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How can I get better grades?

We know being a teenager can be stressful and the adults in your life may get onto you about getting better grades. We also know that you want to do well in school so you can achieve your goals of going to college or getting a job. So we decided we should offer some tips on ways you can improve your grades.

  • Be in class. One of the easiest things you can do to improve your grades is to attend class everyday. That way, you won't miss any important announcements and you'll be able to complete in-class work.
  • Organization. Use a planner or calendar to make sure you know what assignments are due and when. Finish assignments and turn them in! Even if it's a small task, it will improve your grade and show your teacher you are willing to put in the effort.
  • Take notes. Pay attention while in class so you can write down notes. This will help you follow along during the lesson and actually help you remember the stuff later (like on a test). If your teacher writes something on the board, that means it's important--so write it down. That way, you'll have something to review before quizzes and tests.
  • Homework. Eliminate distractions. Turn the the TV off, put your phone away or on silent. Find a a quiet area to do your work so you can concentrate. If you have a large project, break it up into smaller chunks. That way it will be more manageable and you won't be up all night the day before it's due! Once you do your homework, don't forget to turn it in.
  • Find a study buddy. Sometimes it's helpful to study with a classmate when reviewing for a test. You can quiz each other on the material. Also, your buddy may have written down something you missed during class.
  • Ask for help. If you have a question or don't understand something, ask someone for help. You aren't expected to know everything! Find a friend, teacher, counselor, tutor, or parent if you are struggling in a class and need extra help. 
  • Reward yourself. Schedule breaks when doing homework. Go outside, text a friend, play a game. It's important to stay motivated with enjoyable activities to look forward to. Reward yourself with a good night's sleep! Click here for more on sleep
  • Don't wait. Waiting until the last day to study before an exam makes it really hard to remember all the things you need to know. Instead, you will remember things much easier if you study a little each day (15-30 minutes) rather than studying a lot on just 1-2 days.
  • Review before you sleep. We tend to remember things a bit better when we study before we go to sleep. Try it out! Take just 5-10 minutes to review your notes, flash cards, or study guide before you go to sleep, and when you wake up, look over them again and see how much you remembered.

You can find additional tips on studying here: http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/test_terror.html