Welcome to “How to become a straight A student”!
If you’ve reached this site, you are experiencing what thousands of students around the world face: problems with grades.
Personally, I used to work very hard for average grades. But I changed the way I studied and I went from barely passing chemistry in grade 11 (with a 52%), to getting into medical school with honors 5 years later. And you can too with these proven tips and tricks.
So prepare to learn how to become a straight A student!
#1. Find the best place to study
Ok, so we’ll start off with the very basics. Yes, I know, this should go without saying, but you will be surprised how many people waste precious hours of study time just because they are studying in the wrong places.
It’s very important that you find a place to study and do homework that is free from distraction. For example, I normally say no to places like coffee shops because the noise will be distracting. Try to find you a nice quiet place to study that is comfortable.
However, this doesn’t mean that studying around people is a bad thing. In fact, to see others hard at work can give you motivation to work yourself. In my opinion, working at the library (where you are forced to be quiet), or studying in with a few friends in a quiet area is the best place to study.
#2. Your Preparation
My problem was always not how much I studied, but how well I studied. In fact, I argue that its better to study 2 hours properly, then 10 hours unefficiently.
There are many ways to boost your studying efficiency. First, you need to set goals. Work out with a calendar what day you need to be finished studying a certain chapter or lecture, while always leaving a day or two for review.
Once you have your goals set, now make a plan on how you are going to study.
If you are studying anatomy, for example, draw out small diagrams to help you visually learn the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and other things you need to know.
Example:Theories or Definitions
If you are studying theories or definitions I would make flash cards. You can make these yourself with just blank cards or cut out paper. Put the question on one side, and the answers on the other side and test yourself. Or, you could do what I do and make your flash cards on computer (I use the First Class Student software). This is much faster and you can save your cards on the computer rather than having them scattered all over the floor.
#3. Try to find old tests
This is extremely important when learning how to become a straight A student, and it gets more and more important as you get into the upper years of high school and college. If you can get access to past tests, do them! You will get used to the questions, won’t be surprised as much by the tests, and will feel more confident going into the examination. Also, you do not want to be at a dissadvantage from your peers who may be using past papers as a study aid.
#4. Listen to the teacher.
Normally, teachers will offer little hints on what to study for tests. This will only help you on your test taking skills. Also, if there is an assignment you do not fully understand, be sure and ask your instructor. Most don’t have a problem looking over a rough draft of a project to give their opinion on beforehand.
#5. Reward yourself for your hard work.
Make time to have fun! Taking breaks from studying will help relieve the tension and stress of trying to become a straight A student. You will find that having a little fun will make it easier to sit down and study again later. Do not make this step an excuse to leave your homework to later. This will only set you back.
It is all up to you. You have to be determined and have the right mind set to achieve your goals. As always, do your homework, go to class and listen to your teacher and/or instructor. These will help ensure that you will become a straight A student.