These hacks can improve your grades and your life. They can help you study less often, score higher grades, and most importantly, enjoy the process.
School doesn’t have to suck.
I know… I know… school has probably sucked at some point in your life. You may be concerned about your grades. You may have social problems. That’s okay.
Everyone has their struggles. The magic comes from overcoming them. That is a feeling that can make every struggle in the past feel enlightening.
You can chew ass and kick-gum or you can kick-ass and chew gum. It’s up to you. 😛
School may have worried you in the past. Small changes can make extraordinary changes in this area.
You’ll notice that if you can improve your grades a little then everything will improve almost automatically. A rising tide lifts every boat.
Pick something small and start there.
Some of the tips described below are controversial. Some are downright offensive. Some of it can sound unbelievable to someone taught the traditional study methods. I’ve tried to give enough of an explanation to help clarify but don’t be surprised if your mind still gets blown (and don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
I particularly like the word hacking to describe this process because it’s all about finding the hole in the traditional system and taking advantage of it. No process is perfect.
If you keep your eyes open to how and why the system is designed as it is, you can see how to best utilize the system for your own advantage.
1. Study less than you think you need.
This ensures you’re always forced to focus harder while studying. That makes everything significantly easier to remember.
2. Show up to class
It’s nearly impossible to get good grades while your teacher thinks you’re a flake. Show up. Pay attention often. If you don’t pay attention then at least pretend to. A number of the ideas recommended in this blog take advantage of the subjectivity of most grades you’ll be getting.
3. Pick your teachers carefully
When you have the option to select teachers, always aim for the one that’s best suited for your goals. If you want an A+ then get an easy teacher. If you want an intellectual challenge, find a tough teacher. Avoid the bad ones! This school hack is one of the most under appreciated strategies of all. All teachers are different. Take advantage of that.
4. Get sleep
School often sucks but it sucks way worse when you’re exhausted. I know it’s no fun to get a good night sleep but it makes the rest of the day much more productive for everything you do.
5. Prioritize before you do
Don’t do anything until you verify it’s the most important thing you can be doing at that particular time.
6. Don’t pick friends by your classes
The person that you happen to sit next to in class should not be your friend unless you’d actually be friends if you weren’t stuck in the same class. Many people use social interaction as an excuse to not work more than an actual pleasurable experience.
7. Know your goals
If you’re looking for good grades then know it in advance. If you’re looking to make more friends then know it in advance. Never mix your goals up too much because then you might never accomplish any of them.
8. Know your limits
You can’t do everything you might want to do. Get comfortable throwing away goals if you’re too busy to properly pursue them. All the hacks in the world can only get you so far. It makes more sense to focus on the things you can accomplish than to suffer with all of it because you can’t achieve more.
9. Don’t Be Perfect
Unless you’re competing for something elite and specific, do not stress over non-perfect grades (A- is kicking butt. You don’t need an A+.) Grades get harder and harder the more you need them up higher and higher. For example, turning a C into a B is somewhat tough. Turning a B into a A is even tougher. Turning an A into an A+ is way more difficult than both of the previous goals. An A+ might be a sign that you need to focus less on a course.
10. Become habitual
Habits are much easier to maintain than discipline. Start to study at the same time and place daily. After a while it will become habitual and require no discipline at all.
11. Get Ahead
Whenever possible, get ahead in your classes. You can never predict when you’re going to get stuck. It’s much better to get stuck when you have a head start on the rest of the class.
12. Don’t get the teacher mad
Shut up in class. Really… one of the easiest ways to increase your grades is to not bother the teacher. I know it’s sad that education relies on that but teachers are humans too. Small improvements in the relationships are often the difference between passing and failing students.
13. Read your syllabus
A syllabus often has valuable information that can help you prioritize for your classes early. Look at the percentage values for your final grade. For example, if tests are 90% of your final grade then you know studying for those tests is essential. You might also notice that the homework is almost completely meaningless score wise. This is an unbelievably powerful school hack in some cases. In others, it’s just helpful.
14. Plan your grades in advance
Before taking a test, know which grade you’re going for. No, you don’t always want a perfect score. Perfect scores are wasted time studying one class when you could have been studying another class. Sometimes you might even just aim for passing grades because you know the score is relatively unimportant to the final grade.
