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How to Get Better Grades in High School

Getting better grades can seem like a daunting task. It might take some effort, but there are steps you can take to meet your full potential. Start by believing in yourself and developing an optimistic attitude. Take notes in class and study a little every day instead of cramming. If you need extra help, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher or try to find a tutor. Stay organized, keep track of your due dates, and avoid putting things off until the last minute. Maintaining your health is essential to academic success, so eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and exercise daily.

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    Encourage yourself. It’s easy to get down on yourself if you’re not doing so great in school. However, the first step to getting better grades is to be optimistic. Acknowledge that there’s some room for improvement, but tell yourself you have the power to achieve better grades.[1]

    • Instead of thinking to yourself, “I’m a failure and I’m just not a good student,” tell yourself, “With a little effort, I can and will do better!”
    • You could also try saying your name and “you” instead of “I.” Say to yourself, “Sam, you can do this! If you stay focused on your work, you can achieve your goals!” Pumping yourself up like this can be a more powerful motivator.[2]

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