Whether you are in college or high school, you are probably being pestered by your parents or your teachers to get your grades up. You may have even been trying all kinds of strategies for improving your note taking, increasing your study session hours, and even a few nefarious tactics that might have gotten you into trouble. Well, you don’t need to take any drastic measures or get up to no good to get better grades. There are several easy tips that can improve your grades within a term. Here are a few to start with.
1.Use Visuals in Notes and While Studying
There is plenty of research that offers evidence for the role of visuals in learning. Try using mind maps in your notes and plenty of coloured highlighters to review important areas. If you make notes while you study in your room, you can make use of your space by painting a wall or a section of a wall with whiteboard paint. Then you can use and reuse the space to make colourful diagrams and detailed visual notes. Take pictures and create your own digital notes that you can skim through while on the bus to college. Do this consistently throughout the term and see if your grades improve from the last term.
2.Work on Developing a Positive Attitude
It may be all in your attitude. Sometimes you may feel frustrated and upset when you find that you’ve gotten a less that wonderful grade. If you feel discouraged, you tend to go into study sessions and exams with a negative attitude, usually expecting a bad outcome. Psychologists call this a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, you should make a conscious effort to change this negative perspective. There are many ways to do this that you can try. One is to start and end your day with a positive statement. Another tactic is to catch yourself every time you have a negative thought about studying or your schoolwork and challenge the thought. Instead of thinking “I have failed again”, think “I am capable of doing better, and next time, I will.”
3.Do Your Studying and Homework in Several Short Sessions
You might feel tired and restless when doing those long study sessions, cramming the night before a test, or pulling an all-nighter to finish that assignment. To combat the habit of procrastinating, a lot of students try to do the opposite and finish everything early, which rarely works. The tendency is either to put off that “early start” until it’s once again the last minute, or to start early with a good intention, and partway through promise to continue later and forget about it until the due date nears. Instead, break down the task at hand. If it is studying for a final exam, you can take a load off your shoulders if you arrange to revise each day’s work when you get home. Or you can break it down be topic, and study one each day. For a project, break down the overall goal into smaller, step-by-step sub-goals, and schedule one for a realistic due date.
These are just three of the best ways to improve your grades. They work by improving your learning experiences and making your study and homework sessions more effective. Try them all to see better results.