How to Be a Better Student

Do you want to become a better student, impress your teachers, and get into the school you wish for? This is the article you want.


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    Do your homework. If you have homework due on Monday that was assigned on Friday, don't start the assignment at 11 p.m. on Sunday. Take your homework seriously and try hard problems, even if you're not sure on them. If you are really having trouble, ask a friend or a parent. Don't stress about your homework though. Don't let yourself go over 40 minutes a night per assignment, don't procrastinate either. Manage your time.
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    Study definitions and complete some exercises. If you have a big test or essay coming up, don't spend your time on watching television. Tests are a huge part of your final grade. Spend every free moment looking at the textbook, studying. When you have more free time, do some extra exercises. Make flashcards of words and remember to feel completely prepared when you come into class each day. A good sign is if you know all the questions, you're prepared.
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    Take notes in class. Make sure they are neat, so you can read them later on. Notes are judged upon in some schools, and if yours are, watch out. Write your name and date at the top of each. Use a nice, sharp, pencil and practice neat handwriting. Write what the teacher writes on the board and what the teacher says is important.
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    Look over the next chapters in your textbooks (see warnings) and scan over it. This way, the next day you will understand more when your teacher explains. Don't really read them, just scan them over, and see what you'll be learning next unless that teacher does not want you to.
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    Pay attention during class. If you don't pay attention it will be almost impossible for you to understand the lesson by yourself. Remember to participate in class as well. This is good for your relationship with your teacher, for your grades and for passing the time.
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    Ask to seek clarification. If you are confused on something in class, ask the teacher. Teachers love questions, but not too many. Remember not to bug her/him all the time with endless questions. When asking them, be polite, simple, and get to the point. Only ask what you're confused on though, because teachers can tell whether or not you are confused.
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    Understand that presentation matters. Say you have to complete a map on the names of all the states in the U.S. and their capitals. Do it neatly, add color and you could even cover it with contact paper. Try typing it if you have a bad handwriting and be neat.
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    Don't look at the clock at all during the class. It's disrespectful to the teacher, and if you keep looking, it's going to seem like a longer class. If you feel the need to sneak a look, though, your best bet is to bring a watch.


  • Look at the speaker and be confident.
  • Always remember to do your homework on a weekend and if you get a question that you are stuck on ask a parent or guardian.
  • Try keeping a/n planner/agenda to schedule exercises and study time.
  • Always get enough sleep. If you don't feel your best, you can't do your best.
  • Always make eye contact with the teacher when answering a question.
  • Cover your work with contact paper, as it will protect it from being damaged, broken and it'll look better.
  • Try to do homework in a quiet room. If your siblings are being too noisy, go outside or to a library or friend's house.
  • Study with a friend or a group after school if you have a test.
  • Don't wait until the last minute and then panic afterwards.
  • Always pay attention. If there is someone that you sit with bugs you or your group, make sure you tell him/her. If you don't feel comfortable every time your group isn't going well, and their grades are going down, your grades will go down with them. Make sure to be honest to your teacher, and she'll feel better because it'll make her feel that you trust her. Keep that in mind for all people. Good Luck!
  • Make some friends that you can study with. It's helpful to have a group of friends to go over notes with before a test or exams.
  • Make sure you keep your attendance up. You will miss an explanation of the material, and won't do as well on your exams, assignments, and homework.


  • Some teachers don't go by the book, and tend to skip chapters at a time. If your teacher is like this, ask ahead before studying future topics.
  • Don't exaggerate with what you put on your project. It's just a project. It's not a contest to see which project attracts the most attention. Don't overdo it and ignore your other homework.

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