Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Grades

School is a system dedicated to teach. 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 at, 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

I have to admit, out of all of these, the only one I do is pay attention. That's natural for me, though. I guess some people are just smart and others are just ignorant. I got presidential award for 8th grade last school year (it's currently summer break) and I did not study at all. Ok, maybe I studied for the biggest history test of the year, but that was just in-class and was required for the day. I tell my friends that I don't study, and they try not studying and it doesn't work for them. They say things like "Liar! " and "Yeah, right! "as if I secretly study and don't want to let them know about it.

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

Grades don't matter, as they don't reflect how smart you are. They only reflect how your at test taking, period. And I'm still in school.

I am Asian and I spend 90% of my waking hours studying during the school year

2 Pay attention

I know, I know. Many people have a hard time paying attention in class because of the tedious pace of it. But trust me, paying attention in class is beneficial. Mostly due to the fact that actually listening and taking notes will allow you to study them, 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 put my mind into the teacher's words this time.

This doesn't always have to be the case. I don't always pay attention in class and I can do well on the tests.

I work pretty hard in school, but literally nothing supplementary beats just listening in class. It's a formulaeic way of thinking about it, but if you think about 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

No. Just no. Homework is in no way helpful. If you know the subject, it's pointless to help you learn. If you don't, it's just more work to fail.

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 is a chance that you will miss a test when you are sick, won't receive important information, or just won't be able to get the homework that you need in order to get to that valuable 'C'.

5 Ask for extra credit

If you're nearing the end of the semester, and your grade is so 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 do that every time my grade is about to flop.

I love extra credit


6 Go to bed earlier

Staying up late at night will lead to you feeling sluggish when school starts. You will be inattentive, yawning, and will probably fall asleep in class. In order 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 have to sacrifice some hours of your sleeping time just to be able to have time to study for hard lessons.

But don't u have to study until about 1:00 am

Getting enough sleep can.refresh your mind.

7 Don't cram the night before a test

This is literally what I do. Sometimes I don't even study the night before, I study during the 5 minutes they give us to walk from one class to another. I study for 5 minutes, BRING ON THE TEST! *gets a B-* BUT I STUDIED SO HARD!

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

I don't even study... Yet I get 90+ every time...

This is important. If you actually do this, you are saying "I want to fail! " You should've reviewed earlier, when it was appropriate. Studying for the final at 3 in the morning is you just asking for a bad grade. You will 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 you have a lot of material to go over.

8 Ask for a tutor

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

This can be inconvenient

*Scoff* Dusgraceful! - Kevinsidis

9 Take notes
10 Show others what you're learning

By doing this correctly, you're basically demonstrating that you actually know the subject matter, and therefore, have the ability to use it well on tests and assignments.

And yet, the tests don't matter. The assignments don't matter. Have you really needed a test on geometry when you wanted to be an engineer? - ARandomPerson

The Contenders

11 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, you grade will either stay the same or go up, which is better than having it going down.

12 Seduce the teacher

Uh... I don't think that's going to improve my grades. And what if your teacher is of elderly age?

Seducing an old lady feels weird...ugh I do not like that thought in my head.

Cool! Thanks for the advice!

Oh dear God... hahaaha

13 Try hard
14 Cheat

Of course


15 Read a lot

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

16 Look at the end pages of a work book for answers

I cheat on my online classes all the time! :D

17 Use the notes you make
18 Practice at home
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