Better Grades

  • How To Begin To Get Better Grades

    1. Follow Class Room Rules—each teacher may have a different set of classroom rules (they may be similar but worded a little different)these rules help with classroom behavior so everyone can learn in a safe and learning friendly environment

    2. Go To Every Class—attendance is important, if you miss a class or a whole day of school you miss out on a lot

    3. Sit In The Front Of The Class—it is easier to pay attention if you are right near a teacher, projector, etc (also don’t sit by your friend in class, you will be more likely to talk and not pay attention)

    4. Ask Questions And Volunteer Answers In Class—don’t be afraid to ask a question, chances are that someone else in the class has the exact same question

    5. Understand The Expectations Of Each Teacher—each teacher is different, get to know/understand each teacher’s rules, personality and teaching style

    6. Get/Stay Organized—use your agenda (write down assignments), use a different binder for each class, have a separate homework folder (so it is all in one place), have classmates phone numbers (in case you have questions or miss an assignment), keep your locker and backpack neat, get organized before you go to bed

    7. Use Your Time Wisely—use free time in class to work on assignments (as long as the teacher has given permission), have a study time, don’t let things (phone calls, etc) interrupt your homework/study time

    8. Take Good Notes—teachers will often tell you, when giving notes, this is important or this will be on the test-make sure you highlight those notes, pay attention (listen to what they are saying and think about how it applies), take notes that you can read later (don’t scribble), look over your notes as soon as you can (this helps to retain the information), get copies of or borrow someone’s notes if you are absent

    9. Use Your Textbooks—scan by reading bold words or words that are italics, look over the summaries, charts and review questions, review by scanning the material to check your comprehension

    10. Follow Good Rules Of Writing—writing assignments are required by one or more classes, follow some simple steps to help with these assignments, organize your thoughts before writing (map out an outline), know the requirements/guidelines for the paper (footnotes, references, etc), write a draft (ask the teacher to look it over and give you some tips), rewrite/edit (it is a process to write a paper so please don’t think you will write it perfect on the first try!) so rewrite and edit, proofread (you can use spell check but have someone look over it, use a buddy system where you and a friend can switch papers and help each other out)

    11. STUDY—look over notes on a daily basis (this way you are familiar with the information without having to do heavy duty studying at the last minute), practice good study habits (if you study regularly it won’t seem like a chore come test time), find out what the best way is for you to study (if you need silence, a little noise, in the kitchen or in your room), study with someone (either a friend or a parent, if it is a friend please remember to use this time to study and help each other), make sure you study before you go to hang out with someone, or call them on the phone (studying is an important tool to getting good grades, so get your studying done before you go out with friends)

    12. Be A Good Test Taker—know what to expect (know content and even the types of questions that may be asked, such as true/false or multiple choice etc), read questions carefully (take your time), eliminate answers (especially multiple choice, cross out the ones you know don’t fit), pace yourself (know how much time you have and use it), ask questions (the teachers will not give you specific answers however they may be able to clarify something for you)