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Having Trouble in School? Need to Improve Your Grades?

struggling in school, tips for improving at schoolHere’s how to improve your GPA and get back on track

Getting an education is an important part of your life. It provides you with opportunities and sets you up for a good career. Whether you are in high school, vocational school, career training school, college, or graduate school, it’s important to keep your grades up.

If you are struggling in school, the first rule to follow is: Don’t give up! Remember, there’s always a way to improve if you put your mind to it. Here are some tips for getting your studies and your grades back on track. 

Step 1. Talk to your teacher or instructor
Your teachers and instructors want you to succeed. Their job is to teach you. They truly do not want to give out D’s and F’s. They want students to earn A’s! If you are struggling, ask your teachers or instructors if you can set up a time to meet with them. They can help you make a plan to catch up on your work. Ask if your school has tutoring services that can help you learn the material you missed. Find out if there are opportunities for extra credit and take advantage of them.

Step 2. Treat studying like a job
Homework and studying are critical if you want to get better grades. If you are trying to squeeze studying in between a part-time job, family responsibilities, and your social life, you may find that you never have the time. Instead, treat your homework and studying like a job. Block out 2 hours after your classes and don’t let anything interfere with your study block. To study more efficiently, try these study tips.

Step 3. Don’t skip class
A lot happens in a single class. Missing just one class can put you behind and create a gap in your learning. Once you miss two or three classes, it becomes a slippery slope of cutting classes. Don’t fall into this trap. Attend every class! If you absolutely have to miss a class, talk to your instructor about getting the notes and making up any missed work. 

Step 4. Pay attention in class
Attending all your classes is your first step. Your next
step is to pay attention! You won’t learn from your instructor if you are not listening carefully. If the lecture goes too fast and you don’t understand, just raise your hand and ask a question. If you have too many questions, jot them down in your notebook and talk to the teacher after class. Asking questions is a great way to take an active role in your education.

Step 5. Learn from your mistakes
We all make mistakes. It’s part of learning. When you get your homework back, look at the mistakes you made. Make sure you understand what you did wrong and how to fix it. If you don’t know what you did wrong, ask a classmate or an instructor. This way you will understand the material when it comes time for the test.

By following this step-by-step guide, you should be able to improve your study skills and your grades. It may take some effort and hard work, but it will be worth it!


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