Form Six 2021
From Different Regions and Organisations in Tanzania
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Techniques to Get Better or Good Grades
Attend All Your Classes
Now, you might think this was an obvious one. But I speak from experience when I say that many students skip classes for one reason or another. But if you want good grades, there are several reasons why you should attend all your classes:
Absorb classroom material
Even if the professor follows the textbook pretty closely, sitting in the classroom and listening to the lectures/discussions will help you absorb the materials.
Make presence known/participate
One of the benefits of going to college should be that you form a mentoring relationship with some of your professors, and that's not going to happen if you don't attend the classes. And often faculty have participation points (or bonus points), so beyond just attending, make an effort to be involved in the class discussions.
Earn attendance points
Many professors have attendance policies, so you can have a direct impact on your grade simply by attending.
Don't forget to sit close to the front
Historically, those who do are usually the best students.
Use Time Wisely
Even if you do not procrastinate and are the most organized person in the world, time can be one of your biggest enemies in college. Here are some tips for using time wisely:
Tackle harder work first
Yes, tackle the harder stuff first so that you are sure to have enough time to complete it. You'll feel a greater sense of accomplishment completing the work in this order.
Take breaks as reward for work
Reward yourself for completing a major task by taking a break and chatting with a friend or watching some television. Not only are the breaks good motivation to help you complete something, you'll also be more refreshed to tackle the next bit of work after a break.
Break larger projects into smaller, easy-to-accomplish pieces
If you have a massive term paper due at the end of the semester, break up the work into smaller chunks and assign deadlines to each part.
Do not overextend yourself
Learn to say no. Besides all your academic work, you will also be asked to get involved in all sorts of clubs and organizations while in college -- and at some point, you will have to learn to say no to some requests of your time.
Work hard to play hard
One of my favorite students used to say that she worked hard so that she would have the time to play hard -- and that's a good balance. Just make sure you do the work FIRST.
Find a good place to focus on your schoolwork
Maintaining focus during the days before a final can make the difference between just passing a course and getting a top grade. One of the best ways to maintain focus is finding somewhere to study that does not have any distractions.
Having a comfortable and controlled environment where you can focus on your studies should be an important part of your final exam preparation. This could be in the library, a common area in your residence hall, or even a café. What matters most is that it’s a place where you can concentrate as you study.