How to Get Good Grades in Ten Easy Steps
1. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
•If you want to succeed, you have to believe that you can. If school has been challenging for you, believing that you can do well can be hard. But success depends on trusting that you can do it, and then making a plan to help you reach your goal.
•Remember to make small goals at first, and work towards the big ones over time. Instead of deciding to get all A’s, start with a goal of going up one letter grade in a class or two, and then decide what you need to do to achieve that goal. Every journey consists of small steps, and each one is important to get you to the destination.
•There will be people from time to time who won’t believe in you and will try to tell you can’t do it. These might even be people who are close to you- friends, family, or even teachers. Think about how great it will be to show them that they are wrong and have underestimated how terrific you are- sometimes, turning this negative talk into a challenge can really help keep you motivated towards your goal. Just say to yourself “They can’t see how motivated I am, and how much I can do- and I’ll prove it to them that I can do it!”
2. BE ORGANIZED. THIS MEANS:
• Keeping and maintaining an assignment book. Everyone needs to do this, even adults. Without it, you can easily forget your assignments, or fail to study for upcoming tests, or do the work necessary for long term projects. One of the best uses for an assignment book is to help you learn how to manage your time, and break down big tasks into smaller ones. We’ll talk about this a bit more later on.
• Use three ring binders for class notes (with reinforcements). Tabbed separators can help you keep each notebook organized as well- one spot for blank paper, one spot for class notes, and add pocket folders that are secure in the binder.
• Use folders for schoolwork.- Folders, preferably the kind you can put right in your three-ring binder, are essential for keep track of all the work for class. You should have one for class handouts, one for upcoming assignments, and another for completed homework, so it’s always there, completed, and ready to hand in. You’d be surprised how many kids actually finish their homework, but get into trouble because they lose it and fail the most important step- handing it in!
• Keep numbers for classmates at home and in your assignment book, in case you have any questions or don’t understand an assignment. We’ve all left a book or a homework sheet at school, or forgotten to write something down we should have. But rather than coming to school with an excuse the next day, a quick call to a friend can help you get the assignment or answer a question, letting you complete the task on time.
• Keep your locker and backpack neat. This means you'll be able to find what you need, when you need it! It’s amazing how many kids get into trouble in school just because they can’t find the work they have to do, or the work they’ve already completed. A little bit of organization goes a long way to making the “job” of school work so much easier, and less of a drag. My own kids have seen their grades improve just by adding a little more organization of their papers.
• Get organized for the next day before you go to bed- pack up books, library books, homework, etc. Mornings are hectic, and it’s always when you’re in a rush that you can forget important stuff, like that big project, especially after a weekend or holiday. Spending a few minutes to make sure all your stuff is put away and ready to go the night before makes your morning run more smoothly, and puts you in a better frame of mind for school. You’ll be starting out the day more prepared and less panicked if everything’s ready to go the night before. 3. MANAGE YOUR TIME WELL. THIS MEANS:
•Leave enough time to get ready without being rushed. No one likes to feel rushed and pressured, and this is when people are most prone to make...
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