Getting good grades in an examination is one of the priorities of most students. Getting good grades is not necessarily passing with straight A’s. Also being an academically good student does not always assure you good grades. Getting the right and correct procedures to guide you to prepare for any upcoming examination does assure you.
In this article, we will share with you well-researched and proven ways of getting good grades. Take your time, and have a deep breath while we take you through this quick guide.
Studying isn’t always fun, but you have to keep your grades up no matter what. If you do your work throughout the class, you’ll need less studying time when your tests come around. Additionally, you can use some tricks to minimize your study time, including keeping your brain sharp by keeping your body healthy.
Think about the material before you come to class.
You usually know what your class is going to be about because your teacher assigned you some kind of material ahead of time. As you are getting to class, think about what you will be covering that day, mentally preparing yourself for the time ahead. This process will get you in the right frame of mind and help you absorb information better.
Go to class.
If you’re in high school, you don’t have the option not to show up, but in college, you’re in charge of your own time. One of the easiest ways to earn good grades without studying much is to show up to your classes and listen to what your teacher has to say. That means not just showing up but being attentive as well.
- In addition, many professors will make attendance and participation a part of your grade. Therefore, just attending will contribute to you making better grades. If you don’t show up enough, you lose those points.
Find a sitting position that would not distract you.
It may be tempting to sit in the back row, out of sight and mind of your professor. However, you’ll be better able to see what your professor is writing on the board at the front, and you’ll be able to hear her better. You’ll also be less tempted to let your mind wander. Some students also are comfortable sitting behind. Anyway, what works for you should be applied once you are seeing the expected results.
If you’re confused about something, don’t be afraid to ask a question. Your teacher will be happy to shed some light on what’s confusing you, and other students will likely have the same question.
It may sound difficult to do, especially if the subject is something you don’t like, such as math. However, start by feigning interest, if you have to. Psych yourself up, saying how much you love math. Try to find parts of it that do interest you, even if it’s a small part. Being interested in what you’re learning helps you to take in information more effectively.
Always look out for the main points.
Your teacher will likely clue you into what’s important by writing the main ideas on the board or emphasizing them with her voice. She may even repeat the main ideas to make sure the class is understanding what’s important. Constantly be asking yourself what the main ideas and main points are so that you are using your time in class to think about and absorb the ideas.
Take good notes.
Taking good notes does not mean writing down every word your teacher says. That often means you aren’t absorbing the information, just re-writing it on the page. You also won’t be able to keep up, unless you are taking notes on a computer and can type very fast. Therefore, it’s best to write down notes with a few words or short sentences that capture the main points. For instance, if your teacher says, “We’re talking about verbs today. Verbs are the action of the sentence.
There are two main types of verbs, being and action verbs.” You could write: “Verbs: the action of the sentence. 2 types: being, action.”
It’s a good idea to use shorthand or abbreviations to make your writing faster, but be sure to be consistent so that you always know what you wrote.
Though you can capture more with a computer, studies have shown that taking notes by hand helps you learn more than taking notes on a computer.
Practice Constant Revision
Taking good notes without constant revision may be a waste of time. To get very good grades you need to get the theories on your fingers tip. It is very key to get all the concepts at hand by constantly revising what you have learned. Revising previous concepts before moving to the next topic is very helpful.