8 Ways You Never Realized You Are Ruining Your Grades

I think we can all agree that getting a few bad grades doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. Classes and exams can get pretty overwhelming, so it’s understandable to struggle once in a while. However, I’ve always believed that regardless of how hectic things might get at school, it’s never an excuse to slack off or let your grades slip.

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I know that grades usually don’t matter in the long run when you’re pursuing your passion, because there’s so much more to life than getting straight A’s. But you know what? That doesn’t mean that you should just stop caring about school entirely. After all, getting good grades can have a huge impact on where you go to college and hugely increase your chances of having an awesome career. And who doesn’t want that?

So if your grades have been slipping lately and you want to do better, you should check out these eight surprising ways you could be ruining your grades.


Taking Notes Without Actually Paying Attention

I am so guilty of this. I’ve had way too many days where I absentmindedly scribbled notes into my book, only to go home and find out that I don’t understand a thing. I realized that my teachers sometimes mentioned important things without even writing it down. So trust me when I say that if you pay attention in class, you actually have a better chance of remembering the things you learned.

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Memorizing Your Notes Without Actually Understanding Them

Like I mentioned before, I had this awesome habit of taking notes without paying attention. So whenever exams rolled around, I resorted to memorizing random notes without understanding what they actually meant. I usually ended up doing decent, but within the following two to three weeks I’d literally forget almost everything that I’d memorized. The lesson of the story? Focus more on understanding your work, rather than just memorizing it, (That way, you won't be screwed for finals week).

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Multitasking While You Study

We’re at a point where multitasking has become the norm. I mean, we somehow manage to get away with texting, Facebooking, tweeting, snacking, and listening to music, all while trying to study. But you know what? Multitasking is only hurting your ability to remember anything. You can’t possibly be focused enough to learn and understand what you’re trying to study.

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Relying Too Much On Extra Credit

I feel like, at some point, we’ve all experienced that overwhelming sense of relief when a teacher announces that there will be extra credit. It was basically every failing kid’s golden key to a passing grade. However, constantly depending on extra credit to boost you up in the long run will only make you feel less motivated to try. Since you’re already relying on extra credit to help you get by, you no longer feel the need to work as hard and do really well.

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Having Study Groups With Your Friends All The Time

Study groups can be extremely helpful, but at the same time, they can be counterproductive especially if the people you’ve teamed up with are your friends. Now, I’m not saying that you’re guaranteed to fail if you work with your bestie or a group of close friends. But I’ve learned the hard way that trying to stay focused around friends can be extremely hard. I mean, most of the study sessions that I had with friends in college were not productive at all.

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Letting Other People Do All The Work When It Comes To Group Projects

Even if you’re teamed up with the smartest group of people, relying on their efforts to get a good grade will do absolutely nothing for you. It’s not like these people will stick around to bail you out of your responsibilities, and by not making an effort to learn something by pulling your own weight, you’re just increasing your chances of failing.

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Getting Very Little Sleep (Or Practically None At All)

Ever experienced the horror of blanking out during an exam or falling asleep right in the middle of a lesson? I have, and it’s not pretty. Getting little to no sleep is not only bad for your health, but it also affects your ability to function properly throughout the day. You can barely focus in classes and, even worse, you can crash.

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Trying To Be A Teacher's Pet

Unlike what most people believe, sucking up to a teacher will not earn you any bonus points. I mean, maybe they’ll be flattered, but in most cases, they’ll be able to see right through it. So instead of investing so much energy and time into impressing your teacher, you should make an effort to earn your grade the right way!

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Which of these reasons surprised you the most? Have you been making any of these mistakes? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • Caleb Goldberg

    Most of these are just common sense.