Online Grading

June 14th, 2010

Do check the online gradebook, if your school uses one, regularly. Not only do teachers sometimes make honest mistakes (which you can then point out to them) in entering grades, but also it will help you keep aware of what class or assignment you most need to pay attention to.

Don’t be a Grade Grubber

June 14th, 2010

While teachers do like the kids who check over their homework and tests afterwards, and ask questions, they don’t like the kids who seem to be focused primarily securing every single tenth of a point (even if they might be entitled). So even if you’re pretty sure you’re right, if right and wrong are not clear-cut or it is not a significant number of points involved, let it go.

Although you might need those points, it’s more important to make sure the teacher does not hate you.

Be Organized

June 14th, 2010

Use the calendar function that goes with your email or any other calendar to track assignments, extracurricular activities, other jobs and tasks, and send yourself reminders of everything things you intend to do. It is worth the time to input things.

I know that every single student has forgotten an assignment at least once in his/her life. If you continually keep track of everything, it’ll reduce the chances of losing a few points.

Who cares about a few points? Well every student hits a point where he/she could have gotten that grade a whole letter higher if not for a few points. I remember when I got a B+ by 2 points. If I hadn’t forgotten some homework, I would have gotten an A.

Snooping the Teacher

June 14th, 2010

Find out whatever you can from students who have previously had that teacher or class what the teacher likes or doesn’t like, or what to expect at different points in the class.

To be honest, school is not a depiction of who is the smartest. It is an example of who can “play school” the best. Part of this is understanding the teacher and how to play to the teachers’ wishes.

Repeat and Review

June 14th, 2010

The brain forgets most information it encounters the first time around. Repetition and review, in reasonable quantities at reasonably frequent intervals, is important for long-term memory.

Do not just memorize once for a test. If you do, then it’ll only hurt you in the long run.