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10 Steps to Help You Get Straight A’s


The school’s choice for “Most Likely to Succeed” was easy.

Gary always seems to have everything going in his direction. In all his classes, Gary is the first to raise his hand when the teacher asks a question, the one who always gets the highest grades. He’s a straight-A student.

He’s also active in his Scout troop and in school activities and plays baseball in the spring, tennis in the summer, football in the fall and basketball in the winter. How does Gary do it all and stay so relaxed and happy?

Here’s the secret to his success: Gary believes in himself, takes things seriously, works hard and knows what he is doing.

We can learn a lot from Gary. Here’s a 10-step program to get in on Gary’s secret so you, too, can become a straight-A student.

STEP 1: Take the right subjects …and school will be a lot easier!

You’re probably not ready to decide on a career. Even if you are, you’re probably not certain exactly where that career will take you. So take courses in school that give you the most possible choices later on. The three key courses: English, math and computer science.

Take as many courses in English and math as you can, even if you find them to be difficult. The more courses you take in these subjects, the easier they become—and the easier every other subject becomes, too. Computer courses, too, are important. Computer skills are required just to be considered for many jobs.

STEP 2: Work with your teacher …because your teacher is your coach!

Every teacher is looking for students who are serious about the subject at hand, who work hard in the classroom and who show progress and ability.

Consider your teacher a friend in learning, someone there to help you. Too many students think of their teacher as an enemy, someone who forces them to sit and be quiet then gives them assignments. Guess what? Your baseball coach tells you what to do and gives you assignments on the field. Is he an enemy? No, he’s a friend in winning. Your teacher wants to reward you, too.

Here’s how to work better with your teachers:

  • Show respect and interest. Participate in class.
  • Learn their style in the classroom.
  • Get to know your teachers as people. Know their likes and dislikes.
  • Think of them as coaches in the classroom.

STEP 3: Never miss a class …it will always catch up with you!

Most test questions come from material your teacher presents in class. Every day, your teachers cover the subjects they think are important for you to understand—some even tell students the specific questions that will be on an exam. Reading assignments alone can’t tell you that.

STEP 4: Always sit up front …because that’s where the action is!

You can use your brain more effectively if you are in a good environment. The best place to use more of your brain is in the front row, because this is not only where you will learn more, but also remember more.

STEP 5: Complete your homework before class …so you will be prepared in class!

Homework is not punishment. It is assigned to help you learn more about a subject.

Your first job is to find out what the teacher expects from you in the way of homework assignments. Make sure you understand exactly what to do. If you don’t, ask.

As soon as you get home from school, think about the homework assignments you need to complete before the next class. Then think about the order in which you will do them, and how much time you’ll spend on each one. The sooner you start, the quicker everything will be done. Then you will:

  • Be prepared for the next class.
  • Understand more of the teacher’s lecture.
  • Turn in assignments on time.
  • Ask — and answer — good questions in class.

STEP 6: Take notes during class …so you will become an active listener!

When you are trying to learn something complicated, it is much easier to learn and remember if you take notes. If you go into just about any college class, you will find that most if not all the students are taking notes. They know that taking good notes is one of the keys to making good grades.

Listen carefully, write down everything of importance (not everything the teacher says) and look for potential exam questions.

STEP 7: Review your notes before the next class …it’s never too soon to start studying!

If you are going to understand everything that your teacher says in class, not only do you have to take good notes, you also have to review and correct them before the next class. There is no other way to learn at the same rate that the teacher presents new information. And you have already started studying for the test!

STEP 8: Prepare for tests ahead of time …by studying a week in advance!

By doing your reading assignments and taking careful notes and reviewing them, you have mastered information as your teacher presented it to you. This does not, however, mean that you are ready to take a test without doing anything else.

Here’s how to prepare for an exam:

  • Start studying a week in advance.
  • Review your notes three times, leaving two or three days between reviews.
  • Think about potential exam questions.
  • Conduct your review in an organized manner.
  • Never study up to the last minute. (This creates pressure in the final hours before a test.)

STEP 9: Be testwise and confident …because confidence breeds success!

Don’t be afraid of tests. Be confident. If you have followed the first eight steps of this plan, you should be confident that you will test well.

It sounds simple, but it works: Believe in yourself, keep an open mind about tests, know your teacher’s style and apply what you know. That’s confidence. That’s success.

STEP 10: Show what you know on the final exam …because it’s a big part of your final grade!

You have been working hard to prepare for the test, and everything is on the line. Don’t worry about all the effort you have put in, or how the teacher will grade your exam. Your goal should be to show the teacher how much you’ve learned.

How? Know what material will be covered. Start studying well ahead of time. Look for major themes that develop in your class notes. Review previous exams to learn your teacher’s style.

Then comes the final step: Ace your exam!

From HOW TO GET STRAIGHT A’s by Gordon W. Green. Reprinted by arrangement with Tom Doherty Associates LLC and available wherever books are sold.