15. Find your motivation
Until you know why you’re going to school, you can’t properly focus on improving the situation. (The answer can be, “because my parents made me.” It’s not ideal but at least it’s honest. You can build from there.)
16. Eat healthy foods
I generally hate clichéd piece of advice like this one but just try it if you have any doubt. Eat vegetables daily. It’s like crack once you get in the habit. It can give a huge boost to your mood in almost no time at all.
17. Eat healthy calories
Yes… I know… here is another clichéd one. The point is simple: your body needs a certain amount of calories to run well. Get those required calories. The typical college diet of ramen noodles once a day and maybe some beer later is not enough. Of course, eating too much can cause even more problems. If you want precision and consistency in your school life, you need to stay consistent about this factor.
18. Study focused or not at all
If you can’t focus then you can’t study. Every time you force yourself to study when you’re not feeling it, you’re putting yourself in the position to constantly suck at studying. Most students get in the habit of staring at their textbook and pretending to study instead of actually studying. Don’t let that happen. This school hack helps emphasize something important: know the difference between real work and pretend work. Pretend makes you feel good. Real work matters.
19. Don’t read your textbook*
*Usually. Textbooks usually suck at teaching information. If you don’t have a very particular reason to read a textbook then try to find a better resource for learning. It’s better to get less perfectly accurate information that’s in a more memorable form.
20. Don’t text and study
You’re not studying if you’re talking to someone else. Each 30 second message you send ruins your focus for minutes afterwards. You need to get on a roll with studying and not break it every couple minutes.
21. Distractions matter
Even the buzz of a cellphone can break your concentration (even when you don’t answer it.) Your brain has officially lost focus when you notice it. Plan in advance to prevent those distractions.
22. Don’t make enemies
Do what you can to avoid making enemies in school. Petty passive aggressive enemies are a huge distraction for many students. Some small slight can end up distracting you for days at a time. Even if someone tries to make you their enemy, relax and don’t give them the pleasure.
Many school hacks can be dangerous in this respect. If your teachers get the impression you don’t even have to work hard then you might make a new enemy. Try not to flaunt your new found easy life. Hacks for school are usually just temporary until teachers and administrators figure out how to close them. If you brag too much then policies can change to your detriment. (Then you’ll have to get creative all over again and find some new strategies.)
23. Write faster
Most students become much more skilled writers when they speed up their writing. Writing is an art that’s killed by overthinking. Just write as if you’re telling it to a person out loud. That will usually be a much smoother final product.
24. Interesting is better than boring
If you’re forced to do something you find boring then do everything in your power to make it interesting. For example, if you need to learn human anatomy, learn it on the person you’re dating.
25. Deal with problems fast
If you don’t understand something, don’t wait a week to ask the teacher about it. That is more embarrassing and more difficult. If you want to tell someone something, tell it to them sooner than later. Keeping things on the back of your mind is a huge distraction when you’re trying to learn.
26. Keep it stupid simple
Do not over complicate your life and studying. Look to simplify everything to the point where any idiot could do it. Then you can focus on doing it better than any idiot could do it.
27. Don’t be too direct
Yes… Direct is generally the more intelligent way to be but teachers are stuck in an environment that they can’t teach intelligently. Accept that rote memorization and subtlety may be the most efficient way for you to increase your grades. To help you with that you might want to check out our article 6 Memory Strategies You Need In Your Study Toolbox.
28. Use Flashcards
Flashcards are so simple that they’re often overlooked. You can use them for virtually any subject at virtually any time if you get creative.
This is a classic but it’s massively underappreciated.
29. Don’t get mesmerized by the loci method
The loci method can be great for studying in some situations for some people. It’s not always the ideal method for school. It’s high investment when it comes to time and energy. This is traditionally included in lists of study strategies but it’s kind of like the opposite of flash cards. Many people think it’s amazing but it’s not all that wonderful. (It has its uses. Studying just isn’t one of it’s best uses.)
