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How to Get Good Grades in High School

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

In the midst of all the fun surrounding high school, getting good grades can easily be forgotten. For many reasons, you should not neglect your school work. Here's why it is in your interest to take pride in your schoolwork and the marks you obtain:

  • Learning is one of the most fulfilling aspects of life. Do you disagree? Perhaps because you haven't yet found what excites you, or what you really want to learn. Generally, grades are an indicator of how much you have learned. So if you want to learn, it's logical to strive for the grades.
  • Mom and Dad would be proud. And hey, let's face it - Mom and Dad have the money and give you a roof over your head.
  • Good grades in high school opens up new opportunities in the future. Do you want to go to college? Do you want to be a doctor, earn a Ph.D, or go to law school?
  • Improves self-esteem. Everyone needs a purpose and goals in their life. School related challenges are great and self-improving.

Obviously, you clicked on this article because you realize the value of getting good grades. That's great, and I will teach you how. The content that follows is tailored specifically for high school students like yourself.

  1. Be an active listener in class. If you're stuck in school for the day, you might as well make it the most productive as you can. Learn the material in class as it is taught, and save time after school when you want to do your own thing. It will also be much clearer to you with the teacher explaining. Sitting near the front of the room, or at least away from friends, helps here.
  2. Ask questions in class and make your presence known. If you don't understand something, raise your hand.
  3. Take good notes. Although it is wise to learn as much as you can in class, you're going to have to review at home. That's what your notes are for. You must take good notes in order to study effectively away from class.
  4. Homework is non-negotiable and must be completed daily. Review after each class. Make sure it sticks in your brain. One of the best tips to get grades in high school is to not procrastinate learning. If you learn the material at the pace it is being taught, things become a whole lot easier. So block out time, perhaps using an agenda, and stay on top of school work.
  5. Establish good study habits. Do not study: In front of the TV, while eating, with distracting music, with internet nearby, while checking Facebook, etc. Basically do not study with distractions. Excellent study habits mean that you are single-tasking, totally focused and organized. Being organized means following tip #3, which requires you to prioritize school work. Again, try out an agenda to help you manage your time. Set goals for yourself: "I will study from 11:00 to 12:00". Always study well in advance for tests - avoid cramming.
  6. Create a study guide for each test. These guides are a handy resource for studying. As all your notes are in one area, study guides are tremendously useful. They take some time to make, but the process of making them is part of learning the material. Have a friend or family member quiz you on the material in the study guide.
  7. Ask for help. Ask your teacher for additional practice problems, perhaps for extra credit. Also, ask your teacher for some private extra help. If that's not an option, get a tutor, or ask help from family and friends.
  8. Set goals. For example "get a 90% on the math test next week". Create a plan to achieve your goals, and stick to it. Remember, small goals are often more realistic and achievable.
  9. Befriend your teacher. You can find their preferences and what they are looking for on exams and papers. You may even find your teacher to be friendly and likeable.
  10. Stay organized. Always have all the materials you need (calculator, pens, paper, etc) with you in in class each day. Keep your study area clean and tidy. Also, ensure your study area is just that - a study area. Eliminate all other distractions. This relieves stress and makes studying a whole lot easier.
  11. Eat wisely. Having a well-balanced diet really does help you get good grades in high school. Do not consume alcohol or drugs. Eat a healthy diet but avoid extremes. The best advice is to eat food, not too much and mostly plants. More on that here.
  12. Exercise. Exercise lowers stress and helps you form memories. It is an absolute must - you don't have time not to exercise. Pick any form, but one that you enjoy.
  13. Get enough sleep. Never stay up all night studying. It's counterproductive, as memory is formed during your sleep. Insure adequate sleep not just before tests, but everyday.
  14. Be a good test-taker. Learn the teacher's tendencies and what to expect on exams.
  15. Do not overextend yourself. Your agenda helps you schedule your time commitments. Make sure that you are not overly-committed. Perhaps you need a job in high school (see link for a long list of ideas), but ease off the hours if need be.

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What are your study tips to get good grades in high school? Please comment!



Oct 19, 2011 4:41pm
Very Nice Article.
Jan 4, 2012 12:30pm
Great article, while I have long finished high school I think their is a lot to be said about training people to become good students. I have some personal experience of transitioning from struggling student to academic success and it was instrumental in shaping how I learn at work or now that I am a homeowner.

Training yourself to learn is a great skill set and one that is often overlooked because students are focusing on the material and not on the patience, problem solving or work ethic that studying leads to.

Great article.
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