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Episode 117, 5 Ways to Get an A in School

On this tutoring tips episode #117, Tutor Anooj shows you how to get an A in school. Anooj was valedictorian of his high school class, so play close attention to these tips!
Tip 1: Always do your homework
Tip 2: Start preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance
Tip 3: Take notes in class
Tip 4: Prioritize items in class that count the most
Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things

Episode 117, 5 Ways to Get an A in School

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March 30th, 2016
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5 Ways to Get an ‘A’ in School

It’s almost time for grades, but you’ve got a few weeks to bump up those scores! Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation showed us 5 Ways to Get an A in School

Tip 1: Pay attention in class and take notes. Taking notes helps you stay focused and not lose attention. Also arrange your notes in a question format. ie. What is Mendel’s law of segregation? Why did James Madison write the federalist paper? etc… And answer concisely. Then before exams cover up answers and try recalling them. This will keep you on top of content. If you need to refresh your notetaking skills, I suggest taking a summer notetaking course.

Tip 2: Get on your teachers good side
I’m not saying put an polished apple on your teacher’s desk each morning. That could hurt your grade! Instead do the following 4 things:
Come to class on time
Come to class with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
c) Come to class prepared (do your homework)
d) Always ask questions in class. Try to ask at least one every day (even if you’re shy!). This keeps you engaged and prevents you from losing focus. Ask questions even if you think they are “stupid.”
* bonus tip, go to your teacher’s office hours from time to time. This will show your teacher that you care and want to do well in class!

Tip 3: Always do your homework every night no exception! (do all the reading + the problems) Homework allows practice and most of the learning happens on your own. This also allows you to ask questions in class on stuff you don’t get. Also learn to LOVE to do your homework by setting up incentives for homework completion. Get yourself a snack if you finish your math HW on time. Finish that big project due Friday? Then treat yourself to a Friday night movie!
*Keep in mind, if you’re a slower learner, you will have to put in time and half or double time toward your homework to get an A. So reserve enough time in your schedule to get your homework done!

Tip 4: Prioritize those items in your class that count the most! A lot of times it’s easy to spend 10 hours writing an essay that counts for 5% of your grade and only studying 3-4 hours for an exam that counts for 20%.
Usually exams count a lot, so I recommend preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Remember, proper planning is key to an A.

Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things. Getting As in school requires a lot of work and sometimes it can become overwhelming. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle and enjoying life will help you get A’s without all the stress!

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January 18th, 2016
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5 Ways to Get an A in School

Tutor Anooj shows you how to get an A in school. Anooj was valedictorian of his high school class, so play close attention to these tips!
Tip 1: Always do your homework
Tip 2: Start preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance
Tip 3: Take notes in class
Tip 4: Prioritize items in class that count the most
Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things

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December 7th, 2015
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Executive Function Building Blocks: How to Study for an Exam

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Adam S. Executive Function Coach and Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how to study for an exam.

General Tips:
1. go to class
2. take good notes

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3. do your homework
4. review those notes

Specific Tips:
1. Backwards plan. Figure out how much time you have from now until test date and divide your study material wisely so you don’t cram.
2. Study groups can be helpful to take turns teaching each other the material.
3. Ask for help. Give yourself time before the test to ask your teacher for clarification on difficult subject matter.
4. Take care of your body. Make sure you get a good night sleep the day before the test, don’t cram, and eat a good, healthy breakfast the day of the exam. Good Luck!

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November 29th, 2013
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Executive Functioning Building Blocks: Effective Note-Taking

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Adam S. Executive Functioning Coach and Tutor of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how to take effective notes in class.

1. Show up to class on time and be prepared
2. Stay organized- use three-ring binder and other tools to organize notes

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3. Use technology-computers could improve the quality of your note-taking
4. Review-repetition is the key to learning new material

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Hey guys. Adam S., here with Prepped & Polished South Natick,
Massachusetts. Today, we’re going to talk about an essential academic
skill: Effective note-taking. The most important part of note-taking is the
simplest, easiest thing you can do to boost your economic performance, and
that is quite simply show up, be present in class. This is easy in high
school and middle school when your parents make you go and you don’t really
have a lot of choice. By the time you get to college, no one tells you what
to do and your teachers aren’t going to chase after you. The easiest and
probably the best thing you can do to boost your score is just to make sure
that you show up.Being present is more than just physically being there, it means making
sure that you’re there, prepared to learn. Make sure that you get up early
enough, that you’re awake and you’ve had something to eat. Make sure you
get to class 5 to 10 minutes early to make sure that you have time to get
setup, and that you’re not rushing in when the teacher’s already started
talking. Make sure that you sit near the front so that you’re away from the
distractions of your classmates and you’re able to hear everything the
teacher says and see anything the teacher might write on the board. Make
sure you do any homework or reading the night before the class. It’s a lot
easier to learn new material if you’re already familiar with it.

