With progress reports quickly approaching, you realize your grades this year have not been incredibly good. Stress has gotten the best of you as you think about applying to various scholarships and colleges over the next few months. It seems the more you get involved in different extracurricular activities the more you fall behind in everything else. High school is getting more difficult by the minute, and you feel overwhelmed in every way.
Don’t worry! Today begins the High School Tips series. In this series, we’ll tackle topics such as study skills, applying for college, finding balance with extracurricular activities and school work, and many others.
Today, we have 5 tips for improving your grades quickly.
Kiss Your Teacher’s Butt
I am being facetious of course, but the easiest way to ensure your success for the year is to get on your teacher’s good side. Perfect teachers never show favoritism. Unfortunately for students who don’t take this tip to heart, there is no such thing as a perfect teacher. Even great teachers will unknowingly show some type of favoritism. You can complain about the favoritism in your classroom, but that will not make it go away.
Get on the right side of it and use it to your advantage. In high school, I had a math teacher who was the most intense teacher I’ve ever had. I saw her make several students cry on various occasions. One of my friends, who was typically disliked by most teachers, commented on liking her perfume on the first day of class. Needless to say, the rest of the semester was a breeze for him.
A simple kind gesture like this at the beginning of a semester can make all the difference in the world. There is a balance though. Being too forceful and obvious in kissing up to your teacher will put you right on his/ her bad side.
Do All of Your Assignments
This should go without saying, but it is too important not to mention. It is easy to blow off small assignments as the school year progresses and your life gets busier and busier. It might not seem like those assignments will cost you much, but over the course of a semester, they really add up.
Even if you cannot find the time to do an assignment by the due date, turn it in as soon as possible. Often, your teacher will give you at least partial credit. A grade on an assignment at 50% is still better than 0%.
The reason people feel busy all the time is because their organization is out of order. Psychologically, it is much easier to do a task if you make it easier to begin. For example, if you keep your schoolbag a mess with loose papers everywhere, it will be harder for you to start your math homework because you know you’ll have to spend 5 minutes looking for it.
If you kept your math homework in the front of a folder, all you would have to do is open it to begin your assignment.
The key to staying organized in school is to have a great school bag optimized for organization. The mancro business school bag is the perfect one for the job. It has different compartments for laptops, notebooks, pens, tablets, etc. It even has an external USB port for charging capabilities. It is by far one of the best school bags for organization out there.
Another easy way to stay organized is by getting an expanding folder for different subjects. This way, all your papers will be organized by subject in one folder. Having a great organization system is a major key in having tremendous success in school.
Sign Up for Tutoring Services Early
Of course, I recommend using our services at His Glory Tutoring as the most effective system; however, there are many other tutoring services available out there. Find out if your school offers free tutoring after school and make sure to take advantage of that resource early on in the school year.
I get so many people wanting to get tutored a couple of weeks before exams. Don’t get me wrong. This is still better than not getting help at all; however, the most effective method is to get help throughout the school year instead of waiting until the last minute to cram a semester’s worth of material in your memory.
Manage Your Time
Because of how busy being a high school student can get, you must manage your time well. I suggest at the beginning of the week sitting down with a calendar system such as Google Calendar and blocking off time to study. Whether it is from 5:00-6:00 pm everyday or 4:00-4:20 every other day, block some amount of time for several days throughout the week dedicated to studying and school work.
Doing this will prevent you from cramming information into your memory the day before a big test, writing a paper the morning of its due date, and being overwhelmed by the stress of so many assignments.
Let’s eliminate the excuse that you have no time to do an assignment. You schedule things out in a calendar app, and you make time to be successful. Remember, if you want to do something, you will always make time for it. But if you don’t want to do something, you will always find an excuse to not do it. Success does not happen on accident. Decide to be successful.