School can be hard. You have to listen, sit at a desk for hours, and be expected to learn something every day. Even if school is fun for you, you still have to worry about grades. KidMag is willing to help by providing you with a few tips to make getting good grades easier. These tips also work great for when you are studying for tests, other than a few of them.
If it is a partner project, do what the teacher says: PICK A PARTNER YOU KNOW YOU WON’T FOOL AROUND WITH! Teachers often say not to partner up with a friend, but we disagree with that. Great projects often come from working with friends, but working with a silly friend isn’t as easy. Pick someone who is serious about school work, and you are sure to get more done. (Bonus tip for partner work: Don’t let your partner do the work for you! Be sure to pitch in, or it could affect your friendship… and your grades).
Bring healthy snacks. Most kids consume too much sugar, which affects the way they behave and think. If you come to school loaded with a bag of chips and chocolate bars, you probably won’t do well that day. In order to learn, bring a healthier snack. It will make a difference in not only the way you cooperate but the way you think and deal with problems.
Don’t waste time. Many time wasters you may have heard of might include:
Going to the bathroom
Walking around the school looking for a better place to work than the classroom
Talking with a friend
Wandering around looking for “inspiration”
Getting a band-aid or ice – unless you’re actually hurt
Watching other kids in the gym
Don’t let those give you any ideas – that is our list of things NOT to do. There are plenty more we can think of, but we don’t want to waste time coming up with so many ideas. Find one place to work, and stay there. A quiet place other than in the classroom helps some people, but don’t procrastinate while finding one.
Bring your water bottle and a snack. Only move to ask the teacher a question, or go to the bathroom. Don’t wander the halls, or fool around in the bathroom. Just focus, and you will be glad to get the project done.
Take it home. It may not seem easy to have even more homework, but it could mean the difference between a bad mark and a great mark. Work hard on your assignment at home, and then you will have less to do at school!
Listen to music. Yes, we know that this can cause distractions, but there are many tracks you can listen to that can help you focus on your work. We don’t mean we want you to listen to the latest pop hits, we mean listen to focusing music, such as this one. Or even this one. If you think you’d work better with happier focus music, this one is very helpful, especially when sped up. You may think that instrumental music of pop songs that you love may work too, but it doesn’t. It only distracts you. Try to find a track that is long enough that you won’t have to switch tracks. We recommend a song that is half an hour to four hours. Also, if you are on a particularly hard math problem, listening to music can calm your nerves and give you confidence for the problem.
Create a checklist of all of the things you need to do. You can work through the checklist and check off everything you have done, and you can see how much work you have left. They are very helpful whether you have a big or small project, and they also make sure that you don’t forget anything you need to have for your project.
This one is for studying for tests only. To help you memorize test answers, use a mnemonic device. That doesn’t mean a physical object, it is just a strategy to remember test answers. If you were studying for a test where you must memorize all the provincial and territorial capitals of Canada, a mnemonic to remember what the capital of Yukon is “Yukon ride on a Whitehorse.” If you say it out loud, it sounds like “You can ride on a white horse.” Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon so you can see how this works. You can come up with your own as well, and they definitely help most kids remember test answers.
This tip is also for tests. Make flashcards with index cards, with the answer on the back and the question on the front. Have a friend or family member show you the flashcards, and you should be ready for your test in no time!
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