Straight-A students—the magical beings of high schools worldwide, those students who somehow manage perfection throughout their entire high school careers. Though they may seem illusive, these perfect report card-bearing students are simply in on a few simple secrets…and you can be too!
Straight-A students are undoubtedly smart, but there’s certainly more to it than that. With a little bit of dedication, you too can improve your grades by emulating some of the highest achievers at your school.
They believe time is of the essence Straight-A students separate themselves from the masses because they are good managers of their own time. They are willing to put in the time to be successful. They make every minute count—they’re finishing a book on the bus or reviewing flashcards while waiting at the DMV.
You may also notice that these students are often involved in at least one extracurricular: further evidence of their impeccable time management.
They place an emphasis on reading While every student must do some reading, straight-A students know that great readers make great students. Students who don’t focus on their assigned readings well (and, more importantly, fail to comprehend what they’re reading) may struggle in school at various grade levels. High-achieving students learn to comprehend readings well and they do it often, for school and even for pleasure.
If you tend to neglect assigned readings, try to brush up on those skills. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and significantly it impacts every part of your academic life.
They ensure they follow directions This secret is so simple, yet so many students forget how crucial it is to success. Straight-A students know how to follow directions, regarding every detail. Whether directions are given verbally or on paper, good students digest and internalize the directions, following each portion.
Many students lose points on exams because they fail to read and follow every part of the instructions, making mistakes as simple as putting their name in the wrong corner of the paper. To raise your grades, make sure you’ve got a good handle on everything you’re supposed to do—and do it in a timely and thorough way.
They are good communicators Straight-A students know how to communicate, and they use these skills to open lines of dialogue with peers and teachers. This means that they’re able to establish study groups with their classmates and get any missed information from peers when they’re absent.
They’re also able to communicate with teachers, giving them a distinct advantage over their less communicative classmates. They aren’t afraid to ask teachers for help, clarification, and information about the semester going forward, which helps them plan and manage their time.
They recognize the importance of balance Straight-A students aren’t always those who are studying 24/7. They know the importance of maintaining balance and have figured out ways to manage their time accordingly. Sure, they’re putting in their time—but they’re also getting adequate sleep and keeping their minds and bodies active.
Similarly, they’re good at balancing each of their classes, allotting the most time to those areas that need it. They’re also giving themselves much-needed breaks, which allows them to focus when they really need to.
The bottom line Straight-A students are successful for a number of reasons, but it isn’t all academic gifts. By following some of their secrets to success, you too can improve your grade point average and academic confidence.
Heather Hamilton is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.