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10 Steps to Get Good Grades

10 Steps to Get Good Grades
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10 Steps to Get Good Grades

 

 

Step 1: YOU MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Set a grade goal for each of your classes and believe that you can achieve your goals.

Step 2: GET ORGANIZED.

Use a planner for assignments and to remember dates

Don’t try to complete large assignments all at one time, break them down into smaller parts.

Use a binder, it’s easier to insert handouts and keep work in order.

Get at least one classmates number from each class.

Keep your locker and backpack/bookbag neat.

Each night before bed get your backpack/bookbag organized, make a note of something you may need to remember.

Step 3: MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR TIME.

Use before school/after school, free reading, and study hall time wisely.

Create a study plan and stick to it.

Remove all distractions, TV, Phone, games, etc.

Step 4: BE SUCCESSFUL IN CLASS

Be in school everyday on time and prepared

Always do your homework before class

Participate in class

Adapt to different teachers

Be a good group member

Involve your parents

Take responsibility for your grades

Step 5: TAKE GOOD NOTES.

Pay attention, be an active listener

Take notes on important information (this helps you stay focused)

Review your notes at home

Get copies of notes if absent, when you return

Step 6: KNOW HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK.

Scan (read section headings, words in bold/italic print, summaries, charts and review questions

Have a purpose for reading

Review to check your understanding of the material

Step 7: STUDY SMART.

Find a quiet place to study

Know your study style

Organize your study time

Know what to study for a test

Know how to remember information

Use tricks when making a presentation (be energetic and enthusiastic)

Know how to write a paper

Step 8: BE A GOOD TEST TAKER.

Study

Get a good nights rest

If possible look over the entire test

Mark answers to the questions you are more comfortable with first

Look for keywords

Check your answers

Review all returned tests

Step 9: REDUCE TEST ANXIETY.

Study early

Review the night before

Believe in yourself

Relax: breath deeply and calmly

Step 10: GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. Whenever you have an issue, problem or just a question don’t be afraid to seek help. No matter how large or small it may seem to you, the staff at the school is always there to help you. Most problems can be resolved by talking to the right person (school secretary, teacher, counselor, principal). Never allow a problem to become so big or overwhelming that you cannot pay attention in class or concentrate either at school or at home. Student issues range from grades to alcohol, drugs, pregnancy, relationships, eating disorders, harassment at school, depression, problems at home. Remember you are not alone.

**A TIP FOR PARENTS: You should always show interest in your child’s academic performance, discuss his/her classes and help set goals. Listen to them, they have a lot to say and encourage their involvement in school activities. Be available to help with homework or just to help get organized for the next day, and try not to slack off. Monitor your child’s’ activities such as internet, texting, playing and talking on the phone. Know your child’s moods and recognize when there is a change. Keep your child in school everyday.

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