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5 last-minute ways to lift your grades


Does your report card need a last-minute boost before it goes home to Mom and Dad? Try our best tips ‘n’ tricks to totally stellar grades.

 

Go to your teacher and go over old tests

Your teacher can help you understand what you missed.  If it was an essay-type test, ask your teacher to go over her comments. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “What could I have done here to get full marks?” If you’re misunderstanding an important concept, ask her to go over with you again. If you the test was of the multiple choice or true-false variety, go over the ones you got wrong and ask questions until you really truly understand the correct answer.

 

Create a study schedule and stick to it

Create a schedule two weeks before your next big test. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour devoted to studying each day, or break the materials you’ll be tested on into sections and divide it accordingly. Three days before your test, begin reviewing all of the material.  By the time the test comes around, you won’t need to do the last minute late night cramming sesh and you can get a good night’s rest.

 

Make a game out of studying with a bestie

Grab your bestie, pull out the study guide for your test and have each of you make up 10 to 20 questions. Write them on index cards with the question on one side and the answer on the back. Quiz each other and use chocolate or candy to reward the girl who gets the most correct.

 

Do any extra credit possible

We’ll let you in on a li’l secret: Your teachers really don’t want to fail you. Most will offer a few extra credit opportunities toward the end of the year to let eager students boost their final grade. Take total advantage of any opportunity you’re given. A presentation in front of your history class? Pop a tricorn on your head and study up on the American Revolution, babe!

           

Reward yourself after you study

Giving yourself breaks for every section or chapter you study will encourage you to work quickly and thoroughly. Reward yourself with your fave snack or sweet and a short break. This will help alleviate stress and give your mind a rest, too.

BY MADELEINE BROWN ON 4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM

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