The first step to effective note-taking is making sure that you’re
organized. I think 3-ring binders work great. Just use a different binder
for each class. It’s a good way to help you organize all your notes, all
your handouts, and keep everything in one discrete place. Then when you
start taking notes, make sure you date your notes so you can organize them
when it comes time to study for the test. Label what the teacher’s going to
be talking about. If the teacher changes topics, change labels and come up
with subtopics to help you keep track of where you are in the class. As you
sit through class, listen to what the teacher’s saying. If your teacher
repeats something more than once or writes it up on the board, it’s
important. Chances are it’s going to be on the test; make sure you write it
down.

Also really important: If you don’t understand something, ask questions.
The only dumb question is the question that you don’t ask. Teacher’s there
to help you understand the topics that you’re going over, and the only way
she or he knows that you don’t understand something is if you ask for help.
If a teacher isn’t able to answer your question during class, approach them
after class or show up early and approach them before class. Make sure you
get the help that you need.

If you’re having trouble keeping up in class, there’s a few different
technologies you can utilize to improve your note-taking. First, if you
can’t keep up with what your teacher’s saying and feel like you’re missing
out on some of what is being said and unable to write it down, try bringing
a recorder to class. You can sit there and record everything the teacher
says and then play it back later at your own pace. Additionally, computers
can be a useful asset. If writing is too much of a challenge and you can’t
keep up, you can bring a computer and try typing your notes. Just make sure
that you’re actually typing notes and not looking up Facebook when you
should be paying attention to what the teacher’s saying. Additionally if
you qualify for special accommodations, make sure you talk to your school’s
academic resource center to see what accommodations are available. It could
be that you could get a copy of the teacher’s notes, notes from an official
note-taker, or recordings of the teacher’s lectures. If you do qualify for
note-taking, don’t only rely on someone else’s notes because you might not
understand everything they write. Make sure you continue to take your own
notes.

If you have friends in the same class as you, compare notes with them. Make
sure you didn’t miss something the teacher might have mentioned. Then
really important, when you get home at night and sit down to do your
homework, review your notes. Repetition is the key to learning new
material.

Those are the basics of effective note-taking. To recap what we talked
about: Number 1, show up, be present. Get to class on time and be prepared.
Number 2 is stay organized. Use 3-ring binders and other tools to help
organize your notes and use the tools that we talked about to identify
relevant topics and write them down. If you’re having trouble keeping up,
ask for help. If you can’t get help through asking, see if your school
offers accommodations and use technology; computers, recorders can all
really improve the quality of your note-taking. Finally, review. Repetition
is the key to learning new material.

That’s it for this time. Next time, we’ll talk about how to use these notes
and other materials to effectively study for a test. Talk to you then.

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October 25th, 2013
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Three Ways to Get an A

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished discusses three ways to get an A in school.

Tip 1: Pay attention in class and take notes.
Tip 2: Learn to love to do your homework.
Tip 3: Earn your teacher’s respect.

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Hey everyone, Alexis here, Prepped and Polished. Now, students come to me
with Bs, Cs, and even Ds and don’t really know how to take their grades to
the next level. Here are three ways to get an A.Tip one is to pay attention during class. You want to take notes during
class and if you need to refresh your note-taking skills, I suggest taking
a summer note-taking course. Now do you have to jot down everything the
teacher says during class? No, you don’t. Just come up with an outline, one
that you can refer to later.

Tip two is do your homework. Not only to improve your homework grade but
also to better prepare yourself for tests and quizzes. And if you really
want to get an A, learn to love to do your homework. Now you do this by
setting up incentives for yourself for completing your homework. So get
yourself a snack if you finished your math homework on time or go to a
movie on Friday if you got everything done on Thursday. And if you’re a
slower learner, you’re going to have to put in more time to get an A on
your homework. For example if you have two chapters to read in your US
History book, you’re going to have to re-read those chapters and take notes
if you’re a slow processor.

Tip three is get on your teacher’s good side. Now I’m not saying put a
fresh red apple on your teacher’s desk each and every day. That could hurt
your grade. What I’m saying is try to earn your teacher’s respect. You do
this by coming prepared to class and participating in class. Now do you
come prepared to class? By doing your homework. Doing your homework, you’ll
come armed with questions, your teacher will appreciate that you’re
participating.

And also go to your teacher’s office hours from time to time. You’re
teacher will appreciate that you’re showing initiative. Don’t be a negative
distraction during class, have a positive, enthusiastic attitude and I
ensure you that your teacher will reward you with the best grade you have
received so far. So good luck on your grades and I’ll talk to you soon.

Which of these three tips do you find most important for getting A’s in school? What are some other ways to get an A?

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September 14th, 2010
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