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I get a variation on this question on a regular basis. I usually avoid it because of how difficult a question it can be to answer. Since I get it so often, I figured I should touch on it.

I’ve been getting A’s most of my way through school. It’s taken a ton of work on my part to do as well as I have but some of your writing has made me think twice about it. Is it pointless to get straight A’s? What grades should I be aiming for? I definitely can’t compete for a super competitive school but I would like to get into a good college.
-Alexa

As I can imagine most of my regular readers would imagine, the most important point to make is the personal nature of this situation. The right grades always come down to your individual goals and situations. There are plenty of people that should be comfortable with B’s. There are plenty of people that should be wildly disappointed with an A-. This is all super personal. Here are the factors that you need to consider.

College (Future Academic) Aspirations

This is an idea the question writer skimmed on herself. To some extent, you can’t decide your grades without considering your future academic goals. For example, a particularly gifted student may be able to score straight mid A’s without studying but straight mid-As will only get them so far. A particularly competitive school will look at the grades and say, “that student is not extraordinary,” despite that student investing no time into their grades (and other students that they’re competing against having to invest hours.)

If you want to get into a top notch college, you have to get top notch grades. If you want to get into a competitive college, you need to get competitive grades. While I don’t consider anything less than top notch, worth competing for, if you want to try for a slightly harder than average college anyway, you’ll need to consider that in your grade aspirations.

In most cases, if you can get into the school with mid A’s but can’t get into the school with B’s, it’s probably not worth it’s costs. If you accept that philosophy then you should usually be happy with A’s and B’s.

Personal Skills

Intelligence, class history, and academic skills definitely play a factor too.

While virtually all students are intelligent enough to score at least B’s with less than 15 minutes of studying using a good study strategy (like the 15 Minute Study Strategy discussed on this blog,) there is some variance between students of different levels of intelligence and skill level. A gifted student should hardly need to put in any effort for A’s using an efficient strategy. A less gifted student may need more time investment.

That being said, all students that have fallen behind in past course work should expect lower grades in the short term. If a student has gone 2 years scoring D’s in a course, they’ve likely missed a ton of important factors (math is particularly harsh in this department.) This can hold their grade down some for a couple semesters. In general, B’s should be obtainable with a reasonable amount of effort.

Personal Motivation

You should do better in classes that you have some kind of personal motivation to succeed in. For example, a math major should do better in their math courses (in general, I can understand a slight dip in the hardest classes.) A student that wants to be a writer should do better in their writing courses. A student that just wants to get good grades because they like the feeling of good grades, should get better grades than a student that couldn’t care less.

This should be obvious but it’s a point that’s worth paying attention to. When you see your grades starting to dip in any particular area, it’s usually related to your motivation in that particular area. When you notice that your grades are dropping and realize it’s due to motivation, it’s a bit of a problem solver. Instead of having to worry about tweaking minor details, you can instantly boost your grades just solving the motivation problem.

Yes… the motivation problem isn’t always the easiest problem to solve but it tends to be worth it.

The Real Goal

Notice how I never say the right grades to get are below B’s. Sure, there may be a rare scenario when a student shouldn’t expect to get B’s but 99% of the time, B’s should be reasonably attainable. If you use the study strategies recommended on this blog, even a struggling student should be able to hit B’s (a thriving student should be pushing towards upper A’s) with less than 15 minutes of studying a night.

The real goal is not to get any particular grades but I would still say there is a right grade to be getting. The right grade to be getting is the grade you want! If you want to get a better grade (and are willing to put in a reasonable amount of work to get it,) you should be getting that grade. If you’re not getting it then you need to look into your strategies.

If you’re looking for the best study strategies then you’ve found the right blog. Smart Student Secrets is the home of the 15 Minute Study Strategy. Be sure to check out the archives and follow to learn more. Also, check out the ebooks in the sidebar for even more tricks to higher grades (with less work.)

Q/A – What Are The Right Grades To Get?

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!

WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?

You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

My newest book is, in my opinion, the best book ever written for students that want to absolutely crush the academic game.

It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

It shows you the big painful studying, you’re not benefiting from – that you thankfully get to stop today and forever.

It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

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