Do you ever wonder why you aren’t making the grades you really want? I mean, you’ve put in the time and effort, right? So why aren’t you making A’s on the exams? Well, today I’m going to give you a few reasons why this could be happening to you as well as a few ideas on how you can fix it in order to improve your grades!
1. Not studying in advance
If you are remotely familiar with my posts, you know that I fully believe in studying in advance. Why? Well, I have seen the benefits way too many times! One time, I was able to study two weeks in advance for a test that my professor said would be the hardest one of the year. In fact, he said that only one person had ever made a B on this exam. Want to know what I got? That’s right, this girl got a B! I actually scored higher on this difficult test than I did on the easier test, which I didn’t study as much in advance for!
2. Not using the right tools
I don’t know if you know this, but there are countless of tools that you can be using in order to study more effectively. While some are simple things like note cards and highlighters, some are more difficult to find if no one has ever told you about them before. My favorites include Khan Academy and Grammarly. If you want to know what other tools I use to improve studying, you can grab my free bonus list in order to find out! All you have to do is sign up at the end of this post!
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3. Not highlighting important terms
While for some this may be common sense, many students either do not know how to highlight effectively or simply chose not too. This is a skill that I teach in my four days of free finals advice course. We all know that exams usually cover a ton of material, so this skill is very important in helping you weed through the extra stuff and find what is really going to be on the test.
4. Not reviewing old tests and quizzes
Something that I think is very important when studying for each exam is to look over your old quizzes. More than likely, these questions or similar questions will appear on the test. Also, if you have access to last years old tests and quizzes look over those as well. Many professors either don’t change all of the questions every year or use very similar questions. This will at least give you a better idea of what to expect on the exam.
5. Not reading over lecture notes daily
If you are wanting to see better test results, try reading over your lecture notes daily. It doesn’t have to be all of them but at least try to read through the notes from the last lecture in each class. This will really help you to become more familiar with the material so you can better recognize and understand things in class and on the test.
6. Not having a study buddy
This is a technique that works better for some than others. If you are someone who gets distracted very easily, then I suggest you avoid this at all costs. However, if you think you can work well with others and you know someone who usually does well in this class then go on and give it a try!
7. Not asking questions in class
Did your mom use to tell you that you should never be afraid to ask questions in class? Well, I hate to break it to you, but she was right. No matter how dumb you think a question is, ask anyway. Honestly, it can be really helpful. In my organic chemistry class, there is one student in particular who always asks questions that usually help the whole class better understand the problem.
8. Not doing the homework
I don’t know if you had to do homework in high school, but in college doing homework is a must. College is much more difficult so you are going to need those few extra homework assignment points. Plus, it helps you get more practice in before the test!
9. Not taking enough time to study
I understand that sometimes life gets busy and we aren’t able to study as much as we need to, but if your grades are lower than you want, it may be because you aren’t taking enough time to study. If you need to, wake up a little earlier to read through your notes and try implementing these techniques.
10. Not getting enough rest
Last but not least, not getting enough rest can be a big factor in why your grades are low. I know sometimes this feels impossible, but you need to at least try to get a decent amount of rest every night. If you don’t, your grades will suffer. If you do, you will be sure to feel more awake, lively, and focused the next day.
I hope you have found these ten reasons to be helpful. If you start implementing some of these things then I am sure you will see improvement in your grades! Don’t forget to grab your free bonus list of tools that I use to study! Just sign up below to grab that list along with over ten other free college related bonuses!
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