How to Get Straight “A”s

Being a great student doesn’t mean hours and hours of being studious and having no social life! Keep reading to find out how to be more successful in school. It is fun to do well, and accomplishment it can really boost your confidence! There’s always room to improve, so it helps to always check the work you do. This will lead to happiness and satisfaction with not only yourself but what you are doing with your life. And you know: accomplishments are for life… they last!


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    Never stay up for an assignment unless you have not finished it until the last second. Instead, if you have two weeks to do your assignment, the first week get rough points. Over the weekend, neatly put it together, and the next week, just put the finishing touches on, or print it out. Don’t forget to hand it in to your teacher one day before you actually should. This will make you look very studious.

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    Pay attention in class. You would be surprised to know how much you can learn from just listening. If you do not understand the material, ask the teacher about it. Ask your teacher a question if you don’t understand the topic. If you’re embarrassed by it, do it after school or in between classes. You will understand the subject better and know what the teacher is talking about prior to a test. You will notice that if you pay attention, you won’t have to study hard for your tests!

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    On the other hand, if you have ADD remember to take your medicine before you leave for school so that you can pay attention.

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    Read your lesson prior to the class. You don’t have to memorize it, just read it to have a notion of the topic in class, and to prepare the questions for the teacher to clarify.

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    Once you get home write a summary of what you learned in class in note form to use it for future reference. You can also take notes from the next chapter so that you are well prepared.

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    Spend approximately three hours reading your class notes, and reading the material from the book. This is crucial as books are usually written by subject experts and are more extensive and better prepared than the teacher’s materials presented during class.

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    Do the exercises at the end of the book. This is the best way to prove to yourself that you understand the material.

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    Ask your teacher questions if you are having difficulty. This will show the teacher that you are interested and really trying to do better.

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    Find a quiet place, like your room, lock the door, and imagine you are the teacher explaining the subject to a student. This is also a good way to measure your understanding of the material. If you can participate in tutoring programs in school, this serves the same purpose.

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    Be proactive in participating in study groups. To deepen your understanding of a particular subject, it is sometimes beneficial to hear other people’s perspectives and explanations. This sometimes helps clarify topics that we may misunderstand or not fully understand.

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    Never stay up late the night before a test. If you are not prepared by the prior evening, chances are you will not be getting an A, and pulling an all-nighter will only tire you and hamper your focus during the test. Studies have shown that if the brain does not get enough sleep, it cannot consolidate the memory. It is pointless to study all night before the test, you will not remember any of it.

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    Get organized. Consistently place all assignments or handed back work/handouts separate and in chronological order. Not only does this make life in general easier, but it also helps when exam time comes, especially if there will be a cumulative “end-of-the-year” exam.

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    Choose courses you are interested in. You will do better if you enjoy yourself in class. You will find that you will get the best grades in your favorite classes.

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    Be aware of your body clock. The human body learns best at specific times (usually in the morning for most people). Be sure you save this time for studying and internalizing important class materials, and reserve the other time for less pensive activities as homework or socializing. Avoid studying when you are tired. In general, you should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

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    Spend a reasonable amount of time on your assignments. Assignments done at the last minute or of poor quality will not help you much. Also, they won’t reflect your skills as a student and probably will lower your grade.

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    Do your homework. 10% of your grade is homework in lots of schools. Also, homework is assigned to reinforce skills learned in class, so it will lower your study time alot. Also, if you don’t have any homework in a subject, read your notes, read the textbook, anything to practice what you learned.

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    Get a Planner. One of the most important things that you will need to succeed is a planner. Write down your homework right when the teacher assigns it, not later or you will forget! If a teacher tells you when a project is due or a test or quiz will be given write it down! This will help you know what you have to do.

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    Create a study time. Have a designated time each day that you will only use for studying. You will need at least an hour mattering on how much home work you have. If you don’t have homework, look over your notes for the day and make sure you understand it. This will help you understand the subject and even prepare you for a pop quiz. Also, read for at least twenty minutes each day. This will help your vocabulary as well as your reading skills.

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    Show up. Never skip class. This will only hurt your grade. Never play hooky! You will get behind. Only miss school if you are really sick. If you are sick for more than two days get your work from a teacher. When you come back get all your work done. Strive to get perfect attendance!

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    Ask about your grade. Asking about your grade constantly will help you raise your grade, motivate you to do better, or help you rewarded for your work. Be careful! Don’t ask too often or your teacher may start to resent you and that will not help your grade.

