Sure, finals might not be for a few weeks (or months!) yet,
but that doesn’t mean you can’t start gearin’ up for an A right now. From prepping
your workspace to asking for a li’l assistance, there are four cinchy things
you can do to score a stellar grade. Grab your backpack, babe, and get ready to
show your report card who’s boss.
All those pages that are scattered around your locker are
probably just the ones you’re gonna want around midnight right before your
year-end math test. Anticipate needs like these and start tidying up your
locker, backpack and desk. Can’t find an important worksheet or a test? Ask to
borrow your bud’s so you can copy out answers or deets you’re gonna need to
Organize your notes
Instead of rooting through your science folder for that bit
on biospheres right before the big test, take an hour now to neaten up your
notes. Put them in an order that makes sense to you—that might mean grouping
certain items thematically, chronologically or alphabetically. If you’re
prepping for an open-book test, this is essential! Tip: As you root through
your papers, tab the ones that are incomplete or that you didn’t do well on.
Ask your teacher or a friend to clarify the problem areas.
You’re awesome at vocab but awful at algebra? Pair up with a
pal who could use your skills (and teach you a thing or two at the same time).
Set up a few study dates so you can make flash cards, quiz each other and share
useful tips on memorizing tricky theorems and scores of seemingly random
Once you’ve figured out specific areas you’re having trouble
with—like “acute angles” instead of “geometry”—ask your teacher if you can meet
after school to quickly chat about how you can get better. Maybe she can go
through old quizzes and tests to troubleshoot the ones you got wrong. Maybe she
can give you more practice problems to work through on your own. Maybe she has
an extra credit project you could work on to boost your grade. Remember, it
never hurts to ask, so get your Qs ready!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/18/2012 3:57:00 PM
POSTED IN studying secrets, grades, boost your grades, ace final exams, smart girl secrets