The Best Guide to Get Straight A's in Your Exams

The Best Guide to Getting Straight A’s in Your Exams


 How to Get Straight A’s

Not every student aspires to get straight A’s at the university. However, there are a lot of them who do and not necessarily know how to achieve it or are not as successful as they would like to be. Sometimes getting straight A’s can be almost impossible. But that’s not always the case, and you might just not have discovered what works for you the best. I’ve always wanted to be an excellent student. I do not have a 100% A’s all the time, but I do feel satisfied with my results. At the beginning it was a big struggle for me, I had to spend hours and hours trying to prepare myself to the best I could. But after my first year at the university, I’ve realized that some techniques/ideas can help you to reduce the amount of effort you have to put into your studies.



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Getting The Best Grades All The Time Is Not a Priority. Your Health Is.

First of all, you have to realize that you can’t base your student’s life on getting straight A’s. If you can’t afford enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick, overworked, stressed out or just so tired you can fall asleep during your exam. If you can’t concentrate properly, all your effort will be entirely useless. I’ve always been that kind of student who would spend all night long studying instead of sleeping. But then I realized it was not the best thing to do. I’m still coping with a lot of health issues caused by stress, and I’ve stopped skipping sleep before my exams more than a year ago.

Sometimes it’s not even a possibility to get an A. Sometimes you just have that professors that you know won’t get any A to anyone at all. That’s OK. Don’t worry about that.Or if you know you haven’t had time to prepare properly, don’t try to push yourself too much. It’s not like you’re not good enough, your priorities just had to be different in that moment. And remember, life is much more than just your grades.


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You have to realize that it’s much more important to LEARN stuff, not just remember it, even if that would mean getting a worse grade. But, the most important, going to UNDERSTAND what you’re studying is a hundred times more useful than trying just to memorize it all, and it is a great time saver. Even if you’re studying for your literature or history exam, it´s more useful to understand what you are reading than just memorize it all. It’s almost never about having to memorize. It might take a lot of effort to get used to it, but it will get much better if you keep working hard.


Find a Good Motivation

At the university, it’s not like your parents want you to get A’s, so you have to do it for them. You have to know why you are doing it. Does it make you feel better about yourself? Is it necessary for getting some scholarship/work/further studies you are interested?


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The Assistance is Crucial

I know. Sometimes you don’t wont to get out of your bed. Sometimes it’s incredibly annoying. But you have to know that without regular assistance, it will be almost impossible to get a good grade. Not only because you will miss a lot of lessons, but mostly because a lot of professors tend to remember their students. And if they don’t remember you, it’s never a good sign. But if they do, they might give you a better grade just because you were always present. You don’t have to go to every single lesson. Sometimes you really can’t, and sometimes it is just incredibly annoying, I know that. But try to have at least 90% assistance. That’s what works for me. And, remember, if you miss a lesson, ask some of your classmates for help.  


Collaborate With Your Classmates, But Not Too Much.

Studying with someone else can be beneficial. Your classmates might have a different point of view, different explanation or information. If your classmates ask you questions before the exam, try to respond them. It’s the best way to review before your exam. Also, if your professor has not given you any information about how the exam’s going to be designed, you can ask some of the older students. But do not ever rely 100% on what they say. If they say the exam’s terrible and you won’t pass it, don’t panic. Every student has a different opinion about it. You just have to do your best, just as you always do.



Selective Memory

Yes. It works even in this case. You don’t have to study everything, nor you have to memorize every single word. You just have to find out which information is relevant and which is not. It might take a lot of time to learn how to select the information, and it can be different for every course, but you will finally figure it out, and that’s the most helpful thing if you want to get straight A’s.


Be Different

This advice might not necessarily apply to all of you, but if you want to be one of the best students of the whole class, then you will probably have to figure out how to be different. One way is showing your interdisciplinary knowledge. But there are more ways. If students in my class want to step out on their literature exams really, they need to be creative. But not the same thing would work for biology, I guess. You have to know what would work the best for your degree.


Figure Out What Works The Best For You

If you were expecting some life-changing piece of advice that would work for everyone – that’s not the case. Every student is different and needs a different approach while studying. Some students prefer to study during the mornings; other will prefer afternoons or evening. For some of us, taking notes by hand works the best, I can only study if I have everything printed out. Someone needs one week to prepare for their exam; another student would need just a couple of days to prepare for the same exam and get the same grade. You just have to figure out what works the best for you according to what your habits are and how you feel the most comfortable while studying.


I hope you found this article useful. Every student is different, and it’s always interesting to compare different opinions.

I wish you the best of luck during this year, and I hope you will enjoy it a lot!  




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Radka is currently a student of Spanish Philology at the University of Granada. Being from Slovakia and living in Spain, she never stops learning new things and getting new experience which she loves to share with other people. She's a really active person who loves DIY, cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, traveling whenever she can and spending the most time possible with her friends.

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