What Are Some Tips On Getting Good Grades In School?

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Hi Heather,

So I want to make good grades this year. What are some easy, maybe even fun tricks to stay on task and keep up my grades?

I love that you’re so into focusing on your school work this year. Not to sound like your teacher, but school is so important, and getting good grades takes hard work. These general tips only work if you really try — whether you like it or not, school takes a lot of effort.

The most important thing to do is to pay attention in class and take good notes. It sounds obvious, but it’s way too easy to day-dream through a class and later remember nothing. Get super organized and make sure you have a planner/calendar to write out everything. Set up a homework schedule and make sure to leave yourself room for free time, because you shouldn’t be focusing on school 24/7 — you need time to yourself too.

If you have any friends who are also trying to do well in school, it might be fun to set up time to study with them. Studying can definitely be more fun if you make it into a game or if you’re doing it with people you like hanging out with (just make sure you’re not gossiping the entire time). Make goals for yourself, and reward yourself when you get a good grade. Also, get yourself some cute school supplies. It’ll make looking at your notebooks much more fun.

The most important thing is to keep on top of your work. Once you fall behind, even for a day, it can be so hard to get back on track. Do all of the reading assigned to you every night and take notes on every chapter you read. You can turn those notes into a study guide when it’s test time so you don’t have to cram the night before.

WDYT, gURLs? Do you study hard or slack off in school? What are your personal study tips? Discuss below!

take care,

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  • Nikki

    Also, re-reading your question and Heather’s great advice, I remembered something I learned from my college survival instructor: study when you can. Say you’re in between classes and standing in the hallway bored. Make some flash cards on what you’re studying lately, and use them as a quick and easy study tool for a short wait time. The more you access something from short-term memory, the easier you can access it from long-term memory. Also, the flash cards can work as a great study guide when test time comes around. I hope I’ve been helpful for you, and I congratulate you on your dedication to your schoolwork!

  • Nikki

    Say you have a test tomorrow and you’ve been falling behind a little bit. Instead of trying to sit down for four hours straight and just hammer out your homework and study, TAKE A BREAK! Science shows that the brain works better in short bursts. My suggestion (which I got from one of my college instructors) is to work for about 45 minutes, then get up and move around. Moving your body makes your brain wake up so you can focus easier. Then work for another 45 minutes, then take another break. Dividing it up like this may not cut the time, but it feels like it does because you’re not working as hard.