Take notes on everything, except novel study. For most courses in middle school and high school and junior/community college, most of what is on the tests and homework will be discussed in the class. If your teacher draws a diagram on the board, copy that down – it can help you remember the information. Don’t just copy what they write on the board, either: take extensive notes on everything. Most of the time in middle school though the teachers will probably take it easy and ask you to copy it down or give you specific instructions. still if you want to get the best idea then copy it down. notes should be short and if possible get pens with colored ink because it aids the memory. Also pencils that smell good aid memory. These are useful and fun tricks that help with note taking and studying. plus they help in all around remembering as long as it is ok with the teacher.
Calculate how much of your grade a project is worth. Prioritize. You won’t get a high score if you don’t aim for one. some schools have an online place where you can check your grades whenever you want. utilize this and make sure that you have a username and password from your teacher. if not ask your teacher your grade, average it yourself, or wait until the next progress report if your that desperate.
Homework comes first over everything else: set yourself goals and make sure you reach them before you go out and party. Social life is important too, but make sure your work comes first. But don’t become a social outcast because that is as unhealthy as bad grades. Keep the grades up and have a social life. When you get a bad grade just think that you can still bring it up in the future, so don’t worry. Try to do your best and most importantly ask a teacher for help if you need it! You don’t need to worry because things can only get better.
- If you are currently unpopular, spend a little time during things like lunch, classwork buddies, and other group or partner opportunities to get to talk to people. Communication is always key for getting to know people. As long as you look decent, have a good personality and take good care of your personal hygiene, getting yourself out there is all you really need.
- Usually, most people already have buddies and cliques so finding a group is going to be hard, especially if you’re a newbie. Just relax and don’t be too desperate for friends. Friends will come when you feel like it.
With homework, don’t travel into unknown territory, use your notes to answer what the teacher is asking for: If you see something that you’re not sure is true, or that you’re not sure your teacher will agree with, don’t try it. Do it correctly, checking to make sure you have no mistakes, and you can’t mess up.
- Look over your homework in detail at least once before you turn it in, and if you’re uncertain about something ask your teacher!
With tests, take the notes and make a study guide. Look in the textbook and add anything not in your notes, do not omit anything. Then make someone test you on the study guide, sing the question and answer, whatever. Use memory tricks. If you know it all, then make yourself do an essay on tricky stuff, like really understanding the thing. Do a problem with one, or two problems, not omitting anything of any type. Make sure you did it right. Ask your teacher if you can do an essay or extra sheet of problems for extra credit. If she says yes, hand it in the next day. If she hands it back before the test, you’ll see your mistakes and be able to fix them
When taking tests, relax. If you’re fidgety, or worried that you’ll fail the test, you’re sure to get a low score. If you studied for it long enough that you know the information, then you shouldn’t be worried about getting a low grade.
Remember the most important advice to getting good grades is very simple; do well on tests and quizzes to get an A or an A-. Do your homework and do what your teacher says, and the chances are fairly good that you’ll get an A+. Don’t stress yourself. Act cool and calm.
Write good legible notes. Colored pens are fun to write with if you want to get more creative with your notes, but use them only for sections of your notes that you feel will be on a test or that are important. It makes them stand out. Use highlighters if there’s something you need to find easily flipping through your notes, but don’t highlight too much text or it destroys the point.
Making your notes fun to read will make them much easier to understand when you go back to look!
Watch to determine how your teachers teach, use the same method to learn the information. If they write on the blackboard, take notes; if they lecture, listen hard or record the lecture to listen to multiple times. This sounds simple, but many will find it hard to stay focused for an entire class period. Here is where the hard work comes in – staying focused.
Try to do your homework immediately after school. Time management is essential. If you’re given an assignment that’s due next week, don’t procrastinate; get started the same day you get the assignment (see more about this in tips).
Note that teachers want you to give them back what they gave you. So give it to them! By now you have learned how the teacher is giving you the information and you have had plenty of time to sink it in. Give it back to the teacher. Do this by using the knowledge they’ve taught you and apply it to your homework, tests, and projects.
Always do your homework! This can’t be stressed enough. It’s so easy to forget or to just put it off. Get a calender system for your computer to remind you a few days before the homework is due. If you have trouble remembering it, use a notebook to write it down everyday, right after the teacher assigns it. Homework counts for a large portion of your grade. If your teacher has any extra credit assignments, do them! It won’t hurt if you try it out. Even if you get some wrong, have confidence that your teachers will still give you some points back.
Stay organized. A lot of people say this, but it really does help. Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework or studying. Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Also keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework that is withdrawn from the main part of the house and from noise.
Review your notes every night, so when the big test comes, remembering what you learned is a snap.
Get good sleep. You need sleep in order to stay focused and with out it you will have a hard time staying on task and you will forget what you just learned . So get lots of sleep and always eat a good breakfast. The breakfast will help you stay focused along with the sleep.
Ask your teacher if you don’t understand something. It doesn’t have to be a complex question, your teacher is always happy to help you. Ask after class or in an e-mail for assistance. If you teacher is unavailable (example: on a vacation), ask the substitute, your parents, friends, anyone. Some people seem to think you are stupid if you ask questions, but ignore them. Asking questions will improve your grades and help your understanding.
Invent a fun way to study. Don’t study all in one night, study a bit each night. Your brain cannot take in so much information all at once. Make flash cards, have a friend over, or join an after-school homework club if you can for help from a teacher or a friend from the same class. A lot of people think studying is “lame” or “boring”. You can make up a board game to make studying fun and easy, or you can just type up your notes if it makes it easier to read. Do as much as possible to make sure you know the material.
Eat a good healthy breakfast everyday. It is known that if students eat a good and healthy breakfast every morning they are known to get good grades in school and are able to focus better in school.
Have good relationships with the teachers. If you don’t they may give you an A- instead of an A if you are mean, don’t pay attention, or don’t listen to their advice, it can affect your grade.
Plan Ahead. Most students hear about a project or big homework assignment and always rush through it the night before it is due. Always plan the assignment beforehand. Always get the assignment finished at least 1 whole day before it is due.
Study! Don’t waste time. Do your work and take notes. Do your homework. Ask your teacher if you need any help.
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