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    Stay Focused. It’s not how long you sit in a place with the books open, its what you do while you are sitting. Some people open their books and ignore everything; while a straight A student stays on task.

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    Set Goals: Remember there is happiness in getting straight A’s and reaching to your dream day by day makes even more happy; it’s the beginning of achieving your dreams. Here is a poem: “When we ponder the stars, when we reach for our dreams, we’re never bothered by how far away they seem. Instead, we are inspired by the beauty of our vision. Dreams are like stars they are brilliant and permanent

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    Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Breakfast supplies your brain with vital nutrients which allow you to pay attention and participate efficiently in class. Avoid the ingestion of sugary foods. While sugary foods do taste good, the energy received from sugar quickly turns to a crash, which makes it harder to pay attention in class.

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    Ask questions. Asking questions helps you in getting a grip over the subject with all your doubts solved

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    Try your best. Never give up on yourself. If you don’t get a question on a test, then think it through and write it out so that you can see what you are doing; never do a problem in your head.

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    Give yourself ample time to complete your work. Often, the requirement set by teachers to earn an A is above and beyond what is normally expected and additional time for studies as well as assignments is necessary.

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    Go to extra help and review sessions any time they are offered even if you require no assistance. Often enough, not only will you find material that you hadn’t grasped, but also you will show your teacher that you care about your success in the class.

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    And if you like the subject so much, then do some extra credit! You will get an A for sure!

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    Always ask a teacher for extra credit if you’re not sure what to do or you think your grade is going to be bad after a test.

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    Learn how to listen and focus in class by paying attention to what your teacher teaches.

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    Make sure you understand everything before the test.

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    Take good notes. when you are in class, listen and jot down important points as they might come in exam.Re-organize your notes for better upkeep.

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    Remember, though, it isn’t all about your grades, it’s about what you have learned.

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    Finally, the time and effort you put into your work is the grade that you worked for.

Edit Tips

  • Have an “objective log” in your notebook. Write down what the objective for the day is and test yourself to see if you know it. If you don’t, study it!
  • Don’t cram studying.
  • Relax.
  • Stay organized throughout the School Year
  • Make a song out of your material, you will be surprised at how much faster you will learn. For best results have it rhyme and use a tune you already know.
  • Read about strategies. Books such as Cal Newport’s Getting Straight A’s detail the specific study strategies employed by real straight-A college students.
  • The right attitude will help a lot. Some people are amazingly intelligent, but because they just don’t care they end up making lower grades.
  • Always eat a healthy meal or snack, such as fruits, vegetables, yogurt, etc. before an exam or test. It makes a big difference and helps improve your energy levels and concentration, as well as preventing hunger.
  • A great way to understand something is to try to appreciate it. If you hate the subject, you have a very good chance of failing it. Try to find something to learn every day that you think is at least kinda cool. If that’s tough, find something interesting, weird, or unexpected about the subject and go from there.
  • The skills required to maintain perfect grades vary across levels of education (high school, university, graduate, professional, etc). Entering new phases of your education will require you to learn new skills and to develop different sorts of study and work habits.
  • If you have finals, prepare from day one of class. Keep notes clear, and note what is asked on tests. Also be sure to flip back once in a while to check how you’ve remembered things.
  • Try to balance all areas of your life, if you’re having trouble socially or not getting along with your friends or family, you might feel too emotionally stressed out to do stuff like your homework.
  • Know the syllabus. You can not get an A if you do not know what is required to get an A.
  • Learn about your teacher, ask friends who have had them before. Learn their body language, they will emphasis what is important for the course or tests to come up.
  • You can always ask for extra credit. Some teachers will allow you extra work in order to bring your grade up.
  • Study in 60 minutes intervals to avoid fatigue. 50 minutes on 10 minutes off with your mom or something.
  • Come up with a clever way that will motivate yourself to work harder. For example, try looking at grades as money. The higher the mark the more money you get. The lower the mark, the less money you get. Remember that if you’re more successful in life, you’ll be able to have more money and that’s why you should study.
  • Make post-it notes!!Write down your high-lights and important points down on post-it notes gradually as progress through your course, and stick all of them in a place (or places) where you find yourself looking everyday. For example: bathroom mirrors, closet door, assignment book…
  • When doing an assignment (especially a project), follow the directions as closely and accurately as you can. It sounds like a given, but ensuring you meet and include every requirement is the best thing you can do. Overlook nothing.
  • When writing an essay, make sure you include as much evidence and research as possible, as well as sticking to your topic. Ensure that you do not get off track on certain topics that have nothing to do with answering the question at hand.
  • Don’t go overboard. If you have a whole weekend to study for say finals, it’s ok to go out with your friends one of those nights. It gives you something to look forward to when the weekend comes and will make you feel that you weren’t just around books the whole time. It will help you de-stress.
  • And finally, A student won’t be involved in all the latest school gossip. Try to ignore that.
  • It also depends on your way of studying
  • If you’re doing an exam study past exam papers and attempt every question, at the end of the day you can’t lose points by putting something down!
  • If you’re taking an Advanced Placement class, be sure to purchase an exam preparation book as a useful study reference.
  • Make sure you always feel good before the test, it will make sure that you won’t lose focus.

