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Olivia’s Answer

Hi Kaira,
The first step I would recommend taking is setting goals by first asking yourself: what grades do you aspire to have? By consciously setting a goal you will be more likely to stay on track to complete that goal through the motivation to study and achieve. I also recommend staying organized - you may choose to use a planner to help keep your study plans, homework due dates, and other commitments in order. I also encourage you to ask for help when needed, teachers/counselors/peer coaches are all readily available to support you both academically and personally. You've got this!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Kaira,

I think elements like good time management on homework along with getting help when you need it are the best ways to address your grades. The mistake that I made in high school was taking subjects that I didn't need to take. I was told that Math was important for college admissions and I took higher levels of Math that I was never going to pass. So what does that mean? Make sure that you are realistic about subjects and levels (like Advanced) in your school subjects.

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Will’s Answer

The gist is to study hard and make progress every day.
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Antonio’s Answer

Always keep your attention in class. Most of the time if you focus on what the teacher is saying you won't need to study as hard as you would think, because you have been practicing, listening and writing all the topics related to that class, so you won't be exhausted when studying for an exam.
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Luna’s Answer

I would start with taking the initiative to connect with your teacher and ask questions.

-Take notes
-Consider studying with classmates
-Stay focused on your homework
-Its always important to listen and participate in class
- Always review what your learning in class on a regular basis.

Make school your priority.
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Marina’s Answer

I think the answer changes based on how you like to learn and what types of classwork cater to your strengths. I was always a great test taker and writer, but I wasn't very focused in class and struggled to complete assignments I classified as "busy work." While tests and papers make up a major component of your grade, the other parts of your evaluations add up. I'd start by asking yourself and listing out your strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you're great at giving presentations and working through group projects, but you struggle more with written exams. If you struggle with exams, what type of questions are easier or harder for you? You need to identify what you're the best at and what you're less good at before you make a study plan or you run the risk of spending too much time on things you are already going to score well on.

After you identify your personal strengths and weaknesses in terms of classwork/testing, evaluate the type of material and the type of evaluation you have in each class. Are your classes testing you on your ability to memorize facts and processes, are they testing you on critical reading comprehension, or are they testing you on lengthy word problems or strict calculations? Which of these do you struggle with? After making these assessments, you can make a better study plan.

I would make sure you spend some time each day on assignments and/or studying for your classes. Some days you might skip over math and focus on science, or skip history and focus on languages. Some days you might not need to study at all, and its important to take breaks. You will have to make these decisions based off of your workload, but also on your strengths and weaknesses evaluations. Maybe you're great at reading comprehension but you need extra practice with material you need to memorize. Spend less time on the things you are the best at and more on the things that are harder for you. For study tools, I strongly recommend Khan Academy for math and Quizlet for classes you need to memorize material for. Take advantage of office hours/out of class workshops from teachers in classes you aren't performing as well as you would like to in. Using these tools in addition to studying your class notes and completing assignments will help boost your grades.

Lastly, if there's an opportunity for extra credit or bonus points, DO IT. Even if you think it won't matter, or that your grade is already good enough, you don't have a lot to lose by doing the extra work (unless its so much work that it's going to detract from other important things, or overwhelm you). A little goes a long way, so invest your time into the things you need extra help with and that will boost your overall grades.
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