It’s midway through the quarter and you’ve decided to take a peek at your grades so far. Whether you’ve had a stellar start to the school year or are still adjusting to new teachers and subjects, you probably have at least a class or two you’d like to boost your average in. Here are five tips to help you finish out the grading period strong!
1. Thoroughly review your classwork and homework
If you’re striving to ace a class and aren’t looking over your graded classwork and homework assignments after you receive them, you need to begin doing so! Repeated exposure to course material—particularly to any mistakes—ensures your knowledge “sticks” and reveals which topics you need to study most. This can also help prevent errors on test day and help you boost your final grades.
2. Change up your study habits
Adjusting the way you study can sometimes be a simple remedy for poor performance in a class. Even if a certain technique like flashcards, note reading, or rewriting worked in the past, so-so grades are often a sign that it’s time to try a new learning strategy. Experimenting with different study methods may help you discover the most effective approach for your current coursework and learning style.
3. Talk things out with your teacher(s)
Whether you’re struggling to grasp course material or making more mistakes than usual on tests, quizzes, and homework, talking through those mistakes and details with a teacher can make a world of difference. It’s well worth your time to do so, even if that means coming in early for extra help, staying after class, or visiting them during a free period. Ultimately, teachers are a resource for you, so take advantage of their assistance and expertise!
4. Find some study buddies
Even if you’re more of an individual learner, connecting with friends and peers who are taking the same courses as you can help you stay up-to-date on notes, assignments, and due dates. In addition, they can often answer questions you have outside of school hours via email, text, or group chat. Try reaching out to your friends, classmates, or teachers to see if there are any established study groups you can join, or just ask if they’d like to form one.
5. Take care of yourself outside the classroom
Not every subject in school will come naturally, but when dealing with unsatisfactory grades, it’s important to consider whether other physical, mental, social, or emotional factors are impacting you as a student. Exhaustion, poor sleep quality, social drama, and/or anxiety surrounding a class may be to blame rather than academic issues. If you’re faced with personal challenges like these and want to improve your overall well-being, consider seeking help from a parent, friend, or trusted adult like a school counselor or therapist.
Bonus tip: Don’t pester your teachers about extra credit
Even when you’re distraught over your average in a subject, begging for extra credit doesn’t endear you to teachers; they may even find repetitive inquiries like this insulting or annoying. If a teacher feels extra credit is warranted, they’ll assign it or offer it to you. But if you can’t help yourself, ask once politely then accept the answer they give you as final.
A low average can feel like a foregone conclusion as the marking period wraps up, but there’s still plenty you can do to lift your quarterly grade! Every test, quiz, and assignment has some impact, but don’t give up. In the end, no number or letter on a piece of paper defines you. What matters most is that you’re proud of the effort you put into a course and worked to earn the best grade you could.
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