How To Maintain Good Grades | Study

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

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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.

 

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Animal Farm | George Orwell | Book Review

This was summer reading I didn’t do because I’m new to the school I’m currently going to… So this may be a bit boring. Just a heads up.
So because of my chattering classmates, I’ve heard a lot about this book. Mainly that it’s a political satire, and a bit boring and predictable. One even wrote anonymously, “…no one should ever have to be forced to read this uncultured book.” Like… okay?

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But moving on. I didn’t really have a choice to read the book, and who knows, maybe I’ll like it? So I picked up a copy and tried to begin reading. However, I had gotten one of the newer editions and it was filled with praise, prologues, introductions, author bios, etc. etc. Like, I JUST WANT TO GET TO THE STORY, I should not have to flip through 20 pages of Orwell’s publication story. Finally, I came to Chapter One.

I must say, I like the way Orwell introduced the characters, by just grouping them all together in a meeting. That was an interesting way to start off the book. As I read the book, I happened to realize that if I didn’t know that the book was a metaphor for the Russian revolution, it could have just been a book about animals on a farm. This is exactly the trait of a summer reading book, forcing you to have to research the book in order to understand it the assignment. .-.

Arbitrary note: I did not like Mollie, but I get where she’s coming from… I mean, it WAS kind of unceremonious for them to scold her for liking ribbons… even if they are a sign of obedience to humans, what if she just thinks they’re pretty?

The book does seem pretty slow, however… at the time of writing, I have finished Chapter 5 and even though a LOT happened in the first and second chapter (none of us were expecting the Rebellion to come THIS soon), it kind of slows down in the next three. The third, fourth, and fifth chapters are mostly about the animals setting up the Farm, with the exception of that one moment where Jones tries to take back over… and failed…
Not to say that I didn’t enjoy them. Even though the plot was boring in those three chapters, the way Orwell wrote it makes the text itself pretty engaging.

Things aren’t perfect on the farm after that, of course. If they were, it would make for a boring as anything book. Trouble had started brewing… And that’s all I can say without spoiling it. Unless, of course, you already know the story of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union.

My assignment was to research a bunch of people from the Russian Revolution itself, because like I said, you won’t be able to understand the full story without background knowledge. I’m not going to just release my assignment to the world, because it’s not a file, and will take 1,000,000 years to type out. But I will tell you that Mr. Jones is equivalent to the real-life Czar. That bit is clear.

Well, when I finished the book, it was… a very wow ending. Kind of profound. Like wow. Kind of sad. But I expected it… my classmates were right, it was predictable. It was still a good book. I quite liked it, actually. Something about it made it very realistic. And that’s sad to think that because it WAS based off of a real-life story. 😦 So the Russians had to actually go through that! And the Soviet Union emerged… if you’d read the book, it’s kind of obvious what had gone wrong with the SU.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

This was one of my lamer reviews. I promise I’m not a nerd.

-Hera