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Even the brightest students can find themselves underperforming in schools. Often, with no fault of their own. When they find themselves in such situations, most of them get confused as to why it is happening.
And, high school is a precious time for every student. It helps them prepare for university. Therefore, it is the dream of many students to get perfect grades.
But, with assignments, extracurricular activities, and exams, students may get overwhelmed with study pressure.
Sounds like you? No worries!! It has a simple solution. You just need to find the underlying problem and then find a path to tackle the problem. If you are not sure how to do this, then this article will guide you step by step to help improve your school grades.
Tips to Improve Your Grades in Maths
Where do you go wrong while studying maths?
Don’t skip the topic if you don’t understand it, master it before you move forward.
If you skip the topic without understanding, you are looking at the recipe for disaster. For example, let’s take geometry. It is full of theorems and formulas.
If you find it hard to understand Pythagoras’ theorem. You are not alone. Many students go through this phase. But some students skip the topics they did not understand and move on. However, this is a recipe for disaster.
Maths lessons are structured in such a way that the next topic is based on the previous topic.
You cannot learn the advanced topics without getting your basics clear. Maths is more like English, where if you don’t know how a letter sounds, you could never spell out words. And if you can’t spell out the world, you cannot create sentences. Thus halting your progress altogether.
Learn by examples
There is a saying,’ You learn by example’ and nothing is more true. The easiest way to learn maths is by solving examples and then checking if your answers are correct.
Maths is the only subject that has tricks for every topic. Here are some tricks to help you simplify maths problems.
- If you want to multiply a two-digit number by 11, then simply add the two multiplicands and add it between the numbers.
For example, 65×11.
Here, after adding the number we get a two digit number. We will need to carry one number from 11 to the next number. So the final answer would be (6+1) 1 5.
Practice, Practice and More Practice
Maths is the same as learning musical instruments. Just like you cannot play a perfect tune on your first try, you cannot master mathematics on your first try. Practice is the key.
The more you practice, the better your brain will handle new questions.
Tips to Improve Your Grades in Science
Notes taking is an underrated technique to improve your science grade. Science is pretty heavy with the facts and hence you need to jot down important points while learning. This will help you immensely with the revision later.
Today we will cover Cornell Notes. It is a very popular notes-taking system. Below is the rough idea for taking notes via the Cornell method.
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Revise your notes regularly
Revision simply means ‘to see again’. When you revise the notes taken in lectures, you see them from a different perspective. These notes act as a prompt for your memory. You give more thought to the points. This helps in registering the information in long-term memory.
Special Activities to Help You Improve Your School Performance
Indulge in Speed Reading
What if you could read your academic books in a week?
But, how is that even possible? Reading 400 pages of books in a week?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a magician or even a genius to make this happen.
This technique of reading books at lightning-fast speed, all while comprehending the information, is called the Speed reading technique.
Howard Berg has made a record of reading 25,000 words in a minute.
You can learn more on how you can develop speed reading in this article here. (Link to blog 2)
Prepare your Brain for Memory Training
Many students struggle to remember important information during exams. With so many subjects, remembering everything from facts, dates to monuments can get pretty tough.
Hence, you need to learn Memory training techniques to help you remember information effortlessly.
Memory training techniques such as Memory Palace, mnemonics, spaced reading are popular among memory wizards.
Let’s take an example of how you can use mnemonics in studying science.
For example, you want to memorize the first 10 elements of the Periodic Table.
Then you can use
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Isn’t learning fun?
Solve Mental Maths Exercises
Mental maths exercises are the exercises we do in mind and not on the page. For example, when you go shopping, you might add the price of products together in your mind itself. No paper and pen is needed.
However, some people find solving mental maths difficult. It is not your fault. The fault is in the process. If you try finding a square of 95 without using the technique, your brain cannot process the information.
But by using the simple technique you can excel at doing mental maths. Instead of doing 95 X 95 directly, you can use the following technique.
The technique says that whenever a number ends with 5, you can find its square by multiplying the digits before 5 by their successor.
E.g. 95^2 = 9 x 10 = 90
5 X 5 = 25
By joining them together, you get a square of 95 is 9025
Let’s try another,
Find the square of 105
10 x 11 = 110
5 x 5 = 25
By joining them together, you get the square of 105 as 11025.
How can a weak student improve performance?
Weak students can improve their performance in school by following study techniques like notes taking, memory techniques, and speed reading.
What do top students do?
There is a misconception that top students have high memory power. However, the truth is, they have efficient learning strategies to help them remember course material for a long time.
How to improve academic performance in school?
You can improve academic performance in school by asking questions, taking a genuine interest in learning the topics, taking notes, and using memory techniques like mnemonics.
How can speed reading help me improve performance in school?
Using speed reading, you can swiftly read your subject’s books within a day or two. Most students don’t touch subject books because they find it lengthy and time-consuming. But by using the speed reading technique, you can avoid such situations.
What affects school performance?
There are several reasons due to which our school performance can get affected. Low attention span, health issues, improper time management, and family issues.
Students struggle because they are never actually taught to learn. The education system encourages mugging up everything instead of understanding the subject. Most students do not study because they never saw good results after studying.
The struggle is real.
In the above article, we have tried to summarize how students can make learning fun by using tricks and techniques. This will help them remember important things during the exam and score higher grades.
Some of the key takeaways are:
- Proper notes taking
- Learning maths shortcuts
- Using memory training to remember things for a long time
- Indulging in speed reading to read academic books with lightning speed.
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