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Getting Good Grades in High School

Updated on February 23, 2016

Going to high school is that time when students continue their learning and eventually get assistance with their career plans. Whether it’s general algebra, literature, writing, or health, those courses are important for those high school students to practice the skills they need to meet their goals. To do that, they need to perform well in their academic work. This includes completing homework on time, attending all classes, studying frequently, and being healthy.

Show up for all classes

It is important for students to show up in all of their classes, and on time. Being present in class allows students to gather lessons from their teachers so they can understand what they need to do for assignments given, quizzes, and tests. And as those students are learning in their classrooms, they should pay attention to their teachers and feel free to ask questions if necessary.

Take good notes

Keeping notes handy is a good way for high school students to study the material given in class. They can write down anything they feel that is comfortable for them to study. For example, they can copy formulas for Algebra I, or stoichiometry equations for chemistry. It is also helpful for students to let classmates copy notes for them. And then afterwards, those students can review them, comprehending what was taught.

Taking class notes ensures that students are paying attention to their studies.
Taking class notes ensures that students are paying attention to their studies.

Complete homework

Homework is one area that prepares high school students for quizzes and tests, as well as helping them understand the material. Once the assignments are given from teachers, it is the responsibility for students to complete them. Finishing homework as soon as possible is a good idea, because that way, those students will still have plenty of review time. If the students need help with their assignments, summoning their teachers or friends for assistance needs to be in order.

Homework is a part of learning for students.
Homework is a part of learning for students.

Study frequently

Ample studying lets students perform well in quizzes, tests, and projects. On a daily basis, they need to spend at least two hours going over any assigned reading, notes, or homework assignments. For a good, solid concentration, students should find a desk that is in a quiet, well-lit place, such as a library or den. Studying in groups or having a tutor to meet regularly is an excellent way to prepare for those tests as well. By all means those students need to avoid procrastination, because that can build stress and not give them enough knowledge they need.

Be sure to study regularly to do well on assignments, quizzes, and exams.
Be sure to study regularly to do well on assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Be restful

Getting a good night’s sleep and having a good diet allows students to feel well and even look forward going to school. Getting a period of rest for eight or nine hours is normal for most high school students. They should also eat plenty of nourishing foods that provide them the energy to keep them awake in their studies, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain breads. Some students believe skipping breakfast allows them to have more time preparing for school. Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, and avoiding it does no good.

Eating fresh fruit helps keep students feel well rested because of the vitamins they have.  Make an apple or orange part of your breakfast or lunch.
Eating fresh fruit helps keep students feel well rested because of the vitamins they have. Make an apple or orange part of your breakfast or lunch.

If high school students want good grades, they need to show up in their classes, study, and develop healthy habits. Many students want to succeed in school, including those who have behavior problems. Whether they are currently registered at high school or have dropped out of high school, there can always find proper solutions to achieve good grades and receive their diplomas. All it takes is a good attitude.


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