30. Higher ground relationships
Never end up looking like the bad guy in school. It’s often a closed environment that you’re not free to leave whenever you feel like it. If one person is doing all that work, make that person yourself. If your teachers are trying to screw you over (not physically of course,) then accept it as the consequence of crappy circumstance. Fighting can screw you over much worse.
31. Being notable is way more challenging
If you have any practical means to prevent it, don’t let yourself become a center of attention. I know you’re a beautiful butterfly or whatever but seriously, the more you let yourself become notable, the worse your grades are going to be and the more you’re going to disappoint people. Be yourself but don’t try to make anyone else appreciate it. (I understand if you don’t follow this but you’re just putting your life in a more volatile spot. You’ll have higher highs and lower lows.)
32. Study what you love
Even if you’re busy with subjects you hate, make time for subjects you enjoy. This is a time to refocus your energy on how it feels when you’re learning effectively while fully motivated.
33. Love red marks
I know school teaches you to hate the red pen but if you can replace that red pen fear with red pen excitement you’ll notice you’ll get less and less red pens in the future. When you’re no longer scared of the red pen you can actually take the time to learn your lesson.
34. Read what you write out loud
Many mistakes can be caught in advance by checking the words you wrote. Most of these mistakes are hard to prevent but easy to fax… fix.
35. Estimate your test scores before handing them in.
Some school tricks help increase your grades directly. This one works a little more indirectly. After you finish taking a test, go through the test question by question and estimate how confident you are. I use, right, possibly right, and wild guess as my judging categories. Use those guesses to estimate your final score before handing it in. That allows you to not stress out waiting for results.
That means you stay much more relaxed in everything you do for school. (This is particularly powerful during finals.)
36. Accept your scores before you get them
When you’re taking a test remember this: the score is already decided. You either know what you need to know or you don’t. Stressing over it will not help. If anything, it will hurt your effort for a better grade.
37. Act like you care
Even if you don’t care, acting like you care will help you in two ways. First, you might accidently trick yourself into caring. It’s the old fake it until you make it concept. Second, your teachers will grade you like you’re a student that cares. Teachers are susceptible to those small differences in student’s behavior.
38. Exercise more
I know… this is another classic piece of advice but don’t underestimate it. The body was meant to move around. Little bits of moving can improve your mental functioning.
39. Don’t obsess over grades
Grades are generally a good thing to think about but the more you focus on grades the more crazy you’ll drive yourself. Sometimes you will get screwed out of a perfect grade. Accept that stupid things will hurt you a little and let the little things get forgotten.
At a certain point, you don’t need to worry about figuring out more strategies. You eventually need to say, “cool” to your final grade or you’ll end up driving yourself nuts.
40. Use last second studying
Before you take a test, study for that test 5 or 10 minutes. That will give you a last minute boost to your score using your short term memory. The short term memory isn’t magic but it can work well with a good study routine.
41. Don’t enjoy studying
Unless you love a subject, you shouldn’t enjoy studying it. Odds are, enjoying studying means you’re not studying efficiently. Studying is like a workout. It should feel a little uncomfortable while you’re doing it but afterwards you’ll feel good.
42. Learn tangentially
Don’t be afraid to avoid studying school material directly and focus on tangentially related material. Reading a history textbook about World War II might be more accurate and related to your test but it’s also much less memorable than watching an exciting documentary about it. Sure, you shouldn’t rely on only tangential learning but a little bit of it can help dramatically.
43. Check your teachers
Whenever you get a paper back from your teacher you should look for mistakes the teacher made. Teachers do make obvious mistakes occasionally. More importantly, looking for teacher’s mistakes makes you check the mistakes that you made carefully. Hacking your grades is sometimes a process of doing what most students should be doing but don’t.
44. Ask your teacher when you’re not sure
If you don’t understand why an answer was marked wrong then be sure to ask the teacher to clarify. This does two things: One, it helps you learn. Two, it gives the teacher a positive impression of you.
45. Set stress quotas
A stress quota is a way of thinking about the amount of stress a subject deserves. If you have a test then it deserves up to a certain amount of stress but not more than that amount of stress. Once you stress out that amount then it’s time to stop worrying about it. It’s not a perfect strategy but consciously thinking about limits can help remind you that some stress isn’t worth having.
