Cheat Sheet to Getting High Grades

 Now, even I know that studying 24/7 in order to receive the best grades and, consequently, sacrificing your already little free time is asking too much from any student. But this is not what this article is about. No, this is merely advice (in the form of a step-by-step guide) that I personally discovered along the way and found quite helpful.

1. Class participation

 This is very important because, compared to the other tips, it has an actual psychological explanation. By answering in class from time to time, even better if you are asking questions, this shows the teacher that you are eager to learn and that you are paying attention, thus creating a so-called “halo effect” which can result in better grades. I also consider this one the easiest; if you can convince your teacher you are a good student as early as the first few weeks of school, you are set for almost the entire semester.

2. Eliminate the “C” word from your vocabulary

CAN’T. Do not say that you can’t do the homework or that you can’t be smart or that you can’t get high grades. Usually, this kind of thinking does not come from the inside, but has rather external sources. And these thoughts stick to us like glue because our mind believes what it’s told. Whatever it is, proving someone wrong would never feel as good as when you start noticing changes for the better.

3. Attendance & work

 Let me start by saying that not skipping school can only have benefits; missing classes without a good reason should be avoided. Mostly because perfect attendance only adds to the point I made above, about showing the teacher how good of a student you are. And if you do attend the class, try at least not to talk to your desk mate and definitely try to pay attention as much as possible. Because, second of all, listening to the teacher’s explanations on the subject is only going to help you later.
For example, it is definitely going to help you while doing the assigned homework. I don’t think I need to say that doing, or at least trying to do the homework is also an essential part.
And doing the homework might mean that you have to sacrifice some time during which you could do something you actually love. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to do those things, it simply means you should do your homework first.

4. Find your “WHY”

 Motivation plays a big role in getting better at school. Many people in general start to change for the better without setting an end goal, which is a bit counterproductive as this sudden spur of productivity will not last forever. So, deciding why you want to get better grades is a crucial part. Knowing why you are working harder every day and what you are striving for will help you stay on the road that leads to success.

 In conclusion, I have to admit that grades are just grades and they don’t accurately represent what you actually know OR at what level you can study at, since this little “cheat sheet” I created. In the end, what matters most is doing what you love and if getting there means you have to perform better in school, I hope these little tips are of some help.

Iulia Nazarov