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Very exciting about the cat. As Kim mentioned, make sure you have a plan in place for this lifetime commitment!
I would create a study plan for each class, tailored to you and your learning style. Sit with the syllabus, textbook or whatever materials you have to scope out what you'll need to do over the course of the year/semester, and make a plan for yourself. Don't hesitate to take advantage of office hours with your instructors if you have questions or get stuck. If you learn best in a group setting, set up a study group for each class to keep you on track. Your plan should be based on how you learn best, but regardless of your learning style, make sure you're holding yourself accountable throughout the whole year to avoid a crazy rush at the end. Good luck!
What an exciting challenge you are up to! When you have a specific goal you have to understand the sacrifices you have to make in order to achieve that goal. For you, it might mean giving up time you spend on entertainment or fun activities in order to focus on school. Straight As could be hard to get but it is definitely a tangible goal if you set your mind to it. Good luck! Hope you get the cat! :))
It's awesome that you are holding yourself to a higher standard and wanting to get all As. Achieving this doesn't just show your future employer that you are very smart, it shows that you are also very hard working because in high school we get redundant amounts of work just to keep you busy. I think you should prioritize trying to gain something out of all of your classes than aiming to get As, however. A lot of people go through the motions in high school and know how to get good grades. This isn't all that helpful in college and the real world. You must be able to take information in, analyze it, and come up with a new solution. The only way to really retain all that information is to actually try to understand what you're learning as opposed to trying to memorize it for a test. At the end of the day, your future employer wont really be looking at your grades in college, but they are looking at you to be an analytical thinker. Thus, my biggest advice to do well in the future is to actually gain something out of what you learn and not just go through the motions.
First, a few questions and comments, then to my answer!
When you grow up and move away, what are your plans for this cat? Will it stay with the family, or, move with you? It's a lifelong commitment!
Are you capable of getting straight A's? What sort of grades do you normally get? If this is going to be almost impossible, even if you try real hard, you might want to come up with something else instead. I used to give my boy a choice of incentives, each grading period, as long as no grade was below a "C." It worked. The goal needs to be attainable.
I think you might want to re-negotiate this. Here's why. This places a LOT of stress on you, for each and every exam, each and every class, for a whole year. Stress can make you physically ill. It can cause headaches, stomach problems, sleep disturbances, etc. I don't think that is good!
Also, suppose you get a B early in the year. Now what? Where's the incentive to get good grades? It could all backfire!
How to get A's.
Eat and sleep right. Take care of your body and your brain. Stay hydrated.
Stay up to date with all assignments. Review the review sections found throughout the chapter. If it is a subject you have trouble with, find a study partner for evenings/weekends. If something is giving you trouble, read more about it on the internet. Sometimes there are good videos that help to make it all make sense. If there is a lot of vocabulary, make flashcards.
Figure out how the teacher tests. Is it from class lectures, handouts, the book? Study the right stuff. Strive to truly understand the material, rather than just learning it. Take breaks while studying. The brain starts to fizzle at 20 minutes. If not a break, at least switch and study something else.
Figure out YOUR learning style. If you don't retain while reading, outline the chapter. If you need visual aids, draw sketches to go with the material.
Win without cheating. Understand multiple choice testing. When I take such a test, I always walk into the room with a letter in my head. Today it is B. If i cannot figure out the answer to a question, I will always put B. If I run out of time before finishing, I will put B for everything. Some of them are bound to be right. If I just randomly assign letters, I stand to get them all wrong. If I can narrow it down to two or more possibilities, I will take the letter furthest to the left. This strategy will reduce your test taking anxiety, and give you more time to work on questions that you know. It is NOT a substitute for studying! (ask if you don't understand, and I will go into more detail)
Hope this helps!