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by Ron Kurtus

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General Tips on how to perform well in school Kenya
Resources Suggested resources USA
General How to prepare for tests? USA
General Have been reading but not getting good grades Nigeria
General Wants to get good grades again Germany
General Repeating 2nd year exam Pakistan
General School is too hard USA
General Grades and school report UK
General Memory goes off when taking a test Kenya
General How to perform well in class Gambia

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Tips on how to perform well in school

Topic: General


March 25, 2015

Tips on how to perform well in school

David - Kenya



Knowing the material, doing the homework properly, and especially being able to do well in tests will allow you to perform well in school. But also note that your relationship with your teachers have an influence on the grades.

Go through the lessons on getting grades that apply to your situation.

I know you have the potential to excel in school. Best wishes on getting good grades.

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Suggested resources

Topic: Resources


March 11, 2015


We’ve put together a number of guides to help students understand copyright laws, plagiarism and DMCA:

Would you consider including these in your student resources section, or on this page of your website?

I know you’ve cited other resources on this topic before and I feel our guides would serve to supplement the information already on your website; and specifically help students and young people in your community to better understand these complex topics.

Just to give you some background is a free tool that allows people to identify who hosts a website or particular piece of content. One of the most common uses of our tool is to identify and contact perpetrators of copyright infringement.

I’d welcome your thoughts on the piece and do let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,

Toni - USA



Thanks for your suggested resources. I added them to Plagiarism Can Lower Your Grade.

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How to prepare for tests?

Topic: General


March 8, 2015

How to prepare for tests

Ajanay - USA



See Preparing to Take a Test for information. Also see our other lessons on taking tests for more information.

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Have been reading but not getting good grades

Topic: General


January 20, 2015

i have been reading but I am not getting good grades. I do not know what is wrong. what can I do?

ifunanya - Nigeria



Reading is important in learning and in getting good grades. However, you not only need to understand what you read, but also you must remember the important parts of the material.

A good point to know is that usually, the first sentence is the most important in each paragraph. The rest of the paragraph elaborates on the first sentence.

Some students mark sentences or words that are important. Then it is easier to review the material when studying for a test.

Another way to help understanding is to write a short paragraph summarizing the ideas in a chapter you have just read. Although this is extra work, it will help in the long-run.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes on getting top grades in school. I know you can do it.

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Wants to get good grades again

Topic: General


January 14, 2015

I am a student in high school in 9th grade. I study a lot and very hard and am still not doing well in high school. I just don't understand. I have read the all the posts. Please help me... im so mad at myself and so desperate so become very good at school again. I was very good in 2nd grade with a average of 8.7/10 and now im at a 8. Please help me! Everything is appreciated.

Ferdinand - Germany



It is good that you have a good of getting better grades and to get back to where you should be. Some ideas to help you improve include:

Set a specific time and place to do your homework, with no interruptions. Study smarter, emphasizing important areas.

Ask yourself why you are having problems. Is it a lack of understanding? Studying the wrong things? Goofing up tests? Or what? You might be able to find areas for improvement.

Ask your teachers for advice on how you can improve your grades. At the very least, they will know you are interested in improving yourself.

Sitting toward the front of the class helps you pay attention. Usually those in front get better grades than those way in the back.

Take notes in your classes. As you go up in grades, note-taking becomes more important. It also helps in studying for tests. Teachers give hints on what will be on the test or exam.

I hope these ideas help. Don't get discouraged. You know that you have what it takes to excel and become a champion in your school work.

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Repeating 2nd year exam

Topic: General


December 23, 2014

Iam repeating my 2nd year exam due to lack of achieving good marks now how can i make my i can get admission in medical college....please reply soon

Ahsan - Pakistan



It is admirable that you are working hard to gain admission to medical school. Reflect on why you do not achieve good marks. Perhaps you can see something that needs correction.

Since you have an idea of what the 2nd year exam is like, it should help you study for the test and be able to pace yourself when taking the exam. You should be able to tell what material is important and on what to concentrate in your studies.

Be sure to get a good night's sleep before taking your exam, so that your mind will be the most efficient.

Best wishes on top grades and a successful medical career. You know you have the potential.

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School is too hard

Topic: General


November 25, 2014

My grades are bad and I'm trying to get them up but school is to hard for me




It is good that you want to get better grades. That is the first step in being successful.

Don't get discouraged about school being too hard. An important thing is to organize the way you study, so that you don't have to spend too much time on your homework. Try to avoid distractions when it is time to do your homework.

It is often good to take notes about the important things the teacher says. Often, they give hints about what will be on the tests.

Ask your teachers what you can do to get better grades in your classes. Plus, if a teacher knows you want to get good grades, the teacher will often help out.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes on getting top grades. I know that you can do it.

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Grades and school report

Topic: General


October 11, 2014


faiza - UK



Go over the lessons in Getting Good Grades to help you.

Also, see Aid for Writing a Book Report to help you start a report.

Best wishes on success in school. You know you can do it.

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Memory goes off when taking a test

Topic: General


October 8, 2014

I Am Boor In Mathemathics What Can I Do To Improve My Crade?And I Have A Problem That I Am Studying Well But When It Come To Exams My Memory Goes Off

Geoffrey - Kenya



Part of your studying should be practicing taking tests. In this way, you will not get as nervous or forgetful during a test.

But also, you need to prepare well for a test.

See Be Good at Taking Tests, as well as other lessons on getting good grades.

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How to perform well in class

Topic: General


September 28, 2014

How to perform well in class

aja - Gambia



Some methods to perform well in your classes is to try to sit toward the front, pay attention to what the teacher says, and take notes. The notes can be important things and even questions you would like answered.

Go through our lessons on Getting Good Grades to get more ideas.

Best wishes for success in school. I know you can do well.

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