How to Get Straight A's in Junior High School

Four Parts:Before SchoolAt SchoolAfter SchoolProjects

It's on every teen's mind. How am I going to impress mom and dad and improve my grades? The only question is how to do it. It's so boring to just sit down and study! Here's a guide to help you get straight A's.

Part 1
Before School

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    Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night! If you have to wake up at 6 in the morning, then don't stay up until 1:30am! It's that simple. If you don't want to miss your favourite show, a lot of the shows are recorded and posted on the website for the network. Watch it after school on your computer. Also, you won't be catching up on sleep in class and missing the lesson.
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    Set your clothes out for the next day before you go to sleep. It may sound pretty silly but it makes it so you have more time in the morning to get your school work together, do some quick studying, eat breakfast, or anything else that you have trouble getting done because you spent an hour and a half finding an outfit. If your school has a uniform policy, make sure that you have your uniform set out before you go to bed. It will save you the time of going through the closet to find it, which, believe it or not, normally takes 5-10 minutes!
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    Eat a real breakfast (not a Pop Tart, an energy drink or coffee) before you go to school. It will give you energy throughout the day to concentrate. Breakfast can be bacon and eggs, English muffins, or a cereal that is low in sugar (a breakfast burrito is good too)! If you eat in the morning you will concentrate more in class without having those nasty hunger pains.

Part 2
At School

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    Stop talking to your best friend who sits next to you in class. You'll find that actually listening to the teacher, no matter how boring it is sometimes, will help you understand your homework.
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    If your teacher gives you time to do some of your homework in class, take hold of the chance! If you do step number four then you should understand what you have to do and maybe you'll be able to get it done in class and have more time after school to do other things. Instead of chatting with your best friend, do your work and who knows, maybe your friends will start asking you for help when they don't know what to do.
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    At lunch, eat something healthy and filling. If you eat a bag of chips with a few cookies, you're wasting your money, not going to feel good and not going to be able to concentrate on your next few classes. It's also a good way to lose a few pounds for those on that diet to get slimmer before swimsuit season.
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    Take some notes! Have you ever seen those kids who always seem to be writing something down in their notebooks, always raising their hands and getting every answer right? Those are their notes! They use them to look back to for studying and to answer questions with.

Part 3
After School

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    Go straight home. Try to get home as soon as you can so you have more time later to hang out with your friends.
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    Sit down in a quiet place where nothing can distract you. If you don't, you will be distracted by them, and will be tempted to use them. make sure the place is comfortable enough to work at but not so comfortable that you will fall asleep; make sure it isn't really cold so you get all comfy in a big sweatshirt but make sure it isn't really hot because that will make you really tired.
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    Studies have shown that if you listen to music, you can increase productivity. Just make sure it doesn't drive you away from the work. Also, keep some "brain food" nearby, like fruits, vegetables, or maybe a sandwich. Just don't use anything messy!
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    Now, take out your homework. Look in your agenda and see what you have to do. Example: in math, you have to do page 537, numbers 2-28. So instead of putting it off, just do it! That's only 27 problems!
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    If you have several days to do your homework, do a little each day! Let's say for the same example above, you have three days to complete it. Rather than doing it all in one night, why not just do ten a day?
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    When you're done with all your homework, then you can call your friends, play video games, do chores, eat healthy food, etc... The possibilities are endless. Just remember to put your outfit out before you go to bed at night.

Part 4
Projects

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    If you need a topic for a project, like an English project, but you don't know where to find one, ask your teacher for some ideas. She/He may be surprised to see that you are interested in doing your work.
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    Instead of procrastinating, get your idea ASAP. Go to the library, and research your topic. Find magazine articles, newspaper clippings,or how they dressed, what they imported/exported,and what were the most important things that happened during that time period. Find key information.
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    Plan. If you have 1 month to do a book report, spend the next day getting books from the library, 1 week reading it, etc. It's a lot easier when you have a plan.
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    Tell your parents or guardians that you have a project. Ask them to take you to Wal-Mart, Longs Drugs, or any other store near you that sells tri-fold boards or BIG posters. If you wait until the night before your project is due, you will be in trouble and you may not have enough time to do everything you need to.
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    Work at least 20 minutes every day if you don't want to do your whole project in one day. If you get a Tri-Fold Board, put a time-line on one of the tri-fold parts, and on the other one, put the most important thing (if it's a company) they sell and (if it's a time period) how the people dressed and what music they listened to and (if it's a person,artist, or band) their music or any random fun facts about them.
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    The most important part, the essay. Do the essay before you do your board. In your essay you always need a topic paragraph, 3 body paragraphs, a conclusion, a bibliography, and a reference page.
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    The topic paragraph: You need to wake up your classmates when you read it. Start out with something that will catch their attention. For example: if it's on the atomic bombs, dress up as a mad scientist or the person who made them and act out what you say, jump around. You could start out with, "BOOM! (Jump towards the students) In (year A to year B) the Atomic Bomb was created! I, (whoever made the atom bomb), was (and so on). " The reports can be really boring when you hear them so try to keep the students awake and not falling asleep. If you see someone starting to get bored, improvise and wake them up!
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    Have fun! Get some help and make your board colorful with bold fonts and rainbow colors.

Tips

  • Always, always, ALWAYS, give 100% effort!
  • Try to reach higher and don't stop until you are satisfied.
  • Never give up and keep trying
  • Always believe in yourself
  • Give yourself a reward for each grade you bump up
  • Try to read textbooks and study as much as possible every day. It will help!
  • If you are confused about something, don't be afraid to ask your teacher for help
  • Get a good rest/sleep- if you don't get a good sleep, you'll be close to falling asleep in class(but you might not)
  • Do as best as you can- participate and study a lot!
  • Eat a healthy breakfast each morning- breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it starts you off for the day- if you don't eat a good, healthy breakfast, you'll become tired and cranky
  • get your mom or dad to make up a little quiz for you to practice so you know the stuff they are talking about in class so you are not confused, but, participating a lot.
  • Always raise your hand even though you don't know the answer that will show your teacher that you tried.
  • Don't let your friends stop you from getting straight A's!!!

Warnings

  • Don't strain yourself, you need to encourage yourself and believe in yourself
  • Grades may raise along with IQ and good comments on the report card.
  • Results may not be instantaneous.
  • This How To may not work for everyone. If you are getting tired or get a serious migraine, stop right away. You might need a little rest, you can always continue your studying the next day.

Things You'll Need

  • A sturdy backpack with plenty of pockets.
  • An agenda.
  • What may seem like a great amount of pens,pencils,highlighters,and whiteboard markers.
  • A big binder.
  • Dividers to go into your binder.
  • Bottled water (you never know when you may get thirsty at school, and make sure not to share drinks. (May pass on colds and flu viruses)
  • Use some labels that will go inside the dividers, so you know which class it is.
  • Notebooks
  • Extra paper
  • Anything else that your teachers request to be successful in their classes.
  • A folder
  • If you have A days and B days try to backpacks your bags will be lighter also it will decrease your back pain you'll also be way more organized

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Categories: Improving And Maintaining Grades