How to Get Better Grades

By Sam Berns
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Getting better grades means that you're not stressed all the time. It also means you have more opportunities for scholarships, internships, exchange programs, better schools and better jobs. Don't let bad grades prevent you from enjoying all those things. Instead try the following tips.

Sleep

Make sure to get a good night's rest before each day of school. Sleeping is like recharging you brains' battery. It's easier to pay attention with a rested mind.

If you're 7 to 12 years old, you should be sleeping 10 to 11 hours a night. If you're 12 to 18, you should be sleeping 8.25 to 9.5 hours a night, after that around 8 hours is good.

Eat

Eat a good breakfast each morning and make sure you eat lunch everyday. Bring an apple, banana or other snack to keep your energy level up in between meals.

Go to class

Here's what happens when you don't show up to class:

One, you stress out when studying for a test because you wonder what you missed and you end up wasting more time studying the wrong things.

Two, you get discouraged because it's harder to follow in the subsequent classes because you missed the previous lessons.

And three, you disrespect your teacher. Not showing up to class is like saying: "I don't need to listen to you, the hard work it took for you to become a teacher and the effort you put into preparing for each class means nothing to me." If you absolutely need to miss a class, let your teacher know ahead of time. This classy move will be appreciated.

Always show up to the first class

The first class is the most important class because that's when you meet your teacher, the other students and find out what you'll be doing during the year. Also, most teams for group projects are created during that first class. If you miss that first day, it'll be harder to join a good team.

Sit in front

The best seats at any concert are up front and center. Same with a classroom. You'll hear better, see better and it will be easier to pay attention and understand what is being taught. You'll also be less distracted from other students that like to chat (they usually like to sit in the back) and when it comes time to do group assignments, the people sitting around you in front will most likely contribute more than those that sit in the back.

Take notes

Taking good notes means writing down what is important, what is worth remembering. Whenever you write something down, it helps you understand and remember it automatically. Plus, you'll be able to go through your notes whenever you want to study or review before a test or assignment.

Stay awake

Stay awake, not just physically, but also mentally. Make sure you're actually paying attention in class. One trick is to ask questions if there's something you don't understand or volunteer answers to make sure you understand.

Read the chapter BEFORE going to class

You are going to read the chapter in your textbook anyways, you might as well read it the night before your class. I promise, you will absorb way more in class if you do it this way.

Hand in your assignments on time

Don't lose marks just because you left things to the last minute and had to hand in your assignment late. Be on time, start your assignments as soon as you get them.

Get organized and stay organized

Use a planner, most schools give them away for free, if not, buy one, it's worth it. Write down when your assignments are due and when your tests will be. Break down the assignment or your study time into smaller more manageable chunks and schedule what days you'll be studying or working towards that assignment.

Use your planner to schedule other important events like doctors appointments, team practices and games and even parties you want to go to.

Study

When you get home from school, take a break, call a friend, have some food. Then study a bit, review what you learned in class that day, do your homework, start your assignments and prepare for tomorrow. Study in 30 minute chunks with 10 minute breaks in between.

Make sure you sit at a chair and table with good lighting when you study. The key is to keep current and study each day instead of cramming the night before the test. This way the information will sink in much better and this will show in your grades.

One last thing

Getting good grades is hard work but it's worth it, it really is.
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