Getting Good Grades in High School Secrets of Success

Students are always pressured to get good grades in school, but what if you’re terrible at math, and it’s always pulling you down? What if you have a “bad” teacher who refuses to accept your point-of-views? Getting good grades is a combination of three things: motivation, dedication, and planning. Take these three into consideration, put them into good use, and you’ll get the great grades that you deserve.

MOTIVATION
For the parents: whether parents pay their students for A’s or whether those kids get more leisure time as a result of good grades, motivation is the key to success. It’s debatable whether it’s ethically or morally correct to pay students for certain letter grades or accomplishments, but in many cases it is a technique that works. Money, however, should not be the form of reward all the time. While motivation can be great for the short run, in the long run broader motivation is much more beneficial. For instance, parents can definitely pay their children when they receive great grades, but they should also focus on the meaning of their children’s education: What would they like to do ten or fifteen years down the line? What is their life’s dream? How are they going to get there? While kids do appreciate the money as an instant gratification, they will realize what their education means to them if hardships, or ideas of hardships, are placed upon them. Take them to places that are run by highly educated people. Then, take them to places where there are barely-educated people.
For the students: How do you get motivated to wake up five times a week, ready to learn? This is the key to getting good grades: Go to school with high expectations and an even higher form of motivation and you’re more likely to go home from school with a feeling of self-gratification and success. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t seem like you’re seeing results. Results take time. If you don’t like doing homework, reward yourself after you have done your homework efficiently. Don’t give in to leisure time until you’ve finished with the things you need to do for school.

DEDICATION
High school is really the bridge to college. If you want to go to a good college, or even if you’ve already got the college of your dreams in mind, you’ll want to do well in high school. Dedicate yourself to studying a certain amount of hours per week, per class, but certainly don’t overdo it. Never, ever stay up later than 11 o’clock or 12 midnight, unless it’s absolutely imperative for you to do so. Get at least eight to nine hours of sleep every night. You can evenly distribute your studying amongst the five days of school, and leave one whole weekend day devoted to studying for upcoming tests, while the other weekend day is devoted to your leisure time. All work and no play is not a good mantra to live by while in school; you’ll get burnt out. You can be dedicated, you can get good grades, if you have the willingness to do so. But, if you overdo it, you can get tired of school easily. Moderate your allotted time for studying and play by putting more emphasis on studying, but also supplementing it with play.

PLANNING
Plan your schedules accordingly. On days when you don’t have much homework, make sure that you use at least have of that time on studying. Always read ahead, even if you’ve got over a week to do it. You might end up reading the material twice and then understanding it better. Be organized and buy a planner so that you have updated information in the palm of your hands. Plus, it’ll make you see your week or month visually. Fill in any gaps with times for studying. Study the hardest for classes that you know you aren’t good at, and review material for the classes that you aren’t having trouble with. Always take at least thirty minutes everyday to go over what you’ve learned that day. It beats having to stay up all night just before the test.

Some helpful tips to get good grades:
1.Never study at the last minute. It boggles your mind and memory. Study the night before but not too hard; just enough to give you a basic overview of things. If you’ve been reading the material for thirty minutes everyday, you won’t need to study four or five hours the night or day before the test.
2.Get plenty of sleep. Don’t rely on coffee and caffeine. Your body will get used to it and trying to kick the addiction later on will leave your body and mind in a slump.
3.Write on your English books. If they’re borrowed textbooks from the school, keep a separate notebook for each class handy and write as you read or after every chapter. But, if it’s a book you’ve bought, then write in the margins. Simply underlining or highlighting leaves you with no insight on the text at all. Write your opinions and questions on the margins and you’re interacting with the text.
4.Know how you study. Do you study well by yourself, or with a group? If you like to study with a group, then make sure that you’re exchanging ideas and information and not just having daily conversations. When you study, do it so that you aren’t easily distracted. Set aside a place for yourself as a “study corner.” Make sure that there aren’t any distractions, and keep a timer on hand. Some people will say they can’t study if they don’t listen to music or if the tv’s not on. Personally, I’m one of these people, but I can safely say that I always got my work done on time, and managed to sleep before 10 o’clock every night. If you can’t do this, keep your study space quiet.
5. Take frequent breaks between study times. Study or read for twenty-five minutes, then take a five minute break. Studying or reading at intervals refreshes your eyes and mind. If you take too much information in too little time, you’re more likely to forget the information.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re studying, but by no means live by them exactly. Every student’s studying habits are different, and studying is not the only key thing to success. Having enough leisure time, volunteering, being dedicated and organized, etc., are all helpful points to consider when trying to get good grades in high school.