Some students at Stacey might not have the greatest grades, some might even be on the verge of not passing 8th grade. If you are one of those students or just want to improve your grades, then here are ten easy steps on how to do it.
Step number one: Believe in yourself! For you to succeed, you need to make sure you believe in yourself. You need to recognize your abilities and talents so you can succeed!
Step number two: Be organized! Make sure you use your student planner constantly. You think you can remember all your assignments, but your brain can’t handle all the stress! Take notes and remember to ask questions when needed.
Step number three: Manage your time well. Always use the time teachers give you to do your homework, classwork, or study work. Eliminate disruptions by moving away from something distracting such as music, friends, or people talking.
Step number four: Be successful in class! Be in school every day, on time. Being sick is an exception, but when you miss school, you miss out on class presentations, notes, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests. In middle school, you are constantly changing classrooms and teachers, so be ready to adapt! Teachers may take charge and change a few rules. You might have one teacher who counts you as tardy when the bell rings, so adapt and improve to your new surroundings.
Step number four (cont.): Always do your homework. Don’t look at homework as something you should do. Look at it as something you must do! When you don’t do your homework, your grades can drop drastically, and your old habit of doing homework gradually fades away.
Some other classroom tips: Participate, take notes, review your notes, and get copies and handouts if you’re absent.
Step number five: Take good notes. Be an active listener and take notes to help you pay attention. In the long run, notes are a great study guide for a big final or test. Recognize important information, so you do not overwrite. Not everything is worthy of recording. Know the difference.
Step number six: Read to learn! Knowing how to read a textbook is very vital because you need to understand key concepts and what to study. Authors put all the important words in bold or italic print, and they usually add pictures, charts, graphs, a list of vocabulary words, summaries, and review questions.
Step number seven: Study smart! Find a good place to study. Make sure the room you’re sitting in his quiet, has enough light and is free from distractions. A good tip is to organize your study time before you start to study and to make a plan deciding what you want to get done and the order which you’re going to do it.
Step number eight: Be a good test taker! Get off to a good start when starting your test. Make sure you have everything you need (pencil, calculator, eraser, sharpener, etc..) A great tip is to mark the questions you want to return to. After you’ve gone through all of the questions, go back to the ones you’ve marked and try them again. Make sure you breathe during the test taking and don’t freak out when things go south. Do the best you can because that’s all the teachers want to see. The teachers know when there’s no effort put forth on a test!
Step number nine: Reduce test anxiety. Too much anxiety before a test can lower your test grade so start studying early. Cramming only increases test anxiety. Make sure you mentally practice going through the test, so close your eyes and see yourself walking confidently into the room answering the questions correctly and receiving the grade you want. Trust me, it’ll boost your mind and your spirit! The night before the test make sure to study and go over the material, so you don’t forget anything.
Step number ten: Get help when you need it! Most questions you may have can be directly resolved if you talk to an adult or teacher. If you have an academic problem, talk to your teacher. If you have a personal issue, talk to a counselor. If you feel threatened by another student, seek help from the principal immediately. It’s their job listen, so talk away!