How to Get Good Grades
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Monday, February 04, 2013
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10 Easy Steps to Get Good Grades

Step 1: Believe in Yourself!

  • Get an image of the grades you want to achieve and then BELIEVE that you can reach them!

Step 2: Be Organized

  • Use a student planner
  • Break down your assignments
  • Use three-ring notebooks for class notes
  • Use folders for school work
  • Have phone numbers for classmates
  • Keep your locker and backpack neat
  • Get organized before you go to bed!

Step 3: Manage Your Time Well

  • Use class time and study halls
  • Create your own study plan
  • Eliminate disruptions

Step 4: Be Successful in Class

  • Be in school every day, on time
  • Learn how to adapt to different teachers
  • Be prepared for each class
  • Sit in the front of the class, if possible
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Always do your homework
  • Be a good group member
  • Participate in class
  • Treat others with respect
  • Involve your parents
  • Take responsibility for your grades

Step 5: Take Good Notes

  • Be an active listener
  • Take notes to help you pay attention
  • Recognize important information
  • Take notes that are easy to read
  • Go over your notes as soon as possible
  • Get copies of notes of notes and handouts if you are absent

Step 6: Know How to Read a Textbook

  • SCAN the assignment to get an overview
  • READ with a purpose
  • REVIEW to check your understanding

 Step 7: Study Smart

  • Find a good place to study
  • Get started
  • Know your learning style
  • Organize your study time
  • Know how to study for tests
  • Know how to memorize and remember information
  • Use tricks when making a presentation or speech
  • Know how to write a paper

Step 8: Be a Good Test Taker

  • Get off to a good start
  • Develop a plan
  • Mark the questions you want to return to
  • Increase your odds on multiple choice questions
  • Look for key words in True/False questions
  • Know how to approach essay questions
  • Improve your math test scores
  • Be prepared for open book tests
  • Check your answers
  • Go over all returned tests

Step 9: Reduce Test Anxiety

  • Start studying early
  • Mentally practice going through the test
  • The night before a test, review the material and get a GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
  • Walk into the test with your head up and your shoulders back.
  • Tell yourself that you are ready
  • Try these relaxation techniques

1. Take a deep breath.  Slowly release your breath along with any tension.  Do this until you feel your body relax.

2.  Start at the top of your head, flexing and then relaxing each part of your body.

3. Close your eyes and visualize warm sunshine washing over you, melting away the tension, and relaxing all your muscles.

4.  Think of a place where you feel relaxed and calm. Close your eyes and visualize being in that place.


Step 10: Get Help When You Need It

Talk to your parents, teachers, principals, counselors, or seek a tutor! Don't try to handle everything on your own...all the time!


Resource: Woodburn Press


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