Do you think you have to be a genius to get straight A’s in school? Or, maybe you have to study all the time, never stopping to sleep, have fun, and have an actual life?
During my middle school and high school years, I discovered that you don’t have to be the next Einstein to succeed in school. Here are some simple tips that will help you on your way to rocking your grades:
1. The evening before your school day starts, set your alarm clock, and wake up at the same time every morning. That way, you don’t have to worry about remembering when you need to get up, rushing around, and feeling stressed in the morning. Establishing a routine helps set yourself up for success even before you set foot in the classroom.
2. Mentally go through your day if you have a lot of responsibilities. If I had 3 quizzes, a test, a club meeting at lunchtime, and a meeting with a teacher, I wrote it all down on a flash card that I carried with me in my pocket. That way, I wasn’t overwhelmed and wouldn’t forget anything I had to do. I also found it very satisfying to check off each task once I completed it, knowing I was one step closer to being done with a busy day.
3. Try to avoid missing school. Simply showing up is, truthfully, an important component of success. When you’re sick or desperately need “a mental health day,” don’t sweat it, but be smart about it. Talk to your teachers or email them and get notes from at least two friends. Sometimes doing a “half-day” if you’re sick, when you either go to school for just the morning or the afternoon, can mean a huge difference in being present for important concepts that will show up on your next test.