It’s almost time for grades, but you’ve got a few weeks to bump up those scores! Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation showed us 5 Ways to Get an A in School

Tip 1: Pay attention in class and take notes.

Taking notes helps you stay focused and not lose attention. Also arrange your notes in a question format. i.e. What is Mendel’s law of segregation? Why did James Madison write the federalist paper? etc… And answer concisely. Then before exams cover up answers and try recalling them. This will keep you on top of content. If you need to refresh your notetaking skills, I suggest taking a summer notetaking course.

Tip 2: Get on your teachers good side

I’m not saying put an polished apple on your teacher’s desk each morning. That could hurt your grade! Instead do the following 4 things:

  1. Come to class on time
  2. Come to class with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  3. Come to class prepared (do your homework)
  4. Always ask questions in class. Try to ask at least one every day (even if you’re shy!). This keeps you engaged and prevents you from losing focus. Ask questions even if you think they are “stupid.”

* Bonus tip, go to your teacher’s office hours from time to time. This will show your teacher that you care and want to do well in class!

Tip 3: Always do your homework every night no exception! (do all the reading + the problems)

Homework allows practice and most of the learning happens on your own. This also allows you to ask questions in class on stuff you don’t get. Also learn to LOVE to do your homework by setting up incentives for homework completion. Get yourself a snack if you finish your math HW on time. Finish that big project due Friday? Then treat yourself to a Friday night movie!

*Keep in mind, if you’re a slower learner, you will have to put in time and half or double time toward your homework to get an A. So reserve enough time in your schedule to get your homework done!

Tip 4: Prioritize those items in your class that count the most!

A lot of times it’s easy to spend 10 hours writing an essay that counts for 5% of your grade and only studying 3-4 hours for an exam that counts for 20%.

Usually exams count a lot, so I recommend preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Remember, proper planning is key to an A.

Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things.

Getting As in school requires a lot of work and sometimes it can become overwhelming. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle and enjoying life will help you get A’s without all the stress!

What was your biggest takeaway from these tips about 5 ways to get an “A” in school? Do you have any questions for Alexis Avila?

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