Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Grades

School is a system dedicated to teaching. And yet, people find it incredibly boring. Now, don't get me wrong, as I find school on its own to be one of the most boring places I've ever been to, but the subject matter taught in it isn't half bad. And the benefits from school, like the better chance of actually having a job, are actually beneficial. Here are some ways to improve your grades.
The Top Ten
1 Study

Do you have a big test coming up? Are you working on a project that's worth half of your entire grade? Studying the topic that matters most in said situations will give you a better understanding of it, and therefore, you'll have an easier time.

Studying shouldn't just involve staring at a textbook until your mind blanks out. Especially when I'm stuck on a tricky topic in my science classes, I find rewriting the most important parts of my notes after class and doing practice questions from my textbooks to be most helpful. Often, I find that I can't learn it unless I apply it.

One time in 6th grade, we were having a math test on a subject I struggled with - weights and lengths. I told my mom about it, and she said, Honey, you should study! I didn't, and I ended up getting a D on the test. So, the moral is: STUDY!

2 Pay attention

I know, I know. Many people have a hard time paying attention in class because of the tedious pace. But trust me, paying attention in class is beneficial. This is mostly because actually listening and taking notes will allow you to study them later, which in turn will help you remember the subject matter.

Guilty as charged. My mind is always running, but in the world that I created. There, I can change things with a simple thought and some Google Docs. In reality, I should really pay better attention in my "Achilles' heel" class - Algebra. I must focus on the teacher's words this time.

I work pretty hard in school, but nothing supplementary beats just listening in class. It's a formulaic way of thinking about it, but if you consider it, the teacher is speaking all (or some, depending on the quality of said teacher) the information you need to ace a likely pre-made test. So, listen. And doodle too.

3 Do your homework

This can be the difference between life and death. A missing assignment can be particularly effective in lowering your grade at the beginning of the semester. A slew of missing assignments will not help you in any way.

I don't call it homework. I call it practice. Not to mention, I do schoolwork at home and play games at school.

4 Try to attend as much school as reasonably possible

Yes, I know people get sick. Yes, I know people get injured. But try to attend as much school as you possibly can. There's a chance that you'll miss a test when you're sick, won't receive important information, or simply won't be able to get the homework you need to earn that valuable 'C'.

5 Ask for a tutor

If you are doing everything you can and are still struggling in classes, it might be time to call a tutor. They will ask what you're struggling with, work out problems with you, and make sure you understand them completely.

6 Ask for extra credit

If you're nearing the end of the semester and your grade is close to passing but not quite there, ask your teacher if you can do some extra credit assignments. They will almost certainly give you that extra boost you need.

I love extra credit.

7 Go to bed earlier

Staying up late at night will make you feel sluggish when school starts. You will be inattentive, yawning, and will probably fall asleep in class. To learn the subject material and perform well on assessments and projects, it's better to go to bed at a reasonable time.

Actually, you may have to sacrifice some hours of your sleeping time just to be able to have time to study for difficult lessons.

You need sleep to keep your brain functioning well. Without sleep, you sometimes can't learn anything new.

8 Ask for a retake

Don't worry. If you get a bad grade on the retake, your grade will not go down at all. So essentially, your grade will either stay the same or go up, which is better than having it go down.

9 Don't cram the night before a test

This is important. If you actually do this, you're essentially saying, "I want to fail!" You should have reviewed earlier when it was appropriate. Studying for the final at 3 in the morning is just asking for a bad grade. You'll be sluggish, tired, and probably falling asleep during the test.

The only way this can be seen as acceptable is if you're in college and have a lot of material to go over.

Sleep is very important for tests. You don't want to be so tired that you fill in the wrong bubble and/or can't recall the material.

10 Show others what you're learning

By doing this correctly, you're essentially demonstrating that you actually know the subject matter. Therefore, you'll have the ability to perform well on tests and assignments.

The Contenders
11 Take notes
12 Read a lot

I'm sure it helps. It's exercise for your brain and helps you deal with everyday problems.

13 Develop good communication with teacher early in the year
14 Practice at home
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