7 months ago
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what can i do to improve my grades

i want to get good grades but i am unproductive

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7 months ago

What is your definition of a good grade? I have high expectations and plan on applying to selective schools so I am not happy with anything under 90%. If Ivys and selective schools aren't your goal for the future B average is a perfectly fine grade.

I think the best way to find motivation is to understand why you want something. If you don't plan/wish to go to an ivy or selective school there is no need for perfect grades. I think we glamorize hard work loads, realistically you don't need that to get into a good school or have a successful career afterwards. I'm sure you see and hear of others taking tons of AP and honors with only A+ grades. Only you don't get to see why that matters to them. Think of it like this, how is not getting good grades going to impact my future? Will it stop be from getting into the colleges you want? If the answer is no then a full range of grades if perfectly fine, but again it does depend on what you consider a good grade.

7 months ago

Hi, @ishkilavishkila!

Like you, I also struggle with underproductivity (More than I care to admit, lol!). To combat this, I use multiple strategies that help me feel more productive, thus allowing me to study for longer periods of time and complete my assignments. Below are some methods and tips that help me when I don't feel motivated to study.


~The Pomodoro Technique

~"Study with Me" videos on YouTube (some use the Pomodoro Technique as well)

~Listen to music without lyrics (lyrics can be quite distracting when studying).

~Break your work into manageable chunks, especially if you tend to procrastinate.

~Find a quiet workspace with no distractions. This will help you focus on your homework a lot better.

~If finding time to study is an issue, set a schedule and follow through with it.

~Set realistic study goals for yourself that you can achieve.

These are just some of the many methods and tips out there. I highly suggest you look up the methods I mentioned more in depth, considering I didn't include much about them. Please keep in mind that although they work for me, they might not work for you. However, I encourage you to try them, and hopefully find what works best for you. I sincerely hope this helps!

Best of luck,


7 months ago

I am in the exact same boat. It is extremely difficult to get out of the ditch of being unmotivated after being in it for so long. The best thing I could have done for myself was to look ahead and see what things I saw in my ideal future, then I planned accordingly. When you dream about this great plan for where you want to go, it is much easier to imagine how to go about actually getting there. It’s all about looking at the big picture, instead of a few letters and numbers on a transcript. :) Hope this helps a bit!


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