It takes persistence, creativity and organization to get excellent grades. Thus, a 20 out of 20 is synonymous with excellence from an academic point of view and shows that you have mastered your subject at your fingertips. You don't have to be the “teacher's darling” to get a 20, but you will need to give your best: both in class and at home!
Part 1 of 4: Prepare well
Step 1. Take a look at the curriculum
Knowing what is expected of you at the start of the year will prevent you from being surprised on exam day.
Step 2. Pay attention to the importance of each exam
For example, always have your thesis in mind (so you can unconsciously think about ideas to defend it during the day) if a simple home essay represents 50% of your average. Spend more time on projects that can significantly impact your average.
Step 3. Plan fixed revision times for each subject
The school curriculum should, for example, indicate how many hours of French should be taught each week. At the beginning of the term, for example, you will be able to write in your diary the days when you will have to revise this subject.
- Buy a calendar and organize your review time.
- Plan to review a different subject every 3 to 4 hours to keep your brain alert.
- Choose a strategy that suits your learning style.
Step 4. Use technology to your advantage
Record your lessons (if your teacher allows you to) and listen to them again later if you have auditory memory. On the contrary, take notes instead, or even film your lessons (if your teacher allows you to do so) if you have a good visual memory. Either way, it will make your revisions easier.
If you are a kinesthetic learner (you learn best by moving) stand up and write on a board while studying
Step 5. Take pride in your good grades and the time you spend reviewing
Don't let others tell you that you are a "thriller" or "nerd". It is impossible, for most courses, to get a 20/20 without giving your maximum.
Step 6. Take breaks every 45 minutes during your review sessions
This will give your brain time to rest and you will only be more productive when you get back to work (remember that it is better to study 5 times 30 minutes than once 3 hours: you will gain in the end, term of time and learning).
Part 2 of 4: Behave Well in Class
Step 1. Sit in the front row if the classroom (or amphitheater) is large
You should be able to hear and see the lesson without any problem and be able to be seen by your teacher in case of questions.
Step 2. Read and reread your lessons
The information will settle in your brain much better after one or two re-readings.
Step 3. Review your lessons before going to bed
Summarize your lessons or homework in important points or reread your notes. Do the same if you are tired! Your brain will then process this information while you sleep.
Step 4. Carefully read the statements and instructions for your homework
Do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand them well. Think a bit before writing instead of “going headlong”.
Step 5. Start tackling your homework the day it is given to you
It matters even if your teacher has given you weeks or even months to turn in your assignment. You will get much better results when the topic of the assignment is still fresh in your mind.
Some students work at the last minute, this technique does not work for everyone …
Step 6. Write down everything you read
Take notes in the margin, highlight important terms and ideas, and feel free to sketch out a concept that is difficult to digest. You will see that it is easier to just reread your annotations rather than the whole text. In addition, it will be easier for you to focus on the key information when proofreading.
Photocopy the pages that interest you or take pencil notes to avoid having to pay a possible fine
Step 7. Be prepared to seek help with the loan of a tutor (a classmate, a teacher…) if you need to relearn the basics of a subject
For most people, being good at math, having a scientific mind or having beautiful prose cannot be improvised. Be prepared to sacrifice some of your leisure time to develop your abilities and master these skills. You will see, it is a (very) profitable investment in the long term.
Step 8. Feel free to draft
Never settle for your first draft. Also track down spelling and grammar pictures. Finally, have someone proofread your work before returning it to your teacher.
Part 3 of 4: Pass your exams
Step 1. Don't always revise in the same place for your exams
Just changing rooms from time to time to study is scientifically proven to improve the brain's storage of information.
Step 2. Mix things already known with new things
Research has shown that the brain is able to make connections between what it already knows and new information.
Step 3. Prefer several small revisions per week to one long session
Indeed, remembering the same information many times before your exam increases the chances of also remembering it on D-Day.
Step 4. Search the Internet for sample exams
Find an exam on the topic you want to review and take your own practice exam. If you can't find anything on the Internet you can always redo exercises from your books (or your tutorials) or even revise with a friend: ask him ten questions and ask him to ask you ten to check that you are all both to the point on the subject.
Step 5. Take a moment to decompress and visualize your success before exam day
Try to see your exam as a challenge and be ready to take it! You should never be discouraged or defeatist. Relax before the exam: eat chocolate, watch some videos on YouTube …
Step 6. Eliminate clearly false answers (cross them out for example) in a multiple choice question
Reducing the number of possible answers will make you feel as though you are moving forward and slowly reaching the correct answer.
Step 7. Understand the principle of notation according to a curve (a Gaussian for example)
Indeed, your teachers are not machines and you will always be rated in relation to what others have produced: you should not therefore just do the minimum! You will therefore have to work even harder in any subject where you are marked in this way, because you will have to make an almost perfect copy to get a 20.
The better the people in your class, the more difficult it will be to get a 20/20 on your exam, don't forget this
Part 4 of 4: Go Further
Step 1. Don't hesitate to ask your teachers questions between lessons
If you haven't understood something or feel like you're dropping out, ask… Ask questions about the course and ask for methods to better understand and learn it.
Step 2. Try to redo an exam or assignment
Ask your teacher if it is possible to redo part of the topic if you got a bad grade. Some teachers will not allow you to do this, but others will be happy to see your involvement in their subject and your willingness to learn.
Step 3. Do all optional homework
Give your teacher any optional homework assignments he can give you, this may allow you to go from a 19 to a 20/20 on your next exam.
Step 4. Go to class
Being present in class allows you to show your teacher that you are interested in his subject. Listening and participating in class allows you to be seen well by your teacher and he will surely be more inclined to give you a second chance.