How to Get Good Grades and Overall Enjoy School

Having trouble getting and maintaining good grades is a problem amongst many students, especially with the many changes and adjustments during different school years. However, following some of these simple steps can really boost your morale and academic success.


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    Stay organized! These are probably one of the most important ways to help succeed. If your school provides an agenda book of some kind, use it! Keep it interesting, perhaps by color coding subjects, or writing down interesting song titles, or decorating it with pictures of things you enjoy or think are funny.
    • Good looking actors and actresses are a good choice, also humorous or inspirational quotes work as well. If your school does not give you some kind of planner, buy one! They are not very expensive. You can buy a nice planner at your neighborhood dollar or department store.
    • Make sure you write down homework assignments, test dates, extracurricular commitments, project due dates, etc. Being aware of your schedule can really help you manage your time.
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    Manage your time wisely. Prioritize your work for the day. For example, if you have a test coming up in two weeks, but you have some homework due tomorrow, work on the homework due tomorrow first, studying for that test following. Make sure you finish the work that needs to get done finished, leaving it till 10:30 at night or the next morning can leave things chaotic.
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    Don't procrastinate! Leaving studying for a big test to the night before is not very smart, and cramming never works, either. Instead, have 10-15 minute study sessions every day leading up to the test. That way, you will reduce stress, and remain prepared. Studies show that sometimes reviewing for a test before bed helps you remember the material better.
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    Keep it neat! This means keeping your locker(s), desk area, binders, make everything you can neat and tidy. Make sure you have tabs for different subjects or sections, just cramming papers without any obvious order is a recipe for disaster.
    • For note taking have some kind of 3-ring notebook for each core class. If taking notes on loose-leaf paper is easier, that's fine - but make sure you keep track of your notes. If this means having a folder for them, or a section in your binder just for those notes, do it! Notes can help you study for a test, review for the heck of it, or even help you understand the homework.
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    Be successful in the classroom. This means many things. Coming to class 'every day will help you be prepared, which is probably the most important aspect of success. Being prepared means having your homework completed, having the necessary supplies, etc.
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    Adapt to all kinds of teachers. Some are strict, and to gain their trust you must follow and respect their guidelines, failing to do some could get you in trouble. Another example, a teacher who is more prone to joke around a little in class-- remember never take advantage of their humor. Know when to be serious and to laugh a little.
    • Learning through laughter can sometime help you remember the material better, but if you find yourself laughing more than you are learning, try asking more questions, or requesting after-school time with the teacher when distracting classmates can't turn the conversation from educational to giggly.
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    Be aware of your body language. Usually teachers can tell when you are bored, or tired, or uninterested. If you completely understand the material, and are feeling bored, try to contribute the conversation - if there is one. If not, perhaps ask a question that will further your understanding of the material. Ask "Why?" something is the way it is. Doing so will eliminate the boredom, and give you reason to learn and understand.
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    Take good notes. Learn to recognize important information. For example, usually if the teacher has taken the time to repeat something, or write it on the board, chances are it will be important later, perhaps on a test of some kind. However, do not write down everything the teacher says. It is a common misconception that doing so is the best strategy.
    • Trying to write as fast as your teacher speaks would be very difficult, and causes your hand to be sore from writing.
    • Not everything your teacher says is that important. For example, if they are telling you are story that applies to whatever you are learning, UNLESS they tell you to write it down, don't. If you're not really sure, try making a little arrow and putting the essential name/place or the core of the story behind it. When you are reviewing your notes later this will help jolt your memory. And if your still not sure if it's important or not, simply write it down at home.
    • Copying down everything they say is time consuming and pointless.
    • Another trick to know of is doodling. Studies show that doodling helps while taking notes. This is because of two good reasons. It keeps you awake, and it gives your mind an image to easily remember and associate with the notes you took.
    • Of course, don't doodle random things (that will keep you from paying attention), but doodle relevant images that resemble the notes you took. Sometimes all you need is a page full of creative-looking arrows to tie all of the notes together.
    • If you were absent, make sure to get notes from a fellow classmate, or have the teacher explain the material to you some time after or before school or class.
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  • If you follow these steps, good grades will come. And with good grades comes happy parents. And with happy parents come a whole lot of things, as many of you already know.
  • Just do your best, don't procrastinate, and you'll do just fine.
  • Find a nice study area in your bedroom. Stay away from windows and doors. Those boundaries distract you greatly.
  • Don't ever doubt yourself always motivate yourself or set a goal.
  • Don't let a bad grade on something upset you. Blaming yourself does not help and only makes the situation worse.
  • Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to make the extra effort. Try setting a goal or incentive for yourself. Take short breaks every so often, perhaps to sit outside for 5 minutes and get some fresh air, or play with a pet or sibling. Anything to relieve some stress.
  • Finally, remember to leave time for friends and family. Try working with parents and sibling with homework. And if it isn't that distracting, you could even try working on homework with friends too. You could bond over a Saturday spent working a big project. After you have finished your work, maybe treat yourself to some ice cream, or a movie. Learn to balance your social life and your academic life.
  • Focus on the work you have done not what you have left to do. Doing that will stress you out. Stress is a mental thing. If you just buckle down and do the work, nothing can take that long.
  • Making new friends can help since they can help you study and loan you textbooks in case you forget them. They can also be supportive of you when you get bad grades.
  • And always be ahead of your class.Study the next lesson, so when your teacher asks a question you'll know the answer.
  • Just keep everything clean and orderly and you should be successful in school life.
  • Don't be upset if people make fun of you for trying hard in school. Instead just ignore them and don't show your anger.
  • Doing well in school does not mean that you are not cool. Girls, never act dumb around guys in an attempt to flirt. Many guys find it a turn-off. If the guy finds you intimidating because of your intelligence and good grades-- he is not a keeper. Anyone who makes you feel like you need to be someone you aren't is not the right person for you.


  • Again studying for a test can be hard work. But do what you can, at least for 5 minutes a day and you will see progress.
  • Be careful not to get into a negative mindset about school, your abilities or anything else for that matter. because no matter how bad your report card was, or how much you think your teacher hates you by now, try to stay positive and keep trying hard, cause when it comes down to it, the only person who it affects badly is you. Just imagine yourself succeeding at something, or imagine a really big crowd cheering at you when you find something hard, so that you stay motivated. Also, try not to let other problems effect your learning and schoolwork. Stay strong with a healthy mind.
  • If you have a lot of homework, get right to it. Do not dilly-dally. If you do, you will end up staying up late, trying to finish the homework that could have been done earlier.

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