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7 Ways to Improve Your Grades

7 Ways to Improve Your Grades

Great tests scores will help you get into the college of your choice, but of course admissions departments are looking at your grades, too. Earning high marks on assignments, tests, and papers requires consistent effort over your four years of high school, and it’s not exactly easy to bounce back from low scores.

That’s why we recommend that you learn good study habits early on, and practice them consistently throughout each semester. If your grades still need some improvement, check out these seven methods to boost your performance.

Get organized. Write down everything (or record it in an app). If you miss important test dates or assignment deadlines, your grades will probably be reduced.

Take good notes. Develop a system of abbreviation that works for you, and remember that you don’t need to write down each work that your teacher speaks. Record the important points, or highlight important information in your readings.

Make flash cards. When you need to memorize a bulk amount of information, such as mathematical equations or French vocabulary words, use flash cards to quiz yourself.

Work alone. Unless your friends are the most disciplined, dedicated students ever, group study sessions could become more of a hangout time. It’s often better to study alone.

Study every day… Each night, review that day’s notes and do your assigned readings. It’s much less stressful than waiting until the night before a test to cram, and you retain information better when you encounter it in small chunks.

… But go to bed on time! If you’re getting a full eight hours of sleep each night, you will find that your performance improves during the day.

Ask for help. Check in with your teacher, a tutor, or a parent if you experience difficulty with a topic. There’s no shame in asking for help, and you’ll be glad you did when those test scores are posted!