How to Get Good Grades With Effort

Do you want good grades? Well this is the perfect article for you.

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    Believe in yourself. In order for you to succeed, you have to believe in yourself and your abilities. You need to recognize the talents and abilities you possess, and you must know, and believe, that you can succeed. Think about each course you’re taking and the highest grade you think you can earn in it. Think of this as your academic goals for this grading period.
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    Be organized. Use an assignment notebook or a planner. Write down all assignments and due dates. Break up large assignments into smaller parts so you’re not overwhelmed with trying to do it all and finish at once.
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    Manage your time well. Use the time teachers give you or study hall to ask questions, get help, or start on your homework.
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    Figure out a schedule and study plan that works for you. Determine how much time you have and how much you have to do in the day then develop a plan. For example:
    • 4:00-5:00 Band Practice
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    • 5:00-6:00 Do math homework
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    • 6:00-8:00 Study for a quiz and do biology questions
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    Be successful in the classroom. Be in school, on time, everyday. When you miss school, you miss quizzes, assignments, lectures, notes, class discussions, etc. No matter how good you think you are at making up, you can never make up for everything you missed.
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    Learn how to adapt to different teachers. Know your teachers, their rules, teaching styles so you can make the most of your classes.
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    Be prepared for each class. You need to have all your supplies (books, paper, pencils, and folders) with you for each class. You also need to have your homework done. Being prepared also means being mentally alert, getting exercise, enough sleep, and good nutrition.
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    Sit in the front row of the class if possible. It is easier to pay attention, participate and avoid distractions when you sit at the front. It is also easier to ask questions and see what’s being presented.
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    Be aware of your body language. Teachers are at the front and they can see everything and everyone, even the back row. Slouching, rolling your eyes, sighing, putting your head down saying that you don’t care, and teachers notice this. Your body language must show you want to get good grades.
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    Always do your homework. Think of homework as something you must (not should) do. Your grade drops every time you miss an assignment. Whenever possible do extra credit work.
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    Participate in class. Participating might give you extra points, helps you stay focused, and makes the class more interesting.
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    Be a good group member. Do your share of the work and do it well. Accept that everyone is different and be open to all ideas. Support all your group members.
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    Treat others with courtesy and respect, the way you want to be treated. Be polite, look at your teachers when they’re speaking, listen while others are talking. Be aware of the tone of your voice, the tone also communicates a message. Remember that teachers are people too, they appreciate when a student shows interest in them. Give positive comments whenever a situation makes it possible.
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    Involve your parents. When they ask you what you did, tell them, they will like the fact that you tell them about what you are learning at school. Whenever possible let your parents help you with an assignment, studying by quizzing you, listen to you practice a speech, or read over a paper you’ve written. Parents can also intervene on your behalf when you have a problem and help with difficult situations.
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    Take good notes. Be an active listener, think about and try to understand what is being presented.
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    Take notes to help you pay attention. Thinking about the lecture helps you stay focused so you don’t have time to think about anything else. Taking notes also shows your teacher you’re interested in the class and paying attention.
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    Recognize important information. Listen for changes in tone in you’re teacher’s voice and for verbal cues like “the most important reason” or “the three causes.” Most of what is on the board or on an overhead is important, highlight this information.
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    Take notes that are easy to read and organized. Put the name of the class and date on every page. Leave space to add information later and write key words on the margins. Use symbols and abbreviations. Use a pen/pencil.
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    Go over your notes as soon as possible. This will help clarify any information that’s confusing and help you remember the lecture. Redo your notes whenever possible, eliminate unimportant information and rewrite the rest in your own words. This way you are relearning and “fixing” the information in your memory.
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    Get copies of class notes when you are absent.
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    Know how to read a textbook.
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    Pay attention to boldfaced subtitles, the important words that are in italic or bold print, charts, vocabulary words, summaries, and review questions.
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    Scan to get an overview of the material and get an information outline.
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    Read to comprehend. Turn bold subtitles into questions, keep your questions in mind and try to answer them when you finish the section.
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    Review what you read, this makes a huge difference in remembering the material. Read the bold print and briefly state what it means and why its significant. Answer all of the review questions. Review everything again a day or two later.
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    Find a good place to study. Make sure it has a surface for writing, it is well lit, comfortable, and equipped with (or have space for) all the supplies you need and your books. Listening to classical music can improve your concentration while you study.
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    Don’t put off studying until later or you’re in the mood. Start with a simple subject and just start studying. Organize your study time by making a plan, deciding what you want to get done and the order you are going to do it. Prioritize and allow more time than you think you’ll need. Study your least favorite subject first to get it out of the way and alternate types of assignments. Take a short break every 20 minutes to get a drink of water and stretch.
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    Know your learning style. Figure out if you’re a visual, or auditory learner.
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    Know how to study for tests. Understand the big picture, know the main points and key facts. Pay particularly close attention in class the day before a test. Have all your reading done ahead of time. Go over important facts and/or formulas as much as possible before you take the test.
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    Use tricks to help you memorize information, such as flashcards; stare at what you want to memorize, say it out loud, close your eyes and do it again; go over any information you want to remember right before you go to sleep; use acronyms; use the first letter of words you want to remember to make up silly sentences; look for an easy or logical connection; use diagrams to group information; use ridiculous images to help trigger your memory.

Tips

  • Studying does not mean turn the TV on and turn on your music player and try to study. Studying means being in a nice quiet area isolated from noise as best as possible.

Warnings

  • Failure to do homework assignments and failure to study for upcoming quizzes/tests,etc. will result in a failure to that class or grade.


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