Grades Slipping?

By Joseph Kurtz

February 19, 2021

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, it makes sense if your grades are slipping. Your grades are important and need to be maintained. This is why there are a lot of different ways to improve your grades, even in distance-learning. 

  Completing your work on time is a really easy way to improve your grade. Each time you forget an assignment and turn it in late you lose points. Although, the current school policy allows you to not lose points for late work as long as you turn it within 5 days after the assignment was due, you should still try to turn it in on time. If you have a busy life and have a hard time keeping track of these assignments, turn on your Google Classroom notifications or check your phone every few hours for new assignments. Also, check your email regularly for communication from your teacher. 

If not your assignments, you need to study for your tests in order to improve your grade. The idea of reading after a long day of staring at the screen sounds very boring, which is why channels like Crash Course and Vox were created. Crash Course states that “Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube”. Those channels have lots of accurate study material for most subjects. Khan Academy and TED talks have great information for science and math. Khan Academy helps improve grades to the point where “studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy’s free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points. That’s nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use our free test prep”. Quizlet also helps with most subjects, especially because of its flashcards and practice test options. If you don’t want to look at the screen, crack open your textbooks. Read, make flashcards, take handwritten notes, and repeat until your grade improves. You could also try writing about your subject. For example, if you were learning about WWI write a letter from the perspective of a German soldier or if you’re learning about chemistry write a paragraph on how ammonia is made. 

You might not know this but your environment plays a big role when it comes to improving your grades. For example, if your daily life is busy (lucky you) but unorganized you will forget about that chemistry assignment. With that in mind, manage your day  and allow yourself at least two hours in the afternoon to do your homework. Now, make sure you sit down in a place where there isn’t much sound. Your brain can only focus on so many things at once. Your own room or your outside patio would work, if you can put your devices in a different area. This will allow you to be fully focused on your work. Lastly, consider chewing some gum and use blue ink when writing notes. This helps you remember the material better. 

     Last but not least, ask your teachers for help if needed. Utilizing resources such as office hours allows you to ask questions that will help you boost your GPA. It’s also a good idea to ask if any tests or quizzes are open notes. It may feel weird to ask your teachers for help but if you don’t understand something it’s necessary, plus teachers love when you come to them for help. Your teachers are certified to educate you and that means that any questions you have should be answered by your teacher. 

  Your education is key for future success. Whether you want to go to college or not, education will help you properly communicate your ideas to others. That’s why checking Google Classroom, turning in work on time, and studying is key to achieving a high GPA. Remember, your education is your freedom.  

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