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The Biggest Reason Why You Haven’t Gotten Good Grades in High School


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The poor grades you've been getting in school may have something to do with your study techniques, according to the Association for Psychological Science.

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The Biggest Reason Why You Haven’t Gotten Good Grades in High School

  1. 1. port Bad grades (Photo credit: quinn.anya) Karen Kesteloot October 2, 2013 The Biggest Reason Why You Haven’t Gotten Good Grades in High School It’s high time to be a senior. Unlike in previous years, a lot more is at stake because it’s just not about moving up the high school ladder. Finishing your senior year means that you’re graduating f rom high school and moving onto the next chapter in your young adult lif e – college. If you are interested in becoming an art or design major in college, you need to showcase your creativity through your art portf olio. The coaching services and f ree portf olio assessment at PortPrep give you the opportunity to build your art portf olio as early as today so you will have the upper hand over other students applying f or the same course. When it comes to your grades, however, you pretty much have to rely on your work ethic and perseverance to ace your f inal year. Granted that this is your last chance to redeem yourself as a high school student, a lot of seniors will be driven to boost their grades, the simple reason being that colleges are in favor of students who have amassed high grades throughout their time in high school. While some students just have the knack f or acing exams and getting high grades, others are unlucky to have been studying hard as humanly possible, and yet are rewarded with mediocre grades throughout their high school lif e. Why studying has become difficult for you?
  2. 2. English: A Student of the University of British Columbia studying for final exams. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Table taken from the journal. Click here to learn more on how these techniques can be effective used in your studying. Imagine yourself studying f or an upcoming exam this week. You’ve done everything you can possible to memorize inf ormation that you f eel will be asked during the test. You have re-read your notes to see if you’ve missed out on anything. You have even joined group studies with your f ellow classmates in the hopes of gaining a better understanding of the exam coverage. Despite your ef f orts, you still got an average score on the exam, well below the time and hard work you’ve put into studying the material. According to the Association for Psychological Science, it is not about how hard and how much time you spend on studying. It is about studying smarter. In other words, your study technique is wrong! Students are having dif f iculty discerning which among the study techniques are ef f ective because of the many choices out there. Also, the lack of a def initive study that classif ies how and when each of the dif f erent study techniques comes into play. In their journal Improving Students’ Learning With Ef f ective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology, John Dunlosky and company suggested ten study techniques that students can use to boost their grades. A lot of variables are considered to determine which of the techniques listed in the table above should be used. The material in study, learning conditions, student characteristics, and criterion tasks determine which among the techniques are to be used to achieve high grades. This goes by saying that not one technique will work on all subjects – studying mathematics may require a particular technique as opposed to studying literature. It is imperative that you read the journal by clicking here to gain a deeper understanding behind the process and psychology involved in these techniques. What you should do now
  3. 3. To get higher grades in your f inal year to boost your chances of getting into an art or design program in college, test out the dif f erent study techniques listed in the journal and see which among them works f or you. Again, there is no one technique that works on all students because not all are wired the same way. Some respond well to summarizing the study material while others are better of f doing keyword mnemonics. Also, you can try out study techniques you haven’t done below and see if it helps you study better and raise your grades. Think of this as preparing yourself f or college by ref ining your studying habits f or the more demanding coursework of f ered by the art and design programs. For seniors, it is your final year. Make this count. How about you, dear reader – are they any study techniques you’d like to share that has helped you in raising your grades in high school? Post your suggestions on the comments section below!