46. Be honest
If you didn’t do your assignment then be honest with your teacher (assuming they ask.) An answer like, “You know… I guess I just didn’t feel like it…” will only make you look like a flake if you say it regularly (you probably are.) Saying it once will just make you look like you’re being honest. That doesn’t hurt when you have a real good excuse that you need to have believed.
47. Avoid drama
I know schools are typically hotbeds for drama. Here is the secret though: work is too. Anywhere you go that’s filled with people is filled with drama. Some people indulge in the drama. Others don’t. It’s your choice whether you’re going to let drama be a distraction, I personally think it’s not nearly worth the stress.
48. Write imperfectly
Most writers block problems can be solved by writing quickly and imperfectly. You can worry about writing the perfect opening line later. Just start jotting down something. It’s better to write a poor opening fast than spend an hour creating the perfect one. Once you finish you can usually fix the opening in a few seconds. This is a school hack that can save you hours of time over the year.
49. Don’t be bored
You cannot focus in school when you’re bored. Find a focus for every class. Ideally make that focus the teacher. If not the teacher then make it the teacher’s funny mole. Or maybe focus on the whiteboard. Find something to focus on that you find interesting.
50. Let your foot off the gas
Find time to stop worrying about school so much. Sure, it’s good to focus for long periods of time but don’t be afraid to change it up a little when you’re getting to an easier time in your classes.
51. Don’t fall behind
This should be obvious but tons of students still get buried by this mistake. Falling behind doesn’t necessarily ruin your grades in the short term but slacking for a year or two can easily make catching up a major challenge in the future.
52. Read something
I understand if you hate your reading assignments. Honestly, if you choose to skip them then I’d understand but you should spend some time reading something you enjoy. Reading is one of the most powerful skills to develop for school. Better readers are better at virtually anything they need to do for school. They understand questions better. They write better. They learn more. They study faster. Everything gets easier.
53. Leave time for hard classes
When you’re in a really difficult class, try to plan for it in advance. Add specific times that you do nothing but work on that one subject. If you can’t get a study habit for all your subjects then at least develop one for your really hard classes. Tricks can only get you so far without a little bit of buckling down and working hard.
54. Turn off your computer
Computers can be a good tool for research but you need to be really careful with them. If you’re studying, you should probably leave your computer off (unless you specifically have it set up to avoid distractions.) Computers can be wildly entertaining which make them a miserable distraction for most students. The harder it is for you to get to using your computer, the more likely you’ll actually follow through with studying.
55. Find your focus
In high school, this is particularly obvious. When a student decides to go to college, they look to find a subject they’d like to focus their energy on. These focuses on a single subject tend to hurt in college selection (not always) but they’re absolutely essential to your personal growth. It is useful well after you’ve already selected your major. After you’re in college you should still be narrowing your skills focus (ideally into a good career.)
56. Accept mistakes
You are a human. You will make mistakes. The more you stress over mistakes the less fun you’ll have and the less you’ll learn.
57. Be careful with study groups
Many study groups involve more group than study. If you enjoy the company of the people in your study group then be damn sure you actually study. If you don’t enjoy the company of the people in your study group then, heck, why are you studying with them?
This article can help you with this: How To Study Better In A Group
58. Find your study zone
Find a distraction free place where you can study and use it. Ideally, make it a place you only use for studying.
59. Learn how your teacher teaches
All teachers run their classes differently. There is no sure-fire way to pass any particular teacher’s class other than to get creative and learn what they’re looking for. With some teachers, a friendly smile is all you need to pass their class (I’m serious and I know that’s sad.) Some teachers are very obsessive about certain small details. Make sure to notice them.
Take note of how most of these strategies can only be used when you’re consciously paying attention to things that most students don’t worry about. When you pay attention to the same things as everyone else, you’re bound to only see what everyone else sees.
60. Perfection is inefficient
Don’t waste your time trying to perfect the work you do. To some extent you can treat your work like a war medic is forced to treat his or her patients. Work on fixing the most important things first up to a high enough level. Then work on the less important things. Sometimes you might even have to let some assignments go.
