Kick the year off right with these super easy tricks to straight aces. No, we’re making you sit at your desk and study for eight straight a night. It’s more about approaching your classes and HW with a new attitude and some sharp, work-better techniques.
1. Think for yourself.
is the key to getting good grades. This means knowing when to speak up for
yourself if you are struggling with an assignment and being proactive about seeking
help. It’s essential that you take responsibility for yourself in the school
environment, rather than leaving it to your mom and dad to talk to your
teachers for you.
2. Prioritize your homework.
is a total GPA booster. Make a nightly homework schedule to prioritize which
assignments are the most important and require the most time. Staying organized
will help you keep track of all of your homework and allow you to complete all
of your assignments on time.
3. Form relationships with teachers.
a positive relationship with your teachers doesn’t mean he or she will put you
on the fast-track to great grades. But, being on good terms with Teach does
have it’s benefits. First, she’ll see you for the sunny, positive person you
are (always a bonus). And if you two are comfortable chatting, it’ll be easier
to approach her if you’re having a problem later on. simple “Hi Mr. Smith!” or
a “How was your weekend, Ms. Doe?” can go a long way and will make the
classroom environment more friendly and enjoyable.
4. Stay motivated.
the start of the school year, it’s easy to be on top of it all. But as things
get busier, some girls start to lose sight of what’s important. Keep your goals
visible (even long-term ones, like getting into your dream college) and it’ll
make studying easier.
5. Go in for extra help.
it or not, teachers actually want to see you succeed, and are often willing to
offer up extra help. If you feel like you are struggling, stay after class and
let her know what’s up. We bet she’ll suggest a little after-school time, and
definitely take her up on it. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the
material, plus your teacher will appreciate your hard work.
6. Set small goals.
on one thing at a time: an A on the Math quiz, an A on the English project, an A
on the History test. Take every assignment one step at a time, otherwise you
will only stress yourself out.
7. Don’t procrastinate.
things until the last minute will eventually catch up with you. Either you’ll
find yourself beyond bogged down, or you won’t be able to give each assignment the time it truly deserves.
8. Read up.
soon as an assignment hits your desk, read the instructions from start to
finish. Then, get started on it ASAP, so you’ll have a better understanding of
what to do and how long it will take. Even if it’s due at the end of the
quarter, getting a jumpstart and reading thoroughly means you’ll be better
prepped to bring home an all-star grade.
9. Write things down.
a place to write down reminders, homework assignments and notes from the
teacher to ensure you don’t forget anything. Not only does writing things down
help you remember, but studies have shown that it leaves more room in your head
10. Go the extra mile.
teachers you care and that you are willing to work hard by going the extra
mile. If Teach is offering an extra credit project, definitely do it. But also,
just don’t get into the habit of skipping things you think she won’t notice.
11. Get a good night’s sleep.
crucial that you get enough sleep during the school year. Lack of sleep is
detrimental to both your grades and your well-being. Sleep well at night so
that you can focus in school and have enough energy to get through the day.
12. Do all homework to the best of your ability.
thing that girls with great grades have in common? They didn’t slack their way
to the top of the class. Set aside plenty of time for HW, and then just. do it.
13. Make study packets.
you have a unit test, go through all of your notes again and create your own
study guide. This is an awesome and effective way to review all of the material
that you will be tested on. Plus, you can save these packets to use for your
big end of the year exam.
14. Get help from friends.
your teacher, your friends and peers are the best people to go to for help
because they know exactly what your teacher expects from you. Plus, you can
turn it into a study party!
15. Raise your hand in class.
you are feeling a bit confused, don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask your
teacher to clarify. Be sure to get all the answers in class so that you don’t
have to worry about understanding the concept later when you are doing your
16. Stay focused in class.
know there are about a million distractions, but do your best to put them outta
your noggin while class is in session. Focus on what your teacher is saying,
and taking clear, neat notes.
17. Study with flashcards.
things out by hand is a proven way to help you remember everything your teacher
told you. So, bust out the note cards and get jotting. We heart flashcards,
because you can stash them for end-of-semester tests and they’re super
18. Use your weekends wisely.
Friday night off from school, but resist the urge to watch TV all weekend.
Putting in some study time on the weekends will raise those grades.
19. Reward yourself.
is tough, so definitely set up a system to treat yourself for all your hard
work. Even little stuff can help, like if you read the next two bio chapters,
you can take a half hour off to do whatever you want.
20. Don’t stress!
relax. Straight A’s aren’t everything. While it is extremely important to do
well in school, don’t get super obsessed. Just work to the best of your
ability, and the grades you earn will be a testament to all your hard work.
BY JORDAN STERN ON 8/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN school, grades, boost your grades, GL's 20th birthday