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How to get A and B's


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Lavche being properly organized and prepared for tests and exams can make all the difference to school performance. Effective studying starts with the right attitude—a positive outlook can shift studying from a punishment to an opportunity to learn. Finding the best way to study is an ongoing process. It isn’t something that can be left to the night before the test. You should be constantly improving your study skills to better understand what works (and what doesn’t). Learning how to study better helps avoid panic and frustration the next time a big test is coming up. After all, you are more likely to do well and be less stressed before a test when you have had time to properly review and practice the material. Not only will the study habits you develop now improve your high school grades, they will carry you into college and beyond.

GET ORGANIZED – Being organized is an important component of academic success. Enter your homework, projects, tests and assignments as soon as they are assigned on your phone will make sure they aren’t forgotten about. Keeping your study space neat can help you concentrate and make it easier to find important textbooks and notes. This also applies to your notebooks and binders: Organize your notes by class and date in a system that you find intuitive and efficient.

PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS – It’s important to concentrate and avoid distractions when the teacher is speaking. Practice active listening by concentrating on what’s being said and taking notes in your own words. This will help make sure you hear (and understand) what is being taught in class.

STEER CLEAR OF DISTRACTIONS – Distractions are everywhere—from cell phones to social media to friends. Be aware of what distracts you in class and know how to steer clear of these distractions. Avoid sitting next to friends if you know they will distract you. Turning off your cell phone will also help make sure you are paying attention to your teacher.

MAKE SURE YOUR NOTES ARE COMPLETE – Writing clear and complete notes in class will help you process the information you are learning. These notes will also become study notes that can be reviewed before a test. Talk to friends or the teacher if you have missed a class to ensure your notes are complete.

ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND – Raise your hand and ask questions if you don’t understand something. If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of everyone, write yourself a reminder to talk to the teacher after class.

CREATE A STUDY PLAN – When making a study schedule, look at your planner and think about what needs to be accomplished. Think about the types of questions that will be on the test and the topics that will be covered so you know what you should focus on. Set specific goals for each study session, like how many topics you will cover by the end of the session.

REVIEW NOTES FROM CLASS EVERY EVENING – After school, review and expand on the notes from class. Reviewing notes helps move material learned from short-term memory into long-term memory, which will help next time you have a big test.

TALK TO TEACHERS – Teachers are there to help you do your best. Talk to your teacher and ask for clarification or extra help if you need it before your test. Taking the initiative to ask for help goes a long way with teachers!

DESIGNATE A STUDY AREA – The best study spot is one that is quiet, well-lit, and in a low-traffic area. Make sure there is a clear workspace to study and write on. Everyone’s needs are different, so it is important you find a spot that works for you.

STUDY IN SHORT BURSTS – For every 30 minutes you study, take a short 10-15 minute break to recharge. Short study sessions are more effective and help you make the most of your study time. Find out more about taking a study break that works.

SIMPLIFY STUDY NOTES – Make studying less overwhelming by condensing notes from class. Underline or highlight key words. Create visual aids like charts, story webs, mind maps, or outlines to organize and simplify information and help you remember better.

STUDY WITH A GROUP – Working with classmates encourages an interactive environment to keep you engaged. This gives you a chance to test your knowledge with others, quiz each other on the content, and help boost each other’s confidence.

Lavche knowing how to study effectively is a skill that will benefit you for life. Developing effective study skills requires lots of time and patience. If you follow these tips you’ll be on your way to discovering which type of studying works best for you—so you can knock your next test out of the park!

John recommends the following next steps:

Attend class regularly and arrive on time;
Review assigned readings and notes before each class;
Complete assignments in advance – don't procrastinate;
Tackle larger assignments in manageable increments; and
Allow ample study time to avoid cramming the night before a big exam.

Thank You for your continued support Dhairya. Any time we sincerely want to make a change, the first thing we must do is to raise our standards. John Frick

Thank You Evan. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare John Frick

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Walt’s Answer

Here are some tips that might help you.
1. Get organized! Set aside time for homework for each class and set alarms for those times on your phone. If you have a test coming up, set an alarm on your phone to study for the test. Then do it!
2. Use resources to get more help on stuff you don't understand. Use the Internet, use the library, use your teachers. Use your friends who get good grades. Use your parents. Use your siblings. Don't suffer quietly. Everyone wants you to succeed. Ask for help!
3. Show up for classes. Be there in the classroom, even if it is virtual. Put your phone down. Put your video games down. Pay attention. And ask questions. Teachers love it when you ask questions.
4. Turn in your homework - on time.
5. On the day of a test, show up on time and be ready. Don't drag your personal business into the test. Focus on the test, and just the test.
6. Remember the big picture. School can be boring, and difficult, and it can test your patience. But one day those grades are going to take you places, maybe to college on a scholarship, maybe into the military with a better MOS.

Good Luck!

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Paula’s Answer

Hard work and good time management are key. Make sure you devote enough time for assignments and studying in an environment free of distractions. Don't procrastinate (I had a tendency to do this back when i was in school), and always aim to get a good night's sleep instead of staying up all night cramming for exams or trying to finish assignments. A well-rested brain can learn and retain information much more efficiently.

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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Lavche,

To get good grades, I think there are several factors that you need to focus on during the semester.

- Understand and follow the syllabus: In the syllabus there is a weekly timeline about what to do and when you will have exams. It is very critical to work your schedule according to the syllabus . You can put this syllabus in front of your desk and look at it everyday. It will help you focus on your weekly schedule and work your way out.

- Review the materials after class: Another thing that is very important to get good grades is to review what you have learned on that day. If you don't review, you might have a lot of materials to read by the time you take the final exam. That would be very daunting, but you can avoid this fatigue by reviewing them right after class to refresh your memory.

- Be prepared for quizzes: Of course, exams are important, but small quizzes should not be overlooked since they might make up some portion of your grade. So you want to make sure to get full points from quizzes.

- Talk with the teachers if you have any questions: Teachers are your guiding light during the semester. If you have anything that you are not sure about, you need to talk with him/her to get more explanation and help. It is helpful to talk with them instead of worrying about your grades/homework by yourself.

I hope this helps!


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Marie’s Answer

As with any goal, to get A's and B's, you have to make good grades a priority. That means studying comes first, and you have to be willing to spend a a lot of time studying. One saying I like is "You have to do what you have to do before you can do what you want to do. " To get good grades, studying is something that you have to do. And you need to study before you hang out with your friends or play electronic games, or whatever else you do for fun.

If you are studying hard and you are getting C's you need to think about your study habits. Be honest with yourself. Can you try harder? What more can you do?

If you try harder, and are still getting C's, then ask for help! Reach out to your teacher and see what he or she suggests. Some schools have students that volunteer to tutor. You may also want to consider joining or creating a study group for a particular subject you struggle with.

Good Luck!

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Rachit (Richi)’s Answer

It's all about time management and understanding your work ethic and your pace.
- Make sure you have ample time to study the subject
- Take breaks and give your mind a refresher
- Understand what works best for you, and set up a strict schedule accordingly.
- Devoid yourself of distractions. I used to go to the library to study and never carried my phone

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Yves’s Answer

Time management and determination will get you A's and B's. Staying focused while studying is hard and can be a challenge, but I would take 20 min breaks every 1 to 2 hours to give my self a mental break, as well as to stretch from out of my seat. Taking notes and rewriting them has helped me retain the information for each class.

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