Even the brightest students can sometimes find themselves academically underperforming, often through no fault of their own. When students find themselves in this situation, it’s often because they’re stuck in a rut and are not sure what to do to improve. If this sounds like you, the first step is to work out the reasons why you may be underperforming, and the next step is to work out how to tackle the problem.
If you’re not sure how to get good marks or grades in school, this article shows you what you can do to form an improvement plan to help you achieve the grades you know you’re capable of achieving.
Being organized is an important component of academic success. You can manage your time efficiently by getting a physical or digital calendar. Set timelines for short- and long-term goals and due dates for school work. Make sure to leave space for extracurricular activities and socializing.
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.
Develop Good Study Habits
Not only will the study habits you develop now improve your high school grades, they will carry you into college and beyond. Follow these basic tips and watch your work improve:
- Attend class regularly and arrive on time
- Review assigned readings and notes before each class
- Complete assignments in advance - don't procrastinate!
- Tackle larger projects in manageable increments
- Allow ample study time to avoid cramming the night before a big exam
What Motivates You?
Do you want to attend a prestigious university, or do you thrive in competitive situations? Think about the factors that motivate you to perform at an academically high level, and set realistic goals that are challenging but attainable.
Rewarding yourself is a great way to stay motivated. Rewards can include buying something for yourself or even going out to dinner with friends. You might even involve your parents as accountability partners who reward you for academic success.
Despite the challenges you may encounter, such as difficult assignments or a low quiz grade, remember to stay committed. Instead of having a pity party when things go south, chart a path for future success and take action.
Pay more attention in class – and ask questions
If you’re prone to daydreaming in class, it’s time to start focusing on the here and now. Listen to what the teacher is saying rather than talking with friends or allowing your mind to wander. Don’t simply copy down what’s on the board without thinking about it; make sure you’ve understood it, make neat notes so that you can understand them when you come back to them (more on that later), and don’t be afraid to speak up if there’s something you don’t understand or want clarifying. It’s much easier to ask a teacher to explain something differently than it is to trawl through books trying to find a clearer explanation for yourself, and they won’t think less of you for asking.
Finally, hard work prevails and there is no substitute of hard work. Just remember:
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.– Tim Notke
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