Grades

Good grades are important – even in elementary and middle school. Here are some tips for developing good habits that will lead to better academic performance. High-quality study behaviors that a child develops early in life can become true assets in high school and college.
 

Classroom Habits

  • Be prepared:
    • Books, paper, pen, pencil, calculator or ruler. 
    • A calendar or other planner to keep track of assignments and projects.
  • At School:
    • Pay attention and participate in class. 
    • Listen to what others have to say.  
  • Take Notes:
    • Write down the important points.  
    • Write in your own words.
  • Attendance:
    • Check with your teachers beforehand to see if you can get a head-start on your make-up work for days you are going to be absent. 
    • Check with a classmate to ask if you can have a copy of their notes on the days you missed.
  • Homework:
    • Complete homework by the due date – always. 
    • Be as neat as possible with your writing and other assignments. 
    • Always check over your homework and ask an adult for help if it’s a particularly difficult assignment, or you’re not sure about some of your answers.
  • Projects:
    • Consider getting a head start on your project so there’s time to complete it by the due date.
    • Plan out what supplies you need and gather up everything before you begin.
    • Do your own work.
  • Take Care of Yourself:
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Develop healthy eating habits.
  • Extra Credit:
    • If your teacher offers extra credit, consider doing it – even if you already have a good grade in that particular subject. Extra credit is like an insurance policy – you may not need it now, but can’t say for certain that you won’t need it in the future!

Good Study Habits:

  1. Have an area at home that is used for studying and completing homework. It doesn’t have to be a desk, but it does need to be a well-lit area with minimal distractions from others and a good writing surface.
  2. Turn off or silence your phone, iPod, radio and/or television. If you are using the computer to study, be sure you don’t have instant messaging or other social media running in the background, unless you are truly using it as part of a study group exercise.
  3. Organize your notes and rewrite them if needed.
  4. Make flash cards or other study aids if you are studying vocabulary words, multiplication tables, or similar subjects.
  5. Consider forming a study group to compare notes and to help with exam preparation. Be sure the members of your group take the work as seriously as you do!
  6. Many teachers will help you with assignments or concepts you don’t understand before or after school – or even during lunch. Check with your teacher if you need extra help. Many schools also offer free tutoring programs.
     



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