How to Get on the Honor Roll

Getting on the honor roll is a big, but attainable goal. It looks good on college and university applications and raises your confidence in your work ability. The honor roll is one of the most important awards to get. So if your son/daughter gets one, give them a pat on the back and say I am proud of you. Though seemingly a lot of work, it is simply to get on the honor roll by simply applying yourself and following the suggestions in this article.


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    Find out your current grades so that you can keep track of what areas you need to focus on and how much. Generally, focus on lower grades but don't work so hard at them that you allow your other grades to drop. Remember to always communicate with your teachers!
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    Pay attention in class so that you can understand what is being taught and, ask questions if need be.
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    Set aside time for work be it at school in a study hall or at home. Always do all of your homework if possible. One missed assignment usually will not harm a class grade significantly but many missed assignments in a row will. Remember- homework is intended to increase your understanding and help you find what you need to learn. Take advantage of that, and come to class with questions about it if you don't understand.
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    Keep track of upcoming tests, quizzes and exams so that you can plan to study them. Generally, these assignments are worth a very large amount of your grade so getting good grades on them is important. Never stay up late before such an assignment so you can be well-rested and awake.
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    Study and review every night. This makes it easier to study for tests and keeps all your notes fresh in your mind in the event of a pop-quiz and even just class participation. Always have time set aside to study and search for techniques that work for you.
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    Take good notes if it applies to you. Be sure that they are easily readable and contain everything you need so they are easy to study from. Think about what you write in them so they serve their purpose.
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    Write assignments well so that they don't have spelling or grammatical errors. Be sure to make it interesting to read and never repeat yourself. If your teacher gives a specific essay format, be sure to follow it in order to avoid losing points that could have been saved easily.
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    Don't stress over it as this will make you unhappy and in the end simply cause your grades to drop. Enjoy life, just remember to keep up with your work and your review.


  • Never leave assignments and study time for the last minute.
  • Focus on your work and don't get carried away.
  • If you don't get one concept, or have a question, be sure to ask the teacher! There's no such thing as a stupid question.
  • STUDY! Pay attention.
  • Set realistic goals that you know you can achieve.
  • Always Have Notes
  • Talk with teachers and get help with subjects you don't understand.
  • Get friends involved. It's always helpful to have others involved with your goal because it makes you much more likely to follow through with it.
  • If you don't understand, go to your teacher! On your free time, talk to your teacher and review it a couple times! Don't be afraid of your education!
  • Ask your teacher what you need to do in order to reach getting honors.
  • If you're studying or doing homework at home and don't get a problem, ask your parents. If they don't know the answer, make sure to come into school, ready to ask your teacher.
  • Be sure to pay attention in all of your classes and take notes.
  • Take advantage of extra credit.
  • Be nice to the teachers
  • Always do your homework.
  • Try not to procrastinate while studying or doing homework.


  • Never get over-stressed with work.
  • Don't focus on school so hard that it consumes your life. While school is always the priority, be sure to get involved in other things as well.
  • Don't hang out with the wrong friends or your grade possibly could go down.

Things You'll Need

  • Your textbooks, papers, and study material
  • Papers and a pencil to do your homework and write down questions
  • A good work ethic
  • A study buddy
  • A teacher
  • Notebooks

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Categories: Improving And Maintaining Grades