Three Ways to Get Better Grades

The school year is upon us! For many of my friends who are students, these are the tricks that I used to help me improve my grades in college.

1) Before the first day of class read the first two chapters of each book ( if you already missed it or are a high school student then do it by the end of the first week of classes).

There are three benefits to this.

a) Most classes build concept upon concept. If you have a strong grasp of the general concepts you will do better in classes. If you get lost early in a class, you will tend to struggle.

b) Before you get to class or soon after, you will have already heard and read some of the key definitions and words that will be used at the start of the class. That way when the professor starts talking about them, you can make minor adjustments to your understanding during class instead of saying “Huh?” the first time you hear the definitions.

c) You will have a better opportunity to answer questions and impress your professors as one of the smart kids in class during the first week of school. Guess what, teachers tend to treat the “smart kids” (real or perceived) with much more mercy when they goof up.

Special note for college freshman: You will have plenty of time to play during your time in college. Even in the pre-class weeks, there is plenty of time to hang out and plenty of time to study. Don’t miss a chance to get off on the right foot.

2) Have a clear understanding of how your teacher grades.

You’re primary reason for being in class is to learn, but getting good grades is a very close second. If you don’t have a good idea of how the teacher is going to grade ( 30% of your grade is quizes or 5% ) then you may under study for important grades.

Does the teacher allow extra credit? What types of projects will the extra credit be a part of?

3) Before the end of the second week of class, ask the professor the best way to study for his exams

There are two benefits to doing this.

a) This question will convey to a teacher that you are serious about their class and they will again treat you as one of the smart kids (see 1c).

b) In some cases, the teachers will give you answers here that will completely unlock an easy grade for you. Many of them have been teaching the same course for years and they have found patterns of studying that have helped their previous students.

There are additonal things you can do but those three will get you on your way towards much better grades than you might otherwise be able to manage.

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About kentostby
Kent Ostby is a fiction and efficiency writer who is willing to dabble in just about any other phase of writing as well.

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