• Naomi Kiyoko Wilson

How to Get Better Grades

Updated: Mar 27

Grades are important. All of the work that you do in your classes amass to one sheet of paper with a bunch of letters on it. You want to make sure that those letters are an accurate representation of your hard work. Grades are for the most part more dependent on results (think tests and projects) than the process of getting said results (time spent studying for tests or working on projects). With that being said, being more efficient is the way to go when it comes to improving your grades. Here are some of my tips to get you started.

1. Be on time.

Being on time may seem minor, but it could be the difference between a B and an A. Not only should you focus on arriving at your classes on time, you should also make an effort to turn in your assignments in a timely fashion. Doing so will prevent those pesky points that can be taken away from tardy assignments.

2. Pay attention.

Again, this is a simple thing that most people do not take into consideration. If you concentrate on your class lectures and take good notes, this will save you an immense amount of time. Think about it. If you get a good grasp of the material the first time that it is taught, then you won’t need to spend time teaching it to yourself a second time after class.

3. Ask questions.

When you are stumped on a problem or an entire concept, go outside your comfort zone and ask your teacher or classmates for assistance. Not only can you get a better understanding of the material, you can also strengthen your relationships with your classmates. I highly suggest asking them outside of class, as they will be able to solely focus on teaching you rather than lecturing or listening to other people. Asking questions may seem daunting at first, but you will become more comfortable with it with practice.

4. Do your homework.

Regardless of whether or not it is required, homework is a tool that can help you assess how on-track you are with your classes. Through assigning homework, your teacher is telling you what they consider to be the essential concepts in their course. Similar to paying attention in class, doing your homework will save you time later, especially when it comes to studying for tests.

5. Prioritize your health.

Yes, you heard me. Do not skip out on eating, sleeping, exercising, or any of your other needs in order to do schoolwork. No one does their best work (keep in mind that we are focusing on efficiency) when they are hungry or tired. Do what you need to do to get into optimal shape, and then do your work. This will improve your test and project grades, and who doesn’t want to produce higher quality work in a shorter period of time?

Grades aren’t the determining factor of your future, however the knowledge that you obtain in your classes will likely make you more prepared for what’s to come. Even if you end up switching your area of study, the process of studying for tests, writing essays, and asking questions will all teach you valuable life skills such as working hard or going outside your comfort zone. Keep this in mind while you are studying for that chemistry test, doing that history research paper, or reading that book for English. Don’t take your education for granted.

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