04 June 2013
Get an “A”
Many students go to school hoping to achieve all “A's”, yet they never do. Getting an “A” requires dedication and persistence that many students neglect. It can be very easy to improve grades and get “A's” by changing a few aspects of your course routines. All students are able to get “A's” if they stay organized, take notes, and study correctly.
The first step to improving grades and getting an “A” is to become more organized. One way to get organized is to use a planner or calendar to keep up with assignment due dates, tests, and extracurricular activities. This will allow the students to properly manage their time. The student should also take the time to create individual course folders and/or binders to keep paperwork neat and organized. For example, students can ...view middle of the document...
When instructors are giving lectures, they tend to repeat or stress areas of importance. Lecturers are able to talk much faster than the student can write, so shorthand is the most optimal means of note-taking. Anything that is written on the boards or overheads is also important and should be written down. If students are given pages to read in a textbook, they should take notes on this information. All notes should be written in a format that is easy to read during future assessment. For example a student could take notes in a column format, where the left side is used for main ideas and the right is used for notes. This format allows the student to know which notes apply to which topic. Well-written notes will allow the student to go back and learn information that may have been forgotten resulting in a better grade in the course.
Most importantly, students need to study. Studying is critical to improving grades and achieving an “A”. First one should find a comfortable, quiet place that is well lit. Make sure to have all applicable textbooks and notes. The student should go over all notes pertaining to the topic that needs to be studied. Students should try reading notes out loud or copying them multiple times. This will aid in increasing the amount of information memorized. Generally, studying for one hour and taking short breaks is adequate. Studying for too long will lead to loss of motivation resulting in information not being retained. Students should always manage their study time and stay motivated in order to properly learn and absorb information.
In conclusion, getting an “A” can be easy as long as the student is willing to put in the time and effort. Staying organized, taking notes, and studying correctly are just a few ways a student can improve course performance and grades. Remember grades can have an effect later in a person's life. All it takes is some minor adjustments such as these, and they can have a positive impact on one’s future.