Ah, school. Forget about bae, the rest of the world, and our parents causing us stress, it’s school that seems to be the killer. There’s the constant pressure to do well so you can get into a good college then get a good job that will support your potential family, yada yada yada. This pressure is part of the reason why that when we’re not doing well in school, we keep quiet.
We’ve all been there are some point. You could be struggling with math, science, geography, or your whole insane workload. And all of your friends and classmates are bragging about how easy it all is, right? It makes your struggle even worse and makes you want to pretend that everything is okay.
That’s not good because the only person that is hurting is you. If you’re confused about something in school or you notice that your grades are dropping, you need to do something about it NOW. You owe it to yourself. Note that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it. It shows you’re in control and it will help you solve the situation. So, these are the 17 things you need to do ASAP if you’re not doing well in school.
1. Speak to your teacher.
Your teacher isn’t as scary as you think. After class, approach your teacher and explain what you’re struggling with. Your teacher will probably offer to go over the concept one-on-one. He/she will also be impressed that you’re looking for a solution.
2. Ask a friend for help.
You probably ask your friends for a lot of things, so why stop at school? If one of your friends is strong in area you’re struggling, ask to go over the topic with them.
3. Look for extra practice.
Yeah, I know you don’t want more work, but it will help you in the long run. Ask your teacher for extra pages, make your own questions up, or do the chapters in the book that weren’t assigned. It’s great to understand concepts, but it’s even better to practice them.
4. Form a study group.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in high school or college, study groups can be invaluable. Ask around class or put up a posting on a Facebook group asking for people to join in. When you’re chatting with different people, it can give you new perspectives on the subject that will make it clearer.
5. Speak to your parents.
Yeah, your parents went to school awhile ago, but history and a lot of concepts don’t change. They can try and help you with your homework or they can find someone who can. Don’t forget about your older siblings or cousins, too.
6. Consider getting a tutor.
You can work with a tutor one-on-one to help you understand concepts. You can even get a student tutor from your school who probably just learned the concept a few years ago so they will know exactly what you’re going through.
7. Look at your studying habits.
Are you studying in front of the TV? Are you not studying period? Are you cramming at the last minute? Take an honest look at how you’re studying and decide what is working best for you and what you might need to change.
8. Create an action plan.
Thinking about all of the stuff you need to do can be confusing and overwhelming. However, when you map it out, you will realize that it isn’t that bad. Create a rough plan of your due dates so you can figure out what you need to study and when.
9. Do your homework.
It might sound really obvious, but it needs to be said. If you’re not getting something, you are never going to learn it if you don’t look at the work. Those textbooks don’t read themselves.
10. Make notes.
Are you taking notes in class? What about at home? If you’re just relying on reading the textbook to learn the material, it might not be helping. Summary notes make understanding concepts faster. Plus, when you’re thinking about how to summarize the material, you’re learning.
11. Don’t get stressed.
I know it is easier said than done, but there’s no need to go into panic mode. That won’t help. This course isn’t going to make-or-break your life. Know that you’re being proactive by trying to improve yourself and you’re on the right track.
12. Organize your binder.
It’s a simple thing, but it can make a load of difference. No one can learn if their binder is full of notes from every subject and they’re all out of order. When everything is organized, you spend less time shuffling through papers and more time learning.
13. Go to a before or after school study group.
Your teacher probably offers extra help sessions that you might not even be aware of. Ask about them then attend one. In the session, your teacher will be there to let you work through concepts on your own, but you’ll be able to get help if you run into any problems.
14. Look for help online.
The internet can actually be a very helpful place. If you’re not getting the way your prof is teaching a concept, the internet might have a new way to teach it that makes so much more sense to you. Just remember to stick with sites that are legit so you’re learning actual facts and terms.
15. Try frequent reviews.
Are you waiting until test day to study? If that isn’t working out for you, try having your own mini review sessions on a regular basis. I’m not saying you need to spend two hours every night studying. Simply reading over your notes at the end of the day can work. Ditto with an end of the week review session.
16. Ask questions in class.
I know that speaking out in class is scary for a lot of people, but it you have a question about something your teacher is talking about, raise your hand and ask it. Chances are there are probably at least four other people wondering the same thing as you. If you’re too shy, you can always speak to your teacher about it after class.
17. Go offline.
Do you take most of your notes on your laptop? Sometimes your eyes can start to glaze over when you’re staring at a screen. When reviewing, try printing out your notes and using a pen to follow each word. Furthermore, you can try writing out your notes by hand. It’s more work, but you’re actually more engaged in the material when you do it that way.
How do you try to keep your marks up in school? Let us know in the comments!
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