61. It’s your fault
I know it’s not always your fault but if it’s not your fault then you’re hopeless to fix it. Take responsibility for your academic success and failure, even if it isn’t really your fault. Heck, there is almost always something you can do to fix it. If there is nothing you can do to solve your problem then it’s more depressing than it is productive.
62. Don’t bomb classes if you’re going for college
In most college applications, your lowest grade is the most important grade. Getting an A in everything except for one or two subjects where you get a D, is bad. It’s better to do a little worse in your best and a little better in your worst. Of course, this can get complicated but try to keep your grades even.
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63. Make cases that make you passionate
When you have to write something for school, do whatever you can to make it about something you really care about. The way you write about some boring historical event that you couldn’t care less about will generally be worse than you write about something you find fascinating. Passion isn’t only a school hack. It’s one for life.
64. Be skeptical but quiet about it
Skeptical students learn the most but they also tend to not be appreciated by teachers. Teachers are forced to teach a room full of students. One skeptical student can be a pain in their butt. They won’t like you if you advertise your skepticism but you’ll learn a whole lot more while doubting what they say.
65. Study before the lecture
I know it’s tough but if you can, study the lecture material quickly before the teacher even starts the lecture. That leaves you the opportunity to find your questions and understand the lecture faster.
66. Find something you enjoy about school
School can be miserable if you let it. Some students love it. Others hate it. Most of that decision comes down to how the student approaches school. Some people have to look harder to find enjoyable parts than other people do but there are reasons someone might choose to enjoy it. (Even if those reasons are rather stupid and unrelated to education.)
A big portion of hacking your grade is finding the parts that you enjoy and being careful to focus on them. It’s about getting your brain in the right place to learn more effectively.
67. Find awe
Never lose sight of how crazy the things you’re learning are. Many of the lessons learned would have been mind blowing to learn a hundred years earlier. Try to find that awe and look around for the awe that’s yet to be discovered.
68. Edit your work
Even great writers need to take the time to edit their work. Never submit a piece of writing until you’ve had your eyes go back over it at least a second time.
69. Make learning your life
No… you shouldn’t be 100% focused on school. Instead focus on learning. Some of that will be related to school but don’t be afraid to focus a little more on other personal areas of education.
70. Fail gracefully
If you happen to fail an assignment, don’t take it as devastating. You will screw up eventually. No set of hacks can prevent that. Most failed assignments can be forgotten without much harm. That’s even more true if you learn a lesson from it.
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71. Find online source to learn the same stuff
Online there are tons of awesome sources to learn everything that you learn in school. Generally you’ll be able to find better sources for learning if you’re willing to look hard enough. This isn’t ideal for test taking but it’s often better than traditional study methods. (It does take time to find the right sources though.) The advantage of tricks like this one is that you get to use more good resources and less bad ones.
72. Talk through a subject
While study groups can be rough, having a conversation about a particular subject can help. This is even true if the person you’re talking to doesn’t have any idea what you’re talking about.
73. Study in extra time
Do you have time that you just have to kill? Even if it’s 30 seconds there are ways you can use that time to learn the tough stuff. Carry a few flashcards in your pocket and you’ll always be 5 seconds away from improving your grades.
74. Focus on your grades (not the grades of those around you)
It doesn’t matter what grades the people around you are getting unless you’re competing for some actual elite spot in college or something (top 1% of schools.) Don’t worry so much about everyone else. Grades come down to more than skill and intelligence. Just do what you can with your own grades.
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75. Laziness and good grades are not mutually exclusive
Some of the best students I know (grade wise) are also some of the laziest. High efficiency studying can make even lazy students kick ass. When a lazy student knows a few simple tricks they can do well.
76. It’s never too late to improve your grades…
but it does become a lot harder the farther along you get. Make sure you’re ready for the challenge when you try to take it up. (Starting but failing is makes trying again in the future even harder.)
77. Show up to class early
You don’t have to be too early but teachers often notice those kinds of details. Little things like this can do a lot. It also gives you time to get prepped before the class. (If you have a test then it’s also great last minute study time.)
78. Work when others sleep
Some of the best times to focus on working is when the people around you are asleep. Either wake up early or go to bed late to take advantage of this strategy. (Ideally, don’t sacrifice sleep to do this. Just sleep on a different but equally long schedule.)
