1. Do Your Homework
Your grade is generally calculated by adding up all of the points you earn and dividing by the total number of points possible. If you fail to do some of your work, these zeroes can severely bring down your grade.
2. Pay Attention
Your teachers will likely tell you everything you need to know to be successful. If you listen while they impart this knowledge, you will be more likely to hear and remember the information they share.
The topics covered in middle school are more complex than those discussed in elementary. To fully understand these more difficult ideas, you need to study. Review your notes, re-read your book and make flashcards to cement your understanding.
4. Take Tests Seriously
Tests are often a large part of your grade. If you don't try your hardest on a test, you may make it impossible for yourself to earn back the points you lost.
5. Avoid Distraction
When your teacher is talking, look at her, not at your friends across the room. It may be fun in the short term to get distracted, but you must think about your long-term grade goals and avoid the temptation to let your focus stray.
6. Get and Stay Organized
In the absence of organization, papers and notes can easily become lost. Use a divider or folders and set up an organization system. Keep yourself organized throughout the year to save time and reduce work loss.
7. Follow School Rules
If you do not follow school rules, you risk getting suspended or even expelled. You can't get good grades if you are not in school. Stay in school by doing what you are supposed to do.
8. Pick Good Friends
If focusing on academics is important to you, you should select friends who share your studiousness. Surrounding yourself with friends who want to earn good grades will help you keep yourself on track.
9. Study with a Partner
Studying is much more palatable if you don't do it alone. Pair up with a buddy and turn study time a social event.
10. Ask for Help
Your teachers and parents will help you, but you have to ask for assistance. If you don't understand something or are struggling, seek help instead of trying to fight through it alone.
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