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How to Get your Grades Up in 7 Days

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Head bent over her psychology homework, Keyana Pollard works in the science hall.

Head bent over her psychology homework, Keyana Pollard works in the science hall.

Morgan J.

Morgan J.

Head bent over her psychology homework, Keyana Pollard works in the science hall.

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Parent-teacher conferences, a source of stress for many. But, there is a way to take control of the situation. Don’t have a lot of time? No problem, here are some solutions to get you in the clear and avoid any criticism or punishment for lackluster grades.

 

  1. Get yourself in check– In order to achieve boosted grades in a short period of time, you need to relax and focus. Stressing about the worst-case scenario isn’t going to help you prevent it. Rather, going in with a clear mind will allow you to narrow down and attack your problems with efficiency and confidence. If you get overwhelmed, try the scientifically proven de-stress technique of breathing deeply. According to WebMD, “Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. .”
  2. Look on powerschool and see what situation you are dealing with– In pursuance of a plan of attack, it is crucial to see where the grades are at as of now. Missing assignments could be holding you back without you even knowing it. Submitting something for a late grade is better than a zero. Further, monitoring the grades as you go will keep you on track and allow you to see your progress. Especially at a time where someone else is going to see them, you want them to be ready.
  3. Identify the hurdle– What is your worst grade? The hardest class? Identity the largest hurdle holding you and your GPA down, and focus on it.
  4. Target areas for improvement– Do you struggle with graphing in math? Articulating your words into a cohesive thought for an essay? Once you recognize your weaknesses, find your teacher and work with them individually in order to better that ability and help your test scores. Make appointments with them, especially before a test to prepare.
  5. Stop procrastinating– When on a deadline for a grade boost, there is no time to waste. Prioritize assignments and goals, and allot a certain amount of time each day to complete them. A big project may seem intimidating upon first glance, but if you break it down into manageable tasks, it is less daunting.
  6. Determine what assignments will determine your fate– Look to your homework and your teacher’s agenda (almost every teacher has one, look to the nearest whiteboard). If you can determine what assignments will be going into the gradebook in the week before the conference, you can use those as an opportunity to boost your grade a little at a time.
  7. Pay attention, receive attention– If you make a conscious effort to participate in class and really pay attention (not just pretending when the teacher is looking), then your teacher will notice and you will build a good reputation for yourself, one that will carry over to the conference.

 

LAST RESORT OPTION: If you have tried and tried but the grades haven’t budged, show them that you have a plan. If you use these techniques, or even find some of your own that work for you, discuss with your parents/ teachers that you have a plan to bring up your grades. However, this will only work if you continue through with it. If they see you being genuine, they are more likely to have faith in your promises.

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