If you’re in school or in college right now you’re probably concerned with your grades. You want to make sure that you’re doing your best so that you can graduate and be successful. Let’s talk about grade goals.
Some of you have goals to get straight A’s. Maybe you’ve always been a straight A student and you want to maintain your record. Or maybe you’re struggling with one of your classes (like math) and you want to improve your grade. Maybe you just want to stay on top of your game and pass your classes, or become a better test taker.
Whatever your grade goals are, in order to achieve them it starts with believing in yourself. Believe that you can do what you set your mind to do. Even if you’ve always had trouble with math, believe that you can get better and even enjoy the journey along the way. I know all my fellow math haters are thinking, “I will never enjoy math”, but trust me, it is possible! If taking tests stresses you out to the point where you make mistakes that you wouldn’t normally make, believe that you can learn the tips you need to overcome it.
Taking care of yourself is also so important in your academic journey. If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s hard to concentrate in class. If you’re hungry, you don’t care about what the teacher is saying because you’re day dreaming about the pizza you want for lunch. If you’re emotional because of boy problems or girl drama, nothing else matters except for your feelings. Be sure to take care of yourself so that you can succeed.
Eat right, get enough sleep at night, and give yourself the very best care.
Pay attention in class. Take good notes. Instead of glancing at your textbook like it’s your Facebook timeline, take the time to read through it and re-read it until you fully understand it. When it’s time for a test, you’ll be glad you did.
Instead of trying to study all at once right before a test, study regularly. That way, you’ll be familiar with the material, and testing will become easier for you.
Study with friends, even if you’re not all studying for the same class. Of course they’ll be laughs and chit chat, and hopefully some good snacks, but aside from that – getting together with your friends to dedicate some study time will be helpful for all of you.
If you’re having trouble with one of your classes, reach out for help. Tutoring and study labs can make such a big difference, especially if you find a tutor who really breaks the subject down for you so that you can understand it! Having the right tutor can help you bring your grade from an F up to an A+.
Talk to your teachers. Ask them for tips and extra credit. See if they have any extra resources that would help you in your studies. If you feel that you’ve mastered a subject, see if you can help tutor others who may need help.
If you don’t make the grade you were hoping for, keep trying! Be proud of yourself for all of your efforts. Celebrate your progress, and shoot for the stars.