What with the new school year coming up, I feel like it’s important to share some tips on how to maintain good grades, meaning grades that you’re happy to get. But to get the grades you want, you have to work smart.
Prepare During Summer Break
This can mean anything from completing summer homework to looking up your curriculum online and getting a feel for what classes you’re going to take. In America, we usually get orientation a few days before school starts, and that’s where you meet your teachers and receive the curriculum. But if you know who your teachers are going to be sooner than that, you might find curriculums on your school website.
Something that may also be helpful is to review material from the previous year. I like to go over my notes and study material from last year’s final exams as a way to recap everything without creating new notes and material.
Doing this can help prepare you for what’s to come, and you won’t be shocked by the difficulty of a class, making it easier to maintain your grades.
Find the Point-Source of Bad Grades
Ask yourself questions, like:
Am I procrastinating? Do I not understand the material? Am I having trouble with homework? Am I just making dumb mistakes?
Figuring out why you’re not doing well is half the problem, and it becomes easier to solve it once you know what it is.
Know Where You Stand
It’s always important to know what your grade is. I like to check my grade after every time we take a test or hand in an important assignment. If you notice your grade dropping, you can pick it back up more easily than if you didn’t check your grades for a month and see an F on your report card. Some schools require their teachers to put grades online, which makes it super easy to check often. However, if your school doesn’t have that system, you can use a written system like the printables I’ve listed at the end of this post.
Plan a Long-Term Study Schedule
I’m not necessarily talking about a daily schedule (which is still very helpful) but a long-term one that spans over days, maybe even weeks. Figure out when your grades become final and based on that, plan time to study concepts you don’t get, review material, and turn in missing assignments if your teacher accepts them.
Sort Out Your Priorities
If you have a huge unit test in science tomorrow and a math worksheet for homework, study for the test. I know it’ll be satisfying to finish off that math worksheet in a couple hours, but the test is more important. Prioritize your assignments according to how much it’s worth, when it’s due, how well you know the subject, and how long it’ll take to complete. (This is where the daily schedule comes in.)
Communicate With Your Teachers
This is a big one! Make sure your teachers know that you make an effort to keep your grades up, and they’ll do quite a lot to help you out. Many teachers can answer questions after class or give you practice problems to study for tests. I’m not saying you have to best friends with them all, but don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Join/Create a Study Group
This is something that got me through my finals last year. I have a couple of friends who also have a passion for not failing everything, so we sort of unspokenly formed a sort of study group. We would ask each other for help on homework, go over notes together, and during finals, we each made study guides for each other because we shared three classes. It was super helpful to get to share the workload and it was pretty fun, too. It’s always nice to have support, especially when they’re your friends.
Turn in Assignments On Time
I cannot stress how important this is! Many teachers won’t accept late assignments, and if they do, they’ll usually deduct points every day it’s late. To avoid late assignments, plan it out ahead of time. If it’s a long-term assignment, I write down the deadline as being a day ahead so I can finish it quicker with some extra time for last-minute additions. Making sure your assignments are turned in on time will also reduce stress around the time grades are finalized because you won’t have to worry about a low grade due to late/missing assignments.
Do Your Best on Tests
Tests, quizzes, exams, whatever you call them, generally weigh more on your report card. As such, it’s important that you try your hardest on these. Study well before them, ask for help and practice practice practice.
Hope you liked this post; it’s a little more in-depth than the rest of my posts and actually useful for once. Remember to vote, comment, and share!