5 Secrets for a Better School Year
Whether you’re trying to turn those B’s into A’s, or those A’s into A+’s, there’s always room for improvement in the classroom. As summer winds down and the new school year approaches, it’s time to turn the page on the previous year and focus on the future. Here are 5 steps for improving your academic performance and getting the grades you desire.
Review and Reflect
Before you officially turn the page on the previous school year, take a few moments to assess your performance from last year. Did you meet your expectations? What did you do well? What could you have done better? What specifically prevented you from achieving your goals?
Write your answers on a sheet of paper. When the new school year begins, use the paper as a guide to ensure you’re making the necessary improvements.
Now that you’ve reflected on the previous school year, flip over the sheet of paper and write down your goals for this year. What is your target GPA? What subjects do you want to improve in? What do you want to achieve beyond better grades? Having well-defined goals can serve as a motivational tool and provide baseline criteria to which you can hold yourself accountable.
Mix things up this school year and sit in the front row of your classroom. Not only will you be able to see the board more easily, but you’ll also be showing initiative, which your teacher will appreciate and possibly recognize in the form of better grades. There are often more distractions in the back of the classroom that can prevent you from learning to the best of your ability.
Set aside a designated hour either at the school or library where you can study free of distractions. Studying at home can be difficult with your TV, video game console, and toys competing for your attention. When you study at the school or library, your mind is single-focused, allowing you to study and absorb information more efficiently.
Success at school shouldn’t be measured by your grades, and your grades alone. It should be measured by your overall growth and maturity as a person. And it’s hard to grow if you don’t participate in extracurricular activities. From music and sports teams, to clubs like the debate team and model UN, it’s important to be well rounded. Extracurricular activities not only help you grow as a person, but they look great on your college application when the time comes.
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