How to get the best grades

How to improve your grades

Hard-work and determination are two of the key factors that can help you achieve your goals in life, not just in exams. If you are determined and motivated to do well in your exams, then acing your exams is a piece of cake. You can do it. You may be wondering right now, how can I motivate yourself? Well, one method that helped me is giving myself reward. For instance, I told my parents that if I get at least a grade 8 in all sciences and maths then they would get me anything of my choice such as a Mac Pro. There are many other methods that you can do to keep you motivated but that will be on another blog post.

Taking notes

  • For every subject you are doing, have a notebook for each subject. As well as taking class notes, you should also take notes from revision guide and text books that you may have.
  • When taking notes, you should not copy it word for word, you should paraphrase and do it in a way you understand.
  • For instance, if you are the type of person who learns better when the information is in the form of pictures/drawings then it would be appropriate to create a visual image of the the information shown int the textbooks with some labels.
  • Whether you are writing or drawing your notes, make sure you add colours to your notes such as using different colour highlighters or pens. This just makes the notes look more appealing, which makes it easier to revise.

For languages, try to watch YouTube videos, films or series in the language that you are learning

  • This would improve your listening and speaking skills because you are hearing how a native speaks to each other.
  • When listening to natives speak to each other, you may hear words and phrases that may not be in the dictionary, which is beneficial. This is because it would improve your vocabulary, and it would be extremely beneficial for your exams, especially your speaking and writing exams.
  • It will also improve your pronunciation as well because you are hearing how natives speak to each other.

For languages you should also try to read books in the language you are learning

  • Reading can improve and widen your vocabulary. This is a huge benefit because it will help you with your writing and reading exams.
  • Through reading, you can learn phrases that you may not have been taught before, which can also help you with your speaking exam. For instance, you may learn similes such as her hair is as soft as silk to describe a family member or friend in your speaking exam. This would impress the examiner, especially at GCSE level because they would not expect you to know that from any student.

For English Literature re-read the books and plays again in your own time as well as in the classroom

  • This makes sure you understand the books and plays more, which is crucial if you want to do well in the exams. This is because in your exam, you do not know which chapter, act or scene that you are going to write an essay about. Therefore, it is beneficial to read and understand the books and plays so well that you know what happens in each and every scene or chapter in the book or play.
  • Also it can help you remember key quotes which is essential, since these exams are closed-book, so you have to rely on memory.

For English Language, try to read more books, including fiction and non-fiction

  • This will widen your vocabulary, which will help you for the writing section of the English Language exams because you will get marks for using ambitious vocabulary.
  • Through reading, you can copy some phrases that you may like in the book such as “a bloodcurdling scream” and “she burst out a whirlwind of emotions” into your writing for the exams. This would boast your grade because you are using figurative and emotive language.
  • If you don’t like reading, then to improve and widen your vocabulary, you can download a dictionary app onto your phone, which would have “word of day”. You can this to widen your vocabulary. This is also useful for languages as well.
  • To improve your writing, you should try to write often. For instance, you can keep a diary and write about your everyday experiences, but try not to write too informal. If you continue to write more, your writing will improve because practice makes perfect!


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  1. […] You should take useful notes from your textbooks and revision guides. For more information on how to take notes, look at my previous blog post about how to get the best grades. […]

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