10 Tips to get good grades / Marks in School
1. Attend All Your Classes: Now, you might think this was an obvious one. But I speak from experience when I say that many students skip classes for one reason or another. But if you want good grades, there are several reasons why you should attend all your classes:
· Absorb classroom material by paying attention to everything the teacher says!
· Make presence known/participate.
· Don't forget to sit close to the front -- historically, those who do are usually the best students.
2. Use Time Wisely: Here are some tips for using time wisely:
· Tackle harder work first. Yes, tackle the harder stuff first so that you are sure to have enough time to complete it. You'll feel a greater sense of accomplishment completing the work in this order. Take breaks as reward for work.
· Break larger projects into smaller, easy-to-accomplish pieces. If you have a massive final paper due at the end of the year, break up the work into smaller chunks and assign deadlines to each part.
3. Study, Study, Study: This one is obvious? Perhaps, but you should be spending at least three hours outside of class everyday. So, here are some suggestions:
· Study early and often. Breaking your studying into shorter periods of time will make less of a chore -- and give your mind time to absorb the material before moving on.
· Studying is critical to learning, which is critical to better grades -- so do the work before heading out to have fun.
· Always, always, always read the assigned readings! Sure, the teacher might never find out if you don't read them, but actually reading them will give you a leg up on the students that don't care enough to read.
4. Attitude: Keep a good attitude on things. If you have an "I don't care about school or this class" type attitude, then teachers will be less willing to help you with problems or offer you extra credit.
5. Ask Questions: If you don't understand, ask someone! Read your textbook and notes, and then if that fails, seek help. Ask a teacher, friend, classmate, parent, sibling, etc.
6. Homework: Always do your homework. That one seems obvious, but you not only get graded on it, it also helps you understand (and of course, remember things for the test). It has a dual benefit. That is one of the best ways to raise your grade. Do it on time, and write neatly.
7. Taking the exam : Try to stay calm. Some people have terrible exam anxiety. Relax and you should be able to remember more. Start way before the finals. When I say this, I mean earlier than the night before, which is what many students do. You need to slowly and surely review all the things that will be on the final in sections. Always get enough sleep the night before the exam and eat something for breakfast, even if it just an apple or some bread. Being hungry or tired breaks your focus. Show up for the exam a little early.
8. Organization: Stay organized. I have seen so many unorganized students do poorly because they do it and then cannot find it. Keep your old homework, handouts, and notes in a folder or binder, not your book. I am going to say this again: Do NOT keep all your papers in the back of the textbook. This makes it harder to stay organized, and it is hard on the book's binding.
9. Have Some Fun: Don't get too stressed over school. While it is very important, the most important thing is for you to learn something, for it will help you later in life. Now, this is one that needs a disclaimer: Don't overdo this. You should still keep up with current assignments.
10. Final Thoughts
Following these guidelines should help your grades immensely, but here is one other tip. Remember to think of your teachers as your allies, not your enemies. And if not your allies, at least your partners. Your goal is must be to learn and master the materials in the syllabus. And if you master the materials, you should have a good grade in the class. And if you're struggling with some aspect of the syllabus, just go see the teacher.