79. Never study more than 25 minutes without a break
Peak studying efficiency is within the first 10-15 minutes. The longer you study, the lower your rate of learning becomes. If you need more studying, instead of increasing your study time longer and longer,just increase your number of study sessions.
80. Study in study halls
If you’re forced to sit through a study hall then use it for studying. Study halls aren’t the best place to study but sitting around and doing nothing productive is completely pointless. If you’re forced to be in a semi-productive place for studying then just utilize it. When a student turns their useless time into productive time, they’re practicing one of the most important strategies they can use for life in general.
81. Lighten up
Make sure not to take your schooling too seriously. Education is a serious matter. Schooling is not.
82. Don’t lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel
Keep your goals in mind regularly. Whenever you start to feel too stressed out to proceed, try to remember what you’re trying to achieve. If it doesn’t inspire you to push on then it may be time to reevaluate your goals a little.
83. Change your mind
Don’t be afraid to change your opinion about virtually everything. You’re going to be wrong. If you never think you were wrong then it probably just means you’re still too ignorant to understand how you’re wrong.
84. Ask questions
A huge part of learning is asking questions. Some students avoid question asking excessively. There is nothing wrong with being selective about your questions but if you never ask questions then you’re missing out on a lot of potential understanding. Some might not define this as school hacking but quite frankly, too many students consider not asking questions the norm.
85. Keep a schedule
You don’t have to stay scheduled down to the minute but a rough schedule of your day (even if it’s not written) is helpful for planning and making the most important things fit in.
86. Stay consistent
When you doubt your ability to learn something just get consistent about it. Even studying a small amount every single day can have a huge impact on your grades. If you’re really desperate and need to cram, focus on small and consistent cramming. Perhaps you should do 5 minutes of studying every 15 minutes. For more details on how to cram check out our article here. The consistency is the important part of this school hack.
87. Learn to say no
There may be times when you have to complete more work then you could possibly complete well. Some students end up rushing and half-assing their work. That leads to all their grades suffering. It’s usually better to find the least valuable things and just not do them. (Least valuable may be the assignment you can hand in 2 days later while still getting a good grade.)
88. Know class policies
Every class has a different set of policies. By knowing those policies you can take advantage of them for your own benefit. Some teachers allow late work with only a minor penalty. Other teachers don’t. Factors like that can make a huge difference in your decision making processes. Written class policies might as well be the school hackers personal invitation.
89. Educated guesses are better than nothing
If you have any chance of being right on a question you should be giving it a shot. (Short of the one in a million tests that actually penalizes incorrect guesses. I believe all tests should penalize wrong guesses. It would help students learn to know the difference between smart guesses and dumb ones. Of course, most tests don’t. That makes them relatively easy to game.)
90. Know what you know
Never stress out trying to find the right answer taking a test. If you’ve studied effectively, on most tests, a few seconds of thinking should get you the right answer (or on the right track.) If that’s not the case then you need to work on your study routine. If you don’t almost instantly know the answer or equation then it’s often smarter to pretend you just don’t know it. Stress builds when you’re digging for the hard to think of answers. You can do it later.
91. Save the questions you’re struggling with until last
When you run into some questions that look like you should know the answer but you don’t, skip them until the end of the test. You can come back after you’ve answered the easy ones. Five minutes of stressing over a single answer will make your next questions way more difficult.
92. Write the impossible to remember stuff on your test
If you’re struggling to remember something for your test then review it right before the test. When you get the test, just write the information on the test. During the stress of the test you might forget it but if you write it down it becomes impossible to forget. This is a school hack that might get you a little extra attention. You might want to write it next to a related question to dispel some of that attention. Of course, most teachers wouldn’t even care.
93. Embrace your resistance
If you don’t “feel” like doing something related to school, occasionally embrace it and try to figure out why. Most people get caught up trying to pretend they want to do the things they’re being forced to do. Let yourself feel the feelings and try to figure out why. School hacks can only take you so far without looking into your own decisions.
