The Smarter Kid Rules: How to Get Better Grades in School

Kimberly Floyd

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Do you want to get better grades? I'm about to share with you some of the rules that smart kids follow, whether they know it or not.

These rules have been a closely guarded secret for years, but as a former smarter kid, I think it is time to expose them to you and the world. Getting good grades is not hard. . . if you follow these rules:

1. Sit in the front of the class. Sitting in the front of the class makes it easier to pay attention to what the teacher is saying. Plus, you might get a better grade just because the teacher knows your face better than someone who is goofing off in the back of the class.

2. Ask and answer questions in class. If you don’t understand something the teacher is saying, ask him/her to explain it. It isn’t stupid to ask questions; it is stupid to pretend to understand something that you don’t.

3. Hang out with smarter kids. Always hang out with people who have already achieved what you want to get. Make friends with students who are already achieving good grades in the class you are having trouble with. If you don’t understand the way the teacher explains it, then ask a student who understands to explain it to you.

4. Write down everything the teacher writes on the blackboard. When a teacher writes something on the blackboard, they think it is important. What a teacher thinks is important is usually what ends up on the test. Also be sure to write down all other important-sounding stuff the teacher says.

5. Read over your class notes just before you go to bed each night. The brain is most open to suggestion just before you go to bed and right after you wake up in the morning. If you review the notes you took that day just before going to bed, your brain will soak in the information better and it will help you remember what you learned.

6. Develop a “Do it now” attitude towards homework and study. Do your homework right after school, while the information is fresh in your mind. The longer you wait, the harder it is going to be.

Every 15 minutes, take a 5-minute break to recharge. Run in place, lift some weights, or do some push-ups. Homework exercises your mind; use your breaks to exercise your body. It will make homework more fun too.

7. Ask the teacher for help now rather than later. If you find yourself falling behind, go to the teacher after class and ask him/her to work with you on the parts you don’t understand. They will admire you for having the courage to ask for help. Teachers aren’t out to get you. Most of them want to do a good job, and it makes them feel good when students want to learn.

8. Read the end of the chapter first; answer the easy questions first on tests. When you read, always go to the end of the chapter and see if there is a chapter summary or questions/answers. Read those first, then go back to the beginning. This will help you understand what you read better.

When you take a test, never just start at the beginning. Always read the whole thing so that you can pick out the easy questions. Do those first. That will give you confidence. Next, do the questions for which you think you can work out the answers. Save the hardest questions for last.

9. Study a little bit every day. The brain learns best if you give it smaller pieces of information every day instead of trying to cram in large chunks of information at the last minute. If you cram, you will get brain cramp. Studying every day for short periods is why smarter kids are smarter. If a smarter kid tells you that he/she doesn’t have to study at all, it is a lie.

10. Becoming a smarter kid will make you a smarter person. Doing your best in school will teach you to think better and become a better problem solver. This will help you get a better job, make more money, become a better partner, and become a better parent to your own children.

God put you on earth because He needed you here. He created you so that you can make a difference.

Smarter kid = smarter person = smarter choices = better life

A Registered Nurse for many years, Kimberly Floyd has written articles for the Georgia Nurses Association publication and Nursing Spectrum Online. Now a technical writer, she has written training programs for corporate clients, including IBM, U. S. Bank, and Cingular.

Kim also teaches an online course called 'Goodbye to Shy ’. This course is distributed to over 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Australia through Thomson Learning.

She is also currently writing a book that is designed to help others achieve their weight loss goals entitled 'Take Back Your Temple' . An accomplished speaker and trainer, she delivers presentations on health-related topics to enthusiastic audiences.


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