Tackling the School Year like A Straight-A Student

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When I think of the word ‘school’, the only noise that comes to mind is ‘WAHHHH’. I do enjoy school (to a point) and have always enjoyed learning but when I came to college it was a whole new game. I had to learn how to study all over again, I had to learn how to take notes all over again, I had to learn how to be motivated all over again. As I enter my senior year of college, I’ve finally figured out the basics of what works best for me in this learning environment. Each year I do have to make small tweaks so that I can work best with the different professors I have, but I’m keep afloat and that’s all that matters. Now, I’m not a straight-A student, I’m far from it, but I have definitely taken the “Straight-A Student” mindset in order to achieve my academic goals and you can too!

Rely on Your Agenda 

Having a good agenda that works for you is the key to success. Rely on that baby like your life depends on it, because your academic career really does! Being aware of when things are due, what extracurriculars you have coming up, and knowing what assignments you have you complete is really important when it comes to meeting deadlines. In the real world, not meeting a deadline for your job can mean you will no longer have a job. It’s basically the basis of respect for your academics, your classmates, and your professor!


No matter what you’re doing for school, always be aware of the time. Getting to class early is a great way to get yourself ready and focused before class actually started – when you get to class late, you tend to be more scatter-brained so you won’t be as focused on the material presented to you. When you’re studying, be sure to set aside time for study breaks so that you don’t get overwhelmed with the material you’re trying to learn.

Make To-Do Lists

I’m sure most of you already do this one, but it’s important to make a to-do list at the beginning of each week so you can plan out what days you’re going to get certain things done. It relieves the stress of last minute homework assignments and can even help your procrastination become a thing of the past.

Get to Know Your Teacher & Classmates

Getting to know your teacher and classmates can really help your grades. Developing a relationship with them makes asking for help way easier and they’ll be more likely to help because of your connection. Don’t be afraid to pop into your professors office hours if you need extra help – they have office hours for a reason.


When I was younger, participation grades weren’t really a thing but when I was finishing up high school and when I came to college I really noticed that almost all of my teachers gave a participation grade. I’ve learned that sitting in the front of the class and participating keeps me involved in the topic at hand and even helps when it comes time for tests and quizzes. Your brain is actively learning when you participate and talk things out, so this might help you if you’re not good at remembering things you read!

Study Actively

Don’t just read the material you need to know – highlight, quiz yourself, make flashcards, write it out. When you actively study, your brain is focusing more on what you’re doing. If you’re not good at memorizing things, have a discussion with your friends about the topic you are going to be tested on. Reach out to other classmates to set up a study group or set up a meeting with your teacher to go over the topics that will be on your test or quiz in a one-on-one manner.


My biggest piece of advice is to take your academics seriously. When you are lazy about learning, your grades will suffer. Do all of your assignments and submit them! Even if you don’t get a great grade on them, it’s better than not getting any credit.
How do you tackle your school work?
XO, Rachel
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  1. September 10, 2015 / 8:13 AM

    Mine too! I love that they don't bleed like sharpies do!

    Xo, R

  2. September 10, 2015 / 8:39 PM

    I am in the same "student boat" and seem to be spending all of my money on math tutors currently!!! My planner and meal prepping are seriously saving my life latley!

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