This makes revisions fun and easier to remember. When you have to explain something to a friend, your brain has to break down that information, instead of just taking it and hoping it stays. Make flashcards and review sheets for each other to cover all the topics
Step 2. Use memorization tips
Things like mnemonics can really trigger information that otherwise wouldn't want to stay in your head. Chances are, you know the phrases "But Where And So Or Ni Car" or "Mum Always Wants To Type, But Never Without A New Pan". Why ? These are effective mnemonic devices that will stay in your memory!
Associations work, too. If you are trying to remember that India was a British colony, draw the Queen of the United Kingdom running around the Taj Mahal. When the control arrives, you probably won't remember what you should remember, but you will remember enough things to jog your memory
Step 3. Study in the right places
First of all, you need a good, quiet place to study. Make sure you have a sweater in case it gets cold, a nice comfy chair, some dark chocolate (brain fuel!), A bottle of water, and whatever else you might need. This way, you will rarely be interrupted.
Research also shows that you need to study in more than one location. It might sound a little funny, but your brain makes associations with your surroundings. Thus, the more associations it makes, the more likely you are to retain the information. Spot all the comfy chairs and try them all out while you study
Step 4. Stop cramming
While sometimes unavoidable, cramming is not a good technique. In fact, taking breaks is good for your brain and will help you retain more. Try to study for 20 to 50 minutes, taking 5 or 10 minute breaks.
And if you have the business well in hand, it is best to study for a full week. Several sessions will cement the knowledge in your memory and by the end you will be able to see how much better you know the content which will allow you to relax and be confident
Step 5. Relax
Easier said than done ? Remember: you already have all the answers in your head! The only challenge is to get them out! Your first instinct is almost always correct. Don't go back and change your answers. If you are not really sure, go by and come back later.
- Always read the questions asked in the control. Hovering over them can only tell you the opposite of what to do.
- If you are unsure of the wording of a question, ask the teacher what it means. As long as you don't insist on having a question answered and just ask what he meant by that question, he will usually respond.
Step 6. Get a good night's rest
You need to sleep to stay focused and without it you will have a hard time concentrating and may forget what you have just learned. This is part of the reason cramming is so bad!
The sleep is wonderful. Sleep deprivation can lead to accidents, numb you, and can even cause health problems. If you have to choose between a last cram session and sleep, choose to sleep
Method 5 of 5: Make decisions to get good grades
Step 1. Choose the right courses
In college, and sometimes in high school too, it's tempting to choose subjects that look super impressive or are just beyond your reach. Even though picking difficult subjects is great and you will learn a lot, stick to one or two subjects. If all you have are difficult subjects, you may be overwhelmed. Take a difficult subject and the beach volleyball option. Your brain deserves to take breaks!
Pick the right amount of material, too. Being absolutely overwhelmed will not help you. When are you going to study? Stick to the normal amount (4 or 5 subjects per semester for college) and be good at them. It is better to be good at a few subjects than to be bad at many subjects
Step 2. GO FOR IT
The easiest way to get good grades is to just go to class to get started. Not only will you have a good attendance grade (hopefully), but you won't miss any important announcements, concepts the teacher will insist on, or bonus questions the teacher includes in their lesson (this is sneaky, is not it ?).
If you still have average grades, going to class will help. Professors often look at time sheets to see if the student's mark needs to be rounded up or down when in doubt. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and go for it
Step 3. Eat a good, healthy breakfast every day
It is known that if students eat a good, healthy breakfast every morning, they generally do well in school and are able to concentrate better in school. Even if you are not hungry in the morning, bring something for later.
You don't have to be hungry, but you also don't have to be jam-packed and sick. Instead of a six-egg omelet, opt for a bowl of cereal and an orange. You will feel more able to concentrate on your studies instead of having that lump in your stomach
Step 4. Improve your memory with games
Train Your Brain: Try out some fun puzzles, exercises (every day) such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other games that are fairly easy to play. This will increase your intelligence and you will be able to memorize more information in school.
Websites like iBraining and Memory Games are great resources
Step 5. Use your time wisely
If you've given yourself an hour to complete a 120-question quiz, it's 30 seconds per question. 30 seconds can be long. Many questions will need less than 30 seconds, so allocate the time you have left to a difficult question. Don't think too much about time and don't get distracted by the ticking of the clock.
The deadlines are sometimes arbitrary. If you really need the extra 5 minutes, ask for it. A diligent student who needs a little extra time will see most of their teachers do this favor
Step 6. Don't be afraid to be awesome
Don't worry if people think you are a perfectionist. Be persistent in your work while everyone is asleep in class. In a few years, you will never see these people again, but you will "see" the 15s and 19s on your transcript which could have been 9s and 5s if you hadn't studied!
- Try to study every night.
- Organize your work area. Make sure everything is clean and you can find everything easily. As any student will tell you, working in a messy environment will only drive you insane. Make sure you have all the supplies you need for the class.
- Having small goals helps. Your goals should be to try to improve slowly and eventually get really good grades. Aiming for an 18 right away will leave you feeling like you're getting no rewards and your goal seems unreachable.
- Read every night and then ask yourself questions about what you just read, to recap. It will also allow you to see how much you need to work on reading comprehension.
- Study. Do not spend 5-10 minutes there. Try to spend half an hour or more there per night. But remember not to stress yourself.
- Ask your teacher if you can do a essay or a bonus exercise to get an extra grade. If he says yes, give him back your work in the following days. If he returns it to you before the check, you see your mistakes and are able to correct them.
- You may have to cut out hobbies to be successful. The best students know how to say, “No, I can't go out because I have to study. Some friends might tease you, but your real friends will understand. Remember, however, that you need to relax every now and then or else you'll get too stressed out and get worse grades. It is important to balance your studies and your social life.
- Sometimes rewarding yourself can help. If you got good grades, take the day off.
- Find additional information about something you are studying. This will help you increase your understanding of the information, make it more interesting and easier to remember. Your teachers will be impressed if you can add information you haven't learned in class into your essay or test.
- Make a document that you can use to track your grades each quarter to see if you've improved.
- If you have been punished for poor grades, then try better, even if you have been doing it for years. You have all your time to improve!
- Picking up bad study habits or ignoring learning will hold you back in the future. While that sounds like a long way off, it isn't.
- Don't hang out with friends who aren't serious about their studies. Always stay close to smart guys, even if your friends are laughing at you. These are your notes and your future: what you put in there is what you get out of them.
- Do not gossip during lessons, if you do chat you will not be focused on the lesson and may not hear important information. If you have a chatty friend, don't stand next to or in front of them.