60 Comments on 10 Steps to Help You Get Straight A’s

  1. Who needs to study when I can get straight A’s off of my memory?

  2. Thanks this really helped

  3. thankyou

  4. Have been getting A’s in core subjects but I need some more tips for less important subjects such as Visual Art or HPE

  5. shakespear // May 19, 2017 at 9:19 am // Reply

    the best ever helpful tips i ever got. thank you.

  6. Thanks a lot!

  7. Anonymous // May 1, 2017 at 12:57 am // Reply

    Thank you. This was so helpful. I want to get straight As. I will do my best.

  8. bollywood banker // April 28, 2017 at 2:58 am // Reply

    thank’s man ,let’s see if thix tips can com in handy

  9. i think this is helpful but i get nervous when i have to say my poem and do it with a lot of action how do i get over that

  10. Thank you so much! Thanks to this website, now I have great and helpful tips and I currently have straight A’s, including 3 A Plus’s! I can get my phone back, and I am happy, my parents are happy, and so are my teachers!

  11. the other guy // February 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm // Reply

    i try my best to get straight a’s thanks a lot for the information.

  12. This assumes that teachers tell you about a test a week in advance.

  13. I play basketball and I’m failing 3 classes because I’m lazy bUT I’m trying to get myself together to make good grades but it’s my PHONE that’s bothering me what should I do

    • Tell your parents or guardians or even siblings to take your phone or hide it from you. They can also hide your charger. This worked for me, but if you really want to get yourself together, you should be able to have the self control to get away from your phone. You can also put it on airplane mode to not receive messages and to prohibit online access.

      Hope this helps!

  14. I really am too lazy to study a week in advance. If I don’t have to do school work I take advantage. I wan to do fun things. Not school.

  15. Hope this works I’m counting on you I just got my report card I’m getting ready to open it

  16. Im taking all honors

  17. I received not the best grades in the first quarter and I really hoped this works I want to play a sport and I have two bad grades in science and language arts anyone good at that subject …..??

  18. Tomorrow I have a state test and I think this might be really helpful, thank you😁😁😁😁😁😁

  19. Bob the Builder // October 13, 2016 at 9:09 am // Reply

    On my last report card, I achieved 8 A’s, 2 B’s and 3 C’s. I attained A’s for my academic subjects and music, B’s for PhysEd, and C’s for Drama & Health (which I’m not really concerned about) and Japanese (which I have no idea how I got a C, because I’m one of the best in the class at Japanese).

  20. Alright i hope this works


  22. i just did my work and got all a’s

  23. backwoods girl // August 25, 2016 at 9:03 am // Reply

    How many APs is this kid taking?

  24. I got a C, 3 Bs, a B+, and 2 As on my last report card. when following these steps, i got all As and a B+

  25. Wow im game to apply these tips,impressive…

  26. i hope these tips work because i am failing my exams

  27. I got all 1 c+, 3 c’s and 4 c-‘s. This actually helped. Now I got 7 a’s and 1 b.

  28. mrs attitude // December 1, 2015 at 11:46 pm // Reply

    Lets hope this works

  29. Thanks

  30. It takes commitment

  31. So I’m getting A,and B but my only bad grade was a 77 how do I fix these b’s and this 77

  32. I am confident now I’m get straight A’s

  33. this did not help me at all

  34. awesome..thank you


  36. IF i get the best grades this year in grade 8, I win 1000$. good incentive.

  37. Basically, “find out what the teacher wants and give it to them”. – a philosophy my sister shared with me years ago!

  38. Thanx for the info I will have to use this year in middle school so I can last and get straight A’s and maybe even a few B’s this year.


  40. As a teacher, we are seeing a continued trend of a lack of personal responsibility along with excuse making. There is also a trend against homework and doing the extra to succeed. Given this, I still believe we are preparing our students for success and our USA scores are unfairly compared (as lower) against other nations.

  41. School starts in a month, and I have always been a barely makes it type person. Now I’m going into sophomore year of high school, and I want to be a good student. I’m hoping this as well as other stuff will help. Thanks!!

  42. Straight A Student // August 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm // Reply

    These are good tips. I make all A’s and another tip for you is to make yourself a practice test before you take the real thing. Make up questions you think will be on the test and answer them. It really helps you to understand the material.

    • Mom says if I want a pup I need to earn it so I’ll do it by being the best I can like : clean respect listen SCHOOL and many more!!!

  43. Royalty❤️😇🌺🌹 // July 28, 2015 at 10:49 am // Reply

    Thank you so much these tips were very helpful 👏👍👍🙏

  44. Royalty❤️😇🌺🌹 // July 28, 2015 at 10:48 am // Reply

    This tips were so helpful thank you so much

  45. Thanks

  46. Flowers 4201 // July 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    Hey so I had a really hard time in math from 3rd grade to 7th grade but in 8th grade I had the funniest teacher and it was hard not to pay attention it was one of the best years of math, we became really close and she understood the best way I learned and helped me so much

  47. panda lover // July 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm // Reply


  48. Thanks for the tips📝📝📠📏💜

  49. This will actually help me to perform more persistent and more clever….. :)))

    • these were very helpful and I will most certainly use these tips ! I hope to make all a’s. thank you so much !! 🙂

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