How to Make Good Grades

  How to Make Good Grades

Believe in Yourself

1.                  Believe in your abilities.

2.                  Make goals for yourself.

Be Organized

1.                  Use an assignment notebook.

2.                  Use three-ring binders for class notes.

3.                  Use folders for schoolwork.

4.                  Have phone numbers for classmates.

5.                  Keep your locker and backpack neat.

6.                  Get organized before you go to bed.

Manage Your Time Well

1.                  Use class time and study halls.

2.                  Create your own study plan.

3.                  Prepare for sabotage.*

Be Successful in the Classroom

1.                  Learn how to adapt to different teachers.*

2.                  Be in school, on time, every day.

3.                  Be prepared for each class.

4.                  Sit in the front of the class if possible.

5.                  Be aware of your body language and nonverbal behavior.

6.                  Always do your homework.

7.                  Participate in class.

8.                  Be a good group member.

9.                  Treat others with courtesy and respect.

10.              Involve your parents.


Take Good Notes

1.                  Be an active listener.

2.                  Take notes to help you pay attention.

3.                  Recognize important information.

4.                  Take notes that are easy to read.

5.                  Go over your notes as soon as possible.

6.                  Get lecture notes if you are absent.

Know How to Read a Textbook

1.                  Scan by reading subtitles, words in bold and italic print, summaries, charts, and review questions.

2.                  Read with a purpose.

3.                  Review by scanning the material to check your comprehension.

Study Smart

1.                  Find a good place to study.

2.                  Get started.

3.                  Know your learning style.

4.                  Organize your study time.

5.                  Know how to study for tests.

6.                  Use tricks to help you memorize information.

7.                  Know how to write a paper.

8.                  Use tricks when making a presentation or speech.*

9.                  Learn word processing.

Use Test Taking Strategies

1.                  Get off to a good start.

2.                  Develop a plan.

3.                  Mark questions that you want to return to.

4.                  Increase your odds on multiple-choice questions.*

5.                  Look for key words in True/False questions.

6.                  Know how to approach essay questions.

7.                  Improve your math test scores.*

8.                  Be prepared for open book tests.

9.                  Check answers.

10.              Go over all returned tests.

Reduce Test Anxiety

1.                  Start studying early.

2.                  Mentally practice going through the testing experience.

3.                  Be confident.

4.                  Relax before the test.

5.                  Think positively.

Get Help When You Need It

1.                  Talk to your teacher.

2.                  Go to a counselor.