Tips for improving your grades

Whether you’re at university, in secondary school, or a higher level of education, you will likely face a time where you need to improve your grades. This isn’t easy, despite what other people might say.

However, there are some steps you can take to make the process a little more comprehensive. Stop staring at your last test score, and get started on boosting those scores! You’ll thank yourself for it later.

Set clear goals

If you set out exactly what you want to achieve, you’re already one step closer to improving your grades. You can plan daily if you work better to a short-term schedule, or set longer-term goals to help you work towards a final destination.

Maybe you want to achieve seven hours of revision a week. Don’t be put off by that huge chunk of time! Set yourself an hour a day, with a break and a snack in the middle. It’ll be really rewarding once you complete it.

Switch up your revision methods

Depending on what you’re studying, you may find that a single revision technique just isn’t going to cut it.

Realistically, you’re not going to revise English the same way you would for Science, so make sure to revise smarter – read the York Notes analytical version of your book instead of rereading the whole novel, for example.

Don’t get bogged down by mistakes – learn from them!

Everyone makes mistakes, underperforms during exams, and feels disappointed every once in a while. It’s how you come back from this kind of situation that matters most, though.

If you can ask for your exam back to see where you went wrong, you can focus on strengthening your knowledge in those areas. Remember to ask teachers and lecturers for help, too! They may be able to schedule in some extra tutoring or revision sessions for you.

Use your friends

Working alongside someone else when you’re trying to up your grades is a great way to motivate you both. Whether you choose to involve your friends, family, or teachers in your revision process, it’s important to make sure you’re in a productive environment that you associate with learning.

A group revision session held at the library is far more likely to be successful than one held in your bedroom surrounded by distractions. Get your parents to test you, and ask your teachers to set you extra challenges. Swap notes, collaborate on resources, and get input from your peers and those in the years above you.

Remember to take care of yourself first

Often, stress leads to very physical symptoms, and if you notice that you aren’t feeling yourself it may be time to put away the flashcards for a little while and take stock of your mental state.

We’re not saying that a bath bomb and some scented candles are going to fix everything all in one go, but it can be beneficial to take some time to yourself to evaluate what you’re doing, how it’s making you feel, and whether you could be doing better.

Be sure to take breaks, and learn to accept things might not always go as planned even after all the effort you so painstakingly put in.


Stick in, do your best, and learn from your mistakes. You’ll improve those grades in no time!

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