Edit Warnings

  • Don’t study sitting down for too long because there is a risk of getting disk hernias in the back which are very painful and medically impossible to cure. They become chronic illnesses.
  • Also, don’t sit in front of a computer for long, uninterrupted periods because of the risk of myopia.
  • Stand up and take a 10 minute walk every 30 minutes of study or work. It will be healthy for your eyes and for your back.
  • You should definitely work at it, but it’s important to realize when something’s not realistic. It is a far better use of time to develop a different skill that comes easier to you or is more enjoyable.
  • If being top of the class is the only thing that matters to you, you need to stop and think. You probably won’t always be the best, and when that happens, you need to have something else that makes you happy. That can be anything from sports to music to stamp collecting, as long as it isn’t only your grades that define you. However, studying hard and doing all of the tasks that are asked of you for homework will lead you to be near the top of your class, and will certainly lead you down a successful path in terms of getting into an elite college, but also if you learn to work hard, you will be a success in life – which is technically the only benefit of being top of the class anyway.
  • Don’t skip assignments; always do your reading or assignments, otherwise you’ll just have to make up the work near exam time when you have so many other things to do.
  • Don’t only do schoolwork. Unless it’s exam week make room for social activities, sports, and hobbies. Neglecting these things will make you less focused on studying because you’ll wish you were doing something else.
  • Individuals with learning disabilities will need to make use of additional resources and spend more time studying to accomplish the same goal, but some children that have cerebral palsy, they have learning disabilities, but do just fine without additional resources or help.
  • Don’t brag about your grades. It only makes people bitter towards you. Keep them to yourself and be proud!
  • Give yourself a prize when you have achieved your goal.
  • Just because you may have all As or you’re the best student, it doesn’t mean you’re the smartest. So don’t pick on kids who might not have as good of grades.
  • Never cheat or copy someone else’s work! Cheating could get you a zero on the assignment/test and you could risk getting expelled from your school if you get caught. Cheating won’t help you in the long run.
  • If you get grades that are lower than your friends, don’t feel depressed or sad. Move on and learn from your mistakes to achieve better marks
  • Keep working at that one problem in your book that you can’t seem to figure out. Once it makes sense, you’ll be proud of yourself, and it helps with your studying.
  • Don’t stress if you do get a B. Chances are you will get B’s on tests. Instead of stressing about it, just realize you need to try harder next time. It’s as simple as that.
  • Don’t expect to use all these tips in just the last month or weeks of school and see an A. You might, but depending on your grade before you might not.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep every night. If you don’t, you will find it hard to concentrate. Plus, a lack of sleep reduces your ability to remember what you have already learned. [1].
  • Don’t stress after seeing this. Thinking, its too much and feel your not good enough so you don’t strive for that A and settle with the B. One of the main reasons for lack of motivation is feeling like you aren’t capable of doing it. It might sound like a kid story, but if you think you can do it, you can do it.
  • Seeing the A on the report card, getting into your dream college, and getting your dream job will make all this little bit of extra work, worth it.

About Nguyễn Minh Hiển
My name is Nguyễn Minh Hiển. At the moment, I am doing my MBA at the University of Missouri at Columbia, USA. In the past, I worked as an electrical engineer and received my undergraduate and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering. I enjoy working with young people and helping empower the Vietnamese youth by developing (co-founder, author) and (author, admin, mentor). Out of the love for traveling, I develop An nho O Dau (cofounder), a Vietnamese worldwide couchsurfing network for Vietnamese students to travel on budget at I enjoy hiking, swimming, doing yoga and traveling. I also study the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and other great people down the history.

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