94. Solve your problems
If you find out why you’re resisting things related to school, do everything you can to solve those problems. That can mean switching classes, changing teachers, or many extreme changes but they can really make a big difference. Don’t be afraid to go for them once in a while.
95. Study through summer
I know you hate this one but it’s surprisingly valuable. The amount of information the average student forgets over summer break is huge. Don’t let yourself forget the information. Even if you study dramatically less, find some time to go over some material. The next school year will be dramatically easier for it. School hacks don’t have to be limited to the school year.
96. Immerse yourself
When you’re really looking to learn something you need to be willing to look at it often. If you want to learn a language then you need to use that language as much as possible. The more you use it, the better you’ll get. If you can immerse yourself in the material then it will go a lot easier.
97. Get passionate
Find excuses to get passionate about school. It can be tough but there are always some reasons you could use. Finding even a single thing that you really care about can make everything go significantly better in school. Caring about a single subject can improve all your grades. Even caring about your sports team can help your grades. The reason I found was my love of discovering more study strategies.
98. Don’t get distracted in school
School is a busy environment. There are always things more interesting than class. If your goal is to do well in class then you need to learn to not let those more interesting things ruin your ability to learn. Heck, the better you are at this, the less you’ll need to hack school to begin with. You’ll have to spend less time with school hacks because you’ll happen to learn more than you intended.
99. Get confidence (or fake it)
Confidence helps in every aspect of school. You learn better. You make better friends. You even feel better. If you can’t actually conjure any real confidence then faking it will usually do. Faking confidence often turns into real confidence over time. Using these strategies confidently can ensure you go through the right motions to improve your grades dramatically.
100. Enjoy it
It’s not always the best time of your life. Heck, at times it can be miserable but there are ways that anyone can learn to enjoy school. Take advantage of them.
101. Don’t give up
You will virtually never achieve your goals if you set them high enough. That’s a part of life. It’s okay to screw up once in a while. The important thing is that you show up and keep on fighting the next day… and the one after that… and the one after that.
Bonus: Hack School Daily
One of the most powerful skills you can learn is consistency. Learning a few tricks and applying them once or twice will have virtually no effect on your grades. The key is applying these ideas day after day. That will make a lasting impact on your final grade.
There you have it: 101 school hacks that can improve your grades and your life. School doesn’t have to be a boring mess of books and irritating teachers. Some students focus their awareness on the craziness that surrounds them while other students focus their awareness on how to benefit from the craziness that surrounds them.
If you happen to be looking for the one study hack that I think is more important than the rest of these high school and college strategies then you might want to read this next subscribers only article: The Greatest Study Hack Is This…
Getting your grades up doesn’t require endless hours of studying. It doesn’t require unnatural amounts of focus or discipline. All it requires is a different attitude and strategy. Many students hack their way through school every single day while enjoying the process.
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Study better immediately and not 6 months from now when the stars are all aligning
T had her head down staring at her grade. She’d kind of curled up the edges of the paper a little to casually hide the teacher’s red pen from the people in the chairs next to her. It was another disappointing grade and she just ran out of ideas.
So that afternoon, after class, she went up to the teacher and asked for some advice.
She got an answer – work hard. Study more. She politely responded but felt a little disappointed because she was sure that was what she was already doing.
But… she tried harder.
And a month later, she was staring back down at the same disappointing grade on her paper…
She thought she’d talk to the teacher and clarify how hard she was working. Then ask for advice.
The teacher responded that ‘you shouldn’t expect results so fast. It takes time.’
I agree with that teacher in some sense.
But in another sense, I want to throw him off a bridge. (Not a mortal fall. Just a scary, think-twice before saying that stupid thing again fall.)
Good studying shows instant results. NOW! Not 6 months from now. – for most classes… math has some complications but more than a month is too long to wait.
Maybe not in your final grade. But on the single assignment and test grades – results should be showing up.
If not, change something. (Even if it’s something small.)
To take it farther –
For some students, the second they stop studying using a Smart Student Secrets/Active Recall strategy, they can instantly feel the difference in knowledge. Instead of ending their study session worried, they end the session with confidence.
Results aren’t something that you should wait 6 months for.
You shouldn’t have to wait until everything goes perfect.
Are you ready for results?
That’s what I teach.
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