Repairing first quarter grades still possible

Using candy can be an effective tool for students who are trying to study. It keeps people awake and is always something to look forward to!
Photo Credit: April Bitanga

Did you find yourself struggling to get straight A’s first quarter? Were you surprised with the grades that you received?

Since first quarter is averaged with second quarter to calculate your final semester grade, the best way to make up for a low first quarter grade is to obviously improve during second quarter. However, you may not know where to start, so here are some tips and tricks on how to stay focused and recover from a not-so-great first quarter grade.

1. Flashcards   

Got a smart phone? There’s an app for that. Save some trees and download one of the many free apps for flashcards. There are also websites that allow you to upload information and share with other students so that you can take turns making flashcards. This is a unique way to memorize educational content from your classes. It’s also a fun and easy way to study with another classmate.

“Flash cards help me with vocabulary and study for [Ms. Monroe’s] hard tests,” states sophomore Marina Ledesma.

2. Utilize Basic Materials

Your phones can also be used as an electronic planner and notepad. Planners can help you remember important due dates so that you will no longer have late assignments. The notepads could help you list the assignments that you are asked to do that night for homework. Post-It notes are useful when it comes to the importance of an individual assignment. Marking the importance of an assignment using different colored sticky notes and placing them on the papers help you remember which assignment to finish first.

“If I didn’t have my planner then I wouldn’t know what to do to get my homework done,” states junior Jessica Wolf.

3. After School Tutoring

Many teachers spend extra time after school to help the students that need extra attention. Teachers are available to help you learn and grow to become a smarter individual, not to neglect you and let you fail. Each teacher is required to stay after school until 2:00 for meetings, conferences, or to assist students. If your teacher isn’t available, there are other teachers on campus that teach the same subject that may advise you in the lessons that you need help with.

“I’ve helped any student that came to my room,” says chemistry teacher Timothy Vankirk, “I helped them with biology because I have some background with it.”

Ms. Krista Boivie also tutors social studies on Mondays in room C220, and Mr. Charles Felgar tutors students for math on Tuesdays in room D101. There is general tutoring on Wednesdays with Ms. Joan Parks in the library or on Thursdays with Boivie.

4. Food Motivation

One trick that I came across during my sophomore year while trying to study for my AP World History test was the “candy reading” tactic. When reading the textbook, place one piece of your favorite candy at the end of each paragraph of the assigned material. You may only eat the piece of candy when you reach that certain paragraph. This enables you to read more and actually finish reading the chapters, assisting you in retaining the information.

5. Apply What You Learn

Everything that we learn in school will help us when we go to college or enter ther workforce. When you apply what you learn to the things you do in your daily life, it will help you remember lessons. Physically experiencing what you learn is better than memorizing it from a book. You’ll be able to know the answers to most questions on test or quizzes because you’ve applied what you learned in the outside world. For example, students could always use math when shopping or their reading and writing skills when they’re on the computer socializing.

By using these useful tricks and following these helpful tips, it could help you improve your final semester grade. As long as you are dedicated to your grades, you will not be disappointed.