Tips in Getting High Grades in Difficult Subjects

There is no such thing as a difficult subject. Subject will only become hard when you think that you cannot do it or you tell yourself that you cannot handle such subject. Many of us do think like this, most especially with subjects like Mathematics. Here’s how to get rid of such manner and to get high grades in your so-called difficult subjects:      
1.  Get Organized. “A lot of people say this, but it really does help! Organizing your locker helps you remember to bring your supplies to class and to your house to do your homework and study. Organizing your notes will make them much easier to understand later on. Also, keep your desk/study space tidy, and make sure you have a clean, quiet place to study and do homework.” (
2.  Where to Sit in the Class. “Sometimes where you sit can make a difference. If you find that you cannot focus if you sit towards the back, try moving up to the first few rows … Sitting in the first few rows will help you focus. There are more distractions in the back, and you'll be more likely to goof off. It will also allow you to see and hear better .” (
3. Do all of your homework as soon as you get it. “Remember to turn it in on time! … If you plan ahead, you won't cram for time! Do your homework as soon as you get it. When you get back home or to your dorm after a class, pull out the assignment. If it's a large one, such as a thesis paper, you of course can't do it all. But start it! And if it's something short, like a reading assignment, read it right then and there before moving on to anything else.” (
4. Make a plan. Part of getting good grades is balancing off the various things you have to do, week by week. So get a calendar—electronic is good—and enter in all your classes, exams, and papers, and professors' office hours (more on that later). For the brave, also enter in the hours you plan to study each week for each course. That way, you'll have a plan for (or at least a fantasy about) what you'll be doing as the semester progresses.
5. Be good in attendance. “Do NOT skip school. You will be missing out on stuff. It is true that you could make up the work, but you will have more work and you have missed lectures and in-class movies. You especially don't want to have to make up a science lab. Also, try not to be late for class.“(
6. Learn How to Read. “Read with access to a glossary or dictionary. It is most important to understand what you’re reading to get good grades. Turning pages when you don’t get it does not make sense. Ask an upperclassman, or your professor, if necessary.” (
7. Use Time Wisely. “Tackle harder work first. Yes, tackle the harder stuff first so that you are sure to have enough time to complete it. You'll feel a greater sense of accomplishment completing the work in this order. Take breaks as reward for work. Reward yourself for completing a major task by taking a break and chatting with a friend or watching some television. Not only are the breaks good motivation to help you complete something, you'll also be more refreshed to tackle the next bit of work after a break.” (
Everybody has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. In studying, we must also learn from our flaws and our strengths will build more. “If there’s a will there’s a way.”
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Richard Retardois a young student taking up Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology. He is a skilled Sacristan and a Youth Catechist in San Roque Parish (Pateros). (FB email:
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