Advice: How to get straight As

Achieving straight As, or an unweighted GPA of 4.0, is the goal of many high school students. Getting straight As involves a lot of hard work, but it isn't impossible. Here is how I believe you can get all As.


  1. Do your homework. The number of students who do not do their homework shocks me. But doing your homework has many benefits and will help keep your grades up. Those five points you receive for a homework check matter, and when you get a 0 out of 5, it matters even more. Doing your homework also helps you learn the information, raising your test and quiz grades as well.
  2. Don't procrastinate.
    Procrastination is the downfall of many high school students who are capable of good grades. When you receive an assignment, do it ASAP. And when you are given the date of a test, start studying immediately instead of waiting and then cramming the night before. When you do this, you are likely to be less stressed, which increases the quality of the work you do. Don't put off assignments. Just get them done.
  3. The halo effect. This technique in raising your grades works, even if you don't believe it. The halo effect is simple: become an angel in your teachers' eyes. Sit in the front of the classroom if possible, constantly raise your hand to participate, and be kind to everyone. Your teachers will like you more, and in time, this will raise your grades. 
  4. Put in 100% of your effort.
    Never slack off. Try your very best in every class. When given a project, work hard on it. You may spend an hour more on an assignment than everyone else in your class, but you will be the one to get the A. When writing an essay, be sure to spend a lot of time crafting the perfect sentence. Impress your teachers with how much time you are willing to spend on your school work. Go the extra mile on everything you do.
  5. Pay attention to the details.It's pretty simple, but a lot of work. Check essays several times to ensure you have no grammar or spelling mistakes. Look over your tests once you finish them so that you know you didn't accidentally fill in an answer you didn't want. Although it may sound crazy, spend some time choosing the font you will use on a project or essay. It makes a huge difference!
  6. Study, study, study.
    I'm sure you were wondering when I would get to the studying portion of getting all A's, and I am finally there. You really have to just study a lot. Take some time to find the way that you retain information the best, and put it into action. Take this quiz to find the best learning style for you. Break up your studying time into healthy chunks so you don't overdo it. Read over all of your notes so that you don't miss any information. Start studying once the test date is assigned. I'll agree with you, studying is hardly ever enjoyable, but if you want straight A's, it's required. 
  7. Stay mentally and physically healthy. Pulling all A's is draining, so it is really important to keep yourself healthy. Set aside time to exercise, be sure to get a good night's sleep every night, and eat healthy foods which will all boost your brain performance. If you are stressed, give your brain some time to rest. Above all, your health comes first, so be sure to stay healthy.I hope this article will help you realize what it takes to get straight A's. Put these tips into effect, and your grades will rise. Good luck!
--By Olivia Sullivan, LS News reporter

The opinions of the stated author does not constitute an official position of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District or of the LS News editorial board.

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