Got Messy Grades? Get A Broom!
By Marcus Hixenbaugh
November 18, 2016
Progress reports will be out this week. Are you struggling? Are your grades so bad that you don’t even want to look at them? Do your parents threaten to beat you with a toaster if you don’t raise your grades? You need some help. Have no fear, I got you.
I’m in the same boat as many of you, trying to pull our grades out of the gutter in the last few weeks of first semester. My big problem is Basketball takes up time I could be spending on school.
The 10 tips below have helped me improve my grade even with the struggle of attending practice every night.
- Know the “weight” of your assignments. -know which assignments are weighted heavier, so if you have an assignment worth 100 points you might want to focus more on that assignment and try your best to get a good grade, rather than turning in small daily work assignments.
- Turn in all your missing work. - The 0 in the grade book hurts your grade more than taking a late penalty on that particular assignment.
- Go to all your classes! NO SKIPPING!!! -It’s impossible to get your grade up if you don’t attend class. That’s the same as trying to lose weight but continuing your unhealthy habits, no progress will be made.
- Pay attention during class. -Take more extensive notes during class and remove all distractions from around you so you can achieve maximum concentration.
- Complete your assignments during school. -When your teacher hands you work during, class make sure you finish it in class so you can have time to do other homework.
- Retake a failed test - if applicable. -Make sure you study for that specific test before you come in and retake it. This is one of the fastest ways to raise your grade in any class. Whether you’re retaking a test or rewriting an essay.
- Get tutoring when you need it. -Talk to your teacher and get more help on areas you struggle in.
- Take your learning deeper outside the classroom. -Apply what you have been learning to get a better understanding.
- Ask about extra credit opportunities. (depending on your teacher) Many teachers don’t offer extra credit, but if you know your teacher does offer it then ask.
- Make your remaining assignments count. -Once you do everything else on this list, make sure you’re trying your hardest on the rest of your assignments.