Sometimes achieving the grades you want can seem like an impossible task, but here are some tips to help keep you on track!
Learn to push through the stages when you lack motivation.
Everything is easier when you have motivation on your side but there will be some days when you wake up and can’t stand the thought of rolling out of bed and going to class. Do it anyway. Get up, wash your face, have a glass of water and get out the house because even though it’s difficult you’ll only regret staying in bed later down the line when you realise you’ve missed something really important. If you’re really stuck try reading some motivational quotes or this post about renewing motivation. If you’ve ever ventured into the world of study blogs you’ll know that it seems like the bloggers are motivated 24/7 to be the best they can be, but I promise they have periods where they lack motivation too. It’s just about learning to work anyway.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
I’m awful at doing this but asking your tutors and peers questions is an easy and effective way of upping your grade ten percent. Searching the internet is great but sometimes it takes somebody else physically explaining something for it to make sense. Nine times out of ten it’s a good time to ask a question – whether it’s putting your hand up in class, finding your tutor during breaks or organising time to get together with your classmates and ask each other. If you still don’t understand let somebody know, don’t feel like because you’ve asked once you’ve run out of chances to go back over the same thing. Even if your tutor or peers can’t answer your query they might be able to point you in the direction of some useful resources.
Start off with rough drafts of work.
We have to make mistakes in order to improve so although it takes more time, try and always do several drafts of your work. This doesn’t apply so much to subjects such as Maths but any class where you are writing extend pieces of text are where this starts to become useful. If your class tutor is free to mark your rough drafts and hand them back to you – even better! Don’t worry if they’re busy though you can always ask a friend or family member to read through for you, the needn’t necessarily know about the subject as just asking them to check for spelling mistakes and clarity of phrasing can help boost your grade. Stop settling for the ‘rushed in ten minutes on the bus’ version and start allowing yourself the time to read and re-read, then amend your work so that it’s always of the highest standard.
Revise all year round.
I’m not suggesting you dedicate your whole life to revision, just that you do small bits of recapping here and there until it becomes natural habit, you’ll avoid the last minute cram the night before the exam and you’ll be the most prepared student there! At the end of each day, or week, take a look over the work you have completed – if anything is unfinished get it done, take the time to file things away correctly, make a quick mind-map or some cue cards and then read them on the bus or before you go to bed. Stick up posters in your room or on the fridge, just five minutes a day of looking at your work can help keep your memory fresh. It’s okay to give yourself a break from recapping, if you don’t have time for it then you don’t have time for it but if you can spare a few minutes it will save you some of the revision hassle later!
Surround yourself with hard-working people.
You’ll find it difficult to achieve highly if your friends are constantly pressuring you to skip class or leave the homework to head to the pub. Finding the right balance between studying and relaxing is key, but part of that balance is having the right group of friends. Being around motivated people rubs off on you, just like how being around unmotivated people does. Let your friends know when you’re going to be unavailable because there’s a big assignment due, and then when it’s over that you’re free to spend time with them. If your friends refuse to accept that you want to work hard and achieve, maybe you need to reconsider whether their influence on your life is a positive one. It’s awesome to have friends you can hang out with and be lazy with as long as they can also help motivate you when necessary.
If you have anymore tips for achieving highly let me know in the comments below!
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