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January 7, 2020

3 Easy Concepts to Keep Up Your Grades

3 Easy Concepts to Keep Up Your Grades

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Education is all about measurement of how much you learned and your progress. Although an imperfect reflection of you, grades matter to boost your confidence, open doors to college, and unlock pathways to additional free money for college.  So consider these three ways to maintain and even boost your grades.

1. Be present

That means listen and make your presence known in class.  Attentively listen to your teacher and ask for clarifications when you don’t get it.  Come prepared by reading and completing your assignments.  Share your thoughts in class discussions.  Raise your hand to answer the question.  Many teachers have added a participation component to doling out grades so this will help.  Plus, you’ll understand the content better.

2. Stay Organized

Every class has its own timeline for assignments, quizzes, tests, projects and papers.  If you centralize all these expectations, it will help you prioritize your work.  Plus, you’ll be able to gauge what is harder to potential tackle first and then move on work that comes easier to you.  Since you need to have fun with friends and have time for the sports and clubs you are involved in, being organized helps you not overextend yourself when you need to buckle down.

3. Ask for help

So many people want to help you succeed.  Ask your teacher when you need help understanding a concept.  Some students benefit from learning from their peers so ask to meet a top student of two in class for a study session.  Most often these students love helping and may also deepen their understanding as they help explain concepts to you.  Other students seek out tutors to help deepen their learning. 

Final thoughts

Don’t forget to rest and sleep.  The average teen gets a little over 7 hours of sleep according to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  However, according to the National Sleep Foundation, researchers suggest that 8 to 10 hours of sleep will improve your cognitive abilities.  So sleep keep a regular sleep schedule to ensure your optimal academic performance.

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Colleen Krumwiede
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Colleen MacDonald Krumwiede is a financial aid and paying for college expert with over a decade of financial aid experience at Stanford GSB, Caltech, and Pomona College and another decade at educational finance and technology companies servicing higher education.  She guides go-to-market strategy and product development at Quatromoney to transform the way families afford college.

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