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How to Get Better Grades

With a little effort and focus, your next report card will sport better grades.


  • Step 1: Attend class Attend every class and be on time.
  • Step 2: Understand your assignments Understand your assignments. Make sure you know what is expected by your teacher.
  • Step 3: Sit in front Sit in front of the classroom, near other students who actively participate.
  • TIP: Pay attention during class. Don't get distracted or daydream. Work to stay engaged.
  • Step 4: Complete your homework Complete your assigned readings and work on time. Talk with your teacher if you are having difficulty with an assignment.
  • TIP: Designate a time every day to do homework. Stick to your schedule and make it a habit.
  • Step 5: Participate in discussions Participate in class. Ask questions and engage in discussions.
  • Step 6: Take notes Take notes and keep your notebooks organized. Jot down general ideas and concepts in class and then neatly rewrite your notes at home.
  • Step 7: Study Study with a friend, get a tutor, or join a study group. Take an active role in getting more out of class, and your grades will reflect your efforts.
  • FACT: The 2009 job market was excellent for the 950 American graduates who earned their Ph.D. in Economics, since approximately 2,200 economic jobs were available worldwide.

You Will Need

  • Seat in the front
  • Notebooks
  • Friend
  • tutor
  • or study group
  • Homework